9.Shree bhUtabhavanAya namah-Creator and Sustainer of Conscious activity

sarva prANigaLa utpAdakanu bhUtabhAvana

sarvada namo ninage prANi mano saMcharane

sarva prANi manovritti mADisuvi kArayita

sarva bhUtagaLa satta pravrittyAdigaLa data ||

” You are the creator of the all  the sentient beings(prANis). O bhUtabhAvana, My repeated obeisance to You. You traverse through the minds of the prANis and are the cause for their mental activity. You are the only independent doer,inspiring actions and making other perform. You are the cause for the existence, action and thought of every being(bhUta).”

Here the word ‘prANi’ bears a lot of significance. As it means the one who is capable of intelligent activitiy. All living beings are capable of such activity, though in various levels. Survival, reproduction etc are  seen in all creatures and even in plant life. The higher end of living beings have more refined forms of thought than the lower forms. These higher processing skills of humans enables them to sift through the bombardment of  thoughts flashing through their minds in response to external stimulus. The feeling of existing and experiencing things is  due to the presence of the doer, who initiates the desire to engage in action and also goads them into action.

The living beings are brought into existence.They obtain bodies through which they can experience . This connection between the body made of the five elements and the sentient jiva is very mysterious. How is it possible to connect such a miniscule thing as the jiva and the gross body? Not just connect but give the conscious feeling of being the owner of the body and being able to experience its travails as if it is actually the travails of the jiva itself and not the body. This mysterious link, is constantly kept in place by “bhUtabhAvanah” .

The Swethashwataro Upanishad describes this magnificient power of God which binds the subtle jiva to the gross body until such time as He wills it. The binding occurs and the jiva is made to experience through the body. The giver of this experience through the mental thoughts that relentlessly pop up in our minds is “bhUta bhAvanAya “.

The conscious thought is unique to living beings. The chameleon comouflages itself to protect itself from predators. The flowers look colourful and fragrant attracting bees for pollination. The bees get attracted. The plant puts out roots in search of water deep into the soil. It also tends to grow towards sunlight so that it can prepare its food for survival. All animals instinctively keep away from their natural enemies and try to protect their young also from attack. All these processes indicate an expression of consciousness and the source of this conscious activity must necessarily be another conscious intelligent being. The enormity of the task undertaken by this other Super being requires that it has a boundless store of intelligence and power to enable conscious activities in this myriad of beings , we see in the world. This infinite conscious being  is “bhUtabhAvanah”.

As a human being endowed with a higher level of consciousness than required for just survival, it becomes our bounden duty to explore the wonderful mystery of our very existence and the power that sustains all. It is by surrendering our minds to this mighty power, we may bring about a sense of consciousness about the Supreme and its flowing might in everything we experience. Such an awareness would ignite an abiding devotion towards this Lord which is prescribed as the solution to ward off all ills facing us .

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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