8.Shree bhUtAtmane namah : who pervades and controls

jagannAtha sarva jagadvAsa bhUtAtma Namaste

vAgIsha shiva vipa shakrAdi prANi sarva jagad-

ttige niyAmaka shAsakanu swAmIyu nIneve

aghadUra guNaparipUrNa  AnaMda prachura

“You are the Lord of the entire Universe , You reside inside each and every nook as well as envelop and energise the universe with Your mysterious presence.I bow down to Your infinite resources ,stores of flawless attributes from which ensue the energies required by all entities to complete their duties. The Lord of  Vaak , Shiva, Garuda, Shakra and others do their duties at Your bidding and accept You as their master. Such is your overlord ship, yet You remain untainted by Your power,completely free from flaws and full of auspicious attributes overflowing with bliss.”

Dasaru cautions, Even though He exists at every level in the world, He is not like it. The world as we see it has many flaws , while God is flawless. The world is full of lack, while He is complete with all auspicious attributes. Every step in this world is precarious and forbodes grief while the Lord is completely overflowing with bliss. This distinction between the Master and His creation needs to be understood in the right sense. He exists effortlessly  and makes other things exist as they should by His power  and that’s why He is refered to as “ShAsakanu and SwAmi”.

As the master of the universe, You pervade everywhere and are known as “bhUtAtma”. I bow down to you in humble reverence. Hari is the designer and sustainer of each and every thing that exists. He gives things meaning. Here there is a lot of profound meaning implied by the previous sentence.What do you mean by things having meaning? The existence of a beautiful thing becomes meaningful when its beauty is perceived. This perception occurs at various levels and through different kinds of organs of different organizms. The Lord works through intelligent forces put in place by Him. Here “vAgIsha” the Lord of the speech diety(Saraswathi) ie Brahma is indicated as the deity of the memory which gives meaning to events. When we recollect and learn then the events become meaningful. For such recollection to happen, Brahma is the presiding diety and the Lord works through him. In the similar way all the other deities effectively carry out the decry of the Lord.

 The dieties who are performing superior tasks like controlling of speech, of mind, of knowledge, of all the sense organs and the very life-breath are all under Your complete control and depend on You for their sustenance and direction. There is none who can question Your authority and get away with it. They have to bow down to Your ruling always. Such is Your Supreme control. The fact that if anyone wants to do anything, they would need their body, other instruments like mind, sense organs etc as well as external objects and each of these is individually controlled by different deities at the bidding of Hari. None can get through with any work without Your abundant grace. If one asks,”How so?” When we observe the universe we see that all objects require energy to subsist and be of use to anyone. For example – a flower in full bloom.

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It is soft to touch, a pleasure to see and full of fragrance pleasing to the nose. All these are accomplished by the flower by just existing. But this  existence is mysterious? Why today and not yesterday? Why white instead of red? Why in the water and not on the mountain tops? Innumerable questions can come up and remain unanswered except for that it is just the way things are. Everything has a place and time and it reigns at that particular period of time. After that, the flower withers, it loses it beauty and stops giving off fragrance It gets withered and slowly disintegrates to return back to its essential elements. This decomposition of matter is also God’s grace and it is an extremely significant part of the maintainence of beauty as it allows for new and beautiful things to bloom and blossom. The cycle of life keeps moving. If one stops to wonder then one may get memerised by the enormity of objects , their different contributions , their different ways of existing and then changing to other forms of matter. This enormous activity that goes in the world is controlled by “jagannAtha”. He is the king, who resides inside the very being of His subjects, who is present inside every element of an object coaxing it from one level of existence to another, always being the cause for the change, but always remaining passive and changeless. In order for one flower to bloom so many factors need to be fulfilled, and such flowers bloom uncounted in the forests, in the lakes, ponds and gardens, under the seas and oceans etc. He is the king who provides and sustains everything .

Whoever contemplates on His great energies which are flawless and complete are sure to be rid of their defects and sins. Such is His great glory. Infact in order to remove one’s defects, there is no other way. Contemplation is the only way. Contemplation on His infinite greatness and His benevolence in creating and sustaining everything. Relinquishing the urge to be in control becomes easier with repeated contemplation on this guna of God. Whether one likes it or not, it not the reason for things to happen, but whether God likes it or not is the deciding factor. His will prevails and accepting His will is our bounty. If we can implement this one thing into our everyday living, life becomes an unravelling of His grace.

Shree Gurushressha vittala dasaru pleads with Shreenivasa

“ninna chittakke bandaddu enna chittakke barali anyata bayakeya koDadiru”

Shree Jagannatha dasaru says ,” vishwakuTuMbi koTTa kaNNanna kutisita kambaliye soubhAgya vendavanaMgrigaLa bhajisru

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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