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Sri HayagrIva Sthothram: Part XIX--SlOkam 10:Section 1

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 02:53:20 PDT

SrimathE RaamAnujAya nama:

Dear BhakthAs:

In the 8th and the 9th slOkams , Swamy Desikan
referred to the paramOpakAram of Sri HayagrIvan
to His son (Brahman ) and grandson (Deva PurOhithar,
Bruhaspathi). The Brahmanaspathi's help to Bruhaspathi
was covered in the 9th slOkam . 

In the 10th slOkam deals with the special occasions , 
where Lord HayagrIvan accepts the Havis in a Yaj~nam 
directly and then distributes them to the DevAs . 
Normally , when the YajamAnan cals the name of 
the DevAs to receive their share of Havis , 
they stretch their hands and receive them 
directly .In most of the times , Agni Devan 
serves as an intermediary in the delivery
of the offerd Havis in Yaj~nams and Yaagams. 

An example of a special case , where the Lord 
Himself received the Havis directly is 
the AsvamEdha Yaagam of Brahma Devan 
performed on top of Hasthi Giri.
There , Lord HayagrIvan in the form Of 
VaradarAjan appeared in the middle of the towering
agni jwAlais of the Yaaga KuNtam in PuNyakOti
VimAnam and received the Havis directly and 
made Brahma Devan very happy and fulfilled.
The assembled DevAs stretched their hands 
as their names were called , but the havis 
"eluded" their outstretched hands.The Lord 
accepted the sacred offering and the DevAs were 
told by Brahma that he was performing a special
Yagnam with a specific motive as explained in
the dhivya sookthis of Swamy Desikan such as
Sri VaradarAja PanchAsath (SlOkam 8), 
Hasthigiri MahAthmyam and in BrahmANda PurANam 
( Satya Vratha KshEthra Vaibhavam). 

As revealed by BhishmA in Sri VishNu Sahasra Naamam,
Our Lord is to be worshipped as:

BhUrbhuva: svastharu: thAra: SavithA PrapithAmaha:
Yaj~nO Yaj~pathir YajvA Yaj~ngO Yaj~na Vaahana: (104)

Yaj~na Bhruth Yaj~nee Yaj~bhug Yaj~na saadhana:
Yaj~nthakruth Yaj~na Guhyam annnam annadhA yEva cha (105)

Eighteen Sri VishNu Sahasra NaamAs are assoicated 
with Yaj~nam , Havis , the YajamAnA of the Yaj~nam 
and His specific roles in Yaj~nam. He is the Taarakan,
who helps us as a boat to cross the ocean of
SamsAram . It is intersting that the name of
PithAmaha (Grand father Brahma Devan ) is included here ,
when the Lord's name is recited as PrapithAmahan
( The Great Grand Father , Sri HayagrIva Varadhan).
He is the Yaj~na pathi( the Presider over the Yaj~nam).
He is the Yajvaa ( performer of the sacrifice for 
those , who are unable to do the Yaj~nam). He does this 
at both dawn and dusk on behalf of those , who are
unable to perform these Yaj~nams.This is His Vratham .
He is the Yaj~na Bhruth ( the concluder of the Yaj~nam)
through the ritual of PoorNAhUthi. He the Seshi
of Sarva Yaj~nams including that of Brahma Devan 
on top of Hasthi Giri.Most importantly , He is
the enjoyer of the havis of all Yaj~nams ( Yaj~na
Bhuk).That is the secret of all the sacrifices
(Yaj~na Guhyam).He is the annam ( the object of
enjoyment) and annAdha ( the enjoyer of those
who enjoy Him through the performance of the Yaj~nAs.
As declared by Him in His GithOpanishad, He is 
the enjoyer of the Yaj~nam as well as the Lord
of that Yaj~nam ( ahamhi Sarva yaj~nAnAm 
BhOkthA cha PrabhurEva Cha). He is the antharyAmi 
of all the DevAs and receives the Havis(oblations).

The tenth slOkam of Sri HayagrIva sthOthram 
is about these profound tatthvams and adiyEn
will cover them in the next posting.

Sri MahA Asva SirasE nama:
Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam 
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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