Swami Desikan’s Abhidistavam:Sloka-28

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28 December 2021, Plava varusha, Margazhi -13, Tuesday ;

SLOKA-28:

(MEANING): Oh Lord of Srirangam! I have spent my youth enjoying the nectarine juice of Sri BhAshyam. Now adiyEn has arrived at old age and my hair has turned gray. Now adiyEn has only one request to You for the rest of my life here (i-e)., Please bless adiyEn to live amidst Your BhagavathAs at Srirangam or other dhivya dEsams, where there are no enemies, who interfere with adiyEn’s enjoyment of You.

(COMMENTS): Swamy Desikan is arriving at the end point of this Sri Sookthi. He addresses the Lord of Srirangam from his exile at Sathyagalam. He watches the waters of Cauvery rushing to wash the sacred feet of Lord RanganAtha at Srirangam. He becomes nostalgic for the most enjoyable and quite days spent studying AchArya RaamAnuja Sri Sookthi of Sri BhAshyam and initiating his sishyAs about the intricacies and intellectual rigor of that magnum opus. This was during his youth, where he refers to have given 30 rounds of KaalakshEpams on Sri BhAshyam. He is now older and his hair is gray. He thinks of his old age and longs to spend it in a tranquil setting free from jealousy between hot headed BhagavathAs. Swamy Desikan does not mind spending the rest of his life at any dhivya dEsam as long as it is free from contentions, rancours caused by quarreling, egotistic BhaagavathAs. He also wants to be at a place, where there are no enemies for Bhagavath Sevai and Kaimkaryam. In this slOkam, Swamy Desikan prays to Lord RanganAtha to grant him a boon to spend the remaining period of his life at such an ideal location.

VIEW OF THE OTHER COMMENTATORS: Swamy Desikan includes a moving prayer to Lord RanganAthan in this slOkam: “May Srirangam as well as all dhivya dEsams, be completely free of the remote possibility even, of any enemy presence! May Peace prevail! May we all live in complete harmony free of hatred, jealousy, competition etc; let each be interested in the good of the other! May You Oh Lord! place adiyEn in such an enviable environment free from asooyai and hatred!

Courtesy: Oppiliappan koil Sri.V. Sadagopachariar

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