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Sri HaygrIva SthOthram : Part VIII: A kruthi and the second slOkam of Sri HayagrIva sthOthram

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 20:59:19 PDT

Sri Hayavadhana ParabrahmaNE nama:
Srimath Azhagiya Sigar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Dear BhakthAs:

adiyEn will start today's posting with a small
krithi that can be sung in Raagam Naattakurinji
or VasanthA .

Pallavi:      HayagrIvam BhAvayAmi sathatham
              Sundara Aniruddha avathAram  (LakshmI)

Anupallavi:   Jn~Anandha-mayam svaprakAsam
              Jn~Ana-dhAyinam DayA nidhim (LakshmI) 

CharaNam 1 :  Aadhi-madhyAntha rahitham Vaaji Vakthram 
              Sarvaj~nam svacchandhanm Deva Devam ( LakshmI)

Charanam 2:   Madhu KaiDapa mardhanam Saarasvatha pradham
              aj~nAna-Naasakam Sarva VaagIsvarEsvaram (LakshmI)

(Meaning): adiyEn reflects always on Sri Lakshmi HayagrIvan , 
who is of the most beautiful avathAram of Aniruddhuan .
He is full of bliss of knowledge and self-effulgent;
Sri Lakshmi Hayagrivan is the one , who blesses us
with Tatthva-Hitha -PurushArtha Jn~Anam and is 
a treasure house of dayA guNam. The Lord of Gods with 
the face of a horse is Omniscient and shines like a clear
crystal .AdiyEn meditates on that Lord , who destroyed 
the two asurAs , Madhu and KaiDapan . He is the One , who
blesses us with Vedic speech and removes our false 
Knowledge and is the Lord of all Gods of Learning . 

The Second SlOkam of Sri HayagrIva SthOthram
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Swami Desikan started the first slOkam on 
the Veda Murthy in the Vedic Anushtup Metre
and concluded the sthOthram also in the same
Vedic Anushtup metre. In between , he used four
other metres: SikhariNI , Saalini , UpajAthi 
and MandhaakranthA . SlOkam 2 & 3 are set in 
SikhariNI metre , which Swamy Desikan used
for the sixth decad of DayA sathakam saluting
another tEjO-maya DayA nidhi presiding ovr
the hills of ThiruvEnkatam .Here is the second
slOkam of Sri HaygrIva sthOthram:

savathssidhdam suddha-spatika-maNi bhUbhruth prathibhaDam
SudhA sadhrchibhir-dhyuthibhir-avadhAtha Thribhuvanam
ananthais thrayyanthairanuvihitha hEshA halahalam
hathAshEshAvadhyam HayavadhanamIDimahi Maha:

(Meaning): We sing the glories of that tEjOmayan
( effulgent Vigraham) , who incarnated as HayagrIvan
to banish the samsAric afflictions of His bhakthAs.
His dhivya mangaLa vigraham is like a hill
made up of suddha spatikam ( gem crystal).He spreads 
His nectarine lustre on the three worlds and renders 
them white. He generates the "Hala Hala " sound 
appropriate to His form as a Horse and through that 
neighing sound suggests that it contains the essence of 
all the Upanishads. He makes it easy for those , who
are blessed to hear that SunAdham , to understand
the true meaning of His VedAs.

Svathassiddham: The first word chosen by Swami Desikan 
is "Svathassiddham " to salute Lord HyaagrIvan. 
We will use the rst of this posting to understand 
the Vedic significance of this word chosen by 
Swamy Desikan.

This is indeed a powerful word with deep Vedic connotations.
Here , Swamy Desikan instructs us that Lord HayagrIvan 
is self-manifested and ever-existing. 

Svatha: Siddham also means self-evident .It is self-evident 
that He is ajAyAmanan ( One who was never born ; 
He is AnAdhi Purushan). The Vedams recognize Him
as Ucchishta Brahmam . As the creation passes into
primordial matter at the time of MahA PraLayam ,
this Supreme Self persists , since He is not subject
to change , decay or death. The Atharva Vedam salutes
this Svatha-Siddha , Uchcishta Brahmam as :

Rk Saama Yajurucchishta UdhgItha: prasthutham sthutham 
hinKAra ucchishtE Svara: SaamnO mEdisccha tanmayi 
--- Atharva vedam: XI.7.5

The essence of Sri HayagrIvan is summarized in
the above Atharva Manthram , which means: In the Ucchishta 
Brahman is sustained every thing , even the Rk , Yajuh ,
Saama , UdhgIthaa, HinkAra , Svara and Saaman rhythms
and rhymes . 

The front Portion of Sri HayagrIva Manthram 
( the first three words ) is an echo of the first 
three words of the above Atharva Manthram. 
His UdhgItha SvarUpam saluted in the Sri HayagrIva
Manthram is also echoed in the above Atharva Manthram
( Rk Saama Yajurucchishta udhgItha:).

The subsequent manthrams of this Tenth Canto of
Atharva vedam goes on to praise the glories 
of this Ucchishta Brahmam (Sri HayagrIvan) this way:

" UchcishtA is the name of the great Brahman , since
He is the undecaying self( Svatha: Siddham ).In the 
Uchcishta form is sustained the entire creation 
consisting of name and form ( ucchishtE naama rUpam 
chOcchishtE lOka aahitha: Atharva Vedam -XI.7.1).
Atharva veda manthrams ( XI.7.24-27 ) are great
tributes to this Ucchishta Brahmam that 
is Svatha: Siddham. These manthrams salute 
the Lord this way: 

" Every thing is reborn from Him after the PraLayam ,
the disciplines of divine knowledge , the sense
organs , the vital realm , the blissful realm 
and all categories of human beings (aanandhA
mOdhA: pramudhOabhImOdhamuvascha )."

We will continue with the other words chosen by 
Swamy Desikan with Veda Garbham in the next posting.

Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil V.SatakOpan 

      




   

    



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