27)Shri Sharvaaya namah!

jagattina sukha kreeDa neDesuva namO

sukha swaroopa nI pravritti mAlpe kANisadalee

bhaktArisuradhiT  adhachAridushTa balakrUra

adhamarannu samhAra mADuveeuO sarva swAmi

bhakta +a+ari = bhaktaari . The word ari has two contradictory meanings both of which can be used here. The first one is enemy and the second is dear. If we take the first meaning then a+ari ,we get who is never an enemy to his bhaktas, secondly, a+ari where a is taken as the abbreviation of ananya and ari as dear – then bhaktaari becomes who loves his devotees exclusively. He is suradhiT ,meaning He is pleased with the suras.

In view of these two meanings of “bhaktaari and suradhiT” the first two lines become wonderfully expressive of His compasison in running the universe and the expereince of pleasure that people experience in many of the actions they are made to perform using their senses. His doership is totally unselfish, always for the sake of the good people, the suras-accomplised bhaktas and the bhaktas in general.

He does, but never shows Himself as the doer is the second line which expresses the unwavering nature of the Supreme, never being attached to any actions of outcomes inspite of being its sole independent doer and always being in bliss . These two statements mystyfy us when we try to understand doership in the sense that we know about it. The ego of the doer in the world needs the praise from others, needs the benefit of doing and so many more. The Supreme is totally different and is unique. He never needs, never seeks but instead is complete and full of auspicious attributes,fulfilling the needs and desires of His dear devotees.At the same time, He also destroys the wicked. His sway on this world and the fruits the jivas reap is very clearly expressed by this word ,”sharvaaya namah! ” . He may be the destroyer but that is also a very big auspicious attribute when it is applied to him. He makes things come to an end and that is His compassion in closure when it is needed. He does it as His deovotees and dear to Him and the enemies of His devotees deserve their dues.

“dharma samstApanAya sambhAvAmi yuge yuge ..”

He appears on the earth from time to time , as and when necessary and establishes righteousness. These extraordinary appearances or avatars give us a clue to His true might and lead us to explore the unchartered and unobserved every day,every minute and each and every minute action of Hari.



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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