21)Shri nArasiMhavapushe namah! Neither man nor lion-Unimaginable infinite powers

Man is finite in everything that one does including the life span. The abilities of each one is limited to the resources – physical, mental and spiritual. Though our physical body seems to be in our control it isn’t . For don’t we observe that we neither come into this world by choice nor do we exit it with our choice. Our station in life is pre-determined by many factors including the atmosphere, wealth, health and capabilities we are endowed with,at birth.  But the Lord is always ,“kartum akartum anyata kartum shaktaHa” He can always do what may be possible, what is not possible and the unimaginable too. We cannot even perceive His doings! Isn’t it wonderful!  This attribute of the Lord is revealed a little in His avatara as Narasimha .

Here is the commentary on this name of the Lord by Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru:

ನಾರಸಿಂಹವಪು ನಮೋ ಧ್ಯಾಯಾನ್ನನೃಸಿಂಹ ಮುರುವ್ರ್-
ತ್ತರಡಿತ್ರಿನೇತ್ರಂ ಜಾನುಪ್ರಸಕ್ತ ಕರಯುಗ್ಮಮ –
ಥಾಪರಾಭ್ಯಾಮ್ ಚಕ್ರಂದರಂಚದಧತಮ್ ಪ್ರಿಯೆಯಾಸ –
ಸಮೇತಂ ದಿಗ್ಮಾಂಶು ಕೋಟ್ಯಧಿಕತೇಜಸ್ ಸಮಗ್ರ್ಯ  ಶಕ್ತಿಮ್

nArasimhavapu namO dhyAyennrisimha muruvri-

ttarathitrinEtram jAnuprasakta karayugma-

thAparAbhyAm chakraMdaramchadadhatam priyayAsa-

mEtam digmAmshu kOtyadhikatEjas samagrya shaktiM

O Lord Narasimha, You have the most unimaginable form which is neither man nor lion. Even though it is incomprehensible to the finite mind of a soul, I attempt to contemplate a little on Your auspicious form which is complete with Supreme powers, and whose radiance is much more that the brilliance of a crore suns .  Your beloved consort is inseparable from You and You have the most marvellous form with a broad and powerful presence, three  eyes, with rounded arms, strong thighs and legs and carry the chakra and show Your benevolence through Your generous bestowing hand.”

This Nrisimha form is the protector of all. He appeared before Prahalda during that time and brought into play His exquisite supreme powers . Whatever He engages in, is solely for the benefit of the souls. He has no selfish reason to do anything.All His actions are acts of benevolence towards His devotees. The bhagavatham says,”satyam vidhAtum nija bhritya bhaashitam”. He ensures that Brahma’s boon to Hiranyakashipu holds good and at the same  time sees to it that Prahlada is protected and uplifted.

Shri Jagannatha dasaru in the HKS says,

matte chiddEhada oLage

eMbhattu sAviradELu nUri

ppatta aidu nR^isiMha rUpadalliddu jIvarige

nityadali hagaliruLu bappapa

mR^ityuvige tA mR^ityuvenisuva

bhR^ityuvatsala bhaya vinAshana bhAgya saMpanna….HKAS_07-15

 “It is totally unimaginable. The jiva is smaller than one by ten thousandth of the tip of a horse’s hair and the Narasimha with His huge and powerful form resides inside the jiva in 80725 forms. “tiliyadO ninnATa tirupatiya veMkaTa” . He is the only One capable of protecting us from the various calamities that can befall one in this samsaara.

Acharya Madhwaru has said that contemplating on Lord Narasimha drives away all the different types of “duritas”.

“duritaadi nivrittayEt”. He destroys the negative effects of bad karma and leads his devotee from the land of darkness to one of light and glory. He is the giver of moksha ,. . Shri Gopaladasaru’s devurunama says,”kAyo shri narasimha ……mrityuge mrityu…”  In the first instance the prayer is to grace his ardent disciple Srinivasa acharya and protect him from untimely death. But that is not all. This samsaara is also “mrityu” as it is temproary and always changing. There is always an end and a beginning . He is the destroyer of this sequence of birth and death.

nIrajabhavAMDOdaya sthiti

kAraNane kaivalya dAyaka

nArasiMhane namipe karuNipudhemage maMgaLava .HKAS_01-01

 He is the designer, creator, sustainer and the cause for dissolution of this universe. At the same time, He is the giver of “kaivalya” meaning freedom from the cycle of birth and death which is moksha where there is a state of pure knowledge without any attached ignorace. Knowing Him as the eight-fold dispenser of the world and souls is the pathway to liberation as each every one of these upasana’s leads to the proper moulding of the soul, making it ready for the grace of the Lord.

He is glorified as the creator of fear in the hearts of the wicked and at the same time, gives bliss and peace to His devotees.”narasimha bhaya kara … aashrita janara rakshaka ”  Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru’s Narasimha mantra. Below is a link for the same…


He is the destroyer of evil forces and protects His devotees. This is symbollically shown by the chakra in His hand. The hands which show that He is the giver of the most wonderful gifts to His devotees, point to His infinite benevolence.





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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