Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha on Rayaru

One of the many bidi sanyasis who preferred to remain out the Matha fold and worship Raghavendra Swamy is Vasudeva Vittala Dasa.

Vasudeva Vittala Dasa is the ankita of  Vyasa Tatvajna (1704-1800) who was born as Venkataramana. Though people prefer to call him Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha, it should be remembered that he was bidi or freemoving mendicant though he was closely associated with the parampare of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Matha of Mantralaya.

He was born to Ayiji Venkata Narasimhacharya, a great Madhwa scholar. Venkata Narasimhacharya was a   disciple of Bhuvanendra Theertha of Raghavendra Swamy Matha. He had also mastered the Sudha Pata.

Venkata Narasimhacharya and his wife regularly interacted with Haridasas and his wife often sang their compositions. One day, Venkata Narasimhacharya found his wife singing a beautiful composition of Gopala Dasa.

The composition went like this:

 

“Vagatanadalli Sukhavilla adanoolenendare bidadalla

hagaraNa jagadolu migilaayitu pannag shyana nagaranivasaa”

 

Though the composition remained in the mind of Venkata Narasimhacharya and he was deeply impressed with the Devara Nama, he thought it was below his dignity to meet Gopala Dasa or interact with him.

By then, he had mastered the Sudha Pata and he looked down on anyone would had not read or mastered it. “What can Bhaganna, the earlier name of Gopala Dasa, tell me that I do not know”, he asked.

However, one day he was forced to go and meet Gopala Dasa to know the future of his son.

Gopala Dasa asked Venkata Narasimhacharya not to worry and forecast that his son, Venkataramana, would become a great scholar.

Soon, Venkataramana became a scholar and subsequently a disciple of Bhuvenendra Theertha of  Raghavendra Swamy Matha.

Gopala Dasa advised him to take sanyasa and Venkataramana became Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha.

However, Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha continued his association with Gopala Dasa. He sang and danced with him and this was not to the liking of Bhuvenendra Theertha. The seer warned Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha that he would succeed on the Peeta and that he should behave in a dignified and restrained manner.

Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha, also known as IG Swamigalu or Aijee Swamigalu, then preferred to remain out of the Matha Parampare and continued his interaction with Gopala Dasa.

The seer stayed on at Venisomapura, which is about 75 kilometers away from Mantralaya. Venisomapura is in Andhra Pradesh and it is downstream the Tungabhadra.

Vyasatatvagna or Vyasa Tatvajna Theertha  has written extensively on Krishna. His ankita was Vasudeva Vittala. He has consecrated the idol of Venugopala Swamy in Venisomapura

Venisompura was also affected by the flash floods of the Tungabhadra in 2009. The Brindavana of Vyasa Tatvagna Teertha along with the two temples of Lakshmi and Venugopala Swamy were fully immersed in water for more than 24 hours.   This place is also called as Chyavanakashrama.   It is here that Vyasa Tatvagna Teertha entered Brindavana.

To reach Venisompura from Mantralaya, one has to cross the Tungabhadra and pass through Ieeja and Chinna Tandrapad in Mahaboobnagar district, adjoining Kurnool district.

 

A great devotee of Rayaru, the seer of Venisomapura has some excellent compositions. Here are two of them.

 

ಮರೆವಾರೆ ಎನ್ನ – ರಾಘವೇ೦ದ್ರ ಗುರುವೆ ಸ೦ಪನ್ನ
ಕರೆದು ಕಾಮಿತಗಳ ಕರೆವೆ ನಾ ನಿನಗೆ೦ದು        || ಪ ||

ದಾರಿಯ ತಪ್ಪಿ-ಪೋಗುವ ಧೀರ ಪೋರನ್ನ
ದಾರಿಯ ಪಿಡಿಸಿನ್ನು ಪುರವನ್ನೆ ತೋರಿಸೆ
ಊರಿನ ಒಳಗೆ ಆವನ ಆಗಾ
ದೂರ ನೋಡುವರೆ-ದೋಷಗಳ ವಿಚಾರ ಮಾಡುವರೆ
ಧೀರರು ಆವಪರಿಯಲವನ ಪಾರಗಾಣಿಪರಲ್ಲದೆ    || ೧ ||

ಹಸಿದು ಪರರ ಕೇಳದೆ ದ್ವಿಜವರಿಯನ್ನ
ಶಿಶುವಿನ ನೋಡಿ ದಯದಿ೦ದ ಕರೆದಿನ್ನು
ಹಸಿದ್ಯಾಕೊಯೆ೦ದು ಪಾಕವ ಮಾಡಿ
ಹಸನಾಗಿ ತ೦ದು-ಬಡಿಸುವ ಅವಸರದಿ ನಿ೦ದು ಅವನ ದೋಷ
ಪಸರಿಸಿ ಉಣಿಸಿದ ಜನರು೦ಟೆ ಧರೆಯೊಳು        || ೨ ||

ಜಲಪಾನಾತುರನಾಗಿ ಜಲವ ಕೇಳಿದ ವಿಪ್ರ   
ಕುಲತರುಳನನಳ ನೋಡಿ ಕೃಪೆಯಿ೦ದ ಸುರನದಿ   
ಜಲವ ನೀವೆನೆ೦ದು-ಬ್ಯಾಗನೆ ದಿವ್ಯ ಕಲಶವ ತ೦ದು ಬಾರೆಲೊ   
ಬಲು ಆಲಸ್ಯವ್ಯಾಕೆ೦ದು-ನಿನ್ನಯ ಪ೦ಕ   
ತೊಳೆಯ ಕೊಡುವೆನೆ೦ದು ತಡವ ಮಾಡುವರೆ    || ೩ ||

ಸುಶರೀರತನವನ್ನು ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಯಸಿ ತಾ
ಉಸರದ ಮುನಿ ತನಯನ ಕ೦ಡು ತಾವಾಗಿ
ಕುಶಲವು ಕೇಳಿ ದೇವತ ವೈದ್ಯ
ಅಸಮರೆ೦ದೆ ಹೇಳಿ-ಅವಗೆ ದಿವ್ಯರಸವನ್ನು ಪೇಳಿ ನಿನ್ನಲಿದ್ದ
ಕಿಸರು ಪೋದರೆ ಕೊಡುವೆನೆ೦ದು ನಿಲುವರೆ        || ೪ ||

ಆರ್ತಿಯ ಭಕುತನ್ನ ನೋಡೀಗ ನಿನ್ನ ದಿವ್ಯ   
ಕೀರ್ತಿಯ ನೋಡಿಕೊ ವಾಸುದೇವ ವಿಠ್ಠಲನ   
ಮೂರ್ತಿಯ ಭಜಕ-ಭಕ್ತರಾಭೀಷ್ಟ   
ಪೂರ್ತಿಗೆ ಜನಕ ನಿನ್ನಯ ಗುಣ ಸ್ಫೂರ್ತಿ ಉಳ್ಳನಕ ಪಾಪದ ಲೇಶ   
ವಾರ್ತೆ ಎನಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲವೆ೦ದು ನಿಶ್ಚೈಸಿದೆ        || ೫ ||

 

Another song by Vasudeva Vittala is

 

ನಾನ್ಯಾಕೆ ಚಿ೦ತಿಸಲಿ ನಾನ್ಯಾಕೆ ಧೇನಿಸಲಿ
ತಾನಾಗಿ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇ೦ದ್ರಯತಿ ಒಲಿದ        || ಪ ||

ಪೋರತನದವನು ಎರಡು ಥೆರೆಗಳಲಿ   
ದೂರಾಗಿ ಮೊರೆಯು ಅಲ್ಲವೆ೦ದು   
ಕಾರುಣ್ಯದಿ೦ದ ತಮ್ಮಯ ಗುರುತುಗಳ ತೋರಿ   
ಧೀರ ತಾ ಕರವನ್ನು ಪಿಡಿದ ಬಳಿಕಾ        || ೧ ||

ಜಗದೊಳಗೆ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು ಗುಣದಿ ಭು೦ಜಿಸುವ೦ಗೆ
ಆಗದ೦ಕರನು ತಾನು ಬಳಿಗೆ ಬ೦ದು
ಬಗೆ ಬಗೆಯಿ೦ದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುರಸಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು
ಸೊಗಸಾಗಿ ಉಣಿಸಲು ಚಿ೦ತೆಯು೦ಟೆ            || ೨ ||

ಪೂರ್ಣಜಲ ಹರಿವ ವಾಹಿನಿ ಕ೦ಡು ಬೆದರುವಗೆ
ಕರಣಧಾರನು ತಾನೆ ಬ೦ದು ನಿ೦ದು
ತೂರ್ಣದಲಿ ಕರಪಿಡಿದು ಹರಿಗೋಲು ಒಳಗಿಟ್ಟು
ಘೂರ್ಣಿಸಲು ಅವನಿಗೆ ಚಿ೦ತೆಯು೦ಟೆ        || ೩ ||

ತನ್ನಯ ಹಿತವು ತಾ ವಿಚಾರಿಸಲವ೦ಗೆ
ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಪರಮಗುರು ತಾನೆ ಬ೦ದು
ಸನ್ಮಾರ್ಗವನು ತಾನೆ ಪೇಳುವೆನೆನಲು
ಇನ್ನು ಆಯಾಸ ಉ೦ಟೆ            || ೪ ||

ಏಸು ಜನ್ಮದಲಿ ಅರ್ಚಿಸಿದೆನೋ ನಾ ಇನ್ನು
ವಾಸುದೇವವಿಠ್ಠಲ ಪಾದಪದುಮ
ಲೇಸಾಗಿ ಈ ಸುಕೃತದಿ೦ದೆನ್ನ ಹರಿದಾಸ
ಈ ಸುಗುಣ ಗುರುರಾಯ ಎನಗೆ ಒಲಿದ    || ೫ ||

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