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[sv-poetry] Re JitantA Stotram (part 4)

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Mon Apr 15 2002 - 05:47:30 PDT

Dear BhakthAs:

Dr. M.N.Ramunuja is doing outstanding kaimkaryam 
in translating and commenting on the profound
sthOthram of JitantA . It is appearing in 
Oppiliappan and Venugopal Lists .His insights and
quotation of pramANaams are most enjoyable.

I have always been interested in this extraordinary
sthOthrams quoted by our AchAryAs.

I wanted to bring it to your attention.

V.Sadagopan  

Dear Bhagavatas,
We will continue with the fourth and concluding  part of the First JitantA 
stotram. 

                            srimate ramanujaya nama:
                            vandE guruparamparAm


                           sri pAncharAtrE jitantA stotrE
                                prathamajitantA (part 4)


16*     yachchAparAdham  kritavAn  ajnAnAt purushottama
        tatsarvam kShamyatAm dEva  nArAyaNa namOstu tE.


	Hey Purushottama, dEva, Narayana,   whatever offence I have 
committed, by virtue of my ignorance, or  unawares or unconsciously, I 
request You to bear with all that. Let my obeisances be to You.


Notes:

    In Saranagati Gadyam Ramanuja prays *manO vAkkAyai: anAdi kAla 
pravritta ananta akritya karaNa kritya akaraNa* to bear with all types of 
offences past present and future against God and bhAgavatas and some  
intolerable offences.  In Sri Venkatesa stotram  *ajnAninA mayA doshAn 
aseShAn vihitAn hare. kshamasva tvam kshamasva tvam sesha saila 
shikhAmaNe*. 


17*     sOham tE dEva dEvEsha nArchanAdau stutau na cha. 

        sAmarthyavAn kripA mAtra manOvritti:  prasIda  mE.


	I for one, oh ruler of the lords of lords, have the capacity 
neither to worship etc., nor to extoll you by prayers. My only moral 
strength is Your mercy. Please turn favourable to me.


Notes: 

     Sri Kureshar said *tvat kIrtana stuti namaskriti vedaneshu shraddhA 
na bhaktirapi shakti: athO nachechchA. naivAnutApamati: EshvakriteShu 
kintu bhUyAnahO parikara: pratikUlapakShe* where  he said that there is no 
sincerity nor bhakti nor shakti nor desire to devote to You and on top of 
that there is no repentance on not devoting to You and there is an army of 
obstacles preventing from devotion to You. 



18*     ahankArArtha kAmEShu  prItiradyaiva  nashyatu 

        tvAm prapannasya mE dEva vardhatAm shrImati  tvayi.


 	Let my self-conceit and love for wealth and desires be eradicated 
today itself. But, by virtue of my having surrendered to You, oh Lord, let 
my love for You together with Your consort, Shri, grow strong.  


Notes: 

       In SriVishnupurana of Parasara bhagavan,  Prahlada said *yA prIti: 
avivekAnAm  viShayeshvanapAyinI. tvAm anusmarata: sA mE hridayAt 
mApasarpatu* meaning, what unabated love, the indiscrete people have for 
material objects of senses,  let that love, in my case,  for incessantly 
thinking of You, never leave my heart.  


19*     kvAham atyanta durbuddhi:: kva chAtma hitavIkShaNam

        yaddhitam mama dEvEsha  tadAjnApaya  mAdhava.


	Where am I with my absolutely wicked intellect and where is the 
self-supervision of my spiritual welfare ? Oh lord of lords, Madhava, 
command me with what is beneficial to me. 


Notes: KoushItaki Brahmana says* na sAdhunA karmaNA bhUyAn nO Eva asAdhunA 
karmaNA kanIyAn . ESha hi Evainam sAdhu karma kArayati tam yamEbhyo 
lokebhya: unninIShate. ESha u Evainam asAdhu karma kArayati tam yamadho 
ninIShate* one is not greater by pious deeds nor lower by impious deeds. 
The God makes him do virtuous deeds whom He plans to uplift from these 
worlds, The God makes him do dark deeds whom He wishes to push down under.

                       Duryodhana says *jAnAmi dharmam nacha me 
pravritti:, jAnAmyadharmam na cha me nivritti:, kEnApi devena hridi 
sthitena  yathA pradishTosmi tathA karomi* I know the right but have no 
urge to do it, I know the wrong but I cannot desist from it. I do as I am 
guided by some god in my heart. 

                    Krishna says in BhagavadGeeta *teShAm satata yuktAnAm 
bhajatAm prIti pUrvakam. dadAmi buddhi yogam tam yena mAm upayAnti tE* To 
them who affectionately pray to me, I give the right mental skill by which 
they will attain Me. 

              Erumbiappa in his devotional Varavaramuni satakam, uses the 
same words *kvAham kshudra: kulishahridaya: durmati: kvAtma chintA. 
trayyantAnAm asulabhataram tatparam kvAtmatatvam. ittham bhUtE 
varavaramunE yatpuna: svAtma tatvam, draShTum tattatsamaya sadrisham dehi 
me buddhiyOgam.* Where am I, a mean fellow with hard heart and wicked 
mind,  where is contemplation on the paramatma.  And where is that 
Paramatma which is not understood by vedanta also. Such being the case, oh 
Varavaramuni, please give the right mental skill by which i can see and 
understand Yourself. 

      

20*      upachArApadEshEna  kritAn aharahar mayA
         apachArAnimAn sarvAn  kShamasva purushOttama..


	Under the intention of  doing the various upachAras (worship 
procedures) during Your worship everyday, I have committed  numerous 
apachAras (offences and faults of omissions and commissions) to You. Oh 
Purushottama, please  tolerate  all of these and bear with me.   

     

Notes:  What I take for granted as shOdashOpacharas in Your worship are 
actually fraught with so many apacharas as seen from *mantrahInam  
kriyAhInam bhakti hInam tava prabhO, vihitam yanmayA deva paripUrnam 
tadastu tE.* my worship consists of some defective mantras some 
inappropriate kriyas and false bhakti. Oh Lord , let that worship be 
accepted as complete by Your grace. Sri Parasara Bhattar said *AstAm tE 
guna rAshivad  gunaparIvAhAtmanAm janmanAm, sankhyA bhowma nikEtanEShvapi 
kutI kunjEShu rangEshvara, archya: sarvasahiShNu: archaka parAdhInA 
akhilAtma sthiti: prINIShE hridayAlubhi: tava tata: shIlAt jadIbhUyate* 
RangEshvara, even though You have taken as many incarnations as You have 
kalyanagunas in so many places, You have incarnated as Idol (archAvatAra) 
in which You have totally subordinated Yourself and Your requirements to 
the whims and fancies of the archaka or worshipper. You totally get 
propitiated with what little defective worshipful insult he does to you 
out of Your great character. I am awestruck by You. Cf * tamarukandadu 
evvuruvam avvuruvam tAnE.......pirandavArum valarndavArum.....ettiram 
uralinOdu...* etc. 




                         iti prathama JitantA sampUrNA
                            (End of First JitantA)


	                 				contd..




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