42)Shree mahAswanAya namah! Eternal,infinite sound of knowledge!

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jnAnavAgiha mahAdhana prada mahAswane

ninage namO namO paramapUjya nee sarvagnya

AmnAya rugaadi sadAgamagalinda jnEya nee

vijnAna aparOksha vIvi bhaktarge hayasheersha

Paramatma’s avatars address the two main purposes which can never be fulfilled by others completely – jnAna kaarya and bala kArya.He disburses jnAna and thrashes the wicked both outwardly as well as in the minds of the good people by flashing the light of jnAna inside.  Krishna avatar is an exemplary avatar which is very close to us being just 5000 years ago. It is an endearing avatara and the very simple daily activities of Krishna during is childhood provide solace to the disturbed minds in Kali yuga. It is no wonder ,He is referred to as “bhuvana pAvana charita punya shravana keerthana…” by Shri Jagannatha dasaru.  To listen to His glories itself requires a requisite amount of jnaana by His grace which enables one to understand the fleeting nature of the world and choose to spend time on the glories of Hari who is eternal, flawless and compassionate.

He has given the fountain of knowledge in the form of Bhagavad Gita, Uddav gita , Anu gita and much more .He provides jnAna to the deserving , as He enables them to filter the noise from the sound and accept the glory of God in each and every sound that they hear.

Shri Madhwaacharyaru has said,”Every sound  is an epithet of God.”(Oft quoted by my gurugalu Shri Bannanje Govindacharyaru). Even the sound of the lizard as it chirps should alert one to the glory of Hari. After all when we have no words to describe a wonder we also chirp……. in an attempt to express it.

Shri Vijayadasaru has said ,”sAdhanake bage kANennabahude …. keluvA shabdagalu ninne keerthaneyu….”

Sound fills the created world all the time .Why so ? As long as there is some kind of life, there is movement and vibration. These by itself cause sound without the different forms of life filling up the environment with sounds from their vocal chords, or beaks, mouths etc. Each of these sounds are capable of disclosing Hari’s glory to the discerning year. That is what is said by Vijayadasaru in the above song. But it can be heard and deciphered as Hari’s glory only through the grace of  Hari through the guru.

Dasaru sings the glory of such a form of Hari in a devotional fervour stating ” You are mahAswana, the giver of the highest form of wealth-jnAna . I bow down to You repeatedly and seek Your grace. Your are complete  in jnAna and there is nothing that You do not know. Everything is known to You without bounds of time, space or entities. You are the cause for everything , yet remain undisclosed. You can be known only through the Apourusheya texts like the Vedas .When one conducts such a study as ordained by You, You grace them with special knowledge of Your roopas and kriyas and bestow Your vision on them. I remain truly mesmerised by this flowing compasison of Yours, Oh Hari, O mahaswanah!”

The knowledge which is secured is bestowed by Him and the fruit of knowledge is His vision also bestowed by Him. Further to enable one to acquire such knowledge He resides in the guru as “Hayagreeva” and spurs our minds in the right direction at the right speed to understand a little of His glory as per our abilities. All sounds are charged with His presence and He sings the truth all the time – mahAswanah!

 

 

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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