29)shree bhutAdayO namah!

prANigaLa kAraNane bhUtAdi namO ninage

neeneve sarvaprANigala janmaadi kAraNanu

neene sarvaprANigaLa bhakshakanu eMdihudu

nirNaya sUtra atta charAchara grahaNAt eMdu

Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru describes Vishnu as the original source of strength for all the occurrences in the universe. He says ,”You are the cause for the existence of all prANis to be prAnis. I bow down to Your great magnificence again and again. You are the cause for the birth which means the acquisition of bodies for all jivas. You consume all prANis at the time of dissolution. This is the final statement expressed by the deciding sutras which read ,”charAchara grahaNAt”. “

prANa = pra +ana = prakrushtavaada cheshte

Jivas obtain the ability to engage in action after acquiring the human form which is endowed with the special faculties to speak , think and understand and do much much more than any other form of life. This ability to act out of one’s own volition is not innate in the jiva as such and that is quite obvious when we say that they acquired it only after they obtained the human form. Who is the designer of this human form? Who sustains this form with its varied systems,cells, functions which enables the human body to engage in meaningful action?

The one who enables this is the one who is already at an infnitely greater elevated state. This follows from the word ‘sarva prANigala” where sarva refers to the thousands and millions of jivas which come into creation during one Brahma kalpa. If He is the source of such infinite beings then how infinite must His abilities and strengths be ?The elevation in state is not just in the time but in the abilities as the one who is the cause for all the elevations of all other beings. “bhu” = elevated state . “Adi” the very beginning source for every such elevated states of being.For all other forms of life too there is an elevation though not as much as in the human form. So in that case the word “prANi” would encompass all beings which act as well as experience in this universe.

govindA ninna nAmave chaMdA

shrishTi stithi laya kAraNa goviMdA

I pari mahimeya tiLiyuvude AnaMdA

The name of the Lord Govinda is marvellous. He is the cause for creation, He sustains and dissolutes . Such is the great glory of Govinda . One who contemplates on His glory is blessed with bliss.

This name comes after “stANu” which describes His changless stoic complete state of bliss and knowledge at all times. So irrespective of the act of creation or dissolution , the Lord remains as pure existence.In the case of human beings the concept of creation is an occassion to celebrate while that of destruction is most probably not. But it is not the same for the Lord. The transcendence of the Lord over time, space and gunas sets Him totally apart from all other beings. All acts which may be a failing or a dosha in the case of humans becomes an auspicious attribute from the point of view 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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