18)Shree YOgaaya namah! The Troubleshooter of samsaara

yagnyAdi karma yOjane mAlpa yOga namO yeMbe

sudhyAna modalAda karmagaLa prerisuvi nI

kAyamanasija dOsha mattu samsAra nivrutti

nityasukha mOkshakke upAyanAgiruvi nIne

O yOga! I bow down to You, Your glorious design of the performance of karma as a sacrifice, leading to concentrated contemplation leading to shedding of the defects in the body and mind , making it ready for the total surrender by which the bondage of samsaara is then removed by You. Not just the state of defectlessness, but a positive state of complete bliss as per the yogyata of the jiva is Your benevolent gift, which is not just a temporary gratification, but that bliss- which remains endless in time and space and is complete for each jiva who attains such a state.

Dasaru has pretty much summed up the entire path of sadhana and the complete control of the Lord in each and every aspect. It gives a glimpse of the immense abilities of the Lord. He is the yOjane(design and implementation) of karmas like yagnyas. What does this imply? Lord Krishna in the Bhagavat gita says ,”yagnyaartAt karmaNonyatra lOkOyam karma bandhanah”. All karma which is not done as a yagnya is binding. The entire world is being further enmeshed up in bondage quite effortlessly as the jiva is drawn towards the objects of the senses and gets entangled in the short term pleasures and forgets the presence and sustaining force which enabled all of this by His sheer will and grace.This forgetfulness on the part of the jiva is removed by Yoga when He decides to set the jiva on the path of release and makes one perform karmas with the right attitude so that they becomes yagnyas .

navaratnagalu kaMDa kaMda davilUMTe

ninna bakuti kaMDare bAradu kalitare bAradu

ninna dayavAgatanaka….   ugAbhOga composed by Shri Vijayadasaru

Coming back to the poetic bhashya of Dasaru……

Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru begins the explanation of this nAma with  ygnyAdi karma yOjane mAlpa…..  He designs and makes things happen.

He is the troubleshooter of every problem. He has the solution and ensures that the problem is solved by making available the pre-requisites to cleanse the jiva’s body and mind. The pre-requisites being performace of karma as a yagnya , without anticipation for the fruit of the karma and with the feeling of surrender to that Paramatma who is the only independent doer and with a sense of gratitude and an ardent wish to please that benevolent Bhagavantha who makes the world tick.

Shri Purandara dasaru says,”aMbiga nA ninna naMbide jagadaMba ramaNa ninna naMbide..” tuMbida harigOl aMbigA……

” I am the boat and You are the boatman O master, I surrender myself to Your complete doership in earnest devotion and beg You to guide me out of this terrifying ocean of samsaara where there are insurmountable waves in the form of desire,excessive attachment,greed,envy etc. “

In the above devarnama, one can observe the total trust in the Lord who steers and who is the only one capable of this task and who can do so easily provided we can entrust ourselves wholly to Him.

The toeing of the jiva to the path of karma yoga takes place by His grace ,over many births and the engagement of the jiva’s mind is in the contemplation of God happens even during mundane tasks and this manifests only over a long time. Such sudhyAna, enables the jiva to engage in contempation(dhyana) which is continuous and without expectations. Such dhyana cleanses and secures the grace of the Lord and at such a time, the soul is redeemed. Such a soul becomes free from the cycle of birth and death and moves to a flawless existence at the right time by the grace of yOga namaka Vishnu.


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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