Rayaru’s glory in a simple stotra

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Rayaru’s glory in a simple stotra

poojyaaya raaghavendraaya satya-dharma-rataaya cha
bhajataam kalpavrikshaaya namataam kaamadhenave

A very popular stotra as this is, is a simple expression that presents the nature of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji.

stotra, is a prayer in its near equivalence in English. However, the word carries more than what the English equivalent can ever think of. A stotra can be in any of the two forms – 

  • a request for something (praarthana roopa) or
  • a recital of the glory (stuti roopa)

The above verse has been intelligently formed to make it a recital of the glory of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji while implicitly seeking every kind of benefit from him. How is it? Let us see – 

This verse describes Sri Rayaru as:

  • poojya – The revered one
  • satya-dharma-rata – One who is deeply engaged in satya and dharma – A straight forward person with no gap between what he thinks, what he speaks and what he does, one who speaks only the truth, one who is engaged in satya – God Naaraayana (we all know that satya is one of the names of naaraayana), one who sticks to dharma – the religious dicta, one who finds being in satya’s (naaraayana’s) service as his dharma and so on (there are many such interpretations – Let me limit myself for the sake of brevity)
  • kalpavriksha – A tree that bears the fruits of every kind, be it in the form of a job for the unemployed, a spouse for the unmarried, health for the sick, child for the childless, money for the poor etc.
  • kaamadhenu – He is the divine cow that provides milk in the form of anything that is desired.

The two qualities of being a kalpavriksha and kaamadhenu appear to be highlighting the same quality of him being generous in granting the wishes – whatever be the same. There is a subtle difference. In the case of kalpavriksha, it is a tree, the one which does not reach out to anybody but blesses those who approach it – Sri Rayaru is like a tree blessing those who visit his places and pray him. On the contrary kaamadhenu being a cow is mobile. It reaches out to whoever calls it from a distance and showers the benefits. We have heard several instances of people getting blessed by Sri Rayaru when they remember him from wherever they are. 

Another significant role of Sri Rayaru being kaamadhenu is, he provides milk – the nectar in the form of pure unadulterated knowledge. Just have a look at his books – a variety of them in abundance and you will understand how they stand out in milking the knowledge.

The prayer part of this verse is not expressly available. But it is hidden in the word “bhajataam” – “to those who serve”. He is kaamadhenu and kalpavriksha to those who serve him. When we recite this stotra, which in itself is a form of his service, we impliedly seek the desired benefits.

Let us make an attempt to recollect the above meaning of the verse whenever and every time we recite it. Let us be blessed by Sri Raghavendra Swamiji.

Ravindranath Kadlabal
Ravindranath Kadlabal
Ravindranath is an ardent devotee of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. He retired as an Assistant General Manager of a Public Sector Bank. He has studied Sri Madhwa philosophy under noted Madhwa scholar, completed Sri Nyaaya Sudha and is pursuing higher studies. He also conducts shaastra paatha daily.

1 Comment

  1. Dayasagar Joshi says:

    In simple terms what I believe is GuruRaghavendra as a tatasthu devta.bless everyone like kalpruksha which gives shelter to everyone .

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