Shri rAghavendra swamigala stuthi – By Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru
Kannada script for this song is available at the bottom of this page.
On the occasion of Rayara aradhana mahotsava, let us contemplate on this stuti. Dasaru has acknowledged Rayaru’s grace at the first instance itself saying that it is because of “your grace” that I am here . “The very fact that I am engaged in singing your glory is proof of your grace.” So he moves on to seek uplift-ment from the guru. The phrase “ghanna dayadali” seeks deep compassion while submiting one’s non-entitlement to seek such a great gift(for the gift from the guru is the greatest gift) ,yet pleads with the guru to shower his grace which is deep and broad enough to overcome the reasons for non-entitlement like 1) previous bad karmas which cause grief now, 2)being unable to control the vagaries of the mind which hankers after pleasure 3)not being dedicated to the path of intuitive discovery propagated by the ancients and many more ….
ninna dayadindale ninna bali bande
ghanna dayadali ennanuddariso guruve
ajanu nija sachshakti poornana vishwasthana
nija bhaktaagraNi ninage sharanu sharaNAde
mUrjagadi prakhyAta ninna nambide enna
anjikegaLa taridu dEhimE bhadram
aja-kshepane is one nirvachana for aja dhatu. kshepane comes from kshipa dhaatu which means prerane. He meaning “aja” is the sole instigator of all action. Why so?Because He is the source of all strengths and is complete in all respects without depending on anyone or anything at anytime.He envolepes and fills the entire universe with energy. This beautiful meaning for “aja” is given by Shri Bannanje Govindacharyaru.
O raghavendra gurugale, you are the foremost of the devotees of such an eminent Supreme Lord, I submit myself and surrender to you.Your fame extends in the three worlds and I repose complete faith in you. Please rip off the fears in my mind and bestow lightness and purity of mind.
Enu ariyada mandahIna mAnava nAnu
jnAnikula shiramaNiyu gururAja neenu
enna tvakmajjAMta sarvarOgangaLanu
ghana dayadi pariharisu tvaritadi kripaalu
“Now that I have asked such a big boon of you, I wonder, Am I really worthy of such grace! O gururaaja the foremost among the groups of jnaanis, the seven dhatus in my body are assailed by different diseases and I plead with you to alleviate them with your deep and divine grace. “
The seven dhatus are tvak,charma,rudhira, mamsa,majja, medhas and asti. These dhatus are the basis of the human structure and form. Any disturbance in their composition riddles the body with disease. The cure for any disease is the recognition of the malfunctioning in the particular dhatu and rectifying it through chanting of mantras in one of the seven appropriate chandas’. This is one of the secrets revealed by Shri Bannanje Govindacharyaru during his exposition of the Aiterya Upanishad.
It could be that Dasaru has envisaged the power of contemplation of Rayaru and beseeched him with this knowledged seeking upliftment from disease.
enna jihveyali hari manasalli naariyaru
enna tiddisO sUrirAja karuNALu
enna sarvEMdriyavu vishayalaMpaTavaaytu
ninna smaraNeyu sarva duritahavu satya
One of the biggest challenges of a human being is having oneness in thought, word and deed which is absolutely essential in sadhana. Without this integrity no amount of study or penance will give any fruit. Srimad Bhagavathma clarifies this in the first and opening verse stating that the fittedness to study this text is one who has integrity and is not a person of many faces.
Dasaru submits to the guru saying,” I chant the name of Hari but my mind seeks sensual pleasures. You are the king of the ones who are well versed in the knowledge behind each word, please uplift me whose every sense organ is after pleasure. Contemplation on you is the means to the destruction of all kinds of negative aspects of the jiva.
Shri Purandara dasaru has composed a song
“negeyu barutide yenage nageyu barutide…..” O what a pity . It is quite a comedy! People stand on the edge of the river in the early morning rotating their beads but alas their minds are visualising something sensual! It is ridiculous to see them so blissfully unaware of their failing and instead assuming that they are engaged in religious duty.”
durvAda timira mArtAMDa granthava rachisi
sAtvikarige nyAyapiyUsha uNisi
dEvakInandanage priyatarane sharanu
You are the composer of enlightening works which resemble the sun and shines light on the darkness in the form of the wrong interpretations of ancient texts. You have provided the nectarine milk in the form of the commentary “Chandrika” which sends the readers into raptures of exhilaration .O guru who is very dear to Devakinandana, I bow down to you in complete surrender.
Rayaru has sung in praise of Krishna -Krishna charitra manjari . His kannada composition “indu enage govinda ninna paadaaravindava tOro ,mukunda” also exemplify his devotion to the Lord whom Dasaru addresses here as “devakinandana”.
upanishatkhaMDArthagaLa muktAvali mAla
shriyahpatige priyataravu sudheya parimaLava
gOpAla pELiha sugIteya vivaraNava
upari bahugrathagaLa rachisida sumEdha
You have composed the intricate explanations of the upanishads.Your compositions such as the muktavali ,parimala,geeta vivriti and many many more are all extremely pleasing to Shripati. You are “sumEdha” the one with extremely radiant memory.
krODamukhajAteera mantrasadmastha nee
bEDidavarige kalpapAdapane sharaNu
naDumaneya sutashAstra kaDalife uDupa nee
baDatanava biDisenege bhaktijNANa
“You dwell in the world of the glory of Krishna the vanquisher of Narakasura, son of Varaha.Your mind is always engaged in the contemplation of Krishna. You are the benevolent tree which bestows the desires of devotees , I seek shelter at your feet .You are the moon which rises in the ocean of spiritual shastras composed by Madhwa the son of Madhyageha bhatt. Please remove this poverty in me and bestow devotion and knowledge of the Supreme Lord.”
Narakasura has the poverty of never being content, poverty of devotion and knowledge.Krishna vanquished Narakasura and so also shall He vanquish our foes if we seek to contemplate on Him using the methods ennumerated by the Guru , following in the path shown by the guru and abiding by it. “guruvina gulaamanaaguva tanaka doreyadanna mukuti “
asama guNavArinidhi nirdOsha pavanstha
vyAsa narahari vamshayashTidhara dhanvi
kusumasaMbhavapita prasanna shreenivasa
bhAsa ninnali sadA sharaNu maam pAhi
O guru, I surrender and seek protection from you. You are the clear reflection(pratibimba) of that Prasanna Shrinivasa who is the father of Brahma, who is boundless, full of infnite auspicious attributes, flawless and resides in Pavana. You are dear to the Lord Vedavyasa, Narahari, who holds the bamboo stick-Krishna, Rama, who holds the bow and Hayagreeva who is the father of knowledge and giver of life in the form of knowledge also to Brahma. “
Vayu being the main prateeka for worship of Vishnu, Dasaru glorifies the Lord as being resident in Pavana. The five forms of the Lord are dear to Rayaru and these are contemplated on by dasaru . He uses a completely novel address for “Krishna” the Gopala with the bamboo stick.
ನಿನ್ನ ದಯದಿಂದಲೇ ನಿನ್ನ ಬಳಿಬಂದೆ
ಘನ್ನ ದಯದಲಿ ಎನ್ನ ಉದ್ಧರಿಸೋ ಗುರುವೇ
ಅಜನು ನಿಜಸಾಚ್ಶಕ್ತಿ ಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿಶ್ವಸ್ಥನ
ನಿಜಭಕ್ತಾಗ್ರಣಿ ನಿನಗೆ ಶರಣು ಶರಣಾದೆ
ಮೂರಜಗದಿ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತ ನಿನ್ನ ನಂಬಿದೆ ಎನ್ನ
ಅಂಜಿಕೆಗಳ ತರಿದು ದೆಹಿಮೆ ಭದ್ರಂ
ಏನು ಅರಿಯದ ಮಂದಹೀನ ಮಾನವ ನಾನು
ಜ್ಞಾನಿಕುಲ ಶಿರಮಣಿಯು ಗುರುರಾಜ ನೀನು
ಎನ್ನ ತ್ವಕ್ಮಮಜ್ಜಾಂತ ಸರ್ವರೋಗಂಗಳನು
ಘನ ದಯದಿ ಪರಿಹರಿಸೋ ತ್ವರಿತದಿ ಕೃಪಾಲು
ಎನ್ನ ಜಿಹ್ವಎ ಹರಿ ಮನಸಿನಲಿ ನಾರಿಯರು
ಎನ್ನ ತಿದ್ದಿಸೋ ಸೂರಿರಾಜ ಕರುಣಾಳು
ಎನ್ನ ಸರ್ವೇನ್ದ್ರಿಯವು ವಿಷಯ ಲಂಪಟವಾಯ್ತು
ನಿನ್ನ ಸ್ಮರಣೆಯು ಸರ್ವ ದುರಿತಹವು ಸತ್ಯ
ದುರ್ವಾದ ತಿಮಿರ ಮಾರ್ತಾಂಡ ಗ್ರಂಥವ ರಚಿಸಿ
ಸಾತ್ವಿಕರಿಗೆ ನ್ಯಾಯ ಪೀಯೂಷ ಉಣಿಸಿ
ದೇವಕೀನಂದನಗೆ ಪ್ರಿಯತರನೆ ಶರಣು
ಉಪನಿಷತ್ ಖಂಡಾರ್ಥಗಳ ಮುಕ್ತವಾಲಿ ಮಾಲ
ಶ್ರಿಯಃಪತಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಿಯತರವು ಸುಧೆಯ ಪರಿಮಳವ
ಗೋಪಾಲ ಪೇಳಿಹ ಸುಗೀತೆಯ ವಿವರಣವ
ಉಪರಿ ಬಹುಗ್ರಂಥಗಳ ರಚಿಸಿದ ಸುಮೇಧ
ಕ್ರೋಧಮೂಖಜಾತೀರಾ ಮಂತ್ರಸದ್ಮಸ್ಥ ನೀ
ಬೇಡುವರಿಗೆ ಕಲ್ಪಪಾದಪನೇ ಶರಣು
ನಡುಮನೆಯ ಸುತನ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ಕಡಲಿಗೆ ಉಡುಪ ನೀ
ಬಡತನವ ಬಿಡಿಸೆನಗೆ ಕೊಡುಭಕ್ತಿ ಜ್ಞಾನ
ಅಸಮ ಗುಣವಾರಿನಿಧಿ ನಿರ್ದೋಷ ಪವನಸ್ಥ
ವ್ಯಾಸ ನರಹರಿ ವಂಶಯಷ್ಟಿಧರ ಧನ್ವಿ
ಕುಸುಮ ಸಂಭವ ಪಿತ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸನು
ಭಾಸ ನಿನ್ನಲಿ ಸದಾ ಶರಣು ಮಾಂ ಪಾಹಿ