How Haridasas saw Rayaru -4

Vijaya Dasa (1682-1755) is one of the most outstanding dasas in the Haridasa lineage. He has written so many suladis and he mastered this form of poetry that he came to be called as Suladi Dasa.

It is after he visits Mantralaya, that Vijaya Dasa commences his Haridasa Sahitya. After Appanacharya, he becomes the first to understand the swarropa of Rayaru and his greatness.

He sees Rayaru sitting on the Brindavana with several Gods and seers and he is the first Haridasa to describe this.  

It is this composition

 

” Prahalaadane Vyasamuni Raghavendraru

   ahudendu bhajisiro vijayavittala oliva, ”

 

he makes it clear that Rayaru is an avatara purusha and that Prahalada was the first avatara after Shanku Karna.

Vijaya Dasa was an amsha of Brighu Muni (Brighu was one of the seven great sags or Sapta Rishis of ancient India and he was a contemporary of Manu), he immediately recognises Raghavendra Swamy as an avatara purusha and also sees the galaxy of gods besides Rayaru.  

Bhrigu was the Manasa putra of Bramha. He takes birth as Dasappa who becomes Vijaya Dasa. It is Narada himself in the form of Purandara Dasa who takes Dasappa to Vyasakashi and introduces him to Narayana or Veda Vyasa who writes the ankita Vittala on his tongue.

Since Vijaya Dasa was a divine personality, it was easy for him to identify the greatness of Rayaru. He makes it clear that though it is only Raghavendra Swamy sitting in the Brindavana, both Vyasa Raja and Raghavendra Swany are one and the same and that the differences, if any, are only in the periods in which they lived.

He says all of us can attain God by praying to Raghavendra Swamy.

Vijaya Dasa sees Rayaru sitting alongside Rama, Krishna, Narahari, Veda Vyasa (Narayana). He also sees all the acharyas from Madhwacharya and the earlier avatars of Madhwacharya of  Hanuma and Bheema.

As soon as he realises the Rayaru he has seen, Vijaya Dasa bursts forth into the song, “Nodi Dhanyanade…”

He continues saying,

 

“Nodide gurugala Nodide

nodidenu gururaghvendrara

madidenu bhakutiyali vandane

bedidenu kondaDi varagaLu”

 

There is a subtle message that Vijaya Dasa is giving us here. He says Rayaru will be present in the Brindavana and praying to Rayaru will be similar to praying to all the gods.

Vijaya Dasa sees Rayaru in a divine light which casts its radiance everywhere. Rayaru, the Dasa says, is sitting in Yogasana and he is in perpetual dhyana.

Thus, Vijaya Dasa does not merely see a structure of stone. The Brindavana for him represents the vehicle where he sees the Taratamya of gods as described in Madhwacharya. The fact that all the gods are present with Rayaru tell us that Rayau is a yuga purusha and that he is in the Brindavana for the good of mankind.

Unable to contain himself, Vijaya Dasa asks for a boon from Rayaru who immediately grants it. The Dasa then goes on to say that Rayaru is ready to grant any and every boon of a devotee and there can be no doubt about it.

This beautiful composition is perhaps the first where a Dasa has described Rayaru rather comprehensively and in all his glories. Vijaya Dasa is the first to describe the Brindavana  as a place where he saw four supreme beings and this is corroborated by Gopala Dasa when he sings “Dhariyavolage namma guru

Raghavendrarinnu.”

However, its is Vijaya Dasa in his

 

“Nodidenu gurugala nodide,

nodidenu guru Raghavendrara,

madidenu bhakuthiya vandane

Bedideno kondadai varagala

Eedu illada mereva mahimeya”

 

Who gives us the first hint that Rayaru is always with the celestial beings and the supreme god Hari.

 

The greatness of Rayau and his personality ois described thus by Vijaya dasa as,

 

“Modalu gangeyashayyajanu Ee nadiya theeradi illi yagava

Mudadi rachisi pooraisi pogiraladane thannolagarithu thavakadi

Hridayanirmalaragi ragadi budhajanara sammyaladali siri-

Sadanananghrigala nenedu kalevara uditah bhaskarananthe yippadu

Alavabodha mikkada munigalu samsharu onduroopadi neleyagi nithyadali ipparu

Volisikoluthali Hariyagunagala thilisi thilivaru thamma thamaginthadhikarali

Upadeshamargadi kaliyugadolagide kevalakatthaleya parisuva sobagu santhatham

“Rama Narahari Krishna Krishnara nemadimdee murthigala padathamarasa bhajaneyannu

maduva komalanganu kathinaparavadisthomagala mahamasthakadrige bhumiyolu

paviyenisida yathi yamayamake yellarige shubhakamitharthava kareva nandava

Nuruparvatha varusha bidadale charuvrindavanadali,

visthara Aradhaneyu tholagade varavarake aguthippudusare karunyadali Lakuminarayana thaa chakraroopadi,

saridavaraghava kaledu ivarige keeruthiya thanditthanudina

Mithave yenadiri illi dinadina athishayve aaguvudu bhusurathathige bhojana, kathashravana

Bharatha puranagalindlopputha kshithiyolage Manthralaya gramakeprathi illavendenisikombudu

pathithapavana vijayavittalana arithukoluthali mereva munigala”. 

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