Swami Desikan’s Ashtabhujashtakam : Sloka-2


05 November 2021, Plava varusha, Aippasi-19, Friday;

Here, Swami Desikan points out the need for us to realize our always being His
dependent, and recognize our lack of independence from Him. As we may recall, this
is one of the angas of prapatti — KArpaNyam. When we observe the angas of prapatti,
Bhagavan gives us the desire to seek His feet single-mindedly as the next step in
attaining Him.
The Key words in this slOkam are: “ThvayA yEva idhAneem satthAm upalambhitha:
asmi”. Swamy addresses the Lord as the Lord of Ashta bhuja dhivya dEsam
(AshtabhujAspadhan). adiyEn is devoid of any independence (asvatanthran,
anAthma tantran), and the servant to You alone (thvadhEka Sesha:). I am almost like
a nonexistent object because of my lack of satthA (asath sama api). As these matters
weigh me down, You have the sanklapam to make me seek Your charanAravindhams
(asath sama api thvath paadha lipsAm disathy). That has resulted in adiyEn having
an existence now to perform surrender at Your lotus feet (ThvayA yEva satthAm
upalambhitha: asmi).

Courtesy: Oppiliappan koil Sri. V. Sadagopachariar

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