Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #3
Shrimate Shri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Seetha Ramachandra Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Ramanujaya Namaha:
Shrimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namaha:
Shrimate Shrivan Satagopa Shri Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikaya Namaha:
So, why is it that Venkatanatha is being addressed
as Desika? What does Desika mean?
Well, Desika usually refers to an Acharya. This could
be 'one who orders', 'guides' or 'an advisor'.
In Sanskrit, the term
'DE' refers to Devanugraham;
'SI' refers to Sishyanugraham and
'KA' refers to Karuna.
When these three letters are combined it results
in 'DESIKA'. This is reflected in the following Sloka:
Devanugraha Dharidvaath Sishyaanugraha Kaaranath
Karunaamaya-roopathvath Desika: kathyathe Bhootai:
No wonder that the term 'Desika' is always used to
refer our Swami only.
If you look for meanings for 'Desika' in Tamil,
you get the following:
a beautiful person
one who teaches Vedas
Only our Swami can fit all these definitions.
Swami Desika is an all-encompassing personality - he
is the best. More importantly, he emanates the
Swami is a vedantin among vedantins;
a vidvan among vidvans;
poet among poets;
an acharya among acharyas;
an avatar among avatars;
a perfect personality
and on the whole the greatest !
Our Lord's parathvam are characterised by six gunas,
viz., Gnana, Sakthi, Bala, Iswarya, Veerya and Thejas.
Gnana of Swami Desikar is clear from 'Sarvagnyathvam
Thatvamuktakalape'. Our Swami produced Padhukasahasram
in one Yaama, which shows his Shakthi, we see our
Swami's Balam when he refutes the doctrines of opponents.
We can very clearly see the Richness when Swami establishes
Vedanta on a firm basis
Vishesha vitparishadheshu natha
Vidhaktha khoshti samaranganeshu
Jigheeshatho me Kavitarkikendran...
By these, Veerya and Thejas can be observed.
Isn't it true that we enjoy our Lord in our Swami?!
Not only that, our Swami brings out the 'Desika' in
all those who surrender.
..... more on Swami's greatness, tomorrow.
Shri Ranganayaki Sametha Shri Ranganathan Parabrahmane Namaha:
dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi