28)sthANave namah:Unperturbed pure existence

stAyi sarvatranI vikAravillade irutiyO

mattu aNuroopanu stANu namO embe ninage

sthiratvadiMdali neenu sthANu eMdenisuviyO

sarvatra tishTa balAdigaLalli nyunate illa

“You exist everywhere at all times, remaining unaffected by anything. Not just the immense form which pervades everywhere but also in the tiniest of the tiny forms too, You remain as “stANu”, totally undisturbed and tranquil. I bow down in reverence to Your immense enduring form which is totally unswerving and abiding. Being of this unshakable nature ,You are indeed glorified as “stANu”.You pervade everywhere without any loss of Your auspicious attributes like power,strength etc. Never is there any flaw associated with You. Place, time or gunas cannot impede Your stability ever,”

The impossible is possible in “stANu”. Can we imagine such a contradiction as the one expressed by Dasaru in the above padya? He declares to the Lord,” You pervade everywhere steadfast and firm in all Your auspicious attributes and there is no question of any defects. The very fact that You exist everywhere, yet have a minute form which is also the same as the one expressed in the first line is absolutely unimaginable.”

It is no wonder that Kanaka dasaru says ,”EneMdu koMDADi suthisuveno devA, nAnenu balle ninna mahimegaLa mAdhavA …” and Vyasa vittala dasaru says ,”tiLiyado ninnATA tirupatiya veMkaTa..”

In general when we speak of a thing in this world, if it is extremely big and occupies a great deal of space then it cannot also be microscopic . If at all we make it small then we reshape it by compressing it.It loses its original form. But not so, for stANu who remains unchangeable at all times and at the same time is all pervasive and the most minute also.The expansion of life,wealth,knowledge of a human is bound by many many factors. So also the mind. So how is it possible to know an entity that is infinite in infinite aspects using the tool -mind which is finite in all its aspects? This is a paradox.

manadoLage tAn iddu manaveMdenisikoMba…….

manavanittare tannane iva……

But the ancients advocated that beseeching the Lord Himself as the controller of the mind and its functioning and surrendering everything unto Him is the solution . Then He discloses Himself in as much as the devotee deserves to perceive.

Let us consider some scientific facts. Energy never gets depleted at any time, neither does it perish at time. It is always constant. Energy is everything. Without energy nothing exists. These laws of physics revealed by scientists just declare the observations. But why are these laws in place ? How is it that they hold true repeatedly? These questions can be answered only when we conceive of an all powerful infinite knowing being who can sustain all this with effortless ease, causing no kind of distress to Himself. He is never perturbed by all the changes that are orchestrated by His will. He is able to perform this incredible feat having access to each and every nook and corner of the universe and without as well .At all times His reach is infinite. His reach is not bound by anything. He is inside the most minutest atoms ,yet exists purely as the same All powerful infinite energy.

aNumahattinoLippa ghana para

mANuvinoLagaDagisuva sUkshmava

muNugisuva tElisuva sthUlagaLavana mAyavidu

danujarakkasalellarivanoLu

munidu mADuvudEnulUkhala

onakegaLu dhAnyagaLa haNivaMdadali saMharipa…..HKAS_03-19

His presence inside each and everything is described by Shri Jagannatha Dasaru in the vyapthi sandhi. Here Dasaru clearly brings our focus to His extreme capabilities. What may be small and tiny can carry a lot of weight, while what may be big in mass can be light in weight. His will for each and everything is apparently the reason for things to take on forms and properties. Such unsurpassed capabilities of Hari is cited as a deterrent to the wicked by pointing out that there is no place where they can try to hide away from His righteous will. When He decides they will be sqashed out just as a small grain is crushed inbetween the mortar and the pestle .

Shri Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru says in the last line of this verse,”sarvatra tishTa balAdigaLalli nyunate illa”. His power is never lessened at any point irrespective of time or place. This is the final definition of “stANu” as He is spontaneously constant in His gunas and whose firmness is unsurpassed and can never come to naught.

Every attribute of Paramatma is stANu. He is the Supreme Force who designs, creates ,sustains and disolutes the world at all times. He is the Supreme inner controller for all at all times and places. He is the only abiding Supreme who bestows knowledge and freedom from samsaara to the deserving. He pervades everywhere at all times . Every nama of the Vishnu Sahasranama is “stANu”.

 

 

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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