My friend and benefactor at all times

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. - Bil Keane

In the above quote we can see that the present is the gift and we are now contemplating on the Supreme infinite power who bestowed this gift that all of us have. It is good to note that the past was also a gift when it was present and the future would also be a gift when it is present. This gift is not just given to us, but to all the people in the world and all the living beings at a given time. Imagine the immense power ! Wonder at His abilities to do this!

Shree bhutabhavyabhavat prabhuveh namah!

The meaning of this fourth nama of Vishnu is described by Shree Prasanna Sreenivasa dasaru as follows:

bhutabhavya bhavatkaala janakke oLLe aishwarya

prada bhutabhavyabhavat prabhuve namO namaste

hindina munidina eegina, ee mooru kAladallu

endigu prabhu neenu maMgalapradanu Shreepatiyu

He is the giver of “aishwarya” to the people. Aishwarya has many meanings. One of them is wealth and that word can take many implications when it comes to a human being. The soul acquiring a human body is endowed with the wealth of the body and along with it the ability to think and speak other than the normal actions like eating, sleeping and reproduction.  Shri Jagannatha Dasaru has said,”janapa mechhidareeva…..”

“A king many be able to bestow wealth,vehicle,oranments, fine clothes, land and other property . But who can bestow a body and mind on the jiva other than Hari? After all in order to experience any gifts from anyone we need to have this body and mind.

We need security in life. That is one of our important concerns when the first basic necessities are met. So we invest our money in many ways so that we can use them in times of need . Yet there are many cases where all the money invested in property or funds came to nothing due to natural calamities, robbery , fraud etc. Investing is not a guarantee of security. Similarly we invest time in people so that we may call on them in times of need to help us. This too has its own set of failings.

But knowing about this Supreme benefactor who is in complete control of all things at all times is sure to be the best security for us. He is boundless in time and ability and can confer the required wealth on us, as and when we need it…….. provided…. we have eligibility for it.

The chanting and contemplating on this great benefactor is the means of obtaining such eligibility.

How do we do this?

Dasaru says,”Acknowledge……..again and again. Acknowledge and be thankful that He has been there for you and IS there for you and will be there for you always.” “hindina, mundina, eegina ” For us there is a past , present and a future. He has been our friend and guide in the past and uplifted us , He will do so in future too. He is known as “mangalaprada” Giver of upliftment .Upliftment is a word loaded with many implications. removal of miseries is also upliftment and obtaining one’s desires without hankering for them is upliftment, not at all having any hankering for any kind of sensual pleasures ….all these and more. And if one questions,”How am I to be sure that He is capable of it?” For that the answer is ” Shripati” . He is the protector and guide of Shree-Lakshmi. The etymological meaning of “Shree” stemming from the root “Sham” is being immersed in bliss. Shree contemplates on Him and is always in bliss. What more needs to be said? If one wants to be free from insecurity and fear of the future one has to surrender to this all powerful benefactor who is always there for us, regardless of the time or place.

Author: Parimala R

I am a student of Madhwa's philosophy and a listener of the expositions of Shri Madhwa's works through my gurugalu Shri Bannanje Govindacharya .This blog is an attempt to express the jewels contained in those along with the verses of a Haridasaru, Shri Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru . I speak on the verses of the Harikathamruthasaara to students at my place and in the nearby Turahalli Rayar mutt and also on skype. I am also into studying the Bhagavad gita closely with a small group, since the past year, the source of study being the expositions of Shri Bannanje .

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