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[SriParakalaMatham] Sri DEvarAja Panchakam of DhoddyaachArya (MahAchAryA): Part III

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sat Nov 24 2001 - 05:03:24 PST

Dear Sri VaradarAja BhakthAs:

In the third slOkam , DoddhAchAryar celebrates 
the vaibhavam of the Lord's sacred Thiruvadis
that are held with affection by Garudan in
his extended palms:

yath Veda MouLi gana vEdhyam avEdhyam anyai:
  yath Brahma-Rudra-Sura Naayaka mouLi vandhyam
Tath PadmanAbha padha padhmam idham manushyai:
  sEvyam bhavathbhi: ithi darsayathIva Taarkshya:

(Meaning): The glories of Lord VaradarAjan's sacred
feet could be explained adequately only by the assembly 
of Upanishads, which serve as the head of the VedAs. 
If that were to be so, it is no wonder that their
mahimai could not be fathomed by those darsanams , 
which do not accept Vedaas as PramANams. Those holy
feet are worshipped by Brahmaa, Rudran and Indran 
as those belonging to their Master. Those lotus feet are
associated with the BhagavAn , who has a lotus growing
out of His navel to house His son BrahmA. GarudAzhwAn 
holds these glorious feet in his palms and shows 
the world that these feet are sacred and fit to be
worshipped by humans during PeraruLALan's Garuda
SEvai uthsavam.

Additional Comments (V.S): Swamy KurEsar in the very 
first slOkam of Sri VaradharAja Sthavam refers to 
the efforts of Upanishads to comprehend and describe 
the glories of the Lord's tatthvams:

NissamAbhyadhikam abhyadhattha yam 
DEvam oupanishidhI SarasvathI

Here , KurEsar points out that the Upanishads 
described this matchless Lord (VaradharAjan ) 
as having no equal or superior. The Upanishads
acknowledged the general priniciple that there is
no one equal or greater than Him , but could not
go beyond that .

In the 59th slOkam of Sri VaradharAja Sathakam ,
KurEsar asks a question of the Lord of Kaanchi:

Oh Lord ! Your ThiruvadigaL are blossoming in the heart
lotuses of Bhakthi Yoga nishtars . At Sri Vaikuntam ,
they are resting on the aadhara padhmam. The same Thiruvadis
are adorning the head of the VedAs ,(viz)., Upanishads.
They are staying as gems on Swamy NammAzhwAr's siras. 
They  are also having as their home ,the peak of 
Hasthi Giri and shine there. Oh VaradhA ! Which of these 
five places are of the greatest joy for You as
residences ? 

Here KurEsar begins to describe some of the glories
of the sacred feet of the Lord of Kaanchi and where they 
are found.. 

The second paadham of DoddhAchArya Desikan echos
the thoughts of Swamy VedAntha Desikan's 13th slOkma
of Sri VaradarAja PanchAsath:

HasthIsa! " aasAthipEshu Giriseshu chathur mukhEshvapi
            avyAhathA vidhi nishEdha mayI TavAj~nA "

Oh Lord of Hasthi Giri! Your commands to the dhig-PaalakAs,
Rudran , BrahmA on what to do and what not to do are
meticulously followed by them since they implicitly 
accept You as their Supreme master. 

DoddhAchAryaa's salutation to the Lord of Hasthigiri
as the Supreme Master of  Brahma-Rudra-Indra takes
this form: "Yath Brahma-Rudra-Sura Naayaka mouLi vandhyam".
DoddhAchArya MahA Desikan points out that the sacred feet 
of the Lord are on the heads of BrahmA , Rudran and Indran
as objects of worship .

Sri VaradharAja ParabrahmaNE Nama:
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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