Sri Hayagriva Stothram – 30


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Oh Lord HayagrIvA! adiyEn has not devoted any time to learn the various kalais (SaamAnya and VisEsha VidhyAs) that are prevalent in the world. AdiyEn has not accumulated puNyam by bathing in the sacred waters (theerthams). AdiyEn has not performed intense susrUshai (kaimkaryam) to AchAryans to qualify for their blessings. Your grace receives with open arms “the helpless and the hapless”. adiyEn is the most qualified candidate to be the object of Your Parama DayA due to my limitless deficiencies.

Swamy Desikan has eulogized Lord HayagrIvan’s DayA (DayA Nidhim dEvam HayagrIvam) in earlier slOkams of this sthOthram. Here, he proposes to the Lord in front of him that no one is more qualified than him to receive the anukampA of the Lord because he is so hapless and helpless.

Swamy Desikan follows here the path shown by PoorvAchAryAs like Swamy AlavandhAr in his sthOthra Rathnam and Thruvarangatthu AmudanAr in RaamAnuja NooRRandhAthi.

Swamy AlavandhAr in his moving appeal to Moksha-DhAyaka Mukundhan enlists his deficiencies and on that basis makes a case to the Lord that he is the most qualified one to receive the Lord’s anugraham:

“na dharma nishtOsmi NachAthma Vedhi
na BhakthimAn Tvadh SaraNAravindhE
akinchanOnyagathi: SaraNya!
Tvath paadhamoolam SaraNam PrapathyE”

–SthOthra rathna SlOkam: 22

We use this slOkam of Swamy AlavandhAr in Bhagavath SannidhAnam to introduce ourselves as akinchanan and ananya gathi (hapless and helpless) seeking SaraNAgathi at the Lord’s feet.

mE dayisyasE tatha: dhayaneeyas Tava Naatha Dhurlabha:
–SthOthra rathnam : SlOkam 50


Oh Lord AchyuthA! “mey ninRu kEttaruLAi adiyEN ViNNappam”. If You do not recognize my highest qualifications as a paathram for Your grace, You will not ever get One, who is so fit for Your grace.

tadhaham tvath ruthE na NaathavAn math ruthE thvam dayaneeyavAn na cha Vidhi
nirmitham yEthadh anvayam Bhagavan paalaya maa sma jeehapa:

–SthOthra Rathnam : SlOkam 51


Oh AchyuthA, who never lets go of any one, who seeks Your DayA! adiyEn has none other than You as my SwAmi. You do not have anyone more fit than me to become the object of Your compassion. Please do not lose this opportunity that has come Your way providentially.

Swamy Desikan also is reminded of Thiruvarangatthu AmudanAr Sri Sookthi (RaamAnuja NooRRandhAthi: Paasuram 48) according to Sri D.Raamaswamy Iyengar, when he (Swamy Desikan) appeals to the Lord HayagrIvan with the words:

“aham agathi:, anAta parigrahAyaa tava DayayA (aham) navam navam paathram”. AmudaNar appeals to EmperumAnAr in the 48th slOkam this way: “When both would benefit from Your grace towards me, why go apart ?”.

Swamy Desikan states thus his Sva-Yogyathai for Lord HayagrIvan’s DayA and points out that no one is more qualified than himself to recieve the anukampA (KaruNai) of the DayA nidhi.


To be continued…

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