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Challenge 3.22: "LISTEN TO WHAT THE WORLD SAYS ABOUT YOU!"

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Date: Tue Nov 02 1999 - 07:06:08 PST

SwAmi VEdAnta DEsika's "NaichyAnusanthAnam" and 
"SAtvika AhamkAram "
(As gleaned from his StOtras.) - 
Part 3 - SWAMI CHALLENGES!
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Dear Bhagavatas
Kindly refer to "Part 3 - SWAMI CHALLENGES! An Introductory Note" - 
posted on 10th October 99. I am leaving out this to avoid repetition. 
You may read that to appreciate this posting in the proper perspective. 
Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy
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A CORRECTION TO Challenge 3.20:. "SAVE YOURSELF FROM IGNOMINY!"
The word "SAVE" was wrongly typed as "SACE".  Please have it corrected. 
Thanks.
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Challenge 3.22: "LISTEN TO WHAT THE WORLD SAYS ABOUT YOU!"
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SwAmi - dayA jala nidhir madhurah kshamAvAn
SeelAdhikah sritha vatsalah suchir athyudhArah /
EthAni hAthum anaghO na kila arhasi tvam
VikhyAthimanthi birudhAni mayA sahaiva //
(Sri SaraNAgathi Deepikai SlOkam 52)

Meaning

Did you hear the "talk of the town"?

The whole world is praising you saying-

 You are the "SwAmi"  -  the Lord, the Owner, the Master (SwAmi)
 You are the Ocean of mercy (DayA jala nidhi)
 You are the sweetest person with the most enjoyable qualities (madhurah)
 You ignore the faults of your devotees with unequalled clemency (kshamAvAn)
 Your "Soulabhyam" and "Souseelyam" are such that you condescend to mix 
freely  with the lowliest of the lowly (SeelAdhikah)
 You have unsurpassed affection and love to your devotees
 You are so pure at heart that you do shower your favors without expecting 
any     recompense (nirhetukam)- (vatsalah)
 You always feel that you have not granted enough even after unstintingly 
fulfilling all  the desires of your devotees with your blessings (athyudhArah)
 You are absolutely blemishless (anaghah)

If you forsake me now, you will forfeit not only me,  but inevitably also all 
these titles (birudhAni)

If you care to save these titles for yourself, take care to bless me with 
your grace.

Therefore, beware!. If you forsake me, all these titles will forsake you and 
follow me!"

Comment

SwAmi in StOtra bAshyam quotes "VishNu Tattvam" SlOKam thus-
"svatvam Aathmani samjAtham swAmitvam brahmaNi sthiotham
ubhayOrEsha sambandhO na parObhimathO mama /
sva jeevEchchA yadhi thE sva sathyam spruhA yadhi
AathmA dAsyam harEh: swAmyam swabhAvam cha sadhA smara //

Meaning-
"This universe of sentient beings and non-sentient things are your 
possessions. 
It is the duty of the owner of property to protect his property"

madhurah: cf AnDAl's "manathukku iniyAnai"

athyudhArah: cf "vENDitrellAm tharum vaLLal maNivaNNan koLLak kuraivilan" etc.
One who gives without expecting anything in return.
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Note 
Explanation of other epithets not given lest the comment should become too 
lengthy.
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To Continue: Challenge 3.23: "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID BEFORE!"
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