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Sri Hayagriva Stothram – 13

Kodanda ramaswamy Nandambakkam Sri Lakshmi Hyagreevar

In this 13th slOkam, Swamy NigamAntha MahA Desikan focuses on how the great ones skilled in Vedic knowledge (vipascchitha:) meditate on the ThirumEni/Moorthy (SubhAsrayam) of Lord HayagrIvan:

The Keerthi of this Parama MangaLa Moorthy is being saluted here. The alliteration with Mughda Indhu (young crescent Moon) and Dhugdha Dindhu (Milky Ocean) is most enjoyable.


Oh Lord HayagrIvA! Your suddha Spatika roopam reminds one of the comfortingly cool whiterays of the Moon and it removes all the taapams (samsAric heat/ afflictions) with theircoolness. This roopam of Yours raises aanandham in the hearts of those, who meditate on Youand those who have the darsana soubhAgyam of Your spotlessly white ThirumEni. For them,You appear like the assembly of waves from the Milky Ocean. The Jn~Anis meditate always on this auspicious ThirumEni of Yours in their minds and derive great bliss.The Dhivya mangala Vigraham/subha Tanu (the most sacred and auspicious body) of Lord HayagrIvan is being described here. Lord HayagrIvan was sitting in front of Swami Desikan in the YogAsikai form as Yoga HayagrIvan.

He had presented Himself out of His own sankalpam (kaamAth adhivasan as in KaamAsikaashtakam) as an adhbhutha Nruturangan (One with the head of a Turangam/horse and thebody of a Human being) before Swamy Desikan to bless Him and to get him started on hisavathAra kaaryam. His hue is like that of the molten rays of the young Moon (mughdha Indhunishyantham) that is flowing.

That dhivya MangaLa Vigraham is most desirable to enjoy (vilObhaneeyam) and enhances theflow of nectar like bliss (aanandha SudhA prasoothim). It is like a gigantic assembly of wavesof the milky ocean (dhugdha sindhO: udhArAm vElAm iva). Swamy Desikan states that thelearned ones meditate on the three aspects of His ThirumEni, the whiteness, beauty and theenjoyability of the sacred and auspicious body of Sri HayagrIva BhagavAn both as means (upAyam) and as an end (upEyam, charamAm PrathishtA).

Sri D.Ramaswamy Iyengar points out that the three analogies elaborate on the whiteness,loveliness and enjoyability of the Lord’s body. He explains that the Moon is full of amruthakiraNams (Moon whose rays full of rejuvenating nectar). Here, the nectar is aanandha mayam(full of bliss). VelA means a flow of current, a shore or coast and also a limit. This aanndhamayawaves (aanandha lahari) splash on the meditator and immerse him or her in a state of indescribable bliss. When those waves of bliss bless the upAsakan, then such a blessed one recognizes Lord HayagrIvan as upAyam (means) and upEyam (ultimate destination) or ParamAm gathi.



To be continued…

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