Awwal Allah Noor Upaya Qudrat Keh Sub Banday
Aik Noor Keh Sub Jag Upajiya Kaun Bhale Ko Mandhe
And from this ONE light, the universe; so who is good and who is bad?
Ashwath got a chance to play the role of saint Ramadas during the Convocation Drama in 2007. Acting in the Convocation Drama is a special chance because Swami interacts a lot with the students during the course of the several rehearsals. The script was being written for the drama and the scenes were being practiced. Swami was in the thick of action. While the Ramadas scene was in progress, it came to that point wherein Ramadas criticizes Lord Rama.
Ramadas is a staunch devotee of Rama and also the administrator for several villages of the kingdom. He spends the tax money in constructing a temple for the Lord. The Muslim ruler arrests him for misappropriation of government funds. In what is considered as Ninda Stuti (praise via criticism), Ramadas cries out to Lord Rama in beautiful poetry. He gives an account of all the expenditures made - “a gold necklace for mother Sita, a gem-studded belt for Lakshmana, golden chariots for Rama” - and then says,
“Even your father did not spend this for you. But having done so, I am imprisoned today. Come to my rescue.”
When Ashwath began to sing this song, Swami turned to him and asked,
“Ay! Nuvvu Nannu Thittathava?” (So, you will scold me now?) Ashwath’s heart melted! He said,
“No Swami! I will never criticize you!”
Though it meant the loss of a wonderful song that he could sing, Ashwath ensured that the song was dropped from the script. Singing, for him, was always to please Swami rather than to make a show of his capabilities and skills.
|Bhadrachala Ramadas (Ashwath Narayan) in chains sings the glory of his (Sai) Rama as the prison guard|
dances in glee and Rama looks on in satisfaction.
“Did they (the Malladi brothers) sing your composition correctly?”
Ashwath was stumped! Swami was talking to him and treating him as if he was Ramadas himself. As Ashwath confessed later on,
|Ashwath Narayan and his singing partner, P Sreenivas, were summoned by Swami at 7:30pm on the 22nd of November,|
the eve of the 85th Birthday of Bhagawan Baba.
|Though there was no programme scheduled, it appeared as though Swami wanted to begin celebrating the Birthday|
by listening to His children sing...
|In December, Ashwath was one of the musicians who received a shield from Swami. The final few concerts that Swami|
listened to before the Mahasamadhi were mostly those rendered by Ashwath.