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Sri NaarayaNIyam : 99th Dasakam -3rd SlOkam

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Thu Jun 17 1999 - 20:43:39 PDT

Dear KrishNa BhakthAs :

In this slOkam , Sri Bhattdhiri appeals to 
the poets of this world to compose eulogies of 
the Lord and asks others to engage in sankIrthanam 
of those eulogies . This slOkam is the essence of 
the follwing Rg Veda manthram :

tam u sthOthAra :; pUrvyam yathA vidha 
ruthasya garbham janushA piparthana I
aasya jAnanthO naama cidh vivakthna 
mahas tE VishNO sumathim BhajaamahE II
--Rg Vedam :I.156.3

(Meaning ) : O Singers ! May you all 
propitiate and celebrate of your own
accord (svath sankalpam =without being
goaded by any one else , spontaneously )
that Self inside the Sun ( AntharyAmi 
Brahmam inside the Sun(Soorya mandala
Madhyathan , Sriman NaarAyaNan ). He is
anadhi(primeval) and is at the center of
all this vast and orderly creation . 
O Sun's power ! cognizant of Your greatness ,
May we be blessed to celebrate Your name and 
seek refuge at Your feet .

(comments ): The key words are " Ruthasya Garbham "
and "JanushA pipartana ".Rutham is a complex Vedic 
term connoting the eteranl truth , righteousness . 
Our Lord is recognized as the essence or nucleus or
empowering principle behind it(rutham ) . 

"janusha pipartana " means some thing attained
thru enlightenment arising from the Lord's anugraham .
This is the spontaneous outbursts as poems due to 
that blessing or soubhAgyam .

Let us come back to this Veda Manthram
containing these key words :

tam u STOTHAARAA pUrvyam yatha vidhA
ruthasya garbham JANUSHAA PIPARTHANA I
aasya JAANANTHO naama chidh vivaktana 
MAHAS thE VISHNO sumathim BHAJAAMAHE II

Sri NaarAyaNa Bhattadhiri's 3rd slOkam of 
the 99th Dasakam the sacred Vedic words 
inside it are noted ABOVE in Capitals :

hEy STHOTHAARA:kavindhrAsthamiha 
kalu yathA chEthayadhvE tathaiva
vyaktham Vedasya saaram praNuvatha
jananOpAttha leelAkathAbhi:I
JAANANTHASCCHaSYA naamAnyakhila 
sukhakakarANIthi sankIrthayadhvam
hEy VISHNO keerthanAdhaistava kalu
MAHASTATATTVA bhOdham BHAJEYAM II

Thus the slOkam is Veda Saaram .

(Meaning ): Oh srEshta Kavis known 
for your eulogy of the Lord ! May you
all eulogize Him as you know Him as 
the essence of the VedAs (as VedAs
salute Him ) ! May you all praise 
Him ealaborately as comprehended by you 
from your enjoyment of His leelAs 
associated with His sacred avathArams !
O wise ones! Please perform sankIrthanam 
of Sriman NaarAyaNan's names only , 
who confers all auspiciousness .
OH VishNu SvarUpi GuruvAyUrappA !
May I attain the true svarUpa Jn~Anam
of Yours and grow my Bhakthi to You 
through sankIrthanam of Your divya Naamams .

After hearing this prayer , Lord GuruvAyUrappan
nodded His head and assured Sri NaarAyaNa 
Bhattadhiri that he will be so blessed .

NaarAyaNa , NaarAyaNa , NaarAyaNa !
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan