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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #73

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"!!

In yesterdays posting we saw that Goddess SrI permanently
resides in our Lord's chest and is inseparable from the Lord.
Hence both of them engage in all the activities. This makes it
clear that Goddess Lakshmi and Lord nArAyaNA together grant us

Here is a brief of Swami Desika's explanation on Prapatti to
Divya Dampati. Swami considers Divya Dampati together as one

When one performs kAmyArtha sacrifices, the offerings are made
to demi gods viz., Agni, vAyu, Indra, vAruna ... These demi Gods
act as intermediaries in receiving the obligations while it is
Lord nArAyaNA who actually accepts it. The demi gods have attained
the status of accepting the offerings because of their punyAs. But
when it comes to the act of total surrender - Prapatti, our Lord
does not permit any deities as intermediaries. Lord nArAyaNA
together with Goddess SrI accept the Prapatti directly!
Acharya sambandham is the only link between us and
the Lord, no demi Gods in-between !!!

Swami Desika states that our Lord along with Goddess SrI maintain
direct link with Prapannas. Our Lord is the Greatest that even the
Vedas could not describe Him in full. On one side our Lord's
paratvam is so Great - He is the indweller and consequently the
master of everything, but on the other we see our Lord's sowlabyam
where due to his infinite grace He directly accepts our Prapatti.
Swami Desika is bewildered at the nature of the Supreme Brahman!!!

Divya Dampati are full of compassion for us. Goddess Lakshmi feeds us
the knowledge of tatvas and makes the chEtanAs (who are her children)
take the correct path. By virtue of this SrI is the mother of the
whole world. Swami makes a mention of this in the dayAsatakam
Sloka below:

"samastajananIm vandE chaitanyastanyadAyinIm !
srEyasIm srInivAsasya karuNAmiva roopiNIm !!"

-- dayAsatakam (6)

Here, Swami Desika bows to Goddess SrI who is an embodiment of
thiruvEnkatamudayAn's compassion !

In the following verse Swami Desika makes an appeal to Goddess
Lakshmi to stay in His heart forever.

"kalyANAnAmavikalanidhi: kApi kArunyasImA
nityAmOdA nigamavacasAm mauli mandAramAlA !
sampaddivyA madhuvijayina: sannidhattAm sadA mE
saishA devI sakalabhuvanaprArthanAkAmadhenu: !!"

-- SrIstuti (24)

Goddess Lakshmi is the wealth of Lord Vishnu himself. She is absolute
prosperity. She is the bestower of all the wishes of every living being
in the entire universe. Swami Desika emphasises on her uniqueness by the
work "kApi". Goddess Lakshmi adores the heads of the Upanishads as an
ever-fragrant flower! Swami Desika describes Goddess Lakshmi as kAmadhenu,
the divine cow which yields everything to all those who seek!

Goddess SrI resides in our Lords chest with an objective to make room for
us in His heart! What to speak of her compassion!!!

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

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi