39) Shree Shambhave namah!

AnaMda utpAdaka stAnanAgiruvaMta shaMbu

ninage namO sukhanidhe AnaMdOdrekadiMda

Ananda leelAvatAra jagat shrishTAdigalannu

nIne mADi sAdhanagaisi sukha odagisuvi

ಆನಂದ ಉತ್ಪಾದಕ ಸ್ಥಾನನಾಗಿರುವಂಥ ಶಂಭು
ನಿನಗೆ ನಮೋ ಸುಖನಿಧೇ ಆನಂದೋದ್ರೇಕದಿಂದ
ಆನಂದ ಲೀಲಾವತಾರ ಜಗತ್ಸ್ರಿಷ್ಟಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು
ನೀನೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಾಧನಗೈಸಿ ಸುಖ ಒದಗಿಸುವಿ

sham- Ananda bhu -unnatike

Shri Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru says ,” O Shambu, I bow down to you and offer my earnest and sincere prostrations. Your very nature is of the highest infinite bliss . You are the treasure house and source of this flawless bliss for every entity eligible to enjoy it with Your grace. Design, creation and the other eight-fold dispensations for this universe of sentient and insentient things is but an overflow of Your very own bliss.You perform all actions effortlessly and totally without any selfish motive.  Your motive is for the benefit of the good people. You make them don suitable bodies and lead them along the path of sadhana and when they are ready, You bestow the state of final beatitude on them, out of Your infinite compassion. There is no compulsion in any of Your actions and just happen because You wish to be the benefactor of the good and make them enjoy bliss as per their abilities.”

The manObhimAni Shiva also has the name “Shambu”. Why so? It is because he is instrumental in setting the attitude of the mind to enjoy. After all, the mere incoming senses do not cause the pleasures of the world. The most important aspect which causes happiness or sadness is the way we perceive it. If we have a long association with it, we become attached to it and feel happy with the input. The mind colours our perception . If Paramatma as “Shambu” who resides in inside Shiva who is also Shambu in the mind, then the attitude of the jiva is so tuned that there is no question of loss or grief irrespective of the actual occurances in life. The attitude of Guru Raghavendraru when the few utensils in his house were stolen clearly indicates this. Loss of the utensil caused him no grief, he only felt compassion for the takers. Sri Jagannatha dasaru also has spoken about the mental attitudes of “mahatmas” in “ranga ninna konDADuva mangalAtmara”.  “Hey Shambu! I surrender my mind to You, please make me Your instrument.”

Every minute that we breathe easy, eat food not just effortlessly but joyfully, a good night’s sleep, travel to wonderful places, discussions with friends and relatives and many many more activities that we engage in, on a day to day basis afford happiness to us. Who is the cause of this happiness? Shambu is the infinite storehouse of bliss and doles our happiness to each one based on their innate nature,previous karma and current status in time. This name of Hari makes us sit up and wonder at His enormous ability. He does this not just for one person  continuously through the day, through the weeks,months and years, but for each and every person as well as beings as per their capabilities. Wow, Imagine if we were to count the number of instances of experiences of happiness for ourselves in one lifetime, it would itself be quite endless, what of everyone.

How vast, infinite and boundless must such an energiser and provider of such experiences to all those who deserve it at any point in time !

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These limited pleasures of life also afford us so much happiness, how much more must be the state of freedom from fear and grief-the state of moksha. Dasaru says ,”Not just the day to day goings on in our life, but the entire chart for our sadhana has been designed by You O Shambu with a view to enable us to experience our own inherent joy. Towards that end ,the creation of the world and  the placement of sentient and insentient objects in the world have been designed by You. My repeated obeisances to You O the infinite independent enjoyer and source of the enjoyment of all others”



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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