Sri Sundarabahusthavam – 10



  • SlOkam 28:
  • S28

    aiSvarya teja: bala vIrya Saktaya:
    kIdrgvidhA: sundarbAhu samSrayA: |
    ya: asau jagat janmalayasthiti kriyA:
    sankalpata: alpAt upakalpayati aja: ||

    In the previous Slokam, KUresar saluted the j~nAna guNam. In this Slokam, he pays tribute to the rest of the five PradhAna guNams (balam, aiSvaryam, tejas, Sakti and vIryam).


    He says: This Lord of TirumAlirumcOlai without birth (aja:) carries out the creation, sustenance and dissolution of this cetanAcetanAtmaka jagat with a minimal effort (alpa sankalpam) on His part (ya: asau jagat janma laya sthiti kriyA: alpAt sankalpta: upakalpayati). It is a trivial effort for Him. KUresar wonders about the kalyANa guNams of the Lord and how He sets in motion the various jagat vyApArams effortlessly. As sarveSvaran, His aiSvaryam is immeasurable. His tejas does not need anything else for support. His balam lets Him support any thing without being fatigued. His Sakti is the attribute of being every thing (sarvam khalvidham brahma). His vIryam that sustains this universe is matchless. KUresar hints at all these guNams and admits that they are impossible to cover (sundarabAhu samSrayA: aiSvarya, teja:, bala, vIrya, Saktaya: kIdrg vidhA?). How can we even begin to understand them. They are vAcamA gocaram says KUresar.

  • SlOkam 29:
  • S29

    yat kalpAyuta bhogata: api krSatAm yAyAt na tAvat phalam
    yeshu ekasya tathavidhai: satatajai: amhobhi: utsImabhi: |
    astAdau iha samsrtau upacitaiSchannam susannam janam
    sannatyA kshamate kshaNAt vanagiri prasthapriya: sundara: ||


    The Lord SundarabAhu desirous of residing at the foot hills of Vana Giri (TirumAlirumcOlai) has another important guNam celebrated as kshamA (forbearance and pardoning). When we build up the limitless sins through our lives, which can not be neutralized even in the 10,000 Kalpams of Brahma Devan’s life time by experiencing their fruits, the Lord of Vana Giri destroys them in a second, when these jIvans with countless sins prostrate before Him and seek His sacred feet as their refuge. These sins are beginningless (anAdi) and accumulate with out cessation. The jIvan is hidden under this mighty pile of sins and goes round and round in the whirlpool of samsAram without any hope for redemption. This jIvan is sorrow stricken. At this time, the Lord intervenes in the case of those jIvans, who through the AcArya anugraham fall at the sacred feet of SrI SundarabAhu just once and are freed thereafter of their anAdi and ever growing bundle of sins.

  • SlOkam 30:


yat jAtIya: yAdrSa: yat svabhAva:
pAdacchAyAm samSrita: yo api ko api |
tat jAtIya: tAdrSa: tat svabhAva:
Slishyati enam sundara: vatsalatvAt ||
In this Slokam, the Lord’s vAtsalya guNam is saluted.


As PeriyAzhvAr reminded us: “kAdam palavum tirintuzhanRERkku angOr nizhal illai, nIrumillai, un pAda nizhalallal”. Without the comforting shade of the Lord’s sacred feet, there is no other redress for the samsAris; there is no shade for them or thirst quenching water to get relief. His vAtsalya guNam becomes the shady tree for the sAdhus (nivAsa vrksha: sAdhUnAm). His vAtsalyam extends to devAs, humans, people of all levels of AcAram, svabhAvams (Asuric or divine) and caste or creed. Once they make an effort and reach the shadow of His sacred feet, all their troubles are over. Our Lord takes the avatAram in their own jAtis, assumes the form like them, chooses their svabhAvam and mingles with them (Slishyati) out of His parama vAtsalya guNam and redeems them. “sundara: pAdacchAyAm samSrita: enam janam vatsalatvAt, sa: Slishyati”. This vAtsalyam of the Lord has been saluted as “dosha tiraskAriNi prIti: ” according to Swamy Desikan.


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