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Stotras of Vedanta Desika

by Sri D. Ramaswamy Ayyangar
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24. Nyaasa Tilakam

This and the following two stotras deal with nyaasa or saranagati and are supplementary and complementary to Saranagati Dipika ante. Nyasa Tilakam, the name given by the author to it shows the importance that he himself attached to this work. (Tilakam -- prominent jewel or other article beautifying a person.) It consists of 32 slokas couched in various metres from anushtup with eight syllables in a quarter to sragdhara (twenty-one to a quarter).

The Deity in whose praise this Stotra has been sung is Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam at whose feet Acharya Ramanuja performed prapatti in Saranagati Gadyam. Slokas 3 and 4 refer to Sri-prapatti which comes first. Sloka 22 makes pointed reference to the special assurances given by Lord Ranganatha to Ramanuja about the certainty of protection to saranagata-s. For these and other reasons this stotra has been taken to be an elucidation of that Gadya in addition to its being an embellishment thereof in padya (poetry).

Several doubts that are likely to assail us about the efficacy and potency of Prapatti are mentioned, and at once dispelled by cogent and irrefutable data. Sloka 19 deals with the obstacles to Mahavisvasa and how to remove them. In 14 a very intricate problem is very successfully tackled, viz., hopes of a glorious life in future held out to one wallowing in misery here. Slokas 20 and 21 stress the value of the blessing of an acharya as the only panacea for wavering minds, and how an acharya can procure to us benefits beyond us.

Towards the end, this stotra contains more than the usual measure of personal touches and introspective exclaims. The poet addresses his fickle and vacillating mind in sloka 24 and in sloka 26 informs his speech, body and mind that Venkatesa Kavi is now a prapanna at the lovely feet of Lord Ranganatha and asks them not to play their old pranks with him any longer. The stotra winds up with a prayer to be made the recipient of the highly coveted title of "Servant of the Lord and His Sri."

The importance of Nyaasa Tilakam can also be gathered from another fact. This is the only stotra for which Swami Desika's son and disciple, Kumara Varadacharya, has furnished a commentary in Sanskrit.

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25. Nyaasa Vimsati

This Stotra of 22 Slokas all in sragdhara metre, stresses several aspects of nyaasa or prapatti not covered by Saranagati Dipika and Nyaasa Tilaka. To start with, the qualifications an acharya should possess are set out in the first sloka. Such a one should be worshipped as if he were God Himself (2). Then the traits the sishya must possess are mentioned in sloka 3. The unflinching and unshakable faith in the efficacy of prapatti which is a vital part in the pursuit of that path is stressed in 7. Slokas 15 and 16 refute some wrong meanings attributed to certain words in the Charama Sloka. Siddhopaya and Saadhyopaya are clearly defined in 17. The stotra concludes with expressing a feeling of a sense of security and fearlessness after a proper performance of prapatti.

Lord Varadaraja of Kanchipuram is the Deity to whom this stotra and the next are dedicated.

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25a. Nyaasa Vimsati Vyaakhyaa

"At the desire of good and godly men" Swami Desika has himself written a commentary on Nyaasa Vimsati by way of "dingmaatra", indicating the way or method. ... Tattva Muktaa Kalaapa is the only other work of Desika in Sanskrit for which he himself has furnished a commentary. That is for tattva, this is for upaaya.

26. Nyaasa Dasakam

The anushthaana or observance of prapatti may be sakRt, once only. But a reading or recitation of this stotram will help a prapanna to remind himself of what has been done and what he has got to do for the rest of his life. Every devout Vaishnava recites this stotra at the beginning of tiruvaaradhana (daily wor ship) of the Lord. The Stotra deals with the atma-nikshepa (saranagati), with its angas, and prays for flawless service to the Lord in the post-prapatti period. It is a complete code in itself -- a very short and sweet one. Sloka 2 refers to all the angas one word for each. Prapatti is performed by us only by His grace and only for His benefit, not ours; this is pointed out in slokas 3 and 10. The stotra winds up with referring to the sense of relief obtained after casting off all burden. The last sloka of Nyaasa Vimsati is invariably recited along with Nyasa Dasakam at its conclusion.

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