Guru Gunasthavana:4-6 slokas explained

The below article is written by my Guru Dr.B.Basker Rao, who is also called as Upanyasa Chakravarthy. My sincere thanks to him for presenting such a nice article on our Mantralaya Mahaprabhu on his auspicious Madhya aradhanae(8/8/2009).
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Guru Gunasthavana
-By Dr. B. Basker
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Namaskara to all Haribhaktaas.
In this article all of you are going to enjoy the Parimala gandha (fragrance) of the works of Sri Guru Saarvabhaumaru from this issue onwards in the form of the Guru Gunasthavan. As the very name implies it is an outstanding work which epitomises the greatness of Sri Rayaru. It is work that His Holiness had given His whole-hearted assent and how it happened is an enthralling experience which is as narrated below.
During the last days of Sri Raghavendra swami, Diwan Venkanna had carved out a Brindavana for His Holiness but the Master replied in the negative and reserved this for a great saint who was to come after him fifth in succession and was to take place next to His Holy premises at Mantralaya. This great saint was none other than Sri Vaadindra Teertharu, the author of this great work. When Sri Vaaadindra Teertharu read out the work before Sri Rayaru the whole Brindavana shook and flowers were strewn over all the devotees present there to witness this wonderful event. How blessed they were indeed? Till today after this incident the  Brindavan is slightly tilted (if one observes clearly) after blessing Sri Vadindraru.
This great work betrays the scholarliness of the saint who intersperses various metres and alamkaras to embellish this unrivalled Kavya. Throughout the work the Sragdha metre which is quite difficult to compose finds most of the place. This kavya highlights  he greatness of Sri Harih Vaayu Gurugalu and covers the greatness of Sri Vyasarayaru, Sri Vijayeendraru, Sri Sudeendraru and of course the hero of this poem Sri Raghavendra Saarvabhaumaru. Saints Dhirendraru and Vasudendraru who later adorned the  eetha have also written about this great work. I prostrate before them all before proceeding to say something about the work  with my fearfully inadequate knowledge of Madhwa shastra.
4th shloka
Udvela vyaasata tantra vyasavsitanikhilaabhijnahradyaanavidya
nantatrayyantabhaava prakanaghatanaa sarvatantre svatantre/
samvarnye mantravarnairanitaravishayasparshibhih paavamaane
roopelokaikadeepe prasaratuhyadayam maamakam madhvanaamni//
The
saint is not contended with bowing to mukhyapraana in the previous
shloka continues to pray the foremost preceptor of madhva tradition sri
madhvacharya with great reverence in this shloka.
Let my mind and heart reach and hover around the third avataara
of Sri Mukhya praanaa who had grasped all the prameyaas flawlessly and
also the upanishad vaakyaas and works of Sri Vedavyasa with special
reference to the Brahma Sutras, who always stressed upon the greatness
of Sri Vedavyaasa alone,whom the vedas (Balittha suktha etc) glory and
one who increases the gnaana in the intellect of the saativika souls.
(In the shloka, paavamaane means one who purifies ). The verse is again
in the sraghdara metre and the poet uses vrittaanupraasa alankaara
while using the words
sarvatantre,svatantre,samvarnye,etc.(alliteration).
5th shloka
vijyaanodarkatarka gratipadamdhurodaarasandarbhagarbha
proudaanekaprabandha prakatitha bhagavathpaadabhaashaadi bhaava/
mithyaavaadaapavaada prakupitavimatadhvaantasantaapabhaanu
jeeyaadanyairajayyah tribhuvanaviditaascharyacharyo jayaaryah//
In
this shloka teekachaaryaru is propitiated by the poet. May Shri
Teekaachaaryaru who is honoured for Nyaya Sudha and other wonderful
works which are of excellent verses and captivate the minds of the
scholars and bereft of unwanted jargon is replete with logic which
contains the essence of the Sutra Bhaashyaa of Srimadaachaaryaru and
the sarva moola and personification of jnaanaa and bhakthi ,who is like
bhaanu(resplendent sun) which removes the rows of darkness in the form
of mithyajnaanaa and the like and the saint who is unconquerable and
famous in all the three worlds, stand none to excel.
Sri Vyasaraaja tirtha has composed a song on Sri Jayatirtha on similar lines as follows:
Amita divjaavali kumudangalarisi vimatara mukha kamangala vaadisi………
Aarthi mandaara vedantha vichaaraa, samastha Sri Krishna Padaambuja lola.
The
words vimata dvaanta santaapa bhaanu is a example of roopakaalankaaraa.
Vaadopavvada,ascharyacharyo are examples of vritti anupraasa alankaaraa.
Shloka 6
Srimatpoornaprabodhaprakatithapadaveedhavibhedhaavidheemat
Senaabaaseeraseemaa samudithaviditaabaadayodhaadi netha |
maayaasiddhaanta deekshaavighatanaghatana sarvatantra svatantrah
sriraamavyaasadaaso vilasati vibhudeendraabhidah samyameendrah ||
The poet next eulogises the first pontiff of the matha, Sri Vibhudendra tirtha.
Let
Sri Vibhudendratirtha, the ardent disciple of the brilliant
srimadaachaaryaru and the foremost of the unbeatable warriors of the
batallion of the gods and pandits, who can establish the dvaita vedanta
without help from anyone and defeat the maayaavaadins and who
continuously worships Sri Veda Vyaasaru and Sri
MoolaRaamachandramurthi, shine effulgently. In this poem it is
highlighted that Sri Madhvacharya and Vibhudendra tirtha both have in
common the svabhava or nature of silencing others and hence is a
classic example of Svabhavokti Arthaalankaaraa.
By using the word vighatanaghatana the poet has used the
chekaanupraasaa alankaara. Sarvatantra svatantre is vritti anupraasa
alankaaraa.
–to be continued
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Sri Raghavendra Theertharu

The below article is written by my Guru Dr.B.Basker Rao, who is also called as Upanyasa Chakravarthy. My sincere thanks to him for presenting such a nice article on our Mantralaya Mahaprabhu.

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Guru Gunasthavana  -By Dr. B. Basker

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Namaskara to all Haribhaktaas.

Please read Sri Guru Gunasthavana slokas 1-3 from here :

https://dvaitavedanta.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/guru-gunasthavana-first-three-slokas-explained/

We can now see the 4-6 slokas with explanation.

4th shloka

Udvela vyaasata tantra vyasavsitanikhilaabhijnahradyaanavidya

nantatrayyantabhaava prakanaghatanaa sarvatantre svatantre/

samvarnye mantravarnairanitaravishayasparshibhih paavamaane

roopelokaikadeepe prasaratuhyadayam maamakam madhvanaamni//

The saint is not contended with bowing to mukhyapraana in the previous shloka continues to pray the foremost preceptor of madhva tradition sri madhvacharya with great reverence in this shloka.

Let my mind and heart reach and hover around the third avataara of Sri Mukhya praanaa who had grasped all the prameyaas flawlessly and also the upanishad vaakyaas and works of Sri Vedavyasa with special reference to the Brahma Sutras, who always stressed upon the greatness of Sri Vedavyaasa alone,whom the vedas (Balittha suktha etc) glory and one who increases the gnaana in the intellect of the saativika souls. (In the shloka, paavamaane means one who purifies ). The verse is again in the sraghdara metre and the poet uses vrittaanupraasa alankaara while using the words sarvatantre,svatantre,samvarnye,etc.(alliteration).

5th shloka

vijyaanodarkatarka gratipadamdhurodaarasandarbhagarbha

proudaanekaprabandha prakatitha bhagavathpaadabhaashaadi bhaava/

mithyaavaadaapavaada prakupitavimatadhvaantasantaapabhaanu

jeeyaadanyairajayyah tribhuvanaviditaascharyacharyo jayaaryah//

In this shloka teekachaaryaru is propitiated by the poet. May Shri Teekaachaaryaru who is honoured for Nyaya Sudha and other wonderful works which are of excellent verses and captivate the minds of the scholars and bereft of unwanted jargon is replete with logic which contains the essence of the Sutra Bhaashyaa of Srimadaachaaryaru and the sarva moola and personification of jnaanaa and bhakthi ,who is like bhaanu(resplendent sun) which removes the rows of darkness in the form of mithyajnaanaa and the like and the saint who is unconquerable and famous in all the three worlds, stand none to excel.

Sri Vyasaraaja tirtha has composed a song on Sri Jayatirtha on similar lines as follows:

Amita divjaavali kumudangalarisi vimatara mukha kamangala vaadisi………

Aarthi mandaara vedantha vichaaraa, samastha Sri Krishna Padaambuja lola.

The words vimata dvaanta santaapa bhaanu is a example of roopakaalankaaraa. Vaadopavvada,ascharyacharyo are examples of vritti anupraasa alankaaraa.

Shloka 6

Srimatpoornaprabodhaprakatithapadaveedhavibhedhaavidheemat

Senaabaaseeraseemaa samudithaviditaabaadayodhaadi netha |

maayaasiddhaanta deekshaavighatanaghatana sarvatantra svatantrah

sriraamavyaasadaaso vilasati vibhudeendraabhidah samyameendrah ||

The poet next eulogises the 11th pontiff of matha, Sri Vibhudendra tirtha. Let Sri Vibhudendratirtha, the ardent disciple of the brilliant srimadaachaaryaru and the foremost of the unbeatable warriors of the batallion of the gods and pandits, who can establish the dvaita vedanta without help from anyone and defeat the maayaavaadins and who continuously worships Sri Veda Vyaasaru and Sri MoolaRaamachandramurthi, shine effulgently.

In this poem it is highlighted that Sri Madhvacharya and Vibhudendra tirtha both have in common the svabhava or nature of silencing others and hence is a classic example of Svabhavokti Arthaalankaaraa. By using the word vighatanaghatana the poet has used the chekaanupraasaa alankaara. Sarvatantra svatantre is vritti anupraasa alankaaraa.

–to be continued

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In the service of Sri Harih,

Venkatesh Rajendra Rao.

5 thoughts on “Guru Gunasthavana:4-6 slokas explained

    • Thanks a lot for your appreciation Shri.Varun. All the credit goes to Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu and esp my parents, who made me to create this blog🙂

      hare Srinivasa

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