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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Sep 07 1996 - 05:00:15 PDT
Dear Members of the Prapatthi group: Thanks to Sri Mani , we are once again connected . I am forwarding a translation and commentary on Swami Desikan's Gopala Vimsathi in connection with the celebration of Sri Jayanthi/Janmashtami ( September 5). Sri M.Rangaswamy 's excellent posting stimulated me to undertake this plesant task. The first three parts of the translation were prepared before the Bhakthi list was reactivated. The mailing list here was generated from the addresses that I had.Some of you would get duplicate copies now. Please do not mind this . Thanks. Swami Desikan's birthday falls on Sep 23. I am planning to translate his master piece , Raghu Veera Gadhyam for the occasion . May the Divine Couple's blessings be with every member of this group as we start our efforts after a brief interval. V.Sadagopan ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: V. Sadagopan, 75041,3037 TO: MR, INTERNET:email@example.com CC: Ahobilam, INTERNET:MFPD@UTCVM.UTC.EDU BJ, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org gvr, INTERNET:email@example.com MGP, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org MS, INTERNET:email@example.com MV, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org NS, INTERNET:email@example.com RB, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org RG, INTERNET:email@example.com RM, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org RSu, INTERNET:email@example.com SI, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org srengarajan, INTERNET:email@example.com SShivu, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org TA, INTERNET:email@example.com V, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org VN, INTERNET:email@example.com VR, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org VT, INTERNET:email@example.com DATE: 9/5/96 10:20 PM RE: Copy of: Sri Gopala Vimsathi of Swami Desikan: Part 1 Dear Memebrs of the Prapatti Group : Today is the birthday of our Lord Krishna (Sri Jayanthi ). On this Simha SraavaNa month (AavaNi ), when Ashtami of Krishna Paksham is united with the constellation RohiNi , our Lord was born . Swami Desikan composed 20 verses in praise of him and prayed that he should be blessed with thoughts exclusively about HIM during his final moments (Anthima Smrithi ) on this earth. Swami composed these twenty verses , when he was overcome by the beauty of the Archa Murthy of Sri Rajagopalan in the Divya Desam at Thiruvahindrapuram . The Sanskrit name for twenty is Vimsathi and hence these twenty verses in praise of Sri Gopala is celebrated as Sri Gopala Vimsathi. For more than 700 years, these verses have been sung prior to Sri Vaishnava TadhiyAraadhanams ( Group partaking of food presented to the Lord earlier ) to seek the Lord's blessings and during the occasion of marriages to confer the blessings of the Lord on the bride and the bridegroom . Swami Desikan paints a word picture of the incomparable beauty of Sri Gopalan , describes the structure of His mantram and affectionately recalls the many mischievous deeds performed by Bala Gopalan in Gokulam and BrindhAvanam to the utter delight of the humans and the celestial beings. Sri Gopala Vimsathi must have been very dear to Swami Desikan as indicated by his inclusion of the twelfth verse of this stotram in his esoteric master piece known as Sankalpa Suryodhayam. There, he depicts Narada descending from heaven singing joyously the above verse during his journey to meet Purushan and initiate him into the Maha Mantram of the Lord . On this Krishna Jayanthi day, the Archa Murthy of Rajagopalan is taken in procession around the streets of Thiruvahindrapuram and Sri Gopala Vimsathi slokams of our Acharya is recited . May our thoughts be blessed with the delectable experience of Swami Desikan ! I salute Sri Vedantha Desikan prior to attempting to provide an English translation to these bhakthi-laden verses dedicated to Sri Rukmii Satyabhama Sametha Raja Venugopalan . Verse 1: Vandeh Brindhaavanacharam Vallavee Janavallabham I Jayanthisambhavam DhAma Vaijayanthee VibhushaNam II I salute that divine effulgence named Gopala , who was born on this Sri Jayanthi day and roamed in the forests of Brindhaavanam wearing the unfading garland made of wild flowers of the forest known as Vaijayanthi MaalA . This garland was his charactrestric decoration. He enchanted the Gopis of Brindhavanam . I salute this illustrious Jyothi . Verse 2 : Vaacham NujAnkarasikAm PrasameekshaMaaNa: VakthrAravidha Vinivesitha Paanchajanya : I VarNatrikoNaruchireh Vara PuNdareekeh Bhaddhaasano Jayathi Vallava Chakravarthee II The Lord of the cowherds, Sri Gopala is seated on a Yantra in the shape of a eight-petalled lotus . Inside that Yantra is yet another yantra in the shape of a triangle.Gopala Upasakas seat him at the center of this inner triangle and enjoy His illustrious beauty . On His lap , they find Saraswathi , the Goddess of learning. He blesses Her with His auspicious glances . He has on His lotus lips the conch known as Panchajanyam , whose sound is that of the holy Pranavam symbolizing the essence of the Vedas.( His devotees meditate on Him in this manner and recieve His blessings ).