This document was sent to me several days back by Sri. P.N. Ramachandran. I am extremely sorry for taking so long to post this. As I have mentioned earlier also, it was very hectic the last couple of weeks. Of course, it is not an excuse. I am thankful to Sri P.N. Ramachandran for taking time to write and also send me this wonderful script of Harikathaamrita Sara.
HARIKATHAAMRITA SARA (in Kannada) By Sri Jagannatha Daasaru (Approx. 1728-1809)
Malagi Paramaadaradi Paadalu Kulithu Keluva,
Kulithu Paadalu Niluva, Ninthare Naliva,
Nalidare Oliva Nimagemba I
Sulabhano Hari Tannavara Naragalige
Bahaluvaru Bhvadolage II
Ittikallanu Bhakuthiyindali Kotta Bhagathage Mecchi Thannanu
Kotta Badabrahmanana Oppidiavalige Akhilaartha I
Ketta Maathugalenda Chaidhyana Pottiyolagimbitta
Bhanadalitta Bheeshmana Avagunagala Enisadane Karunaalu II
Bheeshmacharya, who was lying down on a bed of arrows, prayed to Sri Hari and extolled his glories in “Bheeshma-Stuti” (Srimad Bhagavatham). Sri Krishna heard this, sitting by the side of the Acharya.
Again, Bheeshmacharya rained arrows on Sri Krishna in the war at Kurukshetra. But Sri Krishna did not mind the defects in the Acharya’s qualities (such as fighting for the adharma side of Kauravas).
Pundaleeka, in a sitting position, was serving his parents and at the same time, he was praising Sri Hari; the Great Lord stood (on the brick offered by Pundaleeka) and heard him singing.
Prahlada, in a standing position, was singing the praise of Sri Hari. Lord Sri
Narasimha came jumping out of the pillar and He was dancing.
Narada was singing in ecstacy and dancing. Sri Hari gave darshan to Narada.
Kuchela, a poor Brahmin (and fellow student of Sri Krishna under Sandipani Acharya), offered a handful of beaten rice to Sri Krishna on a later visit. Sri Krishna conferred immense wealth on Kuchela.
Jaya, Gatekeeper at Vaikunta, by a curse, was born as Sishupala, the King of Chedi. He abused Sri Krishna who killed Sishupala when the abuses exceed a limit. Sri Krishna then restored the Gatekeeper his old position, since the effect of the curse was over in his third rebirth as Sishupala.
By these illustrations, the Daasaru establishes that God is full of grace and that his mercy towards his devotees is limitless.
Sri Hari is easy to be reached by the pious devotees. Refer to Bhagavad Geeta , IX-26. In one of his songs, Sri Purandara Daasaru has stated: “Pari Pari Kelasadolu ondu kelasavu endu, Krishna ena baarade.” Constant remembrance of Sri Hari with sincere devotion is the easy path indicated by all the gurus. Ignorant of the ways to reach Sri Hari, people at large (common folks) suffer in the Samsara (the constantly repeating cycle of birth and death.)