Sri Hayagriva Stothram – 14


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The anubhavam of the Jn~ Anis, who visualize Sri HayagrIva BhagavAn in their heart lotuses, is described in the 14th SlOkam:

The thoughts on the fruits of meditating upon the sacred form of Lord HayagrIvan, described in the previous slOkam, is taken up in this slOkam.


Oh Lord Haya-Vadhana MahA DesikA! The Raaja Hamsams (King Swans) take up their abode in the divine lake known as MaanasarOvar. You, who is the emperor of all these Raaja Hamsams (sanyAsis and Yathi-varAs) choose as Your permanent abode, the mind (manas, Saras or Poykai) of Your upAsakAs. Thus You facilitate their efforts in meditation of You. For such people blessed by You, all the Vidhyais compete with one other to serve them. They thus become thus the sakala saasthra-parAngathALs or the celebrated experts/exponents of all para and apara vidhyAs due to Your benevolent grace (anugraham).

Swamy Desikan says that those Yogis, who have the power to visualize the Raaja Hamsam (Lord HayagrIvan) seated on a white lotus in their heart lotuses are blessed with the siddhi (fruits) of full command of Vaak or divine speech. The various VidhyAs in the form of words rush to them saying. “Please Make use of me, Please Make use of me” in a competitive manner.

They argue as it were with one another to serve the upAsakaas, who visualize (pasyanthi) the Raaja Hamsam seated in their heart cavities (manOgatham maanasa Raaja hamsam pasyanthi). These blessed Ones are the objects of service for all Vidhyais and as a result, they become the exponents of great vidhyais.

This effect is somewhat similar to the falling of the merciful glances of MahA LakshmI on a chEthanan. When those auspicious glances fall on one, then the various categories of wealth chase each other to be in the front row to bless the chEthanan. They compete with each other to bless the chEthanan:

yasyAm yasyAm disi viharathE Devi dhrushti: tvadhIyA tasyAm tasyAm
ahamahimikAm tanvathE SAMPADHOGAA: –Sri Sthuthi: slOkam 15

Sri D.Ramaswami Iyengar reminds us of the situation when Sri Raamachandran received the upadEsam on the use of various asthrams (weapons in the form of arrows) from Sage VisvAmithrar as He proceeed to SiddhAsramam to protect his Yaj~nam. Then the asthrams competed with one another to rush to the side of Sri Ramachandran saying, “kim karavAmathE?” (Here we are, Your willing slaves! Pray command us as to what we shall do for You as Your kinkarAs?).

Swamy Desikan is a prime example of such a blessed One, whom the Vidhyais served competing with one other due to BhagavAn HayagrIvan’s paramAnugraham. His varaNam (choice) of Lord HayagrIvan as His dhivya Utthama AchArya Saarvabhouman and prapatthi to Him (Devam HayagrIvam aham prapadhyE) is a reminder to all of us on the need for celebration of our AchAryans in the form of Lord HayagrIvan:

(PraNavam) Guru sathbhakthi tEjanAya nama: (PraNavam) Guru VisvAsa
VardhanAya nama: (PraNavam) GururupAsana sangAthrE nama: (PraNavam) Guru
PrEma VardhanAya nama : (PraNavam) Pancha samskruthi bhAvanAya nama:
(PraNavam) Saasthra-PaaNi pradhAna-krutha-bhava-magna samuddharaNAya nama:

In the previous slOkam, Swami Desikan began to focus on the power of Sri HayagrIvan to confer the boon of Veda Vaak. In this fifteenth and the subsequent two slOkams, Swami focuses on the dhyAna-anubhava-janitha sukham and blessings granted by Lord HayagrIvan.


To be continued…

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