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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #55


SrI:
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:

"SrimAn VenaktanAthArya: kavithArkika kEsarI!
VedAnthAchArya varyO mE sannidhatthAM sadhA hrudhi"!!

Shri Alavandar describes 'dayAlu' as the next
kalyAna guna of our Lord, and this kalyAna guna
perfectly fits our Swami.

A person with compassion is addressed to as 'dayAlu'.
When people are in misery, one should try to relieve them
from it without expecting anything in return. This great
quality is dayA. There is no point in crying along when
people cry for want of relief! One should act fast and
provide a solution.

Swami Desika holds 'dayai' as the king of all gunas.
Swami Desika is a dayAlu who explained that only 'dayA'
makes all other gunas attain more stability.

All actions of Swami circled around this main kalyAna
guna.

We know that Swami Desika exposed the defects of the
other schools of thought and established Visistadvaita
based on Bhagavad Ramanuja's teachings. This again is
due to Swami's dayA. So, many Jiva's are struggling
from time immemorial. These Jivas are led into different
paths by different schools. These schools will lead
them into an unending cycle of births and rebirths.
So, swami highlighted this and exposed the defects
of other schools and showed them the correct path.
The only path that could give liberation from this
samsAra sAgaram. All these were done by our Swami
only because of his compassion to us. But for him,
we just cannot imagine our plight - where will we be,
what will we do ??????? dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam.

As an extension of his dayA, Swami has given us the
tamil Desika Prabandham which gives the meanings of
vedantA crystal clear.

Swami's renderings cover a wide range - helping
people to make a choice depending on their level
of understanding. What can this be described as
but for swami's dayA?

No wonder! Swami being a dayAlu sang dayAsatakam.
Swami Desika was truly the dayA incarnate of
our Lord Thiruvenkata mudayAn. Swami Desika was a
dayA swaroopam.

Shri Kumara Varadarya, in his Pillai Andhadi
explains swami's "dayAlu" guna.

"arutaru mAraNa dEsika nEyenga dOppurrEvE
varukavi tArkika singamE vAdiyar vAzhvaruttA !
yirukaiyunkooppi yuraikkumiv vinappa mOnrukElA
yuruva venakkaru lAyeNNu mullamun roNdaraiyE !!"

-- Pillai Andhadi (18)

Shri Kumara Varadarya, addresses swami as our God,
as kavitArkika simham, and as the destroyer of the
lives of opponents. Shri Kumara Varadarya says that
only because of Swami's compassion to protect all
the lokas, Swami Desika took an avatAra in Toopul
and stood there making everybody offer salutations
to him (there by saving them).

Shri Kumara Varadarya with his folded hands makes a
request for a boon with Swami. Shri Kumara Varadarya
wanted to have the association of those great men
who had taken refuge under Swami's feet.

Such was Swami's greatness. Even the association of
people who have taken refuge under Swami's feet will
lead us in the correct path. Giving us this association
is again Swami's dayA.


"Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE!
SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !!"

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi