The great musician and ascended master Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya is known to all of us but his writings were truly forgotten until they came to light in 1849, sealed up in a room near the Hundi in the Lord Venkateswara Temple of Tirupathi.

The 13th-century musician is one of the grand pioneers of Carnatic music and the spirit of modern Telugu songs. The Poet-Saint wrote over 32,000 songs devoted to the God within and only 12,000 of them were available while 800 of them were widely sung by the current musicians.

Annamacharya’s philosophy is straight and clear, God is the one that resides in every living being! The Kings sleep is the same as the soldier’s, the sun that shines on an Elephant is the same as that shines on a dog…. ‘Brahmamokkate!’ God is the same and is one!

The Great Saint attributed his writings to Ascended Master Venkateswara and became his beloved disciple where he had numerous encounters with him. He withstood all the obstacles and achieved enlightenment by expressing the divine in the form of melodious keerthanas. He also has another name that people proudly called his as “The Sword of the Lord” for his sheer dedication towards the supreme intelligence and the effervescent divine where his songs depict the commune of God and Man, and the Adhyatmam-The Self expressed through man.   

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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