16)kshetrajnyaaya namah! The knower of every body

jIva shareerava tiLida kshetrajnya namo namo

jIva shareeraadi sarvakshetra vyApiyAgiruvi

sarvajnya sarvaniyAmakanu neeneve anyaralla

jIvanige kshetrajnyatva anupapanna apUrNa

O knower of the body of each and every soul, You are kshetrajnya , and I bow down again and again to Your omniscience. You know intimately all the kshetras and pervade in each and every space of the kshetras. You are the only one who is the all knower and the controller of all. None others can claim this capability. The jiva though residing in the body and thinking of itself as the knower of the body, remains in ignorance of the body as the jiva does not have such an ability and its powers are totally limited.

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Obeisances to Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru. His commentary on each nama of the Vishnu Sahasranama is awe-inspiring by clearly highlighting the wonderful attributes of the Lord. In the Bhagavad Gita the Lord declares that He is kshetrajna as He knows each and every kshetra. The word kshetra is that which can bestow a fruit. The body is a kshetra as it enables the jiva to experience,to enjoy and to acquire knowledge. The woman’s body is a special kshetra as it is capable of bearing the fruit of a new life. The earth is a kshetra as it is the only thing which can yeild food for the people of the world as well as the animals ,birds and insects.  Dasaru says , “It not just the body of the jiva, but other kshetras as well, all of which are known intimately to You. You know their period of existence, how they should live and what they should expereince and what is the fruit of their life which would accompany them in their long journey in  samsaara.

However much one may study the science of the body , its organs, its systems and the way they work, the reasons for malfunction, the attacks of viruses etc. one can never predict or know what is the capability of a certain jiva enabled with a body. However much a doctor knows about a body, there is little he/she can do to avoid untoward experiences  in the body. Similarly a pregnant woman can never predict the character of her child, its outlook in life or what kind of relationship she may have with it, though she carries it inside her womb for nine months. The farmer cannot know what kind of yeild he will be able to procure from his land until and unless everything is harvested. Crops may be lost due to innumerable reasons like weather conditions, arson, diseases , forest fires , floods etc.

The yield that has to be obtained from any kshetra is only known to God as He knows the kshetra itself well and truly and hence its capacities too. Even if the capacity exists, the time for the yield needs to be ripe and only then it will occur. All these are completely visible in the most minute detail to the Lord. This knowledge is like perception, requires no effort and does not affect Him in anyway. Neither does it require any effort on His part.

It is is His compassion that moves the world and allows the jivas to obtain fruits through the kshetras. Accepting one’s ignorance of the body and surrendering to the knower of the body is the way to secure His grace . The fifteen barriers which keep us away from our goal of moksha are shradda, indriyam, kam, anilah,agni,apah,pritvi,manas, annam, veerya,tapas, karma, mantra, loka and nama. All these are related to our body except the first one – shradda which is mainly the soul’s inherent allegiance to truth or untruth , to virtue or flaw etc. But all the others are tools used in this world and pertain directly or indirectly to the body. If the body is not known to the jiva who resides in it, then how can one claim ownership, claim doership or control of it ? All the tools which enables one to know -indriyas,mind are inside the body and are propelled by forces unknown to the resident. The one who resides inside the body is propelled in a direction which is decided by the one who knows the body of that jiva as well as all other kshetras. He not just knows but is the Supreme controller too. Once we realise this, there is no way we can claim doership of any action. Krishna instructs Arjuna in the Gita to become His instrument ,”nimmitamAtram bhava savyasAchin.”

This attitude of humble surrender to the Supreme might and power of Kshetrajnya Vishnu is the one and only true sadhana and  slowly the capsules of ignorance sorrounding the soul is shed by Hari’s grace moving one towards freedom from samsaara.



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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