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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #71

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"!!

Many utterances of the Vedas praise Goddess SrI. Swami Desika
gives us the essence of these Vedic utterances in his SrIstuti.
Here, Swami brings forth the essential nature and the role of
Goddess Lakshmi.

Swami has described about the oneness of Divya Dampati in all
activities and Goddess Lakshmi's karunA towards all Jivas.
Goddess Lakshmi is the dispenser of all boons, material
and spiritual!

Swami also adds that all those who read the SrIstuti will enjoy
sovereignty, unlimited wealth and welfare." Swami proved this
phala stuti true during his life time itself -

This incident happened when Swami Desika was at Kanchi. A bachelor
boy wanted some material help from Swami to conduct his own wedding.
Swami advised him to worship Goddess Lakshmi. Swami led him to the
peruNdevi tAyAr temple and taught him the SrIstuti. The bachelor
boy went round the sannidhi reciting the stotra, with his mind
focussed on the feet of Goddess. When he came to the sixteenth Sloka
of SrIstuti, 'YogArambhatvaritamanasO...', there was a regular shower
of gold coins. Swami says where ever Goddess Lakshmi's glance fell,
there was a flood of all desired wealth.

"...Yasyaam yasyaam dishi Viharate
devi! drishtistvadeeyA
tasyaam tasyaamahamahamikaam
tanvatE sampadOgA: !!"

-- SrIstuti (15)

Wherever the glance of Goddess Lakshmi falls, in all those places
waves of wealth roll forth competing among themselves to bless him.

"...tEshAm BhoomErdhanapatigruhAdambarAdambudhervA
dhArA niryAnyatyadikamadhikam VanchitAnAm VasoonAm !!"

-- SrIstuti (16)

People who approach the Divya Dampathi alone (and no anya devatas)
with undivided attention and utmost concentration, will be immediately
blessed with all desirable wealth. The wealth that such people want
would only be for a good cause. Swami says that the wealth so got would
be much more than what they expected!

This wealth was available From the earth (mother to Sita) as a hidden
treasure to Thirumangai Alvar, from the sky  ie., Lord Vishnu's abode
as in Kuchela's incident, or from Kubera's mansion.

Our Goddess Lakshmi can thus confer upon us any kind of wealth that we

There are many other stotras in which Swami Desika mentions about
the greatness of Goddess Lakshmi.

For instance in the third Sloka of the NyAsatilaka, Swami Desika
performs Prapatti at the feet of Goddess SrI where in he says that
he follows Goddess Lakshmi's words (as found in Lakshmi Tantra).

"...tadArambhtasyA giramavadadhanEna manasA
prapadyE tAmEkAm shriyamakhilanAthasya mahishIm !!"

-- nyAsatilaka (3)

Swami Desika surrenders at the feet of Goddess Lakshmi, the supreme
queen of Lord MahAvishnu, the God of gods. Swami says that he performs
Prapatti to her based on her advice only.

We know that our Lord is called Sriya:Pathi - the husband of
Goddess SrI. Similarly Goddess Lakshmi by virtue of being ever associated
with Lord Vishnu is known as Vishnupatni. Swami Desika incorporates these
in the first and second Sloka of yatirAjasaptati:

1. Vishnu is called KamalA gruhamEdhi and
2. Lakshmi is referred to as sahadharmacarIm saurE: .

Again, in the very first Sloka of dasAvatAra stotram Swami Desika
refers to the avatAra of Goddess Lakshmi as being ever in unison
with the avatAra of the Lord. Goddess Lakshmi assumed suitable
forms to the respective roles of the Lord. Goddess RanganAyaki
assumed the form of sItA, Rukmini etc when the Lord took the
role of rAmA, Krishna etc.

This shows the oneness of Divya Dampati in all activities!

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

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi