Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sri Vedanta Desika Chalisa

Dr. Veena Arora, a Punjabi lady, who has done her Ph.D. on Swami Desikan's "Thathva Muktha kalapam" has also written a Chalisa, ahymn written in 40 stanzas, on Swami Desika out of her Bhakthi to the Greatest Acharyan . Sri Narasimman swami of Vaduvoor, now at Haryana, has recently brought this chalisa to light by a post in the Yahoo groups. Since it was in Hindi, adiyen made a request to translate it into English and Tamil, so that a vast majority of Desika Devotees can enjoy it. Sri Narasimman swami ,instantly started a blog for this at http://singamanithinkso.blogspot.com and has begun translating stanza by stanza.




In the meanwhile, Dr. Sri Sundararajan swami of Trichy, who occasionally writes to Yahoo groups ,whose command over English will admire every reader, has translated the entire Chalisa and surprised us. adiyen sincerely thank him for this great upakaram.



The "Sri Vedanta Desika Chalisa" in Hindi (original) can be read here



http://picasaweb.google.com/singamani/SrimatVedantaDesikanChalisaInDEVNAGRIScripts?feat=email#



And Dr.Sundararajan Swamin's translation is reproduced below. And it is another surprise that Dr. swamin is a leading physician and Ortho specialist .It is our bhagyam that he spares some time for samprathaya kainkaryams.



Sri Vedanta Desika Chalisa written by researcher (Dr. Veena Arora)



Meditating by stationing in my mind the lotus feet of Ramanuja

I sing about the flawless qualities of the eminent preceptor Vedanta Desika



Hail to Vedanta Desika the ocean of qualities

Hail to the lord of ascetics, emancipator of the whole world .1.



Vedanta Desika, is the host of immeasurable skills

He grants discrimination and removes malefic thoughts .2.



Hail to the incarnation of Venkatesha's bell

Ramanuja's unique officer .3.



The primal worshipper of Vaishnava faith

The unconquerable sentry of Visistadvaita .4.



Son of Ananthasuri full of piety

and mother Tottaramba benevolent .5.



Descendant of the pious clan of Atreya

Extolled by the world for the great austerity of devotion .6.



Went daily to the sacred place of Venkatesha

Acquired the auspicious name Venkatanatha .7.



Of perfect form and body of incomparable charm

Fair hued and faultless moon's desire .8.



Gazing on the figure of the five year old boy

Varada Guru(Nadadur Ammal) felt extremely happy .9.



He spoke words timely and well thoughtout

This lad will be the representative of Yatiraja(Ramanuja) .10.



Atreya Ramanuja(Appullar) got a disciple most holy

All the Veda sciptures were taught by heart . 11.



Seeing the learning, energy and strength of mind

He was made to sit on Yatiraja's chair .12.



To meditate he went to Thiru Ahindrapura

Where the fruits of Garuda mantra were achieved .13.



He was granted the vision of Hayagriva

He was filled with knowledge and austerity .14.



Thirty times he imparted SriBashya

Got the title of Vedanta Desika .15.



He wrote profound works and increased logic

He was called lion among poets and logicians .16.



In SriRangam the meaning of scriptures were highlighted

and all other doctrines were defeated .17.



Ranganatha pronounced the auspicious words

My dear one you are "sarvatantrasvatantra" .18.



With knowledge like an agent of Vishnu

Thou shalt be called Vedantacharya .19.



Preceptor of the twin streams my Lord

sincere by nature and loving to followers.20.



Peerless form of austerity and renunciation

The brilliant sun of virtuousness and knowledge .21.



With ornaments of learning, humility and courtesy

He destroyed all impurity with the strength of austerity .22.



Among Vaishnava preceptors he is

like the sun in the sphere of the sky .23.



He created works hundred and thirty

Superhuman actions he did do .24.



Nyayaparisuddhi, Nyaya siddhanjana

Compositions like gems, enjoyed by the learned .25.



The unique work Satha Dushani

Ornament like Tattvamuktakalapa .26.



The much like ballad Yadavabyudaya

The enchanting song Hamsa Sandesa .27.



The handsome drama Sankalpa Suryodaya

Subhashitha Nivi that teaches ethics .28.



The all purifying Yatiraja Sapthathi

The most delightful Dayasathaka .29.



Raghuveera Gadya, Paaduka Sahasra

Githartha Sangraha, Hayagriva stotra .30.



Tattva Tika, Tatparya Chandrika

Seshvara Mimamsa, Mimamsa paduka .31.



Garuda Panchasath, Achyuta Sathaka

Nyasa Vimsathi, Nyasa Tilaka .32.



All these works are gems and most purifying

Vedanta Desika's fame they made wide spread .33.



The handsome image of Vedanta Desika

Desires of one's mind it fulfills .34.



With shoulders branded with Conch and Discus

top knot, thread and upright insignia .35.



He took birth in the land of Bharata

He destroyed and dispersed the impostors .36.



Very clever and with the strength of learning and asceticism

Always ready to do service to Vishnu .37.



Destroyed charlatans in the role of a saint

Nurtured Hari's service through logic and scriptures .38.



He came and made Visistadvaita prosper

and pleased immensely the mind of SriVishnu .39.



Vedanta Desika removes all difficulties

for one who meditates on him by mind, deed and spech .40.



In one who worships Vedanta Desika

Proper learning and devotion developes .41.



The fame of Vedanta Desika is immeasurable and cannot be spanned by the poet

Vaishnavi "Veena" is singing his qualities using her weak intellect