Sunday, August 16, 2009

Song of the Chosen One

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”
…… Luke 1: 46-54

Him none by hearing know; He knoweth no decay;
He hath no kin; naught asking, heareth all!
While people of the land beheld, here on this earth
to me, a cur, He gave a royal seat;
To me, a dog, all things not shown before, He showed;
all things not heard before, He caused to hear;
And guarding me from future ' birth,' He made me His.
Such is the wondrous work our Lord hath wrought for me
………. Tamil poem Thiruvasagam Ch 3: 28

Both the songs glorify the spirit whose awareness makes the ordinary into an extraordinary entity.
The first song by Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the spontaneous outpouring of joy and gratitude when she greets her cousin Elizabeth. Elisheva, the Hebrew name, means “my God is abundance”. The abundance of blessings and privilege that Mary has received is vocalized through this song. When one opens the door of a room that has burning incense, the smell immediately pervades the entire ambience. So also when we open up our heart’s door to the ever present Spirit there is a fulfilment that only a person who has the keen inner awareness can sense.
This is the reason that the great Tamil poet Manikavasagar sings “Him none by hearing know”. This is to imply the utter futility of seeking the divine through our worldly senses.
It is only divine grace that finds us. Even to lead us to the door which has to be opened to let the divine fragrance to migrate into one’s soul, the divine wisdom has to guide us.

In this world we have immutable laws of nature such as heat always flows from a hot to a cold object when brought in contact. So also water flows from a higher to a lower plane. This is the reason that Spirit chooses the humble and lowly state of a person to be a prerequisite for operation. Mary says “for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant ……… he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” and Manikavasagar says “To me, a dog, all things not shown before, He showed; all things not heard before, He caused to hear”

15th August is always celebrated in the Christian calendar as the feast of “Mary’s Assumption”
The elevated state of Mary, both by the divine spirit and by the church today, is because of her humility and the willingness to let go so that the divine plan can become operative.
This is what we must do in our own lives so that we can sing along with Manikavasagar “And guarding me from future ' birth,' He made me His. Such is the wondrous work our Lord hath wrought for me”

Love to you all

4 comments :

  1. I am giving you the english translation of Thiruvasagam verse that has been quoted in the blog which i think brings out the essence better from the Tamil

    "No one can comprehend his abundance by hearing about it.
    In Him there is no blemish; He is devoid of duality
    And He can hear even the unheard
    He had disregarded men of greatness
    and chosen me, the last of the least
    to be seated on the pedestal.
    You showed me things unseen by others,
    enlightened me with the knowledge unknown to others
    And above all these,
    you drawn me unto your bosom by delivering me from rebirth.
    All these have been possible by your enchanting ways alone."

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  2. Thank you. I had used translation of Thiruvasagam by G.U.Pope(published in 1900).
    Your translation brings out the meaning from the original Tamil in a more befitting way.

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  4. Thanks rk for your sharing and appreciation.

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