Swami Desikan’s Abhidistavam: Sloka-15


25 November 2021, Plava varusha, Karthikai -09, Thursday ;



 Thiruvaranga PrabhO! During Your avathAram as Lord Raamachandra, You declared before the world that you will grant abhaya pradhAnam to anyone, who surrendered to You even once and sought Your rakshaNam; You also stated publicly that You will not go back on any promise made by You. These two statements are well known to the people of the world. VibhishaNan, Sugreevan and others who have benefited from seeking you as their SaraNAgatha Rakshakan know that you will fulfill the promise that you made at any cost. When the situation is like that, how can your compassion become fruitless in the case of adiyEn, who is the first among the helpless? Your vow to protect the helpless one seeking Your protection can not become defunct. You must therefore come to adiyEn’s rescue and chase away my fears.


Swamy Desikan introduces himself here as “KrupaNa Saarvabhouman”. KrupaNan means impoverished or destitute or Kaimuthal aRRavan. Akinchanathvam and ananyagathithvam are two requirements for the successful performance of SaraNagathy at the sacred feet of the Lord and to gain His favorable response. Swamy Desikan reminds us of three things here that the Lord Himself has stated in public (Sva ukthitha:)

 1. Aham sakruth prapadhana sprusAm abhaya dhAna vrathee (I have taken the vow to provide freedom form fear for those, who sought My help even Once).

2. Dhvi na abhibhAshathy (I do not speak twice about my promise).

3. Aham YathOkthakaari (Sonna VaNNam seyyum PerumAL).

When these are standing statements from You, how can they fail in my case, which is the most deserving one asks Swamy Desikan.

In this slOkam, Swamy Desikan prays movingly to the Lord: Oh Lord of Srirangam! You announced to the world that You are an unfailing protector of KrupaNa janthus like me. I have the distinction of being KrupaNa Saaravabhouman (Most indigent) You can not exclude me from Your protection. Your promise can not become untrue in my case.

Courtesy: Oppiliappan Koil Sri .V. Sadagopachariar

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