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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #90


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"!!

We are celebrating SrI Krishna Jayanthi. On this auspicious
day, we shall enjoy our Swami's works on Lord Krishna!

Swami has given 21 Slokas on Lord Krishna and named them
Gopala Vimshati. In Gopala Vimshati Swami has picturised
And enjoyed Lord's childhood and Lord's leelas.

"animEshanishEvaNIyamakshNO: ajahadyauvanamAvirastu chittE !
kalahAyita kuntalalam kalApai: karaNOnmAdakavibramam mahO mE !!"

-- Gopala Vimshati (10)

Swami's anubhavam of Lord Krishna is amazing. Swami says that
our Lord is ever youthful and his beauty mesmerizes everyone and
also goes on to state that Lord's beauty should be enjoyed without
batting an eyelid. True, the split second time we wink our eyelids, we
miss to enjoy the beauty of our Lord and Swami emphasises this fact.
Just the small peacock feather on top of our Lord's hair is enough to
behold our attention.

The Divya leela's of our Lord captivates the mind and other indriyas
of the people. Swami Prays to the Lord that this beautiful flood of
Lord Krishna's Jyothi form should always be in his heart.

Swami Desika is so charmed by the beauty of the Lord that he
prays to the Lord to bless him with the same vision during his
final phase.

"adarAhitachAruvamshanAlA: makutAlambimayoorapinchamAlA !
harinIlashilAvibhanganIlA: pratibhA: santu mamAntimaprayANE !!"

-- Gopala Vimshati (12)

Swami prays to our Lord that at the time of his avataara poorthi,
he should see only Lord Kannan's thirumeni in his heart and should
not get reminded of any other thing. Swami describes that our Lord
should hold his beautiful flute and appear as Venugopalan.
Swami's anubhavam and even wishes were beautiful. Not only did
our Swami wish that Lord appears as Venugopalan, but also, wishes
to see the Lord sport the peacock feathers slantingly on head. Swami
also states that Lord's ThirumEni should be blue in color, similar to
the blue bead of Indiran.

Swami Desika adds that by reading this stotra one will be blessed with
a direct vision of the Lord Krishna!!!

Further, Swami has given another work on Lord Krishna - YadhavAbhyudayam.
In this work, Swami enjoys Kutti Kannan's leelas in great detail. In the
fourth canto
[29th Sloka], Swami says:

It is amazing to note our Lord's Soulabyam and his desire to be
present amongst us - the Jivas. Our Lord - sarvEshvaran - who has
everything and who grants everything - including Moksha - is seen
here as stealing butter from maids. While stealing the butter, our
Lord was 'afraid' that they would find him and 'punish' him. Seeing
the maids come, our Lord lays down motionless and with 'folded
hands'. Our Lord requests the chalangai, with a 'shivering fear',
not to raise jingles as it would show him to the maids.

Our Lord's Soulabyam is so evident in his Krishna avatAram. Our
Lord exhibited his greatness and easy accessibility at the same
time.

The most gifted mother of all - Mother Yashoda - was finding the
'pranks' of our Lord a bit too much. So, she 'punishes' our Lord Krishna
by tying the Lord to a mortar with a thick rope. Our Lord - what a Leela -
'accepts' the 'punishment' like an ordinary Jiva. However, he pulls around
with the mortar and exhibits his paratvam by granting sApa vimochanam
to two yakshas.

Swami has described the above episode in both Gopala Vimshati and
YadhavAbhyudayam.

How to define our Lord's quality who at one step performs "sAAradyam"
to Parthan and at the same time gives the world through Parthan the
Bhagavad Geetha! Our Sriya:Pathi's Kalyana Gunas captivate one and
all. But it immerses the Jivas when the Kalyana Gunas are enjoyed and
expressed by Swami Desikan. Swami's KrishnAnubavam is vast.

And How to define our Swami's vast knowledge and anubhavam. On one
end, Swami enjoys Baala Krishnan's leelas while on the other he shares
the greatness of Bhaghavan's Geeth-o-upadesam. Swami has written
commentaries on Shri Yamunaacharya's Gitarthasamgraha in the same
way as Swami enjoyed Kutti Krishnan's leelas.

Sarvam SrI KrishNArpaNamasthu.

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

...To be continued!


dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi