Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru has composed a work stretching 122 verses descrbing in minute detail the charitre of Shri Gopala dasaru.His works show his great abilities and vast store of distilled knowledge. His works always sing the glory of Hari. Even if it is the glory of the guru, he sings it as O dasa of this great Lord as in the following stuthi.
bhAgaNNagOpAla dAsAryara padakke
baagi sharaNaadenu satata nishchayadi
jagadAdi karta aja aghadUrA suguNAbdi
turagAsya vijaya shrINivAsa priyatamaru
O bhagaNNa ,you are the true dasa of Gopala,I bow down to your feet and seek shelter.You are my leading light for eternal time. My mind flows to your feet in surrender perpetually! Why so ? It is because you are the indisputable favourite devotee of Shrinivasa who is “jagadaadi karta-designer,creator ,and one who sustains and dissolutes the universe,aja-who is omnipresent and timelessly free from the bondage of birth, who is an infinite ocean of auspicious attributes ,turagAsya-who is the giver of knowledge to even Brahma-Hayagreeva, and whose will always prevails-vijaya.
How did Bhaganna become Gopaladasa? The shruthis proclaim that none can become Hari’s devotee until and unless one is chosen by Him. “yamevEsha vrinute tEna labhyah”.
navaratnagalu kaMda kaMDa DavinalunTe
navavidha bakthigalu kaMdakaMDaluMTe
ninna bhakuti kaMDare bAradu kalitare bAradu
purandara viTtala ninna dayavAgatanaka
This is precisely the answer . He has been chosen by Gopala! Despite his poverty stricken early life, he was blessed to obtain Brahmopadesha at the age of five and had the grit to stick to his sadhana inspite of many odds. He obtained the siddi of the gayatri mantra and became an expert in jyothisha shastra. After a short stint there, then he was drawn into the dasa lineage by the grace of his guru ,”Vijayadasaru”. Each and every moment of his life has led to this moment of victory(obtaining the guru) and that is why Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru says he is the “priyatama ” of Vijaya Shrinivasa.
This stuthi declares that Gopaladasaru is indeed a chosen devotee of the Lord Shrinivasa, who is pre-eminent in auspicious gunas and is the cause for the existence and other states of the universe. Meditating on the Lord’s form as Hayagreeva bestows victory as He bestows wisdom as Hayagreeva and gives jaya as vijaya.
Gurugalu Shri Bannanje Govindacharya has many a time mentioned the subtle concept of this form of Hari. Why particularly the face of a horse ? He explains that the horse is quite an ancient form of transport for human beings and it is the fastest one available as a natural part of the environment. Horse =fast is what comes to mind. Horse=focus is also true as the horse once spurred in a certain direction, speeds off in that direction and reaches it pretty fast ,crossing fences and rivers too, if necessary. The mind in a sense is faster than the horse as it can take one to different worlds within moments. This quickness of the mind has to be harnessed and focused properly. Myriads of obstacles may obstruct one’s path and dissipate focus, but contemplating on the power of the Lord who gives knowledge as Hayagreeva, helps one to cross over and move forward with a renewed focus to uncover the hidden revelations. Indeed! Isn’t it His true compassion that He came forth with the face of the horse to disburse knowledge, so that the mere thought of that symbol of speed and focus will point us to contemplate on His power which designed the horse itself!
vijaya – vishEshavaada jaya
When the plan of action succeeds and bears fruit we consider it to be a victory. For the Lord His every thought is fruitful. The ancients declared ,”iccha mAtram prabhO shrishTi”
Entire creation is done by a mere thought of His. His wish is so powerful.
Dasaru’s sing the prasie of His will.
hari chitta satyA narachittakke bandaddu lavalEshavaiyya
Gopala dasaru who has the grace of this “Vijaya Shrinivasa” has achieved true victory. This victory is satat-eternal and it is firm-nischaya. His devotion to His guru Vijayadasaru and his compassion to his disciple Shrinivasa acharya are both included in this praise of Gopala dasaru . It is at the order of his guru that he gives aways 40 years of his lifespan to Shrinivasa acharya without a moment’s hesitation. The fruit of that action is seen even today as the epic poem “Shrimad Harikathamruthasaara” which was composed by Jaganntha dasaru(Shrinivasa acharyaru) by the grace of his guru. The nandi or opening verse itself seeks to rever the guru, “gurugala karunadinda Apanitu peluve” . Further he has also dedicated an entire sandhi to sing that praise of his guru -“Vigneshwara stotra sandhi”.
I offer my humble salutions with deep reverence at the feet of a great guru , Shri Gopaladasaru on the occasion of his aradhana today and also for all time to come. This is shown by using the word ,”satata”.