|| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama ||
The below article was 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.
Greatness of Sri Raghavendra Swami Stotra – Dr. B. Basker
Sri Raghavendra Swami stotra was sung by Sri Appannacharya who was in distress because of the floods in the Tungabadra and was also in anguish with pangs of the permanent separation from his master who was going to enter the brindavan. On reaching Manchale his fears came true and the saint had entered the brindavan. Hence, he could not proceed further after saying ‘vibhuthi rathula’ and was choked with tears. From inside the sacred tomb came the divine voice which he had so frequently heard saying ‘saakshi haya syotra hi’
This not only completed the incomplete stotra but also gave the indelible and unquestionable stamp of devataamsha of Sri Raghavendra Teertha. This is the reason why later on saintly scholars like Sri Dheerendra Teertha choose to comment on this great stotra. (The saints had the capacity to compose such stotras but preferred not to since it had greatly pleased the Mantralaya Mahaprabhu.) This stotra is a qotent mahamantra of which, if chanted properly and after understanding the meaning will definitely be a great wish yielding tree.
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Yours in service of Sri Harih,
Venkatesh Rajendra Rao