CommentariesPrabhandam & Slokas

Raghuveera Gadhyam – 42

With Yesterday’s posting, all of the 94 salutations of Swami Desikan to Raghuveeran have been covered. Today, we will complete the remaining two slokams.

Slokam 1: chathurmukEswaramukai: putrapowthraadhisaalinE |
nama: SitAsamEthAya RamAya gruhamEdhinE ||

(Meaning): My salutations to Sri RamA, the GrahasthA accompanied by His dharma patnee, SitA piratti. My salutations to Him, who observed the GrahasthAsrama dharmam and had Brahma as His son, Sivan as His grandson and VinAyaka and SubrahmaNyA as His great grand children.

(Commnets): BrahmA is the son of Sriman NarayaNA, who took the avathAram as RamA. He followed the rules of Grahasthasrama dharmam with his consort, SitA pirAtti. They had progeny through chathur mukha BrahmA and the whole world is their family. All the jeevans –Bhaddha, Muktha and Nitya jeevans –of this and the other world are the children of this Divya Dampathi.

Saint ThyagarajA celebrates this family of the Lord in his LalithA raga Krithi “Seethamma Mayammaa Sri Ramudu maatanDri” this way: “Sita is my mother and Rama is my father; HanumAn, LakshmaNA, GarudA, SatrughnA,BrahmA, BharatA and others are my brothers ; Parameswara, VasishtA, Parasara, NaaradA, SaunakA, SukA, IndrA, GautamA, GanesA, GuhA, SanakA and all true BhagavathAs are all my close relations (Nija BhagavadhgrE saru lEvarO vArEllanu vara ThyagarAjuniki Parama Bhandavalu)”.

Slokam 2: kavikathaka simha kathitham kaTora
sukumAra gumbha gambheeram |
bhava bhaya bheshajam yethath
mahA veera vaibhavam sudhiya: ||

(Meaning): O Learned people of the World! This gadhyam on the Raghu Veeran was composed by Vedantha Desika, who is the lion for the elephants of the poets and the logicians. This gadhyam has deep meanings and is constituted by the union of tender words with feminine charm and powerful words with masculine attributes. Please recite this gadhyam that serves as the most effective medicine for the removal of the fear of SamsArA.

(Comments): Swami Desikan was like a lion in the contest with the poets and logicians of his time, who were like elephants that got defeated in their uneven contest with the king of the jungle. He recommends to us to recite this gadhyam celebrating the heroic deeds of Raghuveeran and to meditate on the deep meanings of the individual salutations. He points out that those, who are afraid of the disease of SamsArA would use this Gadhyam as a powerful medicine to cure that disease. As ParamAcharyA, he recommends that the people with discriminating intellect recite this gadhyam with reverence and develop Bhakthi to Veera Raghavan, perform prapatthi at His lotus feet and attain Moksha Siddhi.

kAyEna vAchA manasEndriyaivA buddhyAthmanA vaa prakrutEsvabhAvAth |
karOmi yadhyath sakalam parasmai NaarAyaNAyehti samarpayAmi ||

Sri Maha Veera Vaibhavam SampoorNam. Subhamasthu!

KavithArkika simhAya KalyANa guNasaalinE |
SrimathE venkatEsAya Vedaantha GuravE nama: ||

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Oppiliappan Koil VaradaachAri Sadagopan

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