Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jeevothama
Sri Kanaka Dasaru
- Period: 1509 – 1609
- Mudrika(Name which appears in his songs): Kagineleyaadi Keshava
- Gyana Guru: Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha Mahaprabhu
- Famous writings: Nalacharitre, Haribhaktisara, Ramadhanyacharitre, Mohanatarangini and more than thousands of Dasarapadagalu
- Place: Lord Adikeshava Temple, Kaginele,Haveri Dist,Karantaka
- Parents: Sri Biregowda/ Sri Beechamma
- Contemporary Dasaru: Sri Purandara Dasaru
Sri Kanaka Dasaru:
Sri Kanaka Dasaru was one of the notable Haridasaru in the dvaita philosophy. Though he was a shephard by birth, was a scholar in both Saiva/Vaishnavism. Dasaru got gyana upadesha from Sri Vyasarja Tirtha Mahaprabhu. For attaining Gyana he proved Caste isnt reason and only Hari Vayu krupa leads one to moksha! Following the philosophy of Sri Madhva speeds one path to Moksha!
Dasaru was a shaivite in the earlier stage but later started following Vaishnavism with the philosophy of Shri Ramanuja. He was a great scholar before meeting Shri Vyasarajaru. However as soon as Dasaru met Sri Vyasaraja he started to learn the essence of Shri Madhva philosophy. He started realizing the importance of Taratamya concept.
Dasaru keerthanegalu shows his excellence at par with his unique style where none can do. One can see that his compositions reveal him as a scholar in Samskrita/Kannada, see the below lyrics where he questions Lord Shri Ranganatha on why he laid down in sleeping position,
aparimedha Bhaktharanu noda bekenthu malagidha bhavavu?
Hey Lord Shri Ranganatha, Is it because that you want to see all your beloved devotees you are in sleeping position?
nAlku yugadAvadhaali kaDege turagavanEri
sAkAgi daNidu nInnilli malagideyo
Because of creation/protection of all four Yugaas and because of that tiredness as result you are in sleeping position? Though Lord will never become tired but Dasaru in his own stlye composes this song on his divine bhakthi towards Lord
This shows Lord Shriman Narayana is the parabrahama who is superior and none can even know his auspicious qualities
In one of other songs
iMdenna jIvakke sakala saMpadavAyitu
muMdenna janma sAphalyavAyitu
taMde shrI kAginele AdikEshavarAya
baMdenna hRudayadali neleyAgi niMt
Dasaru never says his external body but says his Jeeva has got the divine grace of Lord Shri Narayana. He says he has got the aproksha gyana/bimba roopa dharshana of Lord Shri Hari. He also says all his future births in this samsara has been sacrificed as Lord stays in his hrudaya kamala forever. It refers that Dasaru attained Gyana/Bhakthi and detached his life from samsara.
Drudhabakiyali sisuvu bidade ninnanu Bajise
Sadagaradi kambadindodede narahariye
In one of is compositon Dasaru asks Lord Udupi Krishna to open the door and show his divine dharshan.(Bagilanu teredu seveyanu kodo hariye). There is rakashya behind this song and one has to study under able Guru to understand.
In this song he asks Lord to bless as he blessed when a small Child(Prahaldharu) with bhakthi prayed continuously, and as a result Lord appeared from the pillar and gave dharshan as Sri Narasimha.
There are many famous compostions by dasaru and some of them are Nammama sharade,Varava kodu enage vagdevi ninna,Baro krushnayya krushnayya,Itaniga vasudevanu,Satyavantara sangaviralu
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Dasarus compositions are simple, powerful and magentic. And today being the birth anniversary of dasaru let us pray him to bless all of us with Gyana/bhakthi and Vairagya
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Venkatesh Rajendra Rao