7.Bestower of bliss-bhAvAya namah!

AnaMda ninna brityarigIvi bhAva namO eMbe

jnAna rakshaNa kAMtidAtA sarvaganAgiruvi

ina sOma tAre modalAdarolu pravEshisi

neenu avargaLa bhAsakanAgiruviyo swataMtra

I am attempting to understand this with respect to Dasaru’s view of life and his attitude towards it. He never sought fame yet had all the pre-requisites for it. So what would be the state of mind which can enable this kind of attitude and how was it possible? Analyszing the gunas of the Lord as unfolded in Dasaru’s life is attempted here.

Shree Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru has been one of greatest personalities in the 20th century, by having crossed one of the most difficult barriers to obtain Vishnu’s grace.

One may ask, What would that be?

It is the hankering for NAME and FAME!

The number 18 which means jaya contains an important revelation. The Shastras proclaim that there are 15 bElis/barriers which bind the jiva in the sixteenth position. The 17th is Lakshmi ,the binding force and the 18th-Jaya is Paramatma. In samsaara the jiva is turned towards these obstacles and hece has one’s back towards Lakshmi Narayana. Once they turn around they will be free of the bondage of samsaara and will be in bliss.

Of these barriers the 15th one is the “Barrier of NAME and FAME”. Dasaru being a contemporary of many living scholars is being praised by them as one who never sought to reveal his name in association to the works on the most toughest texts like Brahma sutras. He used to just be a silent spectator to the praise heaped on the person who wrote it. His real name was “Purushottama rayaru” and he wrote under the name “Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru” but most of his close associates were unaware of his scholarship and command on the philosophy of Madhwa until after he passed away.

Why is it that the name is given so much priority always by everyone? Obviously it is difficult for anyone not to claim ownership of their property, of their family, of their philantrophic contributions, of art work or any such thing. Why so? Because the whole point of taking all the trouble to become accomplished in anything gives a feeling of happiness and satisfaction when it is appreciated by others who benefit from it. The happiness obtained is sought after and one would not forgo it unless one has surmounted this particular barrier,”NAME and FAME” .

FAME’s just a perception, an image, a role

But it isn’t the truth

Cause God decided that you were better than most

FAME came to you not just because of you

Under the spotlight FAME fades really fast

The fun of fame never really does last

If one were to understand and reject it , then one can cross the barrier of “NAME”.

Dasaru was one such person, He understood “bhaavaaya namah” in its true sense and with inner involvement . The One and only One who can bestow bliss. Let us look at the verse in question now.

“You confer happiness on your abiding devotees, who accept Your Supreme control on everything. My sincere obeisances to you. You are the giver of “knowledge,security and radiance, O omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Sarva swatantra! You enter into the sun, moon , the stars and are the cause for their brilliance .”

Here the word,bhrityas- are those who engage in action knowing that it is the command of the Lord. Nothing ever happens without His command and one who knows Him as “satyasankalpa” acts knowing that one is just the instrument in His wonderful hands. He confers bliss on such bhrityas. Acceptance of life is one of the most important lessons that one can learn, which would make life easier to handle and tackle. It not only makes it easier but makes it pleasant and sought after. It is a great lesson which is taught by many ancient philosophers and endorsed by modern thoughts too.

Shri Vadirajaru has said ,”tAluvike ginta tapavu illa…”

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How do we develop this attitude of acceptance?

For that Dasaru says ,”Understand that He is behind the radiance of everything including the Sun, moon and the stars! If you are brillaint in anything, it means God selected you to be good in that thing, not because of Your own independent effort”

The letter “bha” has 28 different meanings given by Acharyaru commenting on the shloka of the 28 “bha’s” appearing in one of his works namely “Yamaka Bharatha”. The notes about these meanings having been recorded by “Hrisheekesha theertharu.” This has been explained by my gurugalu “Shri Banannje “on many occassions.

Here the word “bhaava” has been explained as ” jnAna rakshaNa kaMtidAta sarvaga”

The letter “bha” has the meaning “jnAna”,”deepti”,”kAMti”,”sAmeepya” etc. So the giver of knowledge, the instigator of memory, the giver of wisdom which shines when knowledge is experienced, the giver of radiance and the giver of the feeling of nearness to God are some of the meanings for the name “bhAva”.When one progresses in heartfelt devotion to Bhaava, then the attributes start reflecting in our lives to certain extent. The datu ‘ava” means rakshana ie protection. He protects his devotees with through right knowledge of a)His glory and b)His nearness to each and every soul. “He is known as “avignyaata sakha-the unknown friend ” in the Bhagavatham.

The beaming rays of the sun, the cool rays of the moon and the bliss inducing starlight are all due to His immanence in them. On the other hand,they cannot light Him up or disclose Him inspite of their seemingly penetrating rays . The Gita declares,”na tad bhaasayate suryo na shashAMko na pAvakah”

Let us surrender to “bhAva” and yearn to become His true bhrityas.


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 .

One thought on “7.Bestower of bliss-bhAvAya namah!”

  1. Hare shrinivasa , Very nice. Excellently written.
    “The attitude of acceptance ” reminds me of Shripadarajarus words ” Ittangae Iruvenu hariye enna doreye” . Thanks,
    -Krithika Ragahvendra.


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