This stotram celebrates the auspicious quality (Kalyana Guna) of Mercy (Dayaa) of the Lord of Thiruvenkatam. Of All the Kalyana Gunaas of Venkataadhri Sekhara Vibhu, His Dayaa is the most important one for the uplift of the Chetanaas. The concept of Prapatthi and Thiruvenkatamudayaan’s Dayaa to realize the fruits of that Prapatthi is the subject of Sri Venkatanatha Kavi in this “Satakam”.

The structure of this stotram containing 108 slokas (one for each of the Divya Desa Archaa Murthys of Sriman Narayana perhaps) is extraordinarily impressive even by Swami Desikan’s standards of poetic excellence. Our Acharya has used ten plus different meters to compose the ten groups of slokas, each of which houses “ ten” slokas. The numbers of slokas and their poetic meters are as follows:

1. Slokaas 1-10: Anushtup meter
2. Slokaas 11-20: Aryaa meter
3. Slokaas 21-30: Oupacchandhasikam
4. Slokaas 31-40: Maalini
5. Slokaas 41-50: Mandhaakraanthaa
6. Slokaas 51-60: Nathkutakam
7. Slokaas 61-70: SikariNi
8. Slokaas 71-80: HariNi
9. Slokaas 81-90: Pruthvee
10. Slokaas 91-104: Vasantha Tilakaa
11. Slokaas 105& 106: Maalini again
12. Slokaas 107& 108: Sardhoola Vikriditham

In the tradition of Sri Sriraama DesikAcchAr Swamy, each set of the ten slokas have the essence of the ten Patthus of Thiruvaimozhi of Nammazhwaar.

According to this tradition, every set of ten reveals a particular meaning, which together covers the Ananatha KalyaaNa GuNams of the Lord of Thiruvenkatam. The ten meanings associated with the ten sets of ten slokas have been summarized by Srirama Desikaacchaar Swamy this way:

1. The Lord of Thiruvenkatam is the one, who can give Mokshaanugraham.
2. He comprehends everything and He is capable of carrying out whatever He chooses to do.
3. He destroys the enemies of those, who surrender unto Him and thereby seek His help.
4. He is the means for attaining ALL worthwhile goals.
5. He is the fruit of ALL worthwhile endeavours.
6. He can be reached easily thru the glorious means of Prapatthi.
7. He will rush to the help of the lowest and the highest with same speed, when they appeal to Him sincerely for help.
8. He is the Supreme Principle standing on top of Thiruvenkatam.
9. He is the one, who took the incarnations of Rama and Krishna.
10. He is the one, who can offer the happiness associated with Moksha right here on this earth.

Swami Desikan goes on to describe in detail the Anantha Kalyana Gunaas of Sriman Narayana in his Taatparya RatnaavaLi and Dramidopanishad Saaram. He is thus paying his tribute to Nammazhwaar’s Thiruvaimozhi in all of these three works. We will illustrate the ten essential meanings of Daya Satakam in the subsequent sections as revealed by Srirama Desikaacchaar Swamy in the tradition of his Achaarya, Navaneetham Krishnamaacchaar Swamy of Oppiliappan Koil.


Slokam 44

yasmin.h dR^iShTe taditara sukhair.h gamyate goShpadatvaM
satyaM j~naanaM tribhiravadhibhir.h muktamaananda sindhum.h.
tvat.h svIkaaraat.h tamiha kR^itinaH sUri bR^indaanu bhaavyam.h
nityaa pUrvaM nidhimiva daye nirvishant.h ya~njanaadrau.. 44


The key words here are : “DayE! Aanandha Sindhum Tamm Thvath sveekArAth,kruthina: iha Anjanaadhrou nidhimiva nirviSanthy” (Oh Dayaa Devi! The fortunate ones enjoy Your Lord, the Ocean of bliss, in this world as a treasure since You have accepted Him as Your Lord). His svaroopam does not ever change. For Him. there is no change in form like insentients; there is no change in SvabhAvam as in the case of the sentients. His svarooppam will also shine as the embodiment of Jn~Anam. We can not pin point Him as being limited to desa, Kaala, Vasthu parameters. He is present at all times in all things and forms. He is of the form of limitless bliss. The eternally liberated jeevans (nithya sooris) and the Muktha Jeevans enjoy Him without let. However long one enjoys Him, He is insatiable and appears in newer and newer forms. When one enjoys Him, all the other sukhams will be insignificant. The comparison is between the vastness of the Ocean and the water collected in a cavity formed by a cow’s hoof is appropriate, when one recalls the bliss of enjoying the Lord and other sukhams. Oh DayaaDevi! You should graciously catalyze our enjoyment of Your Lord. When You accept us the chEthanams, then we become BhAgyasAlis. Such blessed ones enjoy the Lord as their treasure at Thirumala with Your help.

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