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Sri Hayagriva SthOthram : Part XIV-> SlOkam 5

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sun Sep 17 2000 - 05:19:44 PDT

Sri Hayavadhana ParabrahmaNE nama:
Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam 

Dear Sri HayagrIva BhakthAs :

In the previous posting , adiyEn indicated that
the sthuthi of Lord HayagrIvan starts from this
Fifth SlOkam. Here, Swamy Desikan proclaims his
Prapatthi to that "VaaghIsAkhyA VAASUDEVASYA MURTHY:".

The Fifth slOkam housing the SaraNAgathi of Swamy Desikna
is as follws:

Visuddha Vig~yAna ghana SvarUpam 
 vig~yAna visrANana Bhaddha dhIksahm I
DayAnidhim dehabruthAm SaraNyam 
 Devam HayagrIvam-aham prapadhyE II

(Meaning): AdiyEn seeks refuge in Lord HayagrIvA,
whose divyAthma , Suddha Satthva SvarUpam is 
the embodiment of pure and unalloyed dhivya Jn~Anam .
As the overflowing treasure house of DayA , He has 
taken the sankalpam to bless the chEthanams with
His rejuveanting blessings of dhivya Jn~Anam that
will liberate them from the cycles of births and deaths.
To fulfill His vow to liberate them from the darkness of
ajn~Anam , He stands as their beacon light , their
sole and final refuge to bless them with dhivya Jn~Anam.
AdiyEn also desiring that divine and redeeming 
dhivya Jn~Anam perform prapatthi at His lotus feet .  

This prapatthi slOkam can be split in the following 
four ways patterned after a chathur vEda vanthanam format :

1. Visuddha Vij~nana ghana SvarUpam Devam HayagrIvam
   aham prapadhyE .

2. Vij~nana VisRANana Bhaddha DhIksham Devam HayagrIvam
   aham prapadhyE .

3. DayAnidhim Devam HayagrIvam aham prapadhyE .

4. dEha BruthAm SARANYAM Devam HayagrIvam aham prapadhyE .

The refrain of " Devam HayagrIvam aham prapadhyE " is 
like a ChathurvEda Vandhanam to the Lord of Supreme 
divine Knowledge .These salutations are steeped deeply 
in Upanishadic teachings . 

For instance in Sri HayagrIvOpanishad , Sage NaradhA 
approaches his father , BrahmA Devan and asks the question 
requesting guidance to realize divine Jn~Anam :

" Oh Bhagavan (revered One)! Oh son of BhagavAn ! 
Please perform upadEsam for me that Brahma Vidhyai, 
which will quickly erase all sins , confer Brahma Jn~Anam 
and make adiyEn the posssessor of the richest of all riches ! 
( adhIhi Bhagavan ! Brahma-VidhyAm varishtAm 
yayAchirAth  Sarva Paapam vyapOhya , Brahma VidhyAm 
labdhvA , IsvaryavAn Bhavathi )

Lord BrahmA , the Master of the Four VedAs and their 
inner meanings as taught to him by Lord HayagrIvan
Himself earlier responded to his son's request :

BrahmOvAcha:" HayagrIva DhaivathyAn manthrAn yO Veda
sa Sruthi-Smruthi -ithihAsa -PurANAni veda sa 
sarvaisvaryavAn bhavathi ta yEthE manthrA: "
(Lord BrahmA said: Oh my Son ! Those who know 
the Four Manthrams that have Lord HayagrIvan as Devathai,
would fully comprehend the inner meanings of Sruthi ,
Smruthi , IthihAsams and PurANams and would become 
the possessor of sarva Isvaryam and these four 
ManthrAs have Lord HayagrIvan as their protecting 
Supreme Lord/Para-dEvathai )".

The Chathur-Mukha BrahmA then initiated NaradhA
with the Sri HayagrIva manthrams , which have all
in common the Brahma-Adhri-Soorya- BharghavA as
the Rishis , Gayathri-anushtup-Thrishtup as Chandas,
Sri HayagrIva ParamAthmA as Devathi , llhoum as 
BheejAksharam , sOham as sakthi , lhUm as the keelakam ,
BhOga-Moksham as ViniyOgam , akAra-ukAra-makAra
as kara and anga nyAsams . 

The blessings invoked by the double "SvAhA-SvAhA "
namaskAram in the Sri HayagrIva manthrams is : 
" mahyam mEdhAm praj~nAm prayaccha". MedhA and
Prj~nA arw two poweful words with deep Vedic 
Connotations. Swamy Desikan asked for the blessings of 
"MedhA and Prj~nA " from the DayAnidhi and peroformed 
prapatthi under the sacred feet of Lord HayagrIvan
at the OushadhAdri Hill of ThiruvahIndhrapuram .

After the Sri HayagrIva Manthra japam , the four 
Veda manthrams representing the four VedAs are
to be recited as instructed by Sri HayagrIvOpanishad :
 
1. YadhvAgvadhanthyanu chEthanAni rAshtrI dEvAnAm
   nishasAdha mandhrA ; chathasra oorjam dudhuhE 
   payAmsi kva svidhasyA: Paramam jagaama .

2. GourImimAya salilAni takshathi yEkapadhi dhvipadhI
   saa ChathushpadhI; akshtApadhI navapadhI BhabhushI
   sahasrAksharA paramE vyOman .

3. OhshtapidhAanA nakulI dhanthai: parivruthA pavi:,
   Sarvasyai vaacha IsAnA chAru maamiha vaadhayEth 
   ithi cha Vaagrasa:

4. Sa SarparIramathim vArdhamAnA Bruhan mimAya 
   jagadhagnidhatthA;AasUryasya dhurithA tanAna sravO 
   dhEvEshvamrutha majuryam .

Inview of brevity, the meanings of the veda manthrAs 
will not be covered.

Sri HayagrIvOpanishad states that the recitation of 
the Sri HayagrIva Manthram initiated by the AchAryan
would make one a MahA purushA and Brahma Vidhyai will
never leave from such UpAsakAs blessed by Sri HayagrIvan.

That was the paramAnugraham  Swamy Desikan received 
on that blessed dwan from Lord hayagrIvan on 
the OushadhAdhri Hill after being initated into 
the Parama Paavana Sri HayagrIva manthram by 
the Veda SvarUpi ,Garuda BhagavAn Himself .

We will conclude this first section of the posting on
the fifth slOkam of Sri HayagrIva sthOthram with 
Swamy Desikan's own visualization of Lord Garudan 
with the Veda Bhaagams as His Limbs . The third slOkam
of Sri Garuda panchAsath visualizing the Veda SvarUpam
of the Lord starts with the words " nEthram GaayathramUchE"
and has the following meaning :

In every limb of Garuda BhagavAn , the portions of
the VedAs are seen . SthOmam , the Saama Rk(Saaman)
is prsent as His dhivyAthma SvarUpam ; the Saaman revered 
as Gaayathram are His eyes; the Thruvriddh Saaman serves
as His head; Yajur vedams serve as His many names ,
the different metres (chandas) serve as His hands; 
the seats of rthviks known as dhishnyams are His hooves; 
the saaman known as VaamadEvyam becomes His body ; 
the Bruhadh and Rathanthra Saamans become His two wings ; 
Yaj~nAyaj~Iya Saaman becomes His puccham/tail).
VedAs themselves declare that these Veda Saamans 
are limbs of Lord GarudA . May that Lord free us 
from the bonds of our karmAs and show us the way 
to Moksham and free us from the afflictions of SamsAram .

NamO PakshirAjAya ,
Namo Sri HayagrIva Para BrahmaNE ! 

Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 
    


 
 

  
 



 
  


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