SRI BALA CHARANAM.
APRIL 13TH, 2010
THOUSANDS OF QUESTIONS FOR THE 100 ANSWERS GIVEN BY SRI BALA IN SRI BABA.G’S “SRI BALA ANDHADHI”.
It is only at Sri Bala’s explicit request that I maintain this blog site. Whatever I write has Bala’s blessings and indeed, this is merely a platform for Her to reach out to whoever connects with this site.
Today, I was made to understand very clearly that Bala wanted me to write about something totally different compared to my previous blog posts. During a recent telephone conversation with Sri Baba.G he asked me to start looking into the 100 verses of his poem “Bala Andhadhi”. He said, “if you start asking, or searching for the appropriate questions that might have produced the answers or “Arul Vakku”, contained in the 100 verses of my poem, I think you will find the key to unlock your problems. There are only 100 correct questions for those answers. However, these are all mixed up in your head right now. By asking the correct questions, many secrets can be unlocked and you will find the truth”.
“Why should he talk about this today?” I asked myself. However, on the eve of Tamil New Year, I got a very clear instruction from Bala that this should indeed be the content of my writings in this article.
In fact, she gave me a precise time period, between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. today, to sit and do this work. Without questioning her, I have embarked on this task. I sincerely hope all of you find answers and solutions to many of your questions from none other than Sri Bala herself.
We are usually conditioned to find the correct answers for questions. However, please remember that in her little child’s world, Bala is asking and imploring all of us to come up with the right question, because she has already given us the answers! It is up to us to analyse and question “Why?” we can’t seem to find that perfect solution , when this child- goddess has already provided the answers for all our problems!
“Bala Andhadhi”, containing 100 verses was composed by Sri Baba.G in the late 1990’s during the period he had just begun to write a number of Bala’s songs, at her request. Although many of his earlier works are set in the style of his eminent father, Peedathipadhi, Sri Ezhilmani, the Andhadhi stands apart from the rest with respect to both its content as well as the meter in which the verses are set.
First of all, most songs written by Baba.G (as dictated to him by Sri Bala), address a lot of problems faced by people in this world. There is hymn to remove diseases, a prayer for getting ahead in studies, another song that results in good progeny, etc. The Bala Andhadhi, on the other hand is, on the surface, a litany of praises on Sri Bala . However, each one of the 100 verses is highly symbolic and for those who are patient to study it deeply, a treasure trove of precious gems can be unearthed.
“Andhadi”, refers to a type of poem consisting of 100 verses, in which the ending word of each stanza forms the beginning word of the subsequent one. Also, the final word employed while concluding the poem, is the exact same word utilized to start this elegy.
I should also point out that I started this work on April 13th, 2010, with the blessings of Sri Baba.G . As indicated earlier, during just two hours ( 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on that day, I wrote several questions for exactly 38 verses. Subsequently, when I resumed this work the next day, the questions that arose in my mind seemed totally different. They appeared to be rhetorical questions, indicating a subtle shift in my perception regarding the meaning of these verses. Without pausing to ask why this was happening , I carried on with my efforts, putting down in writing exactly, and without alteration, the thoughts Sri Bala herself was planting in my mind.
In other words, Sri Bala herself was making both the questions and answers spring forth in my mind.
Although this might seem a bit confusing, I think once you start reading, you will begin to understand.
So, for the first 38 verses I’ve asked innumerable questions regarding each verse and summarized the answer for each one as dictated by Bala to me.
From verse 38 until verse 60, ( i.e. 22 verses), the questions themselves contain the answers. Yet, even for these rhetorical questions, Bala has made me provide further explanation. It appears that she really is reaching out to a lot of people and made me recap several times in order to point out clear and precise explanations through the answers.
From Verse 60 to verse 100 ( 40 verses), Bala told me to “sing” her praises and this is exactly what I’ve done. I found that all questions had vanished from my mind and what was left was just Bala’s grandeur.
In fact, the first two hours on April 13th marked an end to all the doubts and confusion that existed in my mind. From Verse 38 until 60, I have actually chastised myself for NOT having understood Bala’s glory more fully, foolish as I have been!
Verses 60 to 100 sing out Bala’s exalted nature.
This work started on April 13th, 2010 at Sri Bala’s command and through Baba.Gs blessings has been completed on May 6th, 2010 at exactly 4 p.m.
I shall wait for Sri Bala’s instructions regarding the exact day this work should be posted on my blog.
I have reproduced Sri Bala Andhadhi , transliterated from the original Tamil Text as composed by Sri Baba.G. The literal meaning of each verse is given directly below the Romanized script, followed by the questions and answers as provided to me by Bala! While I have tried my best to produce a close translation of Tamil into English, I do apologize, in advance, for any errors on my part.
This post has been published on May 18th, 2010 after receiving the blessings of Sri Baba.G at Bala Peetam, Nemili.
SRI BALA CHARANAM.
SRI BALA ANDHADHI
INVOCATION TO LORD GANESHA.
Gnaala madhai padaitthitta gnaana swaroopiniyaam
Baalaavin Andhaadhi danai azhagudan aakkithara
Moola kaaraNamai irukkum muzhu mudaR kadavule
Kola nirai Ganapathiye thozhuthEn unai kOdimuRai.
She’s the Creator of this universe, an embodiment of knowledge
To help me compose Bala’s Andhadhi beautifully,
Oh Lord, who is the root cause for everything, and the first and foremost among all deities,
Oh beautiful Lord, Ganapathi, I worship you countless times!
Om Ganeshaya Namah:
Sri Guruve Charanam.
TO COMMENCE GOOD ACTIONS
AnRu oRu naaL ayyaRavargal kanavinile vandavaL
Indru mudal Nemili en iruppidam ena chonnavaL
enRoozh pOl jolikkinRa vayadinile chinnavaL
onru dalenRaal ingu than enRu oYaaramai ninRavaL.
One day, ( long ago), she came in Iyer’s dream
From today, Nemili is my place of rest, she said.
Glowing like the bright sun, young in age,
If there’s one place where everyone comes to unite, it is here
She said, as she came to stand, proudly!
When will I understand the purpose for Bala’s descent into this world or why she chose Nemili to be her resting place? Why did she assume the role of a small child to entice her devotees, and what indeed is the mystique surrounding her precocious nature?
She entered Iyer’s dream in the form of a small child and chose Nemili to be her permanent abode. She lives here in the form of a bright, glowing spark of a child teaching us all to love each other and remain united despite many differences in caste, creed or cultural backgrounds. Bala’s message is universal. She teaches us to celebrate the God-like qualities of innocence and love innate in all children, and to share this love universally without harboring any evil intentions or deceit. People from all over the nation and world come together at Nemili, united in praise of Sri Bala.
REMOVAL OF WICKEDNESS.
NinravaL thani Oru kuzhandai aaga vandhu anaithayum
venRavaL leelaigal pala purindhu theemaigalai
konRavaL nemili vazh nenjangaLil niRainthavaL
inRavaL anbaal palarai EenravaL inbanilai tharubavaL.
Standing alone, a small child who won over everyone
Destroying evil by playing divine tricks
Occupying the hearts of everyone living in Nemili
attracting everyone to her today, and giving happiness to all.
Why has Sri Bala , a mere child, chosen to appear in this world alone, unaccompanied by either her mother or father? Most deities in Hindu mythology are represented as accompanied by their consorts. Symbolically, the male principle represents the inherent, unmanifest power of creation while the female principle is the energizing power or Shakthi. Yet, in Bala’s case, she has chosen to appear alone. Also, What does she achieve by all her mischievous acts. Why does she create so many questions in our mind?
She appears on her own to indicate her fearlessness in single- handedly destroying all enemies or negative tendencies. Also, she is the residing place of ALL the Gods. Within her is contained this entire universe. Acting in the manner of a small child, she creates a play of events in the lives of her devotees that completely destroys all negative forces and evil tendencies, transforming everyone into aspects or reflections of herself!
Many questions and doubts are made to rise in our minds, so this little child can get the opportunity to wipe them out and cleanse our thoughts!
To Accumulate all good things in life.
TharubavaL anaithaiyum thadaiyinRi ivvulagukku
varubavaL Nodiyil adiyavar kuRai TheerpathaRkku siRu
urubaval seeri vandhu nanmai palavum puribavaL azhagiya
purubavaL Poovulagai aRai nodiyil aRputhamaai paDaithavaL.
She gives everything, to this world, without holding back,
She comes in an instant to resolve her devotees’ problems
Small in form, swiftly does she arrive to provide all good things
Lovely maiden who created this beautiful universe within half a second!
What can we really obtain from her? Can we hope to fulfill all our material desires even if we are not terribly truthful or honest? Does she really listen to our prayers? She’s such a small child; can she really put an end to lawlessness, dishonesty and chaos in this world? What powers does she possess?
Bala’s powers are immense. Remember, she created this entire universe within half a second. She is generous in taking care of her devotees’ requests and fulfills all their desires instantly, overlooking their many flaws. She hastens to stamp out injustice and stands steadfastly by the side of her faithful devotees.
WELFARE OF THE WORLD.
ULAGAM NALAM PERA.
PAdaithavaL bhaktharin thuyar danai paripoorNamai
thudaithavaL irakkamaRra arakkar kooTathai thooL thooLai
uDaithavaL uLLamathil uNmaiyaana anbuthanai aLavinRi
adaithavaL ivvulaga mengum idaiyaRaathu niRaindavaL.
Supreme creator! completely wiping out sorrows of all devotees,
Shattering into little pieces, groups of merciless, wicked people.
Tightly packing our hearts with infinite, true love
Pervading the whole world completely without leaving a gap.
Is She capable of removing all our misery and sorrow instantaneously? Is she a new phenomenon in this age of Kali Yuga? Is it possible for her to sow the seeds of love even in the hearts of wicked people?
Yes, Sri Bala who has created this universe and pervades it completely, fights all our enemies, both internal and external. She wipes away all our sorrow, and spreads the message of love and harmony, transforming and winning over the hearts of even the most ruthless people.
TO FIND INNER SOLACE.
ULLA KURAIGAL THEERA.
NiRaindavaL anbu koNda manaThil nirandaramaai
uRaindavaL bandaputhirarai azhithaPin pAadi puRaaNathil
maRaindavaL ulagathu deivangaLil uruvilum vayadilum
kuRaindavaL kuraigaL anaithaiyum kuRaivinRi TheerThavaL.
Occupying fully and dwelling permanently inside hearts filled with love
She disappeared half way in the legend after slaying the sons of demon Bandaasuran.
Youngest in size and age among all Gods in the world
She makes all sorrows vanish without a trace!
How do we go about “finding” Bala? What is the procedure for filling our hearts with Bala? How can we persuade her to stay within us permanently , without vanishing quickly?
Sri Bala resides in all loving hearts. When we have successfully vanquished all our bad qualities, the heart’s empty space is then filled completely with love. In the midst of this loving heart, Bala sits in splendor. However, we have to work hard to “capture” her! If you want Bala to stay with you permanently, think of her, love her and experience her always as a little child. Remember, she may be the youngest among all Gods in terms of size and age. However, none can equal her strength and prowess in defeating all our enemies and fulfilling all our wants!
For Arts and Creative Talents to Flourish.
AAYA KALAIGAL VALARA.
TheerThavaL theenginai nallavar palarai nemiliyile koNdu
seRthavaL kalai nigazhcchigal palavaRrai kaLipudane
paarthavaL maNiyaana kalaignargalai maNimaNi yaaga
KOrthavaL KOdi KOdi inbamadai koduThavaL.
Removing all evil, she brought several good people together at Nemili,
Observed many music functions taking place, with great delight
Stringing together talented artistes like precious beads on a chain
Provided countless, infinite happiness to everyone!
Why does Bala attach a lot of importance to Music, song, dance, art and drama? Why does she insist on inviting musicians to her Peetam and make a huge fuss over them?
Sri Bala “is” the very soul of Music and it is through this medium she has chosen to reveal herself to seekers. She invites to her house many musicians and delights in hearing them perform. However, nothing gives her as much happiness as hearing her own songs sung with complete belief and devotion.
Removal of stubborn problems
NEENGA INNALGAL THEERA.
KoduTthavaL magizhvudane innal palavum imaipozhudhil
thaduTthavaL tharani engum pugazh paada thakka thOr avathaaram
eduTthavaL anbaiyum aRuLaiyum azhagiya AaDai pOla
uDuTthavaL uNmaiyaana bhakthaRin kanavinile vandu uDippavaL.
Generous in bestowing (boons) with happiness, preventing many harmful situations
Within a twinkling of the eye,
Descending into this world in a manner eliciting great fame and praise by all ,
Wearing love and grace like two beautiful garments
She appears in the dreams of her faithful devotees.
Why are we assailed relentlessly by so many problems in life? Even if our past Karma is a factor in determining our current circumstances, can the sharp sword of destiny be deterred by prayers? By singing Bala’s songs will our problems vanish? Can we, each one of us, catch a glimpse of Bala, at least in our dreams? Does she really become a part of you and reside in your subconscious mind, located in your heart? Can you hear her? Experience her and talk to her?
Yes, definitely Sri Bala will make you totally aware of her presence both within your heart as well as in orchestrating events in your life. The songs Sri Bala has given her devotees contain miraculous healing powers that can blunt the sharp sword of Destiny. Her songs address a lot of problems that we face in life starting with the difficulty of finding a suitable partner, not being able to have a child, health, wealth, education, moral and legal issues. If you are truly devoted to her and sing her songs with complete belief and total surrender, this little child removes all your problems with one, quick stroke.
TO OBSTRUCT WICKED PEOPLE.
KODIYA THEEYORAI THADUKKA.
UdhiPavaL ulagamengum nallavarkku naNmaigaLai udanukkudan
vidhiPpavaL nilaiyaRra iVvulagil nidhamum palaraal
thuthiPpavaL thooya nenjai KaayapaduTthum kayavaRai
midhiPpavaL minnal iRangi vandhadhu pOla piRandavaL.
She arrives to decree all good things should befall kind- hearted people living in the world,
She’s worshipped by many existing in this impermanent world,
and squashes immoral people who wound innocent hearts
With the abruptness of a bolt of lightning, she’s born!
We witness several evil deeds and atrocious actions in this world. Will there ever be an end to injustice, dishonesty, cruelty and torture in this world. Can countries put an end to strife and warfare and learn to live with harmony? Can leaders behave more responsibly? When will politicians and government officials stop accepting bribes? When will those in a position of power stop accumulating more wealth? Will social justice ever be meted out?
Bala’s presence in this world is to address problems of this nature. She rewards good people instantly and is equally quick to punish all wrong-doers. Born into this world with the suddenness of a streak of lightning, little Bala moves swiftly to avenge wicked and evil people who wound the hearts of innocent people. Her aim is to unite people of different races and cultures through the medium of tolerance and love.
Removal of diseases and sins.
PINIGAL, PIZHAIGAL THEERA.
PirandavaL piNi pOkkum deivangal anaiTthilum
chiRanthavaL pizhaigal pala seidaalum mannitthu
maRanthavaL Nemiliyai piRappidamai kondu peedathinai
thiRanthavaL poovulagai kaathida nemilikku vandavaL.
Born into the world, superior to all other deities
Renowned for removing diseases
She forgives and forgets countless sins that are committed
She considers Nemili as her birthplace and opened the Peedam (holy seat).
To dispense protection to the world, she has arrived in Nemili.
Can praying to Bala remove diseases that afflict us? Can she provide a “miracle cure” and heal those who are terminally ill? Does Sri Bala accept us totally when we seek refuge and surrender at her feet, even though we may have committed many sins and possess innumerable defects?
Our Vedas proclaim that our body is governed and blessed by various deities. For example, Lord Surya ( Sun) is responsible for the proper functioning of the eyes, Lord Chandra ( Moon) governs the mind, Lord Indra gives strength to our hands, while Lord Vishnu governs the ability to walk, and so on. Therefore praying to the appropriate deities is deemed to give relief for those suffering from various ailments. However, Sri Bala is the residing place of all Gods. Singing her “Noi Neekum Pathigam” (Hymn to remove all diseases) will surely provide relief for devoted seekers. What is important to note is the fact that these songs have been given to this world by Sri Bala herself and they are far more powerful than ancient hymns and prayers prescribed in the Vedas by Rishis and sages. Bala has chosen Nemili to be her permanent residing place and has come to this world to protect and help all those who come to her. She does not judge us by the mistakes we might have committed. True to her nature as a small child, she is quick to forgive us and clasp us to her heart!
To acquire everything we ask for.
VandavaL vaanjaiyOdu kettathellaam aLLi aLLi
thanthavaL veRanna vendum keL naan un
sondam enRavaL ennai vittaal unakedu
bandam ena cholli arulum porulum tharum arum poRul.
She comes to bestow whatever we ask for with love and compassion
Benevolent in heaping more and more boons,
Enquiring “what more do you need I’m your relation
If you desert me what bond are you left with?”
So saying she gives all material things and her grace, this rare, divine being!
Is it true that Bala grants all our wishes? Can I really get “close” to her and bond with her like a close member of the family? Can I take the liberty of requesting her to fulfill all my desires?
Bala is there to give you everything your heart desires. Why bother to ask her anything when She is totally aware of all your needs. You might feel that a pressing problem you have encountered needs a quick solution. So, you pray to Bala for that particular problem to get solved. However, by focusing simply on one issue, you are restricting the full impact of Sri Bala’s grace. She is ever present and all pervading. Bala knows all about you and what is best for you. She provides a good lift and rewards us at the appropriate time in our lives.
REMOVAL OF INNER DARKNESS ( IGNORANCE).
AKA IRUL NEENGA.
Porul venda anbarkal poRumaiyOdu un
aRul vendi unnidam thedi varum pOthu
maRul kondu mana magizchi yOdu aka
iRul neengi ipoovulakil inbam koLlvar.
When devotees approach you, not wanting wealth
Only your grace, and come searching for you at your house
With gladness in their hearts, all bewilderment and inner darkness vanishes and,
They attain true happiness in this world.
Most people are materialistic and seek to obtain worldly pleasures. However, can Bala help those who are also true spiritual seekers?
For those of us who approach her without expecting to receive any material gains, Bala shows the path to lead life with peace and contentment. What we seek to obtain from Bala, we do get it, according to the nature of our desires, whether these are material or spiritual.
TRANSFORMATION OF BAD QUALITIES.
THEEYA GUNANGAL MAARA.
KoLvar un Peyarai nidhamum kooRugaiyil
oLvar Aagi ozhukkamodu oppilaa oRrumai aagi
eLvar ennaaLum paadhaga seyalaikandu
kaLvar Aayinum kayavaR Aayinum kaNnathil maaRuvaR.
Uttering your name each day, they shine brightly
Acquire good virtues and come together with incomparable unity
Shunning all heinous acts they witness each day,
Though they may be thieves or bandits, in an instant they get transformed.
It is extremely difficult for us to get over stubborn addictions like alcohol, smoking or gambling. Can Bala help us to give up some of these compulsive habits? Can she effect a transformation in the mind of criminal or a murderer?
Yes, in an instant all negative thoughts and tendencies disappear, by either uttering Bala’s holy name or by setting foot inside her holy abode.
TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
Uyar perumaigal sera.
Maaruvar maanilamengum maghizhvudane Odichenru
Kooruvar nin pughazhai uNmai enum eNi kondu
eRuvar eRRam kaNdu pinbu theecheyyal kandaal
seeruvar sirumaiyai azhitthu peRumaiyai aNiyai pooNuvaR.
They get transformed, then run throughout the country, with happiness
Shouting out your praises, they climb
The ladder of truth, and after witnessing a lift in their lives,
They frown upon evil deeds, erase all smallness and
Wear greatness like a new dress.
Can Bala’s grace help those who have reformed through her healing powers, achieve greatness in life? Is it possible for people who were once cruel and wicked, to change completely and perform philanthropic acts and service to mankind?
Bala’s songs bring about a complete and total modification in both thought and action. By either listening to them or chanting these songs, the mind begins to subconsciously grasp all the good values and the wisdom espoused and constant repetition leads to an alteration of behavior and action. A truthful and honest behavior replaces dishonesty and deceit. Jealousy, envy and greed vanish and selfishness is replaced by selfless service. Above all, hatred is replaced by a loving attitude towards everyone.
ENHANCEMENT OF SPIRITUALITY.
NAL AANMEEGAM VALARA.
PooNuvaR kavachamaai poongodi un kavachathai poovulagil
kaaNuvar KaaNa kidaikka PeRanaithum kaNdapin
ENuvaR edhinmai inri unnai etthuvar pinbu
naaNuvar natthigam pesiathai eNni naa koosuvar.
They (your devotees) shall wear your “kavacham” as a protective shield
And watch their fortunes and greatness increase,
Witnessing this, they praise you highly
And feel ashamed for having (previously) spoken
What is the “greatness” or “power” of your “Kavacham” ( Shield of Protection hymn)? Is it possible for even the most stubborn atheist to fall victim to your charms? Can miracles happen and evil forces be held at bay by reciting your Kavacham?
Sri Bala’s Kavacham is indeed a very powerful hymn. Chanting this every day benefits the sincere devotee and keeps at bay all destructive and evil forces. Miraculous incidents are experienced by many who recite this prayer daily. Atheists are completely altered after witnessing her many playful acts and soon they are also brought within the protective circle of Bala’s grace.
TO INTERACT AND BEHAVE HARMONIOUSLY.
Koosuvar theeya cheyal puriya koodaa ozhukkam kandu
Esuvar iRumaappinri enneramum inmugamaai
Pesuvar aLavilaa undan leelaigalai kaaNa
Aasuvar kandapin Aatpaduvar Aanandamaai unnai ninaitthu.
They( your devotees) shall abhor to perform wicked deeds, and denounce
All bad habits, cease to be hypocrites and speak sweetly at all times
They long to witness your divine miracles
And having perceived them,
Thinking of you, they fall under your spell happily!
Why do I entertain so many conflicting thoughts about Bala?
Why do I sometimes doubt her presence within me? Even when I have witnessed many of her divine acts, why do I sometimes “forget” her and seek out other Gurus or deities? Why am I so confused in my mind at times that I’m driven to go on endless pilgrimages and holy places seeking remedies for life’s problems when all I need to do is to simply stand in front of Bala in her house?
Once the inner mind and heart’s space is filled with constant thoughts about Bala, there dawns a sense of complete fullness and contentment. There is no need to waste time and effort visiting many temples, astrologers or soothsayers. Bala resides permanently inside her house in Nemili. She has chosen to stay here and become a part of this unique family. However, it is at her request, that strangers from all over the world are summoned to receive her blessings. For many, just a single visit to Nemili results in profound changes . Fortunate are those who have witnessed miraculous changes in their lives and keep coming back again and again to love and honour this amazing child- Goddess. Bala alone reigns supreme in her house and once you enter her enchanted world, she takes care of you throughout your life!
TO OBTAIN PEACE OF MIND.
Ninnaithavudan nimmadhi adaivar nin paarvai
iNnaithavudan innalai azhikkum inbam adhu
enaiTthu enru aLavida mudiyaathu amudasurabhiyaagi
anaitthu kuraigalaiyum pOkki amaidhi kodukkum.
Thinking of you, they (devotees) obtain peace of mind
Locking into your gaze, they derive the happiness of
Instantly removing all hurdles,
Like an infinite ocean of nectar gushing forth, all sorrows
Vanish and immeasurable contentment is bestowed.
Why is it that I get an “inexplicable” feeling of complete, utter peace when I stand in front of Bala? When I stand in front of Sri Bala, why do I get the certain feeling that nothing in this world can really affect me? Why do I feel that material concerns are no longer significant? Why does happiness fill my heart completely when I visit Sri Bala at her Peetam?
Sri Bala removes all our defects with a mere glance and fulfills all our requests in a twinkling of a second. All impediments and obstacles vanish instantly and like the celestial, wish-fulfilling tree, Kamadhenu, Sri Bala showers her devotees with blessings and makes all their wishes come true. However, she does teach us to be more motivated towards helping others and educates us to understand the non-permanence of worldly pleasures. Being with Bala constantly, brings out the “real” Self or God-Like nature, embedded deeply in everyone. In other words your true nature or real self is none other than Bala who is permanently mixed up with you, in your thoughts and actions.
FOR OBSTACLES TO VANISH.
Kodukkum kodai vaLLal konji maghizhum Baala
Vidukkum azhaippu ovOnrum varum allavaigalai
Odukkum pinbu amaidhiyOdu arulum thanthu iRulai
Thadukkum thakkathoru thuNai ena idaiyaRaathu irukkum.
Each one of the summons issued by this great donor,
Precious, blissful Bala , will prevent forthcoming harm
Then, spreading peace along with her grace,
All darkness will be blocked, and she’ll
Remain, without fail, a constant source of support.
I’ve often wondered why it is possible to visit Bala at Nemili only on certain days and not whenever I feel like making a trip. Why is it that even though I consider myself to be an ardent devotee of Sri Bala, she does not “allow” me to visit her whenever I feel like doing so?
Every single visit to Sri Bala Peetam is “only” at her express command!
You are merely deluding yourself if you think “you” have made plans to see her. Every visit, made by either her devotees or total strangers, is intended for their benefit. I’ve come to understand clearly, over the past 8 years, that after every single visit, problems that bothered me acutely, have been solved. In addition, Sri Bala protects her devotees and many times I’ve been forewarned of looming troubles. Many results that I felt were unfortunate, have, in the long run, produced favourable outcomes. Many dangers have been averted; and Bala has removed from my life many people who have harbored evil intentions. Such is Bala’s grace. Immeasurable is the power of her darshan!
For happiness to swell and gush forth.
IRukkum varaiyil idhayamadhil inbam suRakkum
Tharukkum maRaiyum thaLirkaram vazhangum Aasiyil
seRrukkum azhiyum sembaruthi pOla sivakkum vizhigal
perukkum vaLathai kodukkum nalaTthai idhu saTthiyam.
As long as she’s in the heart, happiness swells
Pride and conceit disappear, the blessings extended by her
tender hands causes arrogance to fade away,
Her eyes, tinged with the redness of a hibiscus flower
Increases wealth and bestows prosperity, this is the truth!
Can you ever experience happiness in your heart without Bala residing there? Is it wise to approach Bala with ego and pride? Would it make any sense to underestimate her powers because she is a child, or show off your abilities or talents in front of her?
Bala is the source, cause and effect of this whole creation. Within her resides this entire universe inclusive of the wisdom and talents of all its inhabitants. So, it would indeed be extremely unwise to underestimate this child- Goddess. It is impossible to fool Bala since she is aware of your deepest, subconscious thought. Remain true and devoted to Bala and watch your life beginning to flourish and prosper!
DESTRUCTION OF ENEMIES.
Satthiyam sonna sundariyun mugam sathruvai azhikkum
paTthiyam veNdaam padhaRavum veNdaam namadhu udale
thiTthiyam Aagum adhil Baala paadal kondu paangaana veLvithanai
nithiyam seidu vandal nischayam mukthi varum.
Oh beautiful lady, who has spoken out the truth, your face destroys enemies,
There’s no need for religious rituals, no need to fear, our
Bodies shall become the sacrificial pits and when we offer Bala’s
Songs as holy offerings, in the proper manner, each day,
Certainly, we shall attain salvation.
Is it true that one glimpse of Sri Bala’s sweet face is sufficient to get rid of all our enemies, both internal and external?
Is it true that by singing Bala’s songs we obtain true salvation?
It is common for people to consult astrologers when they are undergoing tough situations in life. It is equally common practice for astrologers to prescribe certain “pariharams” or remedies that might alleviate unpleasant situations and overcome the negative effects of the planets, etc. Yet, at Bala Peetam, the only remedy for all life’s problems is to sing songs. Is it really true that singing a song can cure a disease, get someone a job, pass an exam or have a child?
This seems quite illogical in the world we live in today!
The real answer to this question lies in your own attitude towards Bala. If you look at her with questioning eyes and doubt her “presence” in the songs, then this prescription will not work for you. When a doctor prescribes treatment for his patient, the latter should follow it assiduously to obtain a cure. By not accepting the medicine or by failing to show up for consultations, a patient is not going to obtain a cure.
Similarly, Bala has provided songs that address a whole array of life’s problems. When they are sung with total involvement and faith, it is certainly possible to make all your dreams come true.
TO ATTAIN GOOD PROSPERITY.
NAL VALANGAL SERA.
Varum thuyar yaavum vaLamaai ingu maaRum Baala
Tharum perinbam naaLum kadal pOla perugum
Arum poruL avaL than enru adikkadi nenju koorum
iRumbaana manamum arumbaagi aRuL maNam veesum.
All troubles get transformed into good fortune here,
And the happiness Bala gives increases daily like the swell of the sea.
Our heart will constantly reiterate she’s a rare, blessed jewel,
Even a heart hard as iron, becomes tender as a bud and releases the sweet smell of her grace.
Will sorrows depart totally? Will happiness surge and fill my heart permanently? When will I understand that Bala is the “real”, precious gem I’ve been seeking thus far in my life? Is it possible for even the stoniest heart to melt in the warmth of her grace and seek salvation at her feet?
All the pain and suffering you experienced before coming to Bala Peetam, shall surely vanish like the snow melting rapidly in the presence of the glowing sun. When sorrow is transformed into happiness, Bala occupies your heart and fills it fully until you are aware of her presence and become one with her.
TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS AND FAME.
UYAR PUGHAZH CHERA.
Veesum thendral un peyar solli chellum
Pesum thamizh un pughazhai solli chellum
Poosum chandanam un perumaiyai naaLum sollum
Kaasum paNamum veNdaam thaaye un kariSanam pORum.
The wafting breeze utters your name as it passes by
Tamil language praises you when it is spoken
Fragrant sandalwood speaks out your greatness each day, while being applied,
There’s no need for money or riches, Oh Mother, your blessings are sufficient!
Why are Bala’s songs written only in the Tamil language, especially by two members in a Telugu- speaking household?
Although Bala’s songs songs are written in Tamil, people from all over the world are enraptured by the lilting melodies and are keen in obtaining a translation of the lyrics. What is the strange quality of attraction that her songs possess?
Why is it that people keep coming back to see Bala? There are many whom she summons to her house, effect a transformation in their lives and keep inviting them over and over again to be near her. Yet others come very close to her and she sets them tough tests to prove their faithfulness. When will people understand that status, wealth and fame are not pre requisites to obtain her grace?
The Tamil language is Bala’s most preferred medium of communication with her devotees. The magical quality of attraction possessed by her songs lie in the fact that by merely listening to them, most of our cares and troubles vanish! Instead we just want to have the pure, unalloyed pleasure of hearing the songs or singing them. This provides a permanent contentment money can never buy.
TO PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF EVIL DEEDS.
POdum enra manam evarukkum ingu illai
mOdum thevaigaLluku aLavu enbadhe illai
soodhum vaadhum niRaindha ivvulagil nidhamum
theethum theengum nighazhaadhirukka thaaye unnaRuL VEnDUM.
None here has a mind that says “enough”
There’s no limit to the endless desires that keep piling up.
In this world filled with deceit and dishonesty, for
Evil and harm not to occur, each day, Oh Mother,
We need your grace!
Why is greed so commonplace in the world we live in today? Why is it that people are never satisfied with what they have and constantly crave for more material things? The world is filled with chaos and confusion . There is no unity either at the level of a single family unit or in the country. Families are split apart, people wound and hurt each other by either words or actions and most quarrels are caused by wealth or the lack of it. When will these problems cease? When will envy, jealousy and anger cease to exist in the hearts of people?
It is possible to achieve everything when Bala showers her blessings and shows us the correct path to tread in life. By upholding all the values indicated through her songs and by heeding her advice, it is possible to effect a total transformation in the way we perceive and interact with the world we live in.
STRENGTH TO WITHSTAND ANYTHING.
EDHAIYUM THAANGUM SHAKTHI PERA.
VeNdum vaRam thaRum engal Baala
MeeNdum oru tharam engaL venduthalkaLai keLaai
Yaandum inbam veNdavillai paazhum thunbakkiNnaRrai
thaaNdum shakthiyum adai thaangum shakthiyum nee thaa!
Oh Bala, who fulfills all wishes we ask for,
Listen once more to our requests
We don’t desire excessive pleasures, but caught as we are in this miserable
Deep well of unhappiness, that is life,
Do give us the
Strength to cross it as well as the fortitude to bear it.
Why is it that many times our prayers are never answered?
Why do we suffer needlessly when we have not committed any sins in this lifetime? Why are misdeeds from the past, that we do not really remember or comprehend, affect us relentlessly in this life? Why am I led to suffer many a cruel situation, despite my faith, devotion and prayers? When will God’s grace fall on us ? When can we achieve sufficient strength to bear all our misfortunes?
Only when we stop thinking of “our” problems all the time, can we achieve sufficient wisdom and detachment from worldly ends. Once this non-reactive state of mind is achieved, one is motivated to work hard for the welfare of others, instead. A person who is focused only on his own selfish requirements can never be happy. Just as quickly as one need is satisfied, there is craving for yet another object of worldly pleasure. Similarly, when emotional attachments to people and situations or events are strong, a person will never achieve liberation.
Accepting the inevitability of certain situations and perceiving the flow of events in one’s life as a mere on looker will certainly bring great strength, tolerance and tranquility.
FOR (YOUR) SUPPORT TO NEVER CEASE.
Thaa enRaal tharuvaai neeye sEYaai ninRa thayye
Vaa enraal varuvaai neeye varamadai tharuvaaye
PO enRu neeyum sollal aagathu enrum engal
Maa perum thuNai neeye idhai maRavaaye.
Whenever we ask, you give, Oh child, who is like a Mother
Whenever we request you to come, you do so, and grant us boons
It’s not acceptable for you to say “Go away” to us,
You are always our biggest support, don’t forget this!
When will I understand that the moment I cry out your name “Bala”, you immediately come running to my side, hands outstretched to fulfill all my desires and more? Why do I get angry with you sometimes, despite realizing your endless generosity? Why do I not fully comprehend that you are my total support and strength in life?
Sri Bala’s support can never cease or stop. Even though many might come to her, beseech her help and obtain all their desires, Bala does not really care if her help is acknowledged or not. She is beyond all likes and dislikes, hatred and anger. For this child deity, who dispenses love with the grace of a mother, everyone who reaches out to her is taken care of. Even those who might feel angry or upset that she does not seem to instantly fulfill their needs, realize over time, the limitless nature of her love and affection.
TO OVERCOME DEATH.
MaRavaai nenje dinam avaL peyaRai koori enRum
uRavaai ingiru annaiyai charaN adainthaal saTthiyamaai
iRavaai idhu niCchayam aagave un mana kathavai
thiRavaai adhil niRaivaai avaLin ninaivaai irundhidu.
Oh mind, never forget to chant her name daily, forever
Remain as her relation , if you surrender to the holy Mother,
Certainly, you will never die, this is definitely true
So, open the doors of your heart , fill it entirely with thoughts of her
And stay in that state.
Why do I forget you, Bala, at certain times in my life? Why don’t I realize with firm conviction that singing your songs or even calling out your name, gives me instant protection, even from death?
Why don’t I understand that if I open my heart wide and fill it with just thoughts of you, no harm can come my way?
Total surrender at Bala’s feet is the only way of overcoming all dangers and threatening situations in life. A wavering, half-hearted faith that is withdrawn the minute certain desires are not fulfilled reflects a person who has not placed full faith in her. Only when selfish thoughts recede and is replaced by selfless motives and pure love , is it possible to attain the true grace of Bala. The devotion Bala requires from her devotees is an unquestioning, complete and total surrender.
FOR MIRACLES TO HAPPEN.
Irunthidu naaLellaam idaividaathu avaL peyarai aagaramai
Arundhidu alaiyum nenjukku amaidhi thara baala kavachamenum
Marundhidu pinbu marandhidu maRravaRrai unnaiye avaLukku
Virindhidu viyakka vaikkum arpudham kaaNa viraindhidu.
Remain immersed in her thought, without pause, throughout the day,
Consume her name like food,
To calm the wavering mind, apply the medicine of “Bala Kavacham”
Then forget everything else , offer yourself as a feast for her,
And hasten to witness her amazing miracles.
Is there any one song that is more powerful than the others, amongst all the songs given by Bala to this world?
If I had to just recite one song daily, which one would I pick?
Does Bala really perform miracles and protect her devotees from danger, pain and suffering? Can she actually restore stability to a wavering mind?
Reciting “Bala Kavacham” daily is the supreme medicine to cure all diseases. By thinking of SRI BALA incessantly, you can remain oblivious to any pain or suffering caused by the outside world. By opening our hearts to Bala completely, we are instantly protected at all times and Bala will perform many a divine miracle in our lives.
FOR WORRIES TO DISAPPEAR.
ViRaindhidu thuyar yaavum aruL sindhum annai mugam kaaNa
Karainthidum kavalai yaavum maRaindhidum kuzhandaiavaL
Varainthidum kOlatthil siru puLliyai irundhidu pOdum
Karainthidu kanavilum ninaivilum baalavin thiru naamam.
Proceed quickly, all sorrow will melt at the sight of the Mother’s face, brimming with grace,
All worries will disappear. In the intricate patterns (Kolam), she creates
Remain like a small dot, and
Dissolve into Bala’s holy name both in the sleeping and waking states.
When will all my worries disappear? What should I do to remain true to Bala? What is the process by which I can merge with her totally?
One glance at Sri Bala’s glowing face is bound to remove all sorrow. When you fully understand that you are a small speck of dust at her holy feet, and merely a tool she uses to achieve her desired objectives, then all ego and the “I” thought disappears. Remaining in this state of total awareness, and constantly immersed in her thought, it becomes possible to merge with her totally.
FOR PROSPERITY TO FLOURISH.
Naamam kooRungaal nam nenjam naaL thOrum
Kshemam kandu varum sedam edhuminRi endha
Yaamam veLiye sendru vandaalum oRu pOdum
Veemam vaaradhu veezhchiyum vaaraadhu idhuve thakka thanthiram.
Reciting her name in our hearts, each day,
We shall observe an increase in well being, and
Regardless of the time of day we travel, there’ll be no injury,
No fear, or danger of falling, this( reciting her name) is the apt method.
How can I achieve increased prosperity, even though I remain true to Bala? Will Bala continue to protect me and shower her blessings even if I might not sing her songs everyday or recite her Kavacham regularly? Will she continue to extend her support and prevent dangers from coming my way even if I don’t think of her incessantly?
It is true that chanting Bala’s name is itself a very powerful ‘MANTRA’ that shields and protects everyone, at all times, especially during travel. However, even if a person goes astray and somehow wanders away from BALA, she will guide this person back into her fold and protect him from all dangers and mishaps. For a person to flourish and prosper, all he or she has to do is to simply hold on to her feet at all times.
FOR DESIRES TO GET FULFILLED.
NINAITHATHU KAI SERA.
Thanthiram edhum illai nam thuyar theera bala tharum
Yanthiram pOdum ellaam kai serum Aayiram
Mandiram solla veNdaam baala paadal pOdum
endiRam pOnra vaazhvum sudandiramaai maaRum.
No special contrivance is required, for worries to disappear,
The YANTHIRAM ( Sri Chakra)given by Bala is enough
Everything will be accomplished, reciting thousands of mantras
Is not necessary, Bala’s songs are sufficient,
A Mechanical life will transform into one of independence.
When will I obtain freedom from this motorized life I am leading? What exactly is the real power of Bala’s Sri Yantram? Do I have to chant any particular mantras or perform special rituals for this yantra? Are there any restrictions as to where I should place this yantra?
Are there any special benefits in visiting various temples, doing remedies or “pariharams”?
Sri Bala’s yantra can be placed anywhere in the house or indeed, on your person. There are absolutely no restrictions as to where it should be placed, and there are no particular set of rituals or mantras associated with it. However, the Sri Yantra obtained from Bala Peetam is extremely powerful and in conjunction with singing her songs, yields results as desired by the devotee. For example, it can be placed under the pillow of a sick person or carried in the handbag of a person who is travelling. Wherever, it is worshipped with total faith, the yantra produces rewards in a proportionate manner. There is no need to waste time and effort in visiting hundreds of temples, when you finally realize that even a single song given by Bala ensures beneficial results.
TO IMPROVE ONE’S STANDING IN LIFE.
VAAZHKAI THARAM UYARA.
MaaRum nammudaya thuyaram anaithayum anbOdu
kooRum annai Baalavin aRul mozhi kettaal
eRum nam vaazhkkai tharam Eedillaa thEn
ooRum baala paadal paada paavam paRanthOdum.
All our unhappiness will change completely, when we listen
Lovingly to Bala’s divine words of grace.
Our lives continue to prosper, and singing the
Incomparable, sweet songs of Bala that taste like honey
All sins will simply fly away!
How can I become a better person and improve my standing in life?
How can I remove or reduce the negative effects of the sins I might have committed in past lives and in this life?
Bala’s “ Arul Vakku”, or Words of Grace, contain many wise sayings and highlight moral values that are necessary to uphold for leading a good life. By adhering to these words of wisdom, and putting them into practice, it is possible to improve one’s personal standing in life. Singing Bala’s songs with true devotion with an understanding of the messages conveyed by them, will also help a person to overcome the negative impact of all sins he might have committed and transform his nature.
ERADICATION OF ALL DESIRES.
Odum nadhi neeril Aadi asaindhu vandavaL
Thedum pOthu kidaikkaamal sOthanaiyai thanthavaL
Naadum veedum pORra nadukoodathil ninRavaL avaLai
Paadum pOthu theernthidum namadhu mOham.
In the flowing waters of the river, she came dancing
Causing great anxiety by eluding her seekers.
She came to stand in the middle of the centermost room in the house,
Praised by the family and nation,
Singing about her puts an end to all desires.
When will I understand more completely, the true nature of this charming child, who came dancing and floating down the river into Iyer’s hand? When will I fully comprehend this mischievous child who loves to play tricks on her devotees by seeming to not reveal herself to them and then surprises them by enacting many miracles in their lives?
When will I completely be free of all desires and long to be only with her?
Sri Bala is always happy whenever her songs are sung with devotion. The lovely poems that have been written by her devoted sons, Sri Ezhilmani and Baba.G, are the only bridge that can connect a person with her. In order to understand Bala a bit more fully, a careful interpretation of her songs “Sri Bala Andhadhi” and “Virutham” alone is sufficient, since these poems contain a hoard of precious gems (teachings) that can be discovered only by a devoted person.
FOR SORROWS TO GET TRANSFORMED.
MOham kondu AavalOdu baalavai paadum pOthu
Raagam kooda thaaLlam pOdum manathiLluLA Thaalaa
SOgam kooda thannilai maRanthu maaRi pOgum
Thegam silirthuvidum thevaigal maRanthu vidum.
When Bala’s songs are sung with passion
The very melody itself provides the beat, inconsolable
Grief in the heart gets transformed and forgotten,
Body shivers with ecstasy and all wants are forgotten.
Is it possible to overcome even the deepest sorrows and grief? Is it possible to achieve the final state of liberation or salvation by holding on to Bala?
When Bala’s songs are sung with love and enjoyment, all sorrows are forgotten. In fact, it is only by singing her songs that final salvation can be obtained, as all body- conscious thoughts are gone and you are transported to the luminous, shining world of this little child.
FOR GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN.
Vidum moochu kooda un peyar sonnaal vinayam kooRum
Kadum sollum unaikAana kanivaai maaRum
Sudum theeyum sundari unnidam thenRalaai kuLirum
Udumbaaga nenjam unaiye paRrikkoLum.
The very air we exhale, speaks respectfully, at the mere mention of your name,
Harsh words become tender when it sees you,
Oh beauteous lady, even scorching fire transforms into a cool breeze
And like a parasite, our hearts will grasp you tightly.
Is it really possible for me to entertain wicked thoughts in your presence? Is it possible for me to use angry, harsh words standing in front of you? Can I remain hypocritical after entering your house and express sweet talk to your family, when deep inside I harbor a lot of contradictory feelings about them? Is it possible for me to “use” you for achieving my ends and then criticize your family?
How can good things happen to me when I possess a lot of flaws?
Sri Bala loves her devotees and there is certainly no place for false speech, anger or hypocrisy once you have entered her house and stand in front of her. Just as a raging fire can be transformed into a gentle breeze, all feelings of anger, resentment and confusion are completely transformed into sweet speech and compassionate actions. Slowly, she will make you aware of the flaws in your own personality and polish your qualities until your very breath becomes part of her, and your words and deeds will be a reflection of her sweet and pure nature. Sri Bala shows a lot of tolerance and forgives her devotees even though they repeatedly commit mistakes. Eventually, she reveals her true nature and makes people understand and repent for their unwise and harsh actions.
TO GET HAPPINESS.
KoLlum neeRum konjum thamizhil un peyar kooRum
KaLLum BOdhai koLLum un peyar solla
thallium manamum unaik kaaNa thuLLum kuTthum
muLLum poovai maaRi paafum unthan geeTham.
Slimy mud and the running water in streams sing out your name in precious Tamil language.
Even liquor gets intoxicated upon uttering your name,
Dejected hearts leap at your sight and prickly
Thorns get transformed into flowers and sing your music.
What extraordinary powers do Bala’s songs possess since they intoxicate and captivate the mind so completely? How is it that Bala’s songs, written in beautiful Tamil language, enraptures our hearts fully?
Is it possible for the wicked to get transformed by hearing these songs? Can atheists be converted into staunch believers?
So powerful are Bala’s songs that they can instantly convert and completely transform wicked people and atheists, just as a prickly thorn bush can get transformed into a soft flower, through her healing grace.
Indeed, her songs are more potent that the most intoxicating liquor and are capable of completely enslaving our hearts making them rejoice, every moment whilst in her presence.
FOR REMOVAL OF FEAR.
Geetham pala vundu Baala un peyaril engal
Vedam adhuve anRo un naadam isaikka
Medham edhum seiyya veNdaam neengaatha engaL
Kedham azhiyum bayamillai kaakkum undhan paadham.
Bala, many melodies exist in your name
They are like Vedas to us, when your music is sounded
There’s no need to perform rituals and sacrifices,
Incurable distress and sorrow will be removed, your
Feet shall protect us!
How can I eradicate fear from my heart? There are numerous stressful situations in life and each day unfolds countless trepidations. How can I remain unmoved by these fears?
There can be no fear when Bala’s songs are on your lips and you reach out to her feet with total surrender. A glimpse of her tiny, little feet is sufficient to protect and completely remove all fear from our lives.
REMOVAL OF HEINOUS CRIME.
Paadam kaNdaal pOdhum paadagam yaavum pOkum
mOdham koodum mOtcham koodum un peedam thannil
bOdham koodum pOli vaazhkkai maRaindhu pOkum
soodham yaavum vilagum sumaigal thaanaai azhiyum.
A Glimpse of your feet is enough, all sins go away
Love increases, salvation can be attained, in your
Peetam, happiness will augment, false life shall disappear
All deceit exits and burdens self-destruct.
What is the procedure for removing or reducing the negative effects of various transgressions we might have committed in past and present lives? Can a criminal attain salvation by visiting Bala Peetam?
A glimpse of Bala’s feet is surely capable of conferring salvation to even the most hardened criminal. This little child is capable of effecting profound changes in the lives of everyone who come seeking her out in her house. In fact, it is her grace that leads many to her presence so she can confer blessings and make their lives prosper. Holding onto Bala’s feet is the only solution for removal of all negativity and it is the only method of attaining salvation.
REMOVAL OF FAULTS AND SINS.
PAZHI PAAVAM VILAGA.
Azhiyum udalum avaL peyar solla mottaaka malarum
Pazhiyum paavamum baalavai kaaNa padungi maRaiyum enda
Vizhiyum avaLai kaNdaal maghizchilyil kalangum thamizh
Mozhiyum baalavai paaduthalaal poorippu adaiyum.
Even a withering body blossoms like a bud, at the mention of her name,
Sins and censure slink and hide at the sight of Bala,
Eyes are moistened with happiness after seeing her
Even the language of Tamil beams with happiness
Since it sings about her!
Are Bala’s songs capable of giving fresh hope to those who are terminally ill?
Can all our sins be removed by chanting her precious name and singing her songs?
Bala’s songs definitely have the power to both prolong life for those who are terminally ill as well as bring new life to those who are ailing. If one places complete surrender in her, then Bala herself will decide the best outcome for everyone. Singing her melodious songs in the language she has chosen ( Tamil) is certainly bound to yield positive results to everyone.
TO INCREASE THE FLOW OF HER GRACE.
ARUL VELLAM PERUGA.
Adaithel yaavum avaL tharum varangal aagum
Madai thiRantha veLLamaai baala aruL paayum
Vidaigal theriyum vinaigal yaavum maaRum
Kadaisiyil baalathaan ellaam ena nenjam kooRum.
All things we attain are due to the boons she grants
Like a flood of water coursing through an opened sluice,
Bala’s grace bursts forth,
Answers are revealed, all questions get transformed
And finally, the heart pronounces that Bala IS everything!
Oh little child, precious child, when will you give me sufficient wisdom to understand that everything we receive in this world are the boons you lovingly give us?
When will I understand that it is only when your grace falls on me, I shall clearly see the answers to all my problems? When will I learn that it is only when you so will it, I will be able to CHANGE the questions in my mind, so your answers can be revealed?
This verse marks a sharp turning point with regard to the nature of the questions I have asked thus far, in this article. With one swift stroke, Bala has changed the very type and manner of questions arising in my mind to prove that She alone causes them to arise and She alone can provide the perfect answer.
NOT BEING UNGRATEFUL FOR GOOD DEEDS PERFORMED.
SEI NANRI MARAVAADIRUKKA.
Kooruginra nenjamum palan kaNdu sila samayam
maRu ginra pOdhu baalavukku sirippu vaRum adhanaal
eRuginra paadahaiyil thadaigal varum pala nooRu kovilgal
senRaalum palanillai baalavidam thaan vara veNdum.
Though we call out her name, sometimes, after receiving the good benefits,
Our hearts change; this makes Bala smile
Then, obstacles appear in the path we climb,
Although, we may visit several hundreds of temples,
there’s no use, finally, we have to return to Bala .
Oh Dear One! When will I understand that it is my own lack of total faith in you that causes questions and confusion in my own mind?
When will I understand that a confused mind will cause me to travel far and wide in search of solutions to my problems? The more astrologers, Swamis and God-Men I encounter, the more bewildered does my mind get.
When will I understand that finally, when I return to Bala’s feet, all my questions will be answered and my mental confusion evaporates like the morning dew melting under the warmth of the radiant Sun?
The only answer to this question is the tinkling sound of a sweet child’s laughter. Bala provides all the answers to our problems and solves all our difficulties. Yet, we tend to stray from her and forget her after achieving our selfish ends. Being the mischievous child she is, Bala looks on us, smiles with glee and places tiny obstacles in the path we tread, so we are ultimately forced to return to her. She notes with great delight the time and effort we waste by going to other Gurus and Swamis, when all we have to do is simply stand in front of her and sing her songs!
TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
MAA MAHIMAI PERA.
Varavendum varangal palavum Bala thanakke
Thara veNdum ena ninaippavargal enRum
Nirandaramaai avaLai ninaiTthaal pOdum veRum
Maramaai inrundaalum kooda mahimai koodum idhuve yukthiyaakum.
She must come and grant all the boons only for me!
Those who think in this manner
Should permanently think only of her, that is enough
Even a mere tree will attain greatness , this is the most expedient method!
When will I learn that simply meditating on Sri Bala’s radiant form and thinking of her, alone, is capable of granting tremendous boons?
It is said that even an inanimate object can achieve greatness and fame by just being close to Bala. So, being immersed in thoughts of this playful child is surely the most important ingredient for success in life.
FOR PROSPERITY OF PROGENY.
SANDADHI VALAM PERA.
Yukthigal palavum seithida vendaam avaL meedhu
Bhakthi eRpada paNivu iRundaal pOdum Balave
Shakthi koduThiduvaaL sandadhi kaaTthiduvaaL mudivil
Mukthi koduTthu mudalum mudivum thane ena kaTtiduvaaL.
There’s no need to try various methods, to develop
Full faith in her, it is enough to possess humility, then
Bala herself provides strength, protects the family descendants
And, in the end, grants salvation, revealing that she alone
Is both the beginning and the end.
When will it dawn on me that Bala is the sole source of support and strength in my life and she will care for me and for all my descendants?
When will I understand that Bala does not require elaborate rituals in her worship, only humility and love?
When will I appreciate the fact that Bala is present at both the beginning and end of my life?
Bala is the ever present substratum in our lives, leading us from one situation to another. Once you have stepped inside her circle, she will guide you step by step and ultimately identify with your true self as a non-separate entity.
TO ACHIEVE GREAT COMFORT IN LIFE.
PARAMA SUKHAM PERA.
Kaatu kinRa kaRunai kadalinum peridhu Bala
Paattu tharum sugamO aRidhinum aRidhu namai
Vaatukinra thuyarangaLum vaadi vidum veeNai
meeTukinra Baalavai kaaNa senriduvOm Bala Peetam.
The mercy Bala shows is more vast than the sea
And the comfort given by her songs is rare and most scarce to obtain
Anxieties that afflict us will wither and fade away
Let’s go to see Bala, plucking on her veena, at Bala Peetam.
When will I be aware that Bala’s grace is boundless like the vast ocean?
When will I recognize that Bala’s songs provide the ultimate joy and comfort in life?
When will I appreciate that the minute I stand in front of Bala, in her Peetam, all my grief shall be overcome by listening to the sweet notes she plucks on her Veena, seated in her house?
Although, I have reiterated in all the answers that the ultimate solution to all our problems is a glimpse of this enchanting child, I have to stress that the mere physical proximity alone isn’t sufficient to obtain her grace. Even though I am located, physically, thousands of miles away from Nemili, Bala’s presence is as tangible whenever I want it to be. She reveals herself in your mind, whenever you truly appeal to her, through the medium of music, by singing her songs!
TO OVERCOME ENEMIES
Peedam vanthaal peediPu maaRum nee Aatchi puriyum
Koodam kaNdaal koodagarum koodalarum kooNdodu azhivaar un
Idam vantha pin idar enum sollethu palavidha
Vedam poondu bhaktharai kaaPpavale maRainthidum engaL madam.
Coming to the Peetam transforms all afflictions, seeing you
In the hall, where you reign supreme, enemies and swindlers perish completely
After reaching your abode, there’s no such word as “distress”
Assuming many disguises to protect devotees, you make
Our ignorance vanish totally.
When will I truly appreciate the various methods you adopt and the roles you assume in order to protect your faithful devotees from enemies, dangers, fraudulent and deceitful people?
When will I realize the full value of the many services you render to us in removing all obstacles and dangers from our path?
A single visit to Nemili, where Bala reigns supreme will surely destroy all evil forces that can be potentially harmful to us. Every situation is orchestrated by Bala to protect us and remove harmful incidents or people who harbor evil intentions in their heart.
TO TREAD ON A GOOD PATH.
NAL VAZHI CHELLA.
Madam pala chenRaalum manathil amaidhi illai endha
Idam chenRaalum palanillai payanillai Baala
Vidam vanthaal pOdum bayamillai Baalavin siRu
Padam kooda abayam aLiThu kaaTumnalla thadam.
Visiting several ashrams doesn’t give mental peace
Wherever I go there’s no benefit, no use,
It’s enough to just come to Bala, there can be no more fear,
A small photo of Bala alone is enough
To provide protection and show us a good path.
Why am I never able to get peace of mind although I visit many holy places and undertake many pilgrimages? Why are all my attempts fruitless, except when I step inside Sri Bala Peetam?
It is said that even a small photo of Sri Bala is sufficient to protect you and confer all boons. It is certainly true that once Sri Bala has accepted you as a devotee, there is no further need to consult various astrologers, visit temples, ashrams or carry out rituals for fulfillment of your desires. Bala will provide all that she thinks you need, at the appropriate time!
REMOVAL OF IGNORANCE.
Thadam theriyaa aPPaavi enakku un vindhai
Nadam puriyavillai nanmai theemai theriyavillai indha
Shadam maNNile maRaiyum mun unnaruLaal idhai
Pudam pOtta thangamaai maRRividu en thaaye.
Ignorant, as I am, not knowing the path, I can’t understand,
Your astonishing ways, and don’t know what is right or wrong,
Before this physical body disappears, with your grace
Refine it, just as gold gets purified, Oh mother!
Why is it that I am never able to comprehend the marvelous, secret manner in which you carry out your plans?
How is it that I, who am ignorant of rituals and conducting sacrificial fires to propitiate deities, deserve your grace?
How do I , who cannot differentiate right from wrong, obtain your blessings and get transformed into a good person?
By remaining faithful and devoted to Bala, all of us get transformed over the course of our lives. Our negative qualities are removed and in the same manner gold is refined by a process of sublimation , Bala has vowed to enhance our good qualities and virtues once we have surrendered at her feet. She guides us along the correct path, often placing little tests from time to time, to ensure all our personalities are well honed and polished. She effects a complete transformation in the hearts of all her devotees.
Medicine to cure all diseases.
PINI POKKUM MARUNDHAAGA.
Thaaye unaiyinRi yaaRumillai thavikkum nenjukku
Neeye aru marundu ena naan sollaTthaan vENdumO
Theeye Aayinum unai theeNda aruviyaai kuLirum
SEyE kaliyugathin kaN kaNda deivam neeye ennaaLum.
Oh mother, should I even mention there’s no one else except you,
You alone are the unique medicine to cure my distressed heart
Even a raging fire becomes as cool as a stream when it touches you
Oh child, you are, at all times, the most precious God in this age of Kali.
When will I recognize that Bala alone is my only solace and support in Life?
When will I comprehend that she alone is the supreme doctor who can cure all diseases and calm my fretful mind?
How is it I cannot understand that even the most cruel, wicked, and dishonest person, gets transformed by your magic touch?
Sri Bala is indeed the most powerful among all deities in this age of Kali. She is the residing place for all Gods. Understanding her, being with her and loving her are the only ways of attaining true salvation.
Unfathomable are Sri Bala’s powers and even an evil person, with anger, like a deep fire, raging inside can get transformed into a calm person just by being in her presence.
FOR REMOVAL OF THE MALEFIC EFFECTS OF THE NINE PLANETS.
NAVAGRAHA DOSHAM NEENGA.
NaaLLum kOLLum Edhu? Konji maghizhum Bala
AaLlum peedam vandal piNigaL vaaradhu kodum
thELLum avvidam vidam neekki then surakkum
mooLum thuyar muNu muNuthu namai vittu neengum.
Are specific days or time periods considered “auspicious”? When we come
To the Peetam where this precious, happy child reigns
No ailments can afflict you, even a fierce scorpion
Moves away from there and emits sweet honey, instead.
And stubborn sorrow departs, grumbling as it goes away.
When will it dawn on me that the NavaGrahas ( nine planets) can never yield their negative influence over me as long as I have full faith in Bala?
When will I understand that all days are suitable when worshipping Bala and there are no superstitious beliefs like a “good/bad day” or an “auspicious/ inauspicious time” while singing her praises?
When will it fully dawn on me that by being near her, no harmful disease can attack me?
Even a poisonous reptile loses its ability to emit venom in the presence of Bala. In other words, even the most wicked person is bereft of his evil intentions in her presence and can only think and act in an honest manner. All worrries and sorrows are banished forever in the enchanted, child-like world of Sri Bala. All she wants from us is love and affection.
FOR EVIL TO DISAPPEAR.
Neengum allalgal nidhamum avaL mugam kaaNa
Engum nam vizhigaL naaLthORum namai
Thaangum thaayavaLin iruppidam vandal endha
Theengum vaaradhu thooyavaL avaL pugazh nee paadu.
All worries are dispelled each day and our eyes yearn
To catch a glimpse of her face, coming to the abode of her
Who supports us constantly, no harm shall come our way
Sing the praises of her, who is pure and chaste.
When will I be aware that all evil will completely disappear in Bala’s presence?
When will I comprehend that when I stand in front of this child, who shows the love of a true mother, all harmful situations are averted and no danger can befall us?
Once we realize the curative powers of Bala’s songs, and yearn to catch a glimpse of her in her Peetam, all cares and worries no longer trouble us!
FOR WISHES TO GET FULFILLED.
Paadukinra nEramallaam kaN munne Bala
Aadukinra thOraNaiyil vandu niRka vandamarnda
Veedu avaL kovilaaga maaRa Aasaiyodu vandu
koodukinRa bhakthar koottam thEni pola naadum.
Whenever Bala’s songs are sung, she appears in front of our eyes
As though she’s dancing and comes to rest in the house
That has now become a temple,
Attracting hordes of devotees to see her, like honey bees attracted to nectar.
When will it dawn on me that whenever I sing her songs with love in my heart, I will be able to see this child dancing her way into my heart?
When will I finally accept the fact that Nemili, where Bala has chosen to stay permanently, is indeed an auspicious abode, more powerful than a temple?
In the same manner that an attractive flower attracts a host of bees, the little child Bala, living in Nemili has attracted multitudes of devotees from all over the world. This is no mere house or a temple. Instead Nemili Bala Peetam is a powerhouse that energises all those in the vicinity.
FOR TROUBLES TO DISAPPEAR.
NaadukinRa nallavar kootam thuyar kandu
vaadukinRa nEram baalavin paarvai pattaal
moodu paniyathu sooriyanai kaNdu vilaguthal pOla
kEdugal palavum kELviyinRi pinvaanga vaaraadhu thadai.
Observing the grief of the crowds of good people
Feeling sorry for them, when Bala’s glance falls on them
All sorrows vanish, and take a step back, just as
The thick fog dissipates upon seeing the sun.
No more hurdles shall appear, henceforth.
When will I appreciate Bala’s compassion fully? When will I comprehend that she removes all sorrow and grief and lightens the loads of all the people who beseech her help?
Like the ice glacier melting under the relentless gaze of the sun, Bala stubbornly persists in making sure all our cares and worries are removed permanently. She ensures all obstacles vanish and strives to remove all traces of sorrow in the hearts of the good people who approach her.
TO REMOVE ALL IMPEDIMENTS.
Thadaigal varinum thayangEn golusu olikka Odivarum kodi
Idai poongodiye unai maRavEn vaaRi vazhaNgum un
Kodai guNathai pugazhvEn vairam pOl minnum vaNNa
Udai aNiyum vanji unnai vaazhnaaL muzhudum paNivEn.
Though obstacles arrive, I don’t hesitate, Oh child who resembles a tender flower stalk, slender in waist, who comes running, with
Anklets jingling, I can’t forget you!
I shall praise your abundant generosity, Oh damsel,
Dressed in colorful skirts, dazzling like diamonds,
I shall bow to you in respect throughout my life.
Why should I be concerned with setbacks in my life when I’m sure this little child will come running to my side, anklets jingling, in her haste to protect me?
Maintaining unswerving faith in Bala will definitely result in her constant presence by your side. This lovely child, who loves dressing up in brilliant skirts studded with precious gems, is renowned for her generosity and bestows everything and more that devotees wish for.
TO INCREASE CONFIDENCE.
PaNivEn Bala unai pala piRavi kondaalum
aNivEn un Kavachathai azhagOdu pin edhaRkkum
thuNivEn thuLi bayamuminRi thooyavaL un peyarai
uNivEn uNavaaga uNmaiyil adhuvE en bakkiyam.
I’ll worship you Bala, in the various births I take
I’ll wear your “Kavacham” with grace and then
Set forth confidently in any undertaking, without any fear.
Oh pure one, your very name is my nourishment, in truth,
That is indeed my great benefit.
Why is it still not clear to me that worshipping Bala and reciting her Kavacham is the sure method of combating fear and increasing my confidence to face all life’s struggles?
In reality, it is indeed our good fortune to come to Bala in this life time. Being with her, reciting her name and wearing it as a protective shield removes all traces of fear and inspires confidence in all.
TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL STRENGTH.
UDAL VALIMAI PERA.
Baakiyam kai koodum bala un peedathil chollum
Vaakkiyam meiyaagum udallukku uRudhi SeRkkum aRpudha
Lekkiyam pOnRadhu un theertham adhai niroobikka
SAkkiyam Edhum thEvayillai idhuvE ezhudhaadha Sattam.
Good fortune comes within our grasp, Oh Bala, whatever is uttered in your Peetam, comes true,
your holy water is divine and adds energy, like herbal medicines, to our bodies,
there’s no necessity to prove this fact; it is unwritten law!
Why haven’t I realized that the only prescription for a strong and healthy physique is the “holy water” that is dispensed in your Peetam?
Why haven’t I accepted the fact that whatever is said at Bala Peetam by her devoted family, can be regarded as Golden words of wisdom, and is bound to become true?
Accepting the holy water at BALA’S peetam ensures you will be strong and healthy in body and mind. Furthemore, the holy words uttered in her presence prove to be true. This is no superstition, but an unwritten law at Sri Bala Peetam.
TO ALTER AN IMPOVERSISHED STATE.
IZHI NILAI MAARA.
Sattam palavum undan sannidhiyil illai uyar
Pattam padhavigalukku angu munnuRimai enrum illai
Thittam Edhum ThEvaillai manathaLavil naaNgaL mattam
Enraalum balavun aRuL irundhaal malai pOl maaRidalaam.
Inside your sanctum there aren’t many rules
Lofty titles and status can never compete for importance
There’s no need to devise any plans, even though we possess defects and are of low status,
With your grace, Oh Bala, we can get transformed into mighty mountains!
When will I understand that differences in status, wealth and office mean nothing to Sri Bala? When will I realize that high honors and other merits one might have been conferred upon in life are insignificant when we stand in front of Bala?
When will I appreciate the fact that even though I am extremely poor and of low standing in society, with Bala’s help, I can reach an exalted state in a short space of time?
When will I be fully aware that it is only Bala’s grace that can remove all flaws within my heart?
There is no importance attached at Bala’s house for celebrities or the rich and famous. Everyone is treated equally. Similarly, none can make “advance plans” before coming to see her, since whatever takes place here does so only at her wish and command. Bala’s very glance is sufficient to instantly get rid of all our poverty, low standing in society as well as all our personality defects.
TO ACHIEVE A HIGH STATUS OR POST.
UYAR PADHAVI PERA.
MaaRidalaam manathaLavil balavai kaNdavudan nallapadi
thEridalaam thEvaigal pala irundaalum dhaRaaLamai
kooridalaam kumbhidalaam nenjuruka chandi homam thiru
Neeridallaam neeL thavam cheiyaamal uyar mOtcham chenridalaam.
Let there be a change in our hearts when we see Bala, let us
get refined in a nice manner; although our wants might be many
let us call out her name generously, worship her , and with hearts melting with devotion
wear the holy ash of Chandi Homam on our foreheads,
And, without performing extensive penances, let us reach a high state of liberation.
Why do I not understand that being near Bala is equivalent to attaining complete liberation? Why do I not perceive that in her presence I lose all negative traits? How does she make it so easy for me to pour out all my troubles to her? When will I accept that her prasadams have immense power, especially the Chandi Homam prasadam, which is bound to bestow everything one desires?
All ignorance is removed by the mere glimpse of Sri Bala. There is no need to perform strict austerities or penace to obtain her grace which is like an ever flowing river of happiness. Anything given at the Peetam, be it a book, photo, or prasadam has enormous significance!
TO ATTAIN VICTORY IN EVERYTHING.
EDHILUM VETRI PERA.
Chenridalaam ettu dikkum bayamum inri edhaiyum
Venridalaam thooyavaL thuNaiyOdu theeya guNaNgalai
Konridalaam kaliyugathil kaNkaNda deivam balathaan
enRidalaam enrum avaL paatham charanam enachollidalaam.
We can travel in all eight directions and, without fear,
Win over anything, with the support of this pure lady
Vanquish all bad qualities, we can proclaim Bala is the
Most cherished, precious deity in the age of Kali
And declare always, that we surrender in worship at her feet.
When will I get full confidence that with Bala by my side, I can travel far and wide without fear? When will I realize that when I truly love Bala, she will constantly stay by my side and protect me from all hazards, especially while I’m travelling to far off places? When will I accept that with Bala’s support, I can overcome all negative traits?
Bala is indeed the most precious gift to the world in this Kali Yuga. Simply worshipping her feet gives enough confidence to all to encounter difficult situations, travel to far off and strange lands and overcome all obstacles.
FOR WISHES TO COME TRUE.
Solluga avaL naamam Sorgathukku vazhi kaattum
Velluga yaavaiyum vetri umadhaai maaRidum pidivaathamai
Nilluga avaL mun ninaithathu niRaivERum adikkadi
Selluga avaL peedam adhu onrE thuyar pOkkum.
Say her name, that shows the way to Heaven
Overcome everything, triumph will be transferred to you.
Stand stubbornly in front of her, whatever you wish for gets fulfilled
Visit her Peetam often, that alone makes grief vanish.
When will I truly value the merits of chanting Bala’s holy name? When will I understand that I will be victorious in all undertakings as long as I keep visiting her frequently?
By standing stubbornly in front of Bala, even the toughest situation or problems in life can be transformed. Visiting this child’s house often, helps remove all fear and sorrow.
FOR CURSES TO BE REMOVED.
POkkum kavalaigaLai oru chiRu punnagai adhu
Kaakkum nam sandhadhiyai kaathappin veeRu kondu
Neekkum nam Sabangalai Baala sollum oVoru
Vaakkum nam vazhvai vaLamaakkum idhu maaRaa uNmai.
A small smile , it dispenses all our worries
It protects our descendants and family, then hastens
To remove our curses and afflictions, each and every one
Of Bala’s holy sayings makes our life prosper, this
Is the unchanging truth.
When will I recognize the fact that Bala’s sweet smile is capable of destroying all worries and the harmful effect of curses?
When will I comprehend that Bala is the only source of support and strength to my friends and extended family?
Every word uttered by Bala ( in her songs and Arul Vakku) removes all sorrow and helps us to prosper and flourish in our lives. Many of her Divine words of grace as contained in Bala Mahatmyam, set out clear guidelines to follow in leading a life filled with values. Upholding and putting into practice, the wisdom imparted by Bala will surely transform everyone into selfless and loving human beings.
FOR REMOVAL OF DEEP ROOTED GRIEF
UNmai solvEn kELuga neever nijathil uLlamathil
veNNmai kondu ivvulagathai aaLa vanda chirumi
thiNmai niRai baala than chiru vizhikku poosum
kaNmai kaNdaalum pOthum kadunthuyaRum kaaNaamal pOgum.
Listen, all of you, I speak truthfully, this little one
Who has come to rule over the whole world, pure at heart,
Bala, who is filled with vigor and verity, even a glimpse
Of the black paint she uses for lining her eyes is enough
Harshest grief will vanish without a trace.
When will I be convinced that this pure, innocent child who has descended to rule over all of us, will surely cause all our sorrows to melt?
When will I recognize that even a sight of her dark rimmed, lovely eyes is sufficient to erase the deepest grief?
It is true! One glimpse of the moon-like face of this glowing child, her twinkling smile and dark, glowing eyes, is sufficient to remove all worldly consciousness. Visualising this little child in the mind’s eye in this particular form is most beneficial. Bala’s dark-rimmed eyes have the power to eradicate all sorrows.
TO INCREASE (BALA’S) SUPPORT IN LIFE’s PATH.
VAZHI THUNAI PERUGA.
POgum paadhai ellaam un ninaivudaanadi adhu neengin
Paagum vembaagum paalum nanjaagum vEdanaiyil manam
vEhum un azhagu mugam kaaNa Aaval miga miga adhigamaagum
manam Or nilai koLLaamal alai paayum.
You remain in my thoughts, always, on the path I tread,
If that ( your memory) disappears, sweet jaggery will taste sour and milk will turn into poison,
My heart will smolder with sorrow, and I shall long with passion to catch a glimpse of your lovely face,
My mind will be as restless as waves in the sea.
When will I understand you are the constant companion in my life?
When will I comprehend that losing sight of you even for a moment will cause my mind to be restless?
Even the sweetest jaggery will taste sour, the purest milk will become poison, in the absence of Bala! In other words, even the most pleasant outcome in life will lose its ability to create happiness, if the mind loses sight of Bala. Her absence in your life will cause an immense vacuum and intolerable sorrow that can only be remedied by her returning to her once more! By remembering Bala during both downturns in life as well as at happy moments, her constant grace is assured.
April 28th, 2010.
Until Verse 38, many questions poured forth from my mind and I wrote them all down swiftly without a pause. However Verse 38 marked a transition . I found that my questions became more rhetorical, after this verse. In other words, the answers were apparent in every question. It was as if my mind was getting clearer and many deep rooted observations were poured out.
Similarly, from verse 61, I find that both types of questions, whether stemming from ignorance or rhetorical questions arising from experience , have stopped altogether.
What I’m facing now is the Truth regarding Bala.
As I write this segment ( April 28th, 2010) on a Pournami day, at exactly 4 p.m., Bala is reminding me to complete the next section of the 40 remaining verses of her Andhadhi in the form of a “praise” to her.
I merely carry out her commands!
FOR ALLEVIATION OF SORROW.
PAAZHUM SOGAM THEERA.
Paayum puliyum punnagai puriyum unai kaNdaal veyil
Saayum pozhuthu sooriyanum kalangidum unai neenguthalaal
thEyum nilavum unai paarkka iyalaamal thEmbi azhum
Oyum alaikkuLLa Sogam un peyar solla mAaRum.
A pouncing tiger smiles after seeing you, during sunset, even the sun’s eyes are moist at the thought of leaving you,
The waning moon weeps inconsolably at not being able to see you
And the deep sorrow echoing in the dying roar of the ocean’s waves
Vanishes when your name is spoken.
Oh Bala, why will sorrow linger when you are present? You have the power to charm a ferocious tiger, make the fading afternoon sun feel sorry he is not going to see you until daybreak, and the waning moon, likewise, is inconsolable not to have a glimpse of your sweet face.
Waves rise and recede in the vast, deep ocean. It is as though they possess life and animation just for a few moments while they mount up to a frothy height, since the next second they disappear completely , merging into the same water that created their form.
So too, all of us live and die in this world you have created, attaining you in the end. Oh Bala, uttering your name gives instant salvation even to the ocean waves! May we always remember you in this life!
TO VANQUISH DEATH.
Maayum samayam unaikaaNa manam alai paayum anRu
Neeyum nEril varavENdum enaikaaNa vandal endha
nOyum vaaraadhu neengum emanaiye paNiya vaikkum
thaayum neeyE indha poovulagai kaakka vandha sEiyE.
During the final hours, my mind will toss about to see you,
On that day, you should appear in front of me, if you do come
No disease will afflict me, it’ll disappear, Oh mother,
Who makes Lord of Death bow down in worship, you have come to
Protect this beautiful world, dear child!
Oh Bala, you make the Lord of Death bow down to you!
I implore you to come to my side whenever I’m ill, so my frail body can be revived by your grace. Oh dear child who has come down to earth to protect everyone, I pray that I might catch a glimpse of you in the twilight of my life, so you can help me move on to a peaceful place.
FOR FRESH CHANGES TO HAPPEN
SEyum thaayum Aana deivam unai endha
Vaayum pugazhnthaalum punmaigal neengum pudumaigal Ongum
Theeyum unnidam thithippai maaRum oru siru
Eeyum un paarvaipattaal Ongi niRkkum imaiyamaagum
A Goddess who is both a child as well as Mother,
Any mouth that sings your praises loses vileness
Fresh beginnings abound, in your presence, even fire is transformed
Into sweetness, and when your glance falls,
Even a small ant stands as tall as the lofty Himalayas.
Oh precious child, who reveals the compassion of a mother, you bestow your grace equally on all faithful devotees who sing your songs and praise you. No harm can befall them and you take care to raise their status and provide a fresh hope in their lives. Oh Bala, even a tiny, insignificant ant or human being can be raised to dizzying heights if you so willed it.
TO OBTAIN ADVANCEMENT.
Imayam pOl uyaRnthavaL kaN imaiyaai iruppavaL
Amayam varum pOdhu amaidhiyOdu aruL thanthu pughazhenum
Chimayam thaNnIL ERRubaval eLimaiyOdu ERRam thanthu
Samayam varumpOdu sadangai Olikka Shaduthiyil vandiduvaL.
In greatness, she’s as tall as the Himalayas, she’s as protective
As an eyelid (to the eye),
When dangers come, she dispenses grace with calmness and raises us
To the peak of fame, with great ease she provides a boost
And at the appropriate time, arrives suddenly, running
Hastily, anklets jingling to be near us!
Oh Bala, mysterious are your ways. When you decide, you grant boons swiftly to your devotees and make them ascend the ladder of fame, so quickly! Oh beautiful child who comes running towards her followers, anklets jingling as you quicken your approach, may we always be lucky to have you in our midst!
TO RECEIVE BOONS:
VENDUM VARAM PERA.
VandiduvaL vanjiavaL vazhakkamaana punnagaiyOdu varangaLai
thanthiduvaL kEtkummunE tharubavaL kEttaal sirippai
sinthiduvaL singaaramaai siRu idai thuLLa thuLLa
mundiduvaL anaiTthu deivangaLaiyum kaNap pozhudhil.
She comes, this damsel, with her customary smile and gives
Boons, even before they are asked, when questioned,
She spills forth laughter, and in great style, with her tiny, little waist
Leaping and dancing,
she races ahead of all other deities in a single second.
Oh Bala, you grant us all our wishes even before we can ask you!
You crafty, mischievous child, you make all our dreams come true yet feign ignorance with a sweet smile on your lips when we question you! Dressed in beautiful hues, you dance into our lives, your tiny body bursting with vigor to come to our support. Oh Bala, you are indeed the abode of all Gods and the main source of energy in all creation!
TO SUPPORT US DURING DIFFICULTIES.
IDARGALIL NAMAI THAANGA.
Pozhudu pularum nEram olikkum suprabaatham adhu Aalam
Vizhudu marathai thannguthal pOl namai kaathidum
Azhudu pulamba vENdaam annaiyin peedathile vandu thozudu
chenRaal pOdhum tholaindhidum namadu Saabam.
Your “suprabatham” ( auspicious morning song) that resonates at daybreak, protects us
Just as a Banyan tree is supported by its roots,
There’s no need to cry or complain. Coming to Mother’s
Peedam and worshipping her is sufficient
All our afflictions will be destroyed.
Oh Bala, your Suprabatham awakens our senses as it wafts in the early morning breeze. Just listening to it every day provides us support and strength just as a huge banyan tree is supported by its many roots. There is no need to cry in front of Bala or pour out our grief in a visible manner. Like an eye lid protects the eyes, Bala will certainly protect all those dear to her from every single, difficult event in their lives and banish all evil effects and curses from harming them.
FOR GREAT ANGER TO SUBSIDE.
KADUM KOBAM KURAIYA.
Saabam Edhumillai Satthiram thEvai illai SOgam maaRa
Thaabam pOga Baala sannidhi vandal pOdum veeN kObam
vENdaam yaaraiyum kObikka Vendaam kobathaal laabam
illai bala ninaithaal vENdiyayaavum aruviyai kottum.
There are no curses, no religious rites are needed
For sorrow to transform, for yearnings to vanish, it is enough to
Come to Bala’s sanctum, there’s no need for anger
Or to get angry with anyone, no benefit comes out of getting angry
If Bala wishes, whatever we require will spurt forth like a waterfall.
Nothing good has ever come out of actions taken in anger. There is no need to entertain anger in our hearts or indeed to express it in action since this results only in more sorrow. Similarly, it is folly indeed to be angry with Bala if wishes aren’t fulfilled. Once we have reached Bala, events take place in our life only in the manner she wants and even unpleasant situations reveal a lesson to the devotees.
If Bala really wants to confer boons on her devotees, her blessings gush forth in a torrent, at the appropriate time.
FOR DREAMS TO BE REALISED.
Kottum mazhaiyum un pugazh paadum nee kattum
Pattum minnalaai vettum magizhcchiyil mana kadavai mella
Thattum em kanavugal balikkum en uyir uLLa
Mattum maRavaamal unaiye endan ninaivugal SuRRum.
The pouring rain sings your glory, the silk skirt
You wear cuts( our awareness) like lightning,
The door of our hearts will be tapped by intense happiness
All our dreams come true, as long as I live
And without fail, my thoughts will hover around you!
It is no exaggeration to say that even the downpour of rain, indicates only your grace or blessings. The sight of your glittering dress can itself prevent many a thunderbolt from affecting us! In other words, the glorious vision of Bala in her dazzling dress removes all ignorance with the abruptness of lightning. And when our long cherished dreams come true and our hearts are happy, may we never forget to sing your praises constantly!
FOR KNOWLEDGE TO THRIVE.
SuRRum sooriyanum sundari un padam naadum pala
kaRRum payanillai unai en vayapaduttha uyir
viRRum kavi varaivEn kaNNE un punnagai kaaNa
muRRum thurantha munivar palarum mundiyadiTthu varuvarE.
Oh lovely lady, the revolving sun seeks out your feet
Learning a lot does not really help, to attract you to me
I shall even sell my very soul to write your poems,
Even ascetics who have given up all desires jostle each other, in order to glimpse your smile.
Oh Bala, the very sun that energizes this universe seeks to reach your holy feet. Ascetics and learned people who have withdrawn from all worldly desires have just one desire left, to see your lovely smile! What is the purpose of all my knowledge when I can’t seem to capture you inside my heart. I would gladly sell my very soul and body if necessary to keep on writing your praises or depicting your wondrous images through my drawings!
REMOVAL OF NEGATIVE EFFECT OF BAD ACTIONS.
SEI THAVARUGAL NEENGA.
Varuvar vanda pin unai kaNdu viyappar uvappudan
Tharuvar anaithaiyum thadumaaRRaminri unaiyE ninaippar
Aruvar perumai kola avataaram eduTthavaLe thannaal
Cherunar palarum seida thavaRai uNarvar un anbaal.
They come, see you and get amazed.
they give away everything, and without wavering, think only of you,
Oh damsel, who descended to earth and the pride of Tamil people,
All enemies realize their faults by experiencing your love.
Oh Bala, your love transforms people completely. You summon a few people to come closer to you. They come to behold your glowing splendor and undergo a complete change in their lives. Holding on to you for the rest of their lives, these people continue to serve you by helping others. Yet some stray away from you for a while. However, it is your loving grace that makes those who wander away realize their mistakes and compels them back into your presence.
FOR LOVE TO INCREASE.
Anbaal akhilatthai kaathida avatharithavaL EnO
Enpaal konda anbaal anaithaiyum kaRRuthanthu
Thanpaal Eerthu kondapin kEttaal edhuvumE theriyaathu
Enbaal ennavaLidam mattum pEsi jayikka mudiyaathu.
Having descended into this world to protect everyone through love
Why is it that after teaching me everything, because of her love for me
And after attracting me to her side, when I question her,
She says “ I know nothing” ?
You can never win an argument with my own, dear one!
You have conquered this entire world with love, Oh Bala! It is with love you have taught me so many things and taken me inside your heart. Yet, when I sometimes wonder how all of this came to pass, all I get from you in response is just a smile! It is impossible to ask you any questions since the only answer is a smile. There can be no arguments with you either as you always emerge as the winner!
Why have I forgotten that you neither like questions or like to be questioned about your mischievous, and divine ways?
COMPLETION OF ALL ASPIRATIONS.
Mudiyaathu enRu OnRu kidaiyaathu unnidam nee inRi
Vidiyaadhu idhu niChayam alaiyum manamO eLidhil
Padiyaathu thaRi kettu chenRaal en thuyarathu
Vadiyaathu Aagave unaiyE iRuga pidikkum en nenjam.
Impossible is a word that doesn’t exist with you,
Without you even sunrise can’t happen, this is certain
Our wandering minds don’t get calmed easily
Just as a defective loom can never produce perfect results,
My deep sorrow can never decrease, so I clasp you tightly to my heart.
There can be no defeat as far as you are concerned. There can be no failure in any task since with your grace everything gets done easily. Oh Bala, you are the only source of strength to my weak and fickle mind. Holding on to you tightly can I ever be disturbed by grief or sorrow anymore?
Even if I am filled with defects, by holding on to you at all times, I will be transformed.
FOR FAMINE AND SCARCITY TO DISAPPEAR.
PANJAM PATINI NEENGA.
Nenjam muzhudum niraindavale nemili nagar vandavale
Vanjam indri vaanjaiyodu nallapadi naangal vazha
Panjam pattini inri paarellaam chezhithu vaLara
Konjum Kuzhandai nee pothum enbathai naan En maranden?
Filling our hearts completely, having come to Nemili,
You help us lead a good life without deceit, and with great compassion
Show the way to remove all scarcity and famine, for this whole world to prosper,
Precious child, why did I forget that you alone are responsible for all good things?
Scarcity and Famine represent not only the shortage of food and material requisites in this world but also the shortage of good values and virtues among people and the abundance of ignorance, deceit and dishonesty in the world. Bala’s presence in Nemili is an enigma. Her songs are short and simple, yet pack a wealth of meanings in their words. This verse points out not only the import of her songs and the values they espouse but also the fact that contemplation on Bala alone is sufficient to alleviate all problems. The statement “ Nee Pothum enbadai Naan En Maranden?” Why do I forget that just you, (your presence, your thought, your holy name), alone are enough to provide all answers to my many questions in life?
TO DO WELL IN EVERYTHING.
Maranden anaithaiyum mandakiniye madonmathan pol
Piranden piragu uNarnden pizhaiyai charan pugunden
Chiranden adanaal iruppinum or aasai veeNe
Iranden enRillaamal un aasaiyai niraiveRuVen.
Lovely lady, I’ve forgotten everything, ignorant and insane am I,
Born into this world; I realized my faults and surrendered unto you
And then prospered, yet, my one desire
Is to not die without accomplishing anything,
May I fulfill your wishes ( for me) in this life.
This verse is tightly packed with a lot of meanings. The word “Mandakini” refers to a lady of about 60 years , as well as to the celestial river, Ganges. Bala, is depicted as both a small child as well as a compassionate Mother. Just like a river fertilizes barren areas and allow food crops to thrive and grow, Bala’s grace is essential for all of us to do well in life. Yet, ignorant and intoxicated are we with worldly pleasures ( Madonmathan refers to a person who is reeling in a drunken stupor) that we fail to understand she is the sole support in life.
However, when we finally reach her abode and seek sanctuary at her feet, all sorrow vanishes and the only desire left in our hearts is to carry out her wishes during the remainder of our sojourn in this world!
FOR THOUGHTS TO RESULT IN GOOD DEEDS.
ErruVen Un Paadalgalai ulagathor manangalil nallapadi
maaRuven avar manangalai pinbu kavalai vendaam ena
ThErruven enniyadellaam saidu mudithavudan
PorruvEn un pugazai thaaye nee than amma enn uyir.
I’ll fill everyone’s hearts with your songs
then transform their minds nicely, later comfort
them, telling them not to grieve
after I accomplish all I intended to carry out,
I shall sing your praises, Oh mother you are my very life!
This verse highlights the purpose of Sri Baba.G’s work at Bala Peetam. It is only through his songs that Bala reaches out to help all of us. Although the songs are intended to provide a cure for many of life’s ailments, they also contain wise sayings and point out a very clear set of moral values that need to be undertaken to achieve salvation in life. Importantly, serving the needs of others through group prayers sessions, or parayanam, is the fundamental premise of Sri Bala’s Dikshai, or holy initiation.
Singing Bala’s praises and offering grateful thanks after wishes come true are also indispensable features in the worship of this little, precious child.
TO MAKE FOES AND ENEMIES WORSHIP YOU.
PANIYAARAI PANIYE VAIKKA.
Uyir peridalla udal peridalla thooya bhakthi
Payir vaLarkka paniyaarai paniya vaikka en arivai
Vayir aakku vayiram pol minnum vaalaikkumariye
Ayir neeku nalla anbukku ennai adipadiyaakku.
Life is not important, this body is not important; for pure devotion
To sprout and flourish and for foes and the irreverent people to worship you,
To polish my intellect and make it twinkle like diamonds, enchanting little girl,
Remove all suspicion and doubt from my mind, and make me a slave to pure love.
It is only when all confusion, doubt and suspicion is removed from the mind that the truth becomes very clear. Bala is the ever shining symbol of truth, love and beauty. Yet, it is sometimes very difficult to achieve the sense of humility and total surrender that are pre requisites for obtaining Bala’s grace. Very often our mind is clouded by uncertainty and at these times, Bala recedes quietly away in the deep recesses of our minds. However, when our intellect is sharpened through her grace and ignorance regarding the true nature of this illusory world is revealed, Bala reveals her presence even to the most irreverent devotee.
FOR PROFESSION AND WORK TO FLOURISH.
SEI THOZHIL PERUGA.
Aakkum porullukkum aaNiver nee anro entha
Naakkum nandri sollum narthaki nee unro entha
Nokkum inri noRrallum indri vanden un amudha
Vaakum arpudha vaippum ennai ulagukku unnarthiyathe.
You are the root cause of all things that come into existence
You are the one all tongues worship and thank.
Without having any motive or expectations I came, and
Your nectar-like words of grace and this splendid opportunity you’ve given me
Have made me distinguished in the world today!
In this verse, the importance of selfless actions are highlighted. In describing his own work, Sri Baba.G has referred to the fact that it is indeed his great fortune to have been presented with the opportunity of writing the songs Bala has given him as well as making public many of her wise sayings or Arul Vakku that has only been revealed to him. Bala has raised Sri Baba.G’s status slowly and through his selfless deeds, in helping others and providing guidance, his true worth as a Guru has finally been revealed to those who show him respect!
FOR GOOD QUALITIES TO GROW.
Unarthal endraal uLamaara iruthal vendum avvaravalai
iNarthal ELidanru adarkku elimaiyodu sila gunangalai
koNarthal nadanthal vaalai aval nam madiyil amarnthapadi namai
aNarthal seithiduval arputham purinthu azhagaaka sirithiduvaaL.
To really experience her, you have to retain her in the heart, this
Way of reaching her isn’t easy, for that, certain, simple virtues
Are necessary to uphold, then, this young girl will sit in our laps
And embrace us, make miracles happen and laugh beautifully!
It is extremely difficult to understand this little child, let alone experience the thrill of actually witnessing her magical powers at work. In order to be deserving of this knowledge, it is very important to remain simple, humble, practice good virtues and be of service and help to others. Only when selfishness is removed from our hearts and replaced with selfless devotion and service, can Bala’s presence be discerned. This little child will dance her way into our laps and embrace us with glee, causing many a miracle to occur in our lives and erase all sorrow.
TO VANQUISH THE WICKED.
Sirithidum singaari avaL parvai kodiyavargalai
Erithidum eLLunarai azhithidum avaL kai pattaal
Karithidum uppum inithidum vithiiyum avaL per solla
Parithidum bayandhu pathungidum avaL paadam patridum.
Smiling attractively this enchantress’s glance burns the wicked
Destroys those who show contempt; at her touch
Even he pungency of salt becomes sweet; destiny will depart
On hearing her name, slink and hide, and grasp her feet.
Bala’s powers reveal her immense greatness and stature among all deities. Chanting her holy name affords instant protection from all dangers destiny has in store for us. Her glance alone is sufficient to ward off all evils, burn away foes and prevent many an unfortunate situation in life. Her tinkling laughter frightens away enemies and those who scoff or scorn her. Holding on firmly to Sri Bala’s feet and placing full trust in her, is the only way to gain strength to fight and win over life’s challenges.
FOR HUMAN LOVE AND AFFECTION TO GET STRONGER.
MANITHA NYEYAM CHIRAKKA.
Patridu Balavai aduve sirantha vazhi paravaaillai balavidam
thoRridu aduve perinbam manathil pala madangu
eRridu avaL thirunaamam un manadai mella mella
maatridu manida nyeyam sirakka manadaara balavai poRRidu.
Hold on to Bala, that is the best way, it doesn’t matter,
Lose to Bala, that is sheer happiness, fill your heart
With her holy name, several times over, and, slowly, slowly
Change your mind,
For love and affection to mankind to increase and grow
Praise Bala with all your heart!
Bala is a small child and the best way of actually holding onto her is to treat her as a small child and behave towards her like you might, with the same love, tolerance and affection, towards your child. At times, it is inevitable to lose out to Bala in all and any confrontations. Bala doesn’t like to be questioned about her actions and she will always insist on having the last word in all arguments. The happiness of losing to her is ultimate bliss. Filling the heart with constant thoughts of Bala will surely transform it and fill it with love, which naturally spills over in interaction with the world. Helping mankind with love and affection is closest to Bala’s heart!
TO CHANGE FATE.
THALAI VIDHIYAI MATRA.
PoRRu thaLenRaal Baalavai PoRruthal elidhu adharkku
NoRRu thaledhum seiya vendaam nodiyil nam thalaividhiyai
maRRu dhalenbadhu avaLukku eLidhu akathile thunba
KaRRu veesinaalum avaL ninaithaal thiLaiPom sukathile.
Praising Bala is easy, and for giving this praise
Observing penance is not necessary, in an instant our fate
Can be changed by her very easily, and even though sorrow
Wafts through our hearts, if she so desires,
We will also revel in pleasure and happiness.
Being a small child, Bala’s actions arrive with lightning precision, only at the moment she wants it to turn up. Bala’s songs are the only bridge that offers a true devotee a means of crossing the river of unhappiness and reaching her side. There is no necessity to indulge in austerities, observe fasts or undergo penance. All unhappiness and sorrow can be transformed miraculously, the moment Bala’s glance falls on her devotees . The real significance of this verse is to highlight the importance of singing Bala’s songs and remaining true to her!
TO OBTAIN INTERNAL PURITY.
Sukham enbathum sorgam enbathum veLiye ilaai nam
Akam konda thooimaiyil iruppade nijam balavin
Mukham thanthidum kodi sukham avaLai kumkumathaal archithaal
Viral nagam kooda than sirumaiy marandu perumaiyodu nahaikkum.
Neither Happiness nor Heaven exists outside
Remaining within a pure heart and mind alone is real
Bala’s face gives countless happiness, when she’s worshipped with kumkumam,
Even the finger nail forgets its inferiority and smiles with pride!
Remaining in either a happy state or unhappy state is entirely within our own minds. A non-reacting mind that perceives all events, either joyful or sorrowful, with the same attitude and equanimity, will be always truly content. Complete peace of mind can only exist when every episode and situation in life is treated equally, without emotion and accepted as a prasadam or offering by God. Similarly, after reaching Bala, the sight of her face alone is sufficient to produce bliss in the heart. Regardless of whether a person is rich or poor, of a high rank or low status, worship offered to Bala with true love in your heart is what really counts to her!
FOR ENEMIES TO DEPART.
Nagaikum aasai varum Bala aNiyavendum endru
Pahaikkum bayam varum Balavai pahaithal veNdaam endru
Gukaikkum malaikkum thavam seiya chella vendaam thikaippe
Thikaiikkum Balavai nitham paNinthaal painthidum puthiya rattham.
Even Jewellery will get the desire that it should be worn by Bala,
Enemies will get fear and decide not to antagonise Bala
There’s no need to run to caves and mountains to do penance
Revering and worshipping, the glowing and brilliant form of Bala
daily, will cause new blood (energy) to leap (through the body).
All actions are carried out in Bala Peetam only at her request. She moves all the pieces on a giant chess board, causing people to visit her, allowing them to give her offerings or indeed act as instruments to carry out all her well-laid plans. So, there’s no surprise that even a small piece of jewellery cannot easily be given to Bala without her wish. Similarly, those harboring evil or wicked intentions, will necessarily change in her presence. Bala’s glance transforms everyone and there is no place in her Peetam for lies, deceit or hypocrisy.
Constant worship of Bala is the only way to re energise our tired minds and bodies. Like a fresh burst of power, Bala completely refreshes us every moment we think of her!
FOR GOOD THOUGHTS TO ARISE.
Rattham chundumun ratham erivarum rathi unai paNinthaal
Petham koodum perumai koodum thaaye unn pugazh solla
Thuttham pola manam veNmaiaakum idhu uNmai endha
Sotthum veNdaam sukhamum VeNdaam VeNdum nalla cittham.
Before blood dries up( in our bodies)worshipping you, Oh Goddess of love, who rides on a chariot,
Makes spiritual bonds stronger, and our prominence increases, praising you,
Our hearts become pure as water, this is the truth,
No desire for wealth or pleasures, all I want are good thoughts!
Hidden in this verse, amidst beautiful imagery are a lot of precious gems. This stanza, actually promises and assures the devotee that before he faces death, he shall surely obtain the grace of this most compassionate Goddess. There is also great emphasis on the insignificance of all materialistic pursuits. Neither sensual pleasures of the happiness from acquiring worldy pleasures can be equated with the peace and tranquility that comes from strengthening the bonds with Bala. A loving heart, a helpful attitude and constant good thoughts are the only virtues that will elevate a devotee.
Bala is depicted here as a beautiful Goddess of Love, riding on a huge chariot, coming near her devotees who are about to depart this world. Her presence and assurance of salvation is guaranteed to all those faithful devotees in her enchanted circle.
FOR THE STATE OF POVERTY TO CHANGE.
VARUMAI NILAI MAARA.
Chittham kondu avaL naamam jabithu vara
Pitham thelliyum kutram kuraiyum suttham koodum
Thattham velaigalai sarivara seidu vandaale vaazhkkai
Mottham vaLamai perugi varumaikku vanthidum varumai.
Concentrating on her and reciting her name, all
Confusion will be cleared, erroneous actions will be reduced,
Purity will increase
Performing one’s actions correctly will result in life
Becoming prosperous and great, and paucity will affect the state of poverty itself!
The greatest treasure given by Bala to her devotees are her songs. These reveal many words of wisdom and point out virtues to maintain in life for achieving much greatness and respect. Simply holding onto these songs, and pondering over their deep meanings will automatically lead to a transformation in the manner people think and behave. All arrogance and pride will be replaced by humility and greed by generosity. Actions that are erroneous, stemming from evil intentions or anger will get transformed and finally, only pure love remains as the instigator for all thoughts and actions.
This process of getting transformed into a virtuous person is possible only with Bala’s grace.
TO ALTER A LOW STATE.
SIRUMAI NILAI MAARA.
Varumai neenga vazhvil perumai onga thalai kuniyum
Sirumai maara chindanai uyara kutram kuraindhu
Porumai kooda podhu vaazhvil nanmaigal puriya
Arumai therindhu aLavila selvathai anbodu dhaanamidu.
For poverty to be removed, prominence to increase, low self-esteem and poverty to get transformed, thoughts to get elevated, personal defects to reduce,
For patience to augment, to perform good deeds in life
Realizing its value, generously donate your boundless wealth with love.
In this short verse, Sri Bala has given a prescription for curing the state of poverty as well as the means to achieve greatness in life. Cultivating good virtues like patience, tolerance and elevating our thoughts to constantly perform good actions will surely lead a person on the path towards greatness and success.
Accumulation of wealth is important to obtain material ends. However, wealth should never be hoarded and it should never stagnate in one place. Just as the swift moving current in the river takes the water to all the places it visits, similarly, wealth should be given away constantly, for worthy and useful causes.
FOR RAINS TO INCREASE.
VAAN MAZHAI PERUGA.
Dhaanam seiya thaapam pogum thaaiyavaL karuNaiyaal
Vaanam poikkaamal mazhai perugum magizchi perugum bala
Gaanam isaithaal pothum jaathakam josiam ethum illai
Meenam mesham thevaiillai nallathai udane seithidalaam.
Donating wealth causes sorrow to depart, and with the great Mother’s grace,
The skies shall open up and rains will increase, happiness will swell
When Bala starts to sing, that’s enough, there’s no need for horoscopes or astrologers,
There’s no requirement for looking up auspicious times , Meenam or Mesham,
All good actions can be performed immediately.
It is certainly true that at BALA peetam, there is no emphasis on designating a day as “good” or “bad” or a particular passage of time as “auspicious” or “inauspicious”. Whenever one thinks of Bala it is a good time. Whenever Bala is worshipped, this is an auspicious period.
Similarly, donating wealth for poor-feeding and other socially uplifting causes will definitely reduce the impact of past and current sins in one’s life. This verse also states emphatically that when Bala has decided to pour her blessings on a devotee, there is no further delay. Just as the dark and heavy, thunderclouds burst in an instant to shed rain, the cooling nectar of Bala’s grace will reach her true devotees regardless of the nature of the day or time period.
These references are primarily meant to challenge widely held superstitious beliefs that certain days are “bad” for carrying out auspicious events, etc.
As far as Bala is concerned every single day or moment spent in her thoughts is Good!
FOR DECEITFUL STATE TO CHANGE.
VANCHAGA NILAI MAARA.
Seidhal yaavum Bala seivitthal aagum vaan mazhai
Peidhal kooda vaalaiaval viruppamaagum vanchagarkal siram
Koidal avaLukku oru vilaiyaataakum azhagu thuNi
Neidal pola namai seer paduthuthal avaL kadamai aagum.
All actions are done by Bala, the rains falling from the sky also,
Are at the request of this young girl, cutting off
the heads of deceitful people is a game for her, and
Like weaving a beautiful piece of cloth, making us into better people
Is her duty!
Bala dispenses justice towards everyone with great glee. Punishing wicked, deceitful people, teaching lessons to those devotees who stray from her path, and transforming all those who have wandered into her family circle, are but a few of the tasks that she performs effortlessly. This verse serves to remind us that Bala is indeed the creator of this universe and since she is the pervading, immanent spirit in all animate and inanimate objects, she is the source of all thoughts and actions, be they good or bad, arising within all inhabitants.
Not to get crippled.
Kadamai thavaraathu unai kaana varuven en arum perum
Udamai nee anro unai kuraithu madhipidal perum
Madamai unro vaazh naal muzhuthum en udal thannai
Mudamai theendaamal munninru katharula veNdum annaiye.
Without failing my duty I will come to see you,
My great and precious possession that you are
Underestimating you is great foolishness, throughout my life
May I never be afflicted by lameness or get crippled,
Stay in front and protect me, oh Mother!
While it is extremely difficult to really understand Bala, it is indeed great folly to underestimate her as just a small child. While the deep symbolism for Bala is perhaps that she personifies everything that is pure and unsullied in nature, it is equally important to note that she has been characterized as a small child. So, just as a little child craves constant attention, she asks for and demands our constant devotion. In the same manner that a little child seeks instant gratification, Bala makes sure all her wishes and whims are carried out quickly. She is also possessive and guards her devotees with love and great care.
For wealth and material things to accumulate.
PON PORUL CHERA.
Annaiye inda akhilam muzhuthum anbudan vaNangum
Unnaiye un pinju mugam kaana ododi vanda
Ennaiye emaRRuthal muraiyo? Unnaal adaiven
Ponnaiye innalgal inbangalaagum kuraivillaiye.
Oh Mother, worshipped with great love by this world,
To see your tender, young face, I came running,
So is it right that you should trick me? With your grace
I shall receive gold and wealth, all troubles will change to happiness,
I shall want for nothing anymore.
Bala loves to play tricks on her devotees. Even the most faithful have been faced with many an obstacle in their efforts to get close to her. She is the giver of all wealth, riches and prosperity. Yet, approaching her with humility and love is all that is required. There is no place for ego and pride in front of Bala!
FOR PROBLEMS TO REDUCE.
Kurai ondrum illai deiva kuzhandaiyin paarvai pattaal
Pirai pol vaLarum pirachinaigal maRaiyum odum
maRaiyum avaLanro udal maRaiyum mun adimai
chirai yillirunthu vidupattu avaLai charaN adaithale murai.
There are no more worries, at the glance of this divine child,
Fortunes increase like the waxing moon, problems disappear
Eulogies chanted and holy incantations are just her alone,
Let me escape from my bondage and offer ritual surrender at her feet.
Bala sorely tests her devotees. However, once you have reached her feet, there are no more worries or cares. Although all wishes are granted, Bala teaches her devotees the importance of detachment to worldly and materialistic pleasures too, and guides them slowly away from human bondage and all attachments.
TO GET COMFORT
Murai thavaraa muraiye sariyaana muraiyenru nallathoru
niRai sonna iRaiviyavaL peyar solla naavil
naRai thadavaamale innikkum adai inda ulagam
paRai saRRum Bala paadal namai theRrum.
Following the right rules and not discarding them is the proper conduct
And this fullness imparted by the great Goddess, with her name constantly on my tongue,
It shall never lose sense of taste, ever remain sweet, and the whole world proclaims this,
BALA’S songs will comfort us.
Bala’s songs have been given to this world by her through SRI Baba.G. Each song addresses a unique problem and acts as a cure for a particular life situation or ailment. However, Bala has devised a set of rules to be followed in carrying out her parayanam or prayers. First, it is necessary to obtain initiation or Deekshai from BabA.G. Next, devotees are urged to pray for the welfare of those around them and write regular prayer letters to the Peetam. Adherence to these rules laid down by Bala is imperative in order to obtain good results.
Uttering Bala’s holy name tastes sweet to the tongue! In other words the universal acceptance of the greatness of Bala and her songs that are designed to produce comfort for all, can never be denied.
TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION,
MANA AZHUTTHAM MARAIYA.
TheRrum nenjam theRra maRanthaal en seivom vatRraatha
ootRRum vatrivittaal engu selvom? Theeyor
kootrum balithidummo thevaiy indri manadhu valithidumo
vidiyai matRum Bala Neeyindri emakku veru gadi illai amma.
If the heart forgets to provide solace what can we do? If
the overflowing spring runs dry where can we go? Will
the plots of the wicked come to fruition? Will our hearts ache unnecessarily ?
Oh Bala, without you, who can change our destiny, we have no other succor or support.
When things don’t work out in the way we want them to, it is easy to fall into deep depression. There is no strength or support from the inner self. Fear overcomes the mind. Enemies hover nearby and there is constant fear their plans might be successful. The path seems blocked in every direction and no escape route can be spotted. It is in this dire circumstance that Bala can help provide solace and help to thwart destiny’s plans!
For hindrances to vanish.
Illai oru podhum kavalai sirikkum chinna
Mullai chella pillai Balavai paarthaal edhu
Thollai kanivu tharum Balavin paarvai kaniyaakkum
Kallai sumai neekkum sugamaval irudhivarai namai chumappavaL.
Not at any time is there need to worry, she smiles like a budding jasmine flower,
a precious child, when you see Bala, are there any more worries?
Her glance full of compassion, transforms the hardest stone into a ripe fruit,
Removing all our burdens, a great comfort is she, bearing us all until the very end.
One glimpse of this tender young child, smiling prettily, her lips resembling a jasmine bud, is enough to drive away the deepest grief and sorrow and melt away all problems. With small dainty steps, Bala removes all problems, by keeping just one step ahead, throughout our lives!
TO TRANSFORM THE STATE OF NEGATION.
ILLAI ENDRA NILAI MAARA.
AvaL indri intha akhilam illai anbarku eppothum
ivaL peyare aaharam anbar ketta varam koduppavaL
oru pothum illai enra sollai sollaathaval
thavamirunthaalum pera mudiyaa varam tharum chinnaval.
The whole world can’t exist without her, for her devotees
her very name is life-giving food, she bestows all boons that loving devotees ask her,
Never has she uttered the word “No” to anyone.
Bala can never deny anything her devotes request her. Every small wish is granted and like a mother, with great compassion, Bala allows certain events and situations to occur in her devotees’ lives, with their best interests at heart. Certainly, the very name “Bala” is a holy mantra that offers the highest power of protection to an individual. Reciting her holy name, singing her songs with conviction and remembering her at all times will surely lead everyone to a high state of spirituality. It is no excess to categorically state that Bala has never uttered the word “No” to anyone!
FOR GRAVE DILEMMAS TO VANISH.
THEERA VEDHANAIGAL THEERA.
Chinnaval Aayinum sindhum punnagaiyil ulagaiye ullukkum
ennavaL endrenrum onbadu vayadinaLai nindraval
vedamadai sonnavaL vedanaiyai azhikkum ella deivangalukkum
munnavaL munnindru kaapavaL mukthitharum peNnaval.
Although a mere child, her smile spills forth and makes the world tremble,
She’s united with me, remaining forever nine years of age,
Speaking the truth of the Vedas, erasing all grief, and foremost
Among all Gods in bestowing protection and salvation,is this young girl!
This verse is perhaps the most significant among all the 100 verses of the Andhadhi. At the deepest level, Bala stands for child-like innocence and joy. By being united within you in your heart, she makes sure all actions stem from pure and honest intentions. In fact, she makes us understand the non dual nature of our soul and Iswara or God. The great truths hidden in the Vedas are explained by Bala very simply and quickly too. She is not an object or deity to be worshipped outside our bodies, but instead as the very existence principle within ourselves!
To obtain abundant prosperity.
Padinaaru peRum pera.
PeNnavaL perugalai aLLitharum PeriavaL azhagu
KaNnavaL kalaigalai sollittharum kalaimagal isai
paNNavaL isaiyil viruppam kondavaL nilavu ponra
thaNNavaL thannigarilaa thanmai konda thaayavaL.
A young lass is she generously dispensing fame and greatness
like a mature woman,
A child with lovely eyes is she, teaching all arts like the Goddess Saraswathi
The melodious tune in Music is she, with a great fondness for it,
The very coolness in the Moon she is, our great Mother
endowed with incomparable qualities none can equal.
Bala is the source of all good things in life. Arts, Music , Dance and all creativity originate from her. Like the Goddess Saraswathi, this little child, bestows on everyone the abilities to succeed in any type of education. However, she is partial to music and sits happily on each and every word in the lyrics she has given to this world. She is the very tune or melody in her songs. She is the very life of her songs since she forms and moulds their content.
Bala’s powers can neither be measured nor can they be compared with any other deity. She is the supreme Godhead who has chosen to come down to a humble dwelling in a village called Nemili in order to help mankind.
FOR THE FLOOD OF HAPPINESS TO INCREASE.
MAGIZCHI VELLAM PERUGA.
ThaayavaL thaalattu paadi namai thoonga vaikkum
Thooyaval thooN ponraval theeyavarai azhikka vanda
Thee avaL theengani pondravaL theenginai azhippavaL
MaayavaL maya leelaigal purindhu magizhcchi tharum maadhavaL.
Like a mother putting us to sleep, singing lullabies
Pure hearted is she, a strong pillar of support, and
Like a scorching fire arrives to remove all wickedness
Playful is she, this young girl who plays many divine tricks
Bestowing all happiness and good fortune.
After coming to Sri Bala, there arises no further desire to visit other temples or ashrams. With the love and compassion of a mature adult, yet, with the mischievous spark of a playful child, Bala guides her devotees throughout their lives. She is there at times of sorrow to lend comfort, she makes her presence tangible during stressful situations and lends firm support. Yet, with the unstoppable energy of a raging fire, Bala also arrives to stamp out all wickedness and cruelty.
There is no limit to the many roles or disguises Bala takes on in order to protect her devotees and bring happiness and peace to everyone.
TO ATTRACT EVERYONE.
Maadhu nirai maadhu konda madhavaL ippoovulagil
Yaadhum aagi nindraval anaithaiyum vendravaL
Soodhu nirai ulagile soozcchi niraindha pozhudhile
Edhu kurai ena kettu vandavaL elloRukkum pidithavaL.
A beautiful woman and a damsel filled with desire is she, standing
To represent everything in this world, she conquers all
And in this world filled with dishonesty, where deceit and trickery abound
She exclaims “ What is your problem”, and arrives in our midst,
( Bala) loved by everyone!
Bala is the eternal symbol of womanhood. Within her is encapsulated the various stages of a child’s growth from a young girl to a mature woman. To say she represents the female principle or Shakthi alone, would be to underestimate her importance as the unmanifest potential that brings forth this entire universe at the time of creation as well as draws it within herself during the period of dissolution.
Bala represents all that is good in the universe as well as all the wicked and deceit that abounds. She guides us through life removing all the negative traits, polishing our hearts until it becomes a reflection of her pure, untainted nature.
TO OBTAIN INFINITE SALVATION.
ELLAYILAA MUKTHI PERA.
PidithavaL oruvarai pidithu vittaal pidivaathamai nadippavaL
thudithavaL nam thuyar kandu thunbam nirai kadaigalai mudithaval
mudithappin onrume theriyaadhadhu pol naditthavaL
nam moochu avaL enru sonnaal migai anru.
A loving girl, who acts stubbornly once she likes someone
A child who’s keenly concerned witnessing our agony and puts an end to many grief-filled stories
And once she’s accomplished this, pretends not to know anything
To say she’s our very breath is not excessive.
This final verse contains many answers regarding the role played by Bala in our lives. A visit to Bala Peetam results in different types of changes in the lives of people. For some, no particular emotion is stirred and Bala’s house seems to resemble just another abode of worship. However for a few, selected people, the first moment in Bala’s presence brings about profound changes. Many are engulfed with an indescribable joy standing in front of Sri Bala. It’s a feeling of “having returned to a familiar place”, or having found a “lost treasure”.
Once Bala has accepted a person into her family, she tests them relentlessly before accepting them into her circle. Even at this time, she shows her love in the most perplexing way by pretending to act in a possessive and stubborn manner. Some devotees might lose sight of her at this point in time.
However, those who persevere and stay faithful to Bala will surely attain salvation at her feet. Bala becomes the life-breath of her true devotees and cares for them tenderly, like a mother during their entire life. She is adept at making difficult situations vanish in a twinkling of the eye, yet, make it seem so easy to accomplish.
A single experience with Bala is sufficient to give happiness for the entire life!
THE BENEFIT OF READING ANDHADHI:
Paasam niRai kuzhandai paavam neekum Baalavin
Nesam peRridin nyeyam perugum theeya shakthigal
Naasam aagi nasinduvida naaL thorum Baala paadal paada
Desam engum desomayam veesi subeetcham kaaNum satthiyam!
A Child who is filled with affection, who removes all our sins
Once you receive her love, benefits will grow, evil forces
will be destroyed, singing Bala’s song daily
The entire nation will glow with the luster and brightness of prosperity,
This is the truth!
Sri Bala Charanam.