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Dayaa Sathakam (81-90)

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Date: Sat Aug 08 1998 - 09:06:08 PDT

                     Srimaan Venkatanaathaaryaha kavithaarkika kesari|
                  Vedanthaachaaryavaryome sannidhaththaam sadhaa hrudi||


Dear Bhaagavathaas,

"Daivaadheenam jagathsarvam". God is the basis of all. And Love  is the basis
of God. How beautiful, blissful and peaceful it is to experience this love!
Our dearest Swami Desikan gives a glimpse of his experience in Daya Sathakam.
With my most humble and loving  namaskaarams to the achaarya and to Sriya:
pathi, may I share the following summary translation with you, in postings
comprising about ten slokas at a time. (This posting includes slokams 81-90)

The translation is based on the commentary and explanations by Sri Srinivasa
Raghavacharyar Swami, published in the Tamil book, Daya Sathakam, by the Sri
Desika Dharsana Sabhai, Villivaakkam, Madras. Sri Srinivasa Raghavacharyar
Swami says that the Daya Sathakam is a sastra, sthothra, poem, painting, an
endless spring of water and an illumining light. My prayers to Sriman Narayana
for everyone of us to follow in the footsteps of our acharyas,  practice what
they illustrated with their conduct and experience the Love of the Lord
(rasovai saha) that they experienced.

All errors are your humble servant’s.

Daasan
Sundararaghavan Krishnaswami Sarma
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                                                 Dayaa Sathakam
                                                  (Slokams 81 - 90)


81.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) In this Kali Yuga when there is
widespread decline in Dharma, you have willed to remove all grief by the
shower of  Love. The outpouring of Love is more than planned. You are as
beneficient as the water-laden mountain clouds. Under your total protection,
the Lord Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan wears many unsullied (avataaric) forms.

82.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) You have created this world of diversity.
For sustaining it, you have embraced the form of Lord Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan
that is unsullied and full of kalyaana gunas, and take the mathsya and koorma
avataarams.

83.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) The Lord Srinivasan, who is manifested on
Thirumala Hills, is enjoying the yoga nidhdhira during pralaya (dissolution).
At your prompting, He ‘wakes up’ to create. The earth is submerged under the
swelling waters of the sea. He takes the Varaaha avataaram and brings the
submerged earth above water, carrying it on His tooth.

84.  O The Love of Lord Venkatesa who is manifesting on Thirumala Hills! You
appear terror-striking with your thick mane, with boisterous and aggressive
activities that are fearsome to behold and with the swelling anger
constraining the eye-brows rendering the countenance frighteningly wrathful
(as Nrisimhaa). But to prahlaada,  you shower the Grace of your Lotus eyes,
giving succor to him and you appear so sweet to him!

85.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) Your Lotus Feet that have been sacredly
washed by Brahma, that remove all sins, that have the fragrance of the Vedas
and that measured the heaven and the earth. They have left behind permanent
stamps with these activities.

86.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) Keeping with the fundamental dharma of
protecting the good of the society, you prompted the slaying of the kings who
had strayed away from the moral path, by Parasurama. This was also your sport.

87.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) You are beneficial to the world. You
fulfill the desires of all. You prompted the avataar of Rama, as the scion of
Raghu dynasty. The bridge across the ocean was built at your prompting and is
a reminder that you destroy all sins.

88.  O The Love of  Lord Venkatesa! The Lord is your own. He is at your beck
and call. His sport is benefiting the world. As Balaraama, the Lord turns a
blind eye to the sins of those devoted to him, but punished the wicked with
his plough.

89.  (O The Lord of Venkatesa!) When the wicked outnumbered the pious and
started obstructing beneficial activities for the world, dharma was in evident
decline. The Bhooma Devi could no longer bear the burden of the load of sins
committed by the wicked. To alleviate the concern of Bhooma Devi and to set
the society back on the dharmic path, you prompted the Sriya:pathi to manifest
Himself as Krishna on earth and provide the Lamp of Gita to dispel the
darkness of adharma.

90.  (O The Love of Lord Venkatesa!) Lord Srinivasan who has manifested on
Thirumala Hills carries a sword that is like the dark water-bearing clouds.
The "rains from this cloud" remove the heat of Kali Yuga and bring in the
fresh crops of Krutha Yuga. The sword sways gently in the breeze generated
when the Lord moves His hands. Soaked in Love, the sword is pure and glistens
as the lightning.
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                               Kavithaarkika simhaaya kalyaana guna saaline|
                        	Srimathe Venkatesaya vedaantha guravennamaha||