Pranamad KAmadenumcha Bhajadsurataroopamam|
SrI Bhavabhoda Krit PAda ChintAmanimupAsmaye||
The recitation of the above shloka alone brings unlimited grace and blessings of the swAmIji. The swAmIji is also reverentially addressed as BhAvabhoda kararu since he wrote commentaries (Bhoda) on the Bhava or the inner meaning of the works of SrimadAchArya and Sri JayatIrtha. Let us offer our salutations and prostrations to the great saint, a personification of simplicity, austerity and penance.
RaghUttama gurum vande RaghUttama padArchakam |
gAmbeeryenArthabAhulya teeka tAtparya bhodakam ||
Salutations to the feet of the great Sri RaghUttama for having made the terse works of Sri JayatIrtha easily accessable.
RaghUttama tIrtha entered the brindAvan in 1624 and the devotees could not behold him physically. But it is possible to see the great saint through his works.
Great souls may leave their physical body in order to let nature take its course, but they still live in the great works that leave behind for posterity. Hence, nothing is lost and we can "see" Sri RaghUttama tIrtha by reading or atleast remembering key concepts from the seven wonderful works that he composed in such a short span.
HaridAsa sAhitya in praise of Sri RaghUttama tIrtha:
There are several works by major haridAsas in his praise. The noteworthy ones are as follows:
Coimbatore SyAma Rao with his ankhita Tandde Purandara Vittala extols the saints as thus: KAneno ninna sari guruve. (I am unable to find a guru equal to you).
Another haridAsa (ankhita: vijaya hayagreev) sings "RaghUttama gururAyA raghurAmapriyA..".
Sri karjagi srida viThThala dAsa out of ecstasy in seeing the brindAvAn goes into raptures as under: Nodide gurugala nodide..........
Thus, one of the greatest saints of UttarAdi maTha ended his physical presence, but continues to bless his devotees from his brindAvana at panchakrishnAranya kshetrA at TirukOilur. He brought pomp and glory to the institution, but personally led an austere and simple life, blessed an illiterate to become a highly erudite scholar. Let us serve him best by reading his work and singing his glory.
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