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GodhA Sthuthi: Part XIV(Slokams 25, 26, 28 and 29

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 19:12:09 PDT

Namo NarAyaNAya !

On the day before our ThAyAr's Thirunakshathram, 
we will study the remaining four slOkams .

SlOkam 25:
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GOdhE guNairapanayan praNathAparAdhAn
  BhrUkshEpa yEva Tava BhOgarasAnukUla:
karmAnubhandhi phala dhAna rathaya bharthu:
  SvAthanthrya  dhurvyasana marmabhidhA nidhAnam 

Here, Swamy Desikan describes how the independent 
nature of the Lord was interfered with by the gesture
of the knitting of the brows of Godhai. 

(meaning): Oh GodhE! Your Lord hands out impartially
the fruits of the good and bad karmAs for the chEthanans.
If He did not do so, He would be considered as the
One , who is partial to some and erratic in His 
treatment of the chethanams. Oh GodhE !Your overflowing
compassion for the suffering jeevans is such that You
find it difficult to look at the punishments 
meted out by Your Lord even , when the chEthanams 
deserve such punishments. You devise a method to
interfere with the Lord's duties of punishing the jeevans ,
deserving such punishment . You charm Your Lord with various 
gestures of affection towards Him and He loses His 
sense of independence and becomes completely under Your 
influence .The end result is that You protect the Jeevans
-that erred-from the wrath of Your Lord.

The bhOga gesture of Godhai that makes the Lord
lose His svathanthram is the knitting of Her
beautiful brows ( BhrUkshEpam).That gesture 
intrigues the Lord with its BhOga Rasa aanukUlyam.
It enhances His affection for Her.He comes
under Godhai's spell and  thus becomes Paaratantryan
to Her Charms.The aparAdhams of the Jeevans are then
overlooked by the Lord.Such  indeed is the influence
of Godhai over Her Lord.

SlOkam 26:
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RangE TaDithguNavathO ramayaiva GodhE
  KrishNAmbhudasya gaDithAm KrupayA suvrushtyA
dhourgathya Dhurvisha vinAsa sudhAnadhIm ThvAm
  Santha: prapadhya smayanthyachirENa thApAn

Here , Swamy Desikan describes how Godhai
becomes the nectarine river that removes all
the SamsAric afflictions of the suffering jeevans.

(meaning): Oh GodhE! The Lord Of Srirangam is
an auspicious , intense blue rain bearing cloud 
(KaaLa mEgam). MahA Lakshmi , who never leaves 
His side is the lightning flash inside that 
rain cloud. You (Godhai) are the river that flows
with life-saving nectar created by the rain
of dayA from that Karu muhil , KaaLa mEga VaNNan.
As that river of nectar , You destroy the deadly
poison of SamsAram. Those MahAns , who seek refuge at
Your sacred feet immerse themselves in that 
flood of Your nectarine Sookthis and have all
of their samsAric afflictions destroyed.

PerumAL is NeelamEga ShyAmalan.On His chest,
the HiraNyavarNai, MahA Lakshmi resides.She
appears like a flash of lightning. Only 
the rain cloud with lightning can yield
copious rains.That rain of KrishNAmbhudam
(karu muhil) is the KrupA(dayA) of the Lord of
Srirangam. That rain takes shape as a  mighty
river that flows swiftly and washes away 
all the sufferings of the SamsAris. Such is
the power of the nectarine river, GOdhai!

SlOkam 28:The DhyAna SlOkam for Godhai
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Sathamakha maNineelA chAru kalhAra hasthA
  sthanabhara namithAngi saandhra vaathsalya sindhu:
aLakavinihithAbhi: sragbhirAkrushta NaathA
  vilasathu hrudhi GodhA VishNuchitthAthmajA na:

(meaning): Godhai, who incarnated as the daughter
of PeriyAzhwAr has the bluish hue of sapphire
(indra neelam). In one of Her hand , She adorns
a red lotus (Senkazhuneer malar= kalhAra pushpam
or karuneithal malar)).She is slightly bent from 
the weight of Her lofty breasts . She overlooks 
all of our aparAdhams(trespasses) and showers us 
with Her matchless dayai. She removes 
the flower garlands worn on Her tresses and
presents them to Her Lord and thereby 
brings Him under Her spell .May Godhai
of these auspicious attributes reside in
our hearts always!

SevA SwamigaL points out that Swamy Desikan 
always includes a dhyAna slOkam in his sthuthis.
Examples are :KalyANAnAm avikala nidhi:(Sri Sthuthi),
VyAkhyA mudhram (Sri HayagrIva SthOthram ) ,
VyAtanvanA ( Sri VaradarAja PanchAsath),
icchA meena vihAra kacchabha (Dasaavathara
Sthothram) .The most compassinate Acharyan ,
Swami Desikan wanted us to have the fruits of
the recitation of the full sthuthi by reciting
the dhyAna slOkam alone.

Regarding the other groups of words used 
in this dhyAna slOkam , the first paadham
recognizes the deep bluish hue of Godhai
originating from her close association with Her
Karu muhil VaNNan , KaNNan ( Sathamakha maNi 
neelA ).

The second paadham is : "Sthana bhara namithAngi
saandhra vaathsalya sindhu:". She is saluted as
the ocean of deep vaathsalyam for us , Her children.
One of the 32 saamudhrikA LakshaNams is saluted
with the choice words: "sthana bhara namithAngi".
In Sri Sthuthi , Sawmy Desiakn described Sri Devi
standing slightly bent by the weight of Her 
sthanams( tanvI thungasthana bhara nathA). 
In an earlier slOkam of GodhA sthuthi itself ,
Swamy Desikan compared the loftiness of Her
sthanams (kuchams) as "KuchayOrapi TungabhadhrA". 

The third paadham is " alavinihithAbhi: 
SraghbhirAkrushta NaathA ". She wore first
the flower garlands to check whether She was
beautiful enough to be the consort of Her Lord
and then presented those flower garlands 
to Him . With those flower garlands ,She 
"bound" Her Lord completely (kattuNNappattAn)
and enjoyed Him .That is what ParAsara Bhattar 
says in his dhyAna slOkam:

" svOcchishtAyAm srajinigalitham 
  yaa bhalAthkruthya bhunkthE
  GodhA tasyainama idhamidham
  bhUyayEvAsthu bhUya: "

(meaning): May this obesiance of ours last
forever and ever to GodhAi , who forcibly won
Her Lord's favours by binding Him with 
the garland worn and discarded by Her.

Swamy Deikan stops short and says :
" aLaka vinihithAbhi: sragbhi: aakrushta NaathA" 
Once aakarshaNam is accomplished , then 
Her Lord becomes Her Paaratantryan(dependant).
He is then totally under Her spell .

In the final paadham of this dhyAna slOkam ,
Swamy Desikan prays for Godhai to take
permanent residence in OUR hearts. Instead 
of praying for Her residence in his heart
(mama hrudhayam ), our most merciful AchAryan
prays for Her vaasam in all of OUR hearts 
including his (na: hrudhi GodhA vilasathu).
The key word therefore is "na:".

SlOkam : Phala sruthi SlOkam
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ithi vikasitha bhakthE: utthithAm VenkatEsAth
  Bahu guNa ramaNeeyAm vakthi GodhA sthuthim ya:
sa Bhavathi bahumAnya: SrimathO Rangabharthu:
  CharaNa Kamala sEvAm SaasvathIm abhyupaishyan

Sri MuraLi Rangaswamy has described beautifully 
the purport of the last paadham of this Phala
sruthi slOkam earlier today. 

Swamy Desikan states that GodhA sthuthi 
rose from him as a  result of fully blossomed
Bhakthi for Her (Vikasitha BhakthE: utthitham).
All sthOthrams of Swamy Desikan blossomed 
forth from his Bhakthi .For example , he
says Sri Sthuthi arose from "upachitha Guru 
BhakthE:". Guru here does not mean AchAryan , but
huge . In GodhA sthuthi , Swamy says that 
the flower of his Bhakthi has fully blossomed
like the Senkuzhuneer Pushpam in Godhai's hastham.

SevA SwamigaL points out a subtle prayOgam
of Swami Desikan , when he says in the second
paadham , " Bahu guNa ramanIyAm VAKTHI 
GodhA sthuthim Ya:". With the use of 
"Ya: Vakthi" in his 29th slOkam , Swami
Desikan according to the Desika Bhaktha
Rathnam reminds us of Godhais
words "ingu parisuraippAr" in Her
30th paasuram of ThiruppAvai. Swamy Desikan 
hints further that One will get the Kaimkarya
Sri of nithya Sevai at the lotus feet of Sri RanganAthan,
whether one understands the meaning
of the slOkams of GodhA sthuthi or not. The mere
recitation by One (Ya: vakthi) will confer
such an exalted boon .That reciter will 
also become very dear to the Lord of Srirangam,
the dearst consort of Godhai ( Ya: vakthi , Sa:
Sreematha: Rangabharthu: bhaumAnya: bhavathi,
Sa: Sreematha: Rangabharthu: SaasvathIm 
SaraNa Kamala sEvAm abhyupaishyathi)besides
attaining Kaimkarya Poorthi.

Vikrama Varsha AadippUram season has been
a blessed one for adiyEn in that Godhai
blessed adiyEN to write about the anubhavam
of Swami Desikan going back to seven hundred
years. Hearty thanks are to Desika Bhaktha rathanm,
SevA SwamigaL and Sri Vaikunta Vaasi ,
U.Ve.Oppiliappan Koil Srirama DesikAcchAr
Swamy .

adiyEn's sister and her friends were blessed 
to recite Swamy Desikan's sthuthi on Godhai  
at Godhai's own ThirumALikai in front 
of the five PerumALs seated on GARUDAN saluted by
Swamy Desikan in Sri Garuda PaanchAsath's
FIFTH slOkam as " Saptha Svara Gathi "
(NishAdha , Rishabha, GhAndhAra , Shadja ,
Madhyama , Dhaivatha ,Panchama svarams
constituting Saama Vedam ).DhanyOsmi ,
DaasOsmi , AnugrihIthosmi!

Adiyen will conclude this series on
GodhA sthuthi with a slOkam from
SevA SwamigaL's sthothram on GOdhA:

kim Saasthram , kimu kaavya rathnam
athavaa bhakthi pradhAnA sthuthi:?
kim vaa naaDakamanyadEva
rachanam PourANikI kim kaThA?
aascharyaamala sEmushI vilasitham
kim vaaa rahasya thrayam ?
GodhA gIthamidham paDanthi
Bhuvi yE tE dhanyadhanyA janaa:

(meaning): Why (study ) Saasthrams or
Kaavya rathnams or other sthOthrams laden
with Bhakthi or PurANams or for that matter 
even the most auspicious and blemishless
Rahasya Thrayam ? For the One , who 
recites GodhA sthuthi given to us as
our Kula dhanam , that blessed person
becomes the wealthiest of the wealthy
people on this earth. His Isvaryam has
no match.

Such indeed is the power of GodhA sthuthi!
Let us recite these 29 slOkams tomorrow
and receive our ThAyAr's paripUrna
anugrahms.

ANDAL ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam,
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil SatakOpan 

 

  


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