30)shri nidhaye namah! The completely radiant bestower

prANigala sthANarUpanidhi neenu namo eMbe

nidhiyate hridi sajjanairiti nidhih heegeMdu

ihudu shre satyasaMdAra vyAkyAnavu

prANigaLa ninnalli iTTukoMdi bhakta nidhiye

nidhiyate= to be relaxing in ,shrI -treasure ,bestow anything on by shining down

sthANa= occurence, appointment

rUpa- form, the shaping of one’s life,character of an actor

The occurence of each birth of every jiva is stANa. Then the journey of the soul through the expereinces in that form is designed by Him. How so? Because He  has the guna “nidhi” which means to have the power to bestow anything , while relaxing in the heart lotus of the jiva. He resides inside and inspires one to act and the makes the action happen and then bestows the expereince on the soul. It is possible to expereince only when He resides as the sthANa ,otherwise the jiva is not capable of it . For even mere existences everyone is dependent on His sustaining powers which He executes through the tatvabhimani devathas inside their  heart-lotus ‘s as well as the heart lotus of the jiva concerned. Even for one jiva to exist in a body , so many tatvabhimani devathas are serving the Lord by taking care of their respective portfolios. In each of the dieties again there are higher level dieties and hihest among all such dieties being MulyprAna. He resides in innumerable forms making the existence of each jiva possible as well as making the jiva to be capable of useful action which can move it towards eternal bliss. He is “shrI nidhi” the treasure house of ananda,wealth in the form of knowledge, devotion and detachment. Hence He is the One and only entity capable of such sustenance.

elli kELidarelli nODida

relli bEDidarelli nIDida

relli ODidarelli ADidarelli irutihanu

ballidarigatiballidanu sari

illa ivagAvalli nODalu

khulla mAnavarollanapratimalla jagakella……..HKAS_03-21

 “He is all powerful and is completely beyond the comprehension of anyone.The learned know that He is “atiballidanu” much beyond the comprehension of anyone. He is the original instigator of action .

ishwarah sarvabhUtAnAm hridishErjuna tishTati

brAmayan sarvabhUtAni yantrarooDANi mayaya  …BG 18.61

” He resides in the inner recesses of the heart of all the jivas and makes them toe the line of the experiences exactly as per His indomitable will even as a machine operator runs a machine. Specific inputs and outputs specially designed are required for the machine, so also the Lord dictates, but as per the individual innate nature of the jiva.”

Now comes the next concept of sustenance.What is the basic framework for the existence of the jiva. It is the universe. He envelops the universe with His power and provides the framework of energy which enables the sustenance of life on earth. antar bahicha tatsarvam vyApya nArAyana stitah!

Shri Kanaka dasaru has said,”nI mAyeyoLago ninnolu mAyeyO nI dEha doLagoninnolu dehavO….” The adharara as well as the adheya may appear to be different but they are sustained by the same power -“Ishwara” who is “shri nidhaye”. This address clarifies that it is only one who is complete in auspicious attributes can actually be “Ishwara”. Merely wanting to be “Ishwara” cannot make one that.The pre-requisites of power,strength,knowledge,energy,innate brilliance ,fearless valour etc which are also named by the ancients in the definition of “Bhaga” as in “Bhagavan”. He is the one and only Bhagavaan who can sustain the framework of existence, reside inside the jiva and control every aspect of the various strings of activity in this universe and beyond.



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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