“Agre Pashyami: A masterpiece of devotion and artistry”, The Commune Mag, October 03, 2023:
“In her bustling household, my maternal grandmother frequently recited a cherished verse as a part of her daily routine. With her every step, she carried a melody that resonated through the kitchen, a hymn that invoked the very essence of Krishna himself.
“Agre Pashyami,” she would intone, her voice carrying a devotion that spanned centuries. These verses from the 100th dasakam (chapter) of the revered Narayaneeyam, composed by the illustrious Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri in the 16th century, were more than just words. They were a portal to a realm where love and surrender to the divine intertwined in poetic grace.
Narayaneeyam, a tapestry woven from the threads of devotion, weaves together the life and exploits of Lord Krishna, drawing from the sacred Bhagavata Purana. Composed in pursuit of divine healing, this masterpiece stands as a testament to the miraculous power of faith. In its 100th dasakam, an ailing Bhattathiri was blessed with a vision, and in verse, he painted the very form of Krishna he beheld……”
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