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RE: meaning of the sloka

From: Sriram Ranganathan (
Date: Thu Dec 06 2001 - 20:29:20 PST

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Dear Members,

thvayi rakshathi rakshakai: kimanyai:|
        thvayichArakshathi rakshakai: kimanyai:|
ithi nischitha dhE: srayAmi nithyam
        nruharE VegavathI tadAsrayam thvAm || Sri kAmAsikAshtakam, slOkam #

Swamy Desikan sings the praise of Sri Nrusimhan at Velukkai, on the southern
banks of river Vegavathi. In this slOkam, Swamy very movingly observes,

Oh Nrusimha! When you are out there to protect (us), where is the need for
others (protectors)? And if you decide not to, then of what use is such
protection from others? I am absolutely convinced of this and therefore I
surrender to You, Oh! Lord on the banks of Vegavathi, seeking refuge.

Very similarly, in Sri ashtabhujAshtakam slokam # 6 Swamy reiterates the
concept of prapatti while singing of our Lord at Attabuya karam (kAnchi),
where He is said to have doubled his hands to protect us in double quick
time!! This slokam starts with the famous gajEndra mOksham episode.

.... gajEndra rakshA dvaritham bhavantham....
tvadEka tandram kamalA sahAya
 	svEnaiva mAm rakshithu marhasi thvam|
thvayi pravrutthE mama kim prayAsai:
thvai apravrutthE mama kim prayAsai ||

With Sri Lakshmi by His side interceding on our behalf, if Lord srIman
NarAyana decides to extend His protection (to us), there is nothing else we
need to do. If He decides otherwise, there is little else we can do.

"Focusing your thought on Me, you shall, by My grace cross over all
difficulties" -Lord Krishna, Sri bhagavad gIta, Ch 18 Verse 58 (taken from
Sri Ramanuja Gita Bhasya)


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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