Friday, April 18, 2014

Raghuveera Gadyam Vedanta Desigar

Recital of Mahaveera Vaibhavam is a perfect medicine for relief from life's fears
Desigar's Gadyam showcases Rama's Valour and fearlessness
In 94Gadyams of delightful prose that is to be rendered in a fast paced style, Vedanta Desigar captures the essence of entire Ramayana specifically describing Lord Rama’s valour at different points of his life.  It is believed that reciting this Gadyam is equivalent to an entire Ramayana Parayanam.

Starting with the ease with which Rama broke the bow, as directed by Sage Vishwamitra, to bag Sita’s hand, Desigar takes one through the different phases  of Rama’s life where he, to uphold Dharma, displays his valour to protect people from evil forces.

பரத்வாஜ சாசன பரிக்ருஹீத விசித்ர
 சித்ரகூட கிரி கடக தடா ரம்யா வசத
He describes the way Rama killed Asuras - Karan and Dooshana. Highlighting Rama’s ‘Veera’ Qualities, Desigar describes killing of asuras in the Dhandaka Forest creating for the rishis a path that seemed so full of Parijatha flowers. Having killed 14000asuras, there was nothing Rama could not achieve, praises Desigar. He says that one could almost see on his shoulders the arrow marks of the strikes made by the asuras.

In one Gadyam, Desigar refers to Rama as being a witness to Sabari Moksham.
அவந்த்ய  மஹிம முநிஜந  பஜன முஷித ஹ்ருதய கலுஷ 
சபரி மோக்ஷ  ஸாக்ஷி பூத

Towards the end, Desigar praises Rama saying that even a slight tweaking of the string of his bow sent shock waves across Lanka. He describes the effortless ease with which he defeated the almost invincible Lankan King Ravana.

த்ரேதா யுக ப்ரவர்த்தித கார்த்தயுக வ்ருத்தாந்த ... 
Desigar says that even in the Tretha Yuga, when dharma had slightly weakened, Raghava Simha ruled Ayodhya with the same high Dharmic Principles that was so symbolic of the previous period - the Kretha Yuga.

Desigar ends ‘Mahaveera Vaibhavam’ (another name for Raghuveera Gadyam) directing everyone to recite this as a perfect medicine for relief from any fears of Samsaric life. 

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