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Sri HayagrIva SthOthram : Part IX--Second slOkam (continued)

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sat Aug 19 2000 - 19:09:41 PDT

Sri HayagrIva ParabrahmaNE nama:
Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Dear BhakthAs:

We will proceed with the Paadham by Paadham 
commentary on the second slOkam now.

The First Paadham is :" Svatha Siddhma Suddha Spatika
MaNI bhUbruth prathipaDam ".

We discussed in detail the Vedic significance of
the word , "Svathasiddham " in the previous posting .

The reamining words of the first paadham are:
 " Suddha Spatika maNI bhUbhruth PrathibhaDam " . 
Swamy Desikan says here " Let us eulogize 
that blemishless spatika gem resembling that of a hill". 
Prathi+ bhaDam makes the word "PrathibhDam ". Prathi 
as a seperable proposition means towards or in the direction 
of some thing.Hence , PrathibhaDam means vying with 
or rivalling .BhUbhruth means mountain . Therefore ,
"BhUbhruth PrathibhaDam " means resembling a mountain . 
What is this mountain? What does this Savthasiddham 
mountain made of and waht does it resemble ? 
The answer is: It is made of sudhda sathva maya dhravyam ,
which has the hue of "suddha Spatika MaNI" or blemishles
spatika ( paLinkU) gem stone. The lustre of this Haya vadhana
Parabrahmam is " a challenge to a hill of pure white
crystal like gem ". 

The Second Paadham :
"SudhA sadhrIchibhi: dhyuthibhi: avadhAtha thribhuvanam "  
(idiMahi) is the prayer.We eulogize the self-evident 
effulgence resembling a hill of pure crystal gem ,
RESEMBLING NECTAR " is the meaning of the second 
paadham . In some paatams , "avadhAtha thribhuvanam "
is replaced by " apathApa thribhuvanam " according to
Sri D.Ramaswamy Iyengar. "avadhAtha thribhuvanam "
means rendering all the three worlds white by 
its svayam jyothi (innate radiance). "ApatApa-
thribhuvanam " means banishing the tApams (sufferings)
of the three worlds . Sri HayagrIvan radiates white rays
resembling nectar for bhUtha sanjeevanam and
makes all the three worlds white. Thus , He showers
His grace over all the three worlds .

The Third Paadham :

"ananthai: thrayyanthai: anuvihitha hEshaa hala halam "
is the third paadham of the second slOkam .

VedAs and its branches are countless (ananthA vai VedA:).
The innumerable Veda saakhais are saluted by Swami
Desikan as " ananthai: thrayyanthai:". One meaning of
Ananthai: is endless, infinite, eternal , boundless 
and inexhaustible. The apourushEya Vedams , 
the breaths of Lord HayagrIvan are the endless
triplets( Rg Yaju: Saamaani)."Thrayyanthai:" is derived 
from thrayi or triplet , the three VedAs taken
together. " ThrayimayAya nama:" is the salutation
for the Lord eulogized by the limitless three vedAs.
" anu+vihitha hEshaa hala halam " idImahi  is the rest
of the third paadham . "anu" means after or along with ;
"vihitha" means done or performed .anuvihitha here means
that which is heard/performed continously . What is that 
which is heard continously as the auspicious sound ? It is 
the " hEshA hala halam ". "hEshin" means a Horse.
"hEsh" ( hEshA )means neighing of a Horse. "hEshA
hala halam " means the neighing sunAdham of the Horse-
faced Sri HayagrIvan , which sounds like "haal hala"
sabdham , which is echoed continously by 
the eternal VedAs.

Fourth Paadham :

" hatha asEsha avadhyam Hayavadhanam idImahi maha:'
is the fourth paadham .

What does that kanai kural (neighing sound) of
Lord HayagrIvan do ? What is its impact ?
Swamy Desikan states that Sri Hayavadhanan's 
"hEshA Hala halam " destroys (hatha)
without residue (asEsha) all the paapams
and inauspiciousness (avadhyam).Swamy Desikan
experiences Sri Hayagrivan as a JyOthirmaya
SvarUpan (maha:) and asks us to pray to Him 
for removal of our aj~nams by having the good
fortune to hear His auspicious neighing sound 
that is the rejuvenating nectarine oushadham
for banishing our samsAric afflictions.

Thus , this "Svathassiddha SvarUpi , Suudha 
spatika maNi maya bhUbhruth prathibhaDa svarUpi,
SudhAsadhrIchibhi: dhyuthibhi: avadhAtha
thribhuvana SvarUpi " is invoked to bless us
and remove our paapams (avadhyams=faults,
defects, sins) through His " hEshA hala hala "
nadhams.The invocation of the " Hala Hala "
sabdham to invoke the neighing sound of a horse 
is a brilliant use of onomateopia ( imitiation of 
a sound effect through a choice of word or words)
is a rhetoric master piece by Swami Desikan .
This sabdhAlankAram is reverentially placed
at the sacred feet of Sri HyagrIva para Brahmam
by Swami Desikan .

Jn~Ananda Maya dEvAya namO nama:
Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil V.SatakOpan           


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