41)Shree pushkarAkshAya namah!

ninaganya pushTikararyAriharu avaranna

nee nirAsamADi pushTikararinyAru illade

nInAgiye iruvi pushkarAkshane namO embe

vanajAksha asama udAra pOshana samartha

Shri Purandara Dasaru has described the exclusive quality of Hari as being totally exclusive in the devaranama.

i pariya sobhagu inyaava devarali naa kANe

gOpi janapriya gOpAlagallade

Sri Purandara dasaru echoes the meaning of  “pushkarAkshA” in this song.

All the days when we were really tired and fatigued. It is “pushkarAksha” Swami who uplifted us with boosts of energy both to our body as well as our mind. Whenever we find our energy sapping we think , ok a nice nap will repair this, a drink of milo,coffee or tea will energise me.The actual truth is that the infinte power which is the energy behind any other energy we know of, is “PushkarAksha”. There is no other independent source of energy.

Bhagavad Gita 15th chapter ,He declares..

aham Aditya gatam teja,jagat bhasayate….

aham vaishwanaro bhUtva,prANiNam deham ashritah……

rasOham apsu kaunteya….

These are just a few phrases which proclaim His overlordship on action as well as the energy for action.

Science tells us ,The sun is the source of our energy. The ancients discerned the truth behind the sun’s energy as the inifinite Supreme.

Let’s examine some sources of energy and understand how they are actually not the absolute sources of energy . If they were , they would have the same effect on all but such is not the case. The very thought of a cup of coffee may energise some, after the drink we are able to carry on for some more time,is the experience of others while it has no effect on others. They don’t even want to drink it. ?If coffee was a source of comfort independently by itself, it would be so for everyone at all times but that is not seen to be so. It is obviously the way the mind has been trained to think due to repeated and constant association. Even so,the chemical composition of coffee itself is seen to be from the bean. The bean is not designed by any human hand. It is existing since the world came to be and was discovered by humans some time in the past. This is true for any refreshing food or drink as the individual person thinks or feels. As the energy, design and effects are all from the one and same original source- purshkarAksha…..

Energy in the form of food and water enters our bodies, gets digested,waste is eliminated and the glucose is then converted to energy. These intricate proccesses go on inside our body without our being aware of them, or our control. If there is a problem in the process then there is a problem with our energy levels. Each and everyone of this is addressed by that infinite source of energy and intelligence -“pushkarAkshaaya”. There is none who is independent of this source. That is what is clearly experienced by the learned or aware. Shri Prasanna Shreenivasa dasaru has stated that in quite clear terms and somewhat vehemently to instill this beyond doubt.

Who is there , other than You who can energise others?

This rehtorical sentence is affirming His independence as the source of all energy, thought and action. Then Dasaru says ,” In case there are some beings who seek to portray that they are not dependent on You but are independent , they are soon shown that they are not.”

For example , The Bhagavatha  narrates the stories of Hari’s glory and His compassion on devotees. At the same time, the proud,wicked and fradulent people have suffered humilation and death at His hands. That is His promise to the good people .”Victory is ensured if one does the right thing inspite of circumstances.”

Hiranyakashipu who exulted in pride and sought to subdue Prahlada’s words of truth proclaiming the independence of Hari met his death at the hands of “pushkarAksha”.

Hirangyakashipu ,surprised at Prahlada’s tolerance of his misdeeds, lack of retaliation or even covering with fear at his wicked threats asked him ,”Who is giving you this energy to withstand all this and speak against me for what you beleive in? ” To that Prahlada replied ,”He is the same Hari who is giving you the energy to do and say anything at all…” What a wonderful statement! What confidence in “pushkarAksha- bhaktrakshaka” ,’pushkarAksha-pushTi neeDuvava”.

ninaganya pushTikararannu nee nirAsa mADi purshTikararinyaaru illade neenaagiye iruvi…. Here Dasaru says ,”There is no one who lives or exists without Your benovelent presence inside them.At the same time, there is no one who provides support of any kind to You to exist . Your existence is itself one of a kind without a second, as it is of true flawless bliss independent of anyone or anything. Your eyes are lovely like the lotus and contemplating on Your beautiful eyes bring peace and happiness to the sadhaka as it bestows Your grace. Let Your compassionate glance grace me is the innermost earnest wish of the devotee and that is what Shri Prasanna Shrinivasa dasaru is visualising on behalf of the devotees as well. You are completely capable of supporting and sustaining this universe. This is Your generous gift to the souls.

My repeated obeisances to You O PushkarAksha, Make me energised in my spiritual endeavour and bestow that bhakti/emotional fervour with reverence towards to You for all time. My earnest prostrations to my gurugalu Shri Bannanje Govindacharyaru for showing us the opening up of the word to us layman in seeking the glory 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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