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.....dhayasirsa mam pathi deva helanat.....

"As I begin some auspicious activity, may Lord Hayagriva protect me from being an offender by neglecting to offer obeisances to the Supreme Lord, Krishna."

SB (6.8.17)


tam isvaranam paramam mahesvaram

tam devatanam paramam ca daivatam

patim patinam paramam parastad

vidama devam bhuvanesam idyam


na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate

na tat-samas cabhyadhikas ca drsyate

parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate

svabhaviki jnana-bala-kriya ca


"The Supreme Lord is the controller of all other controllers, and He is the greatest of all the diverse plenary leaders. Everyone is under His control. All entities are delegated with particular power only by the Supreme Lord; they are not supreme themselves. He is also worshipful by all the demigods and is the supreme director of all directors. Therefore, He is transcendental to all kinds of material leaders and controllers and is worshipful by all, there is no one greater than Him, and He is the supreme causes of all causes.


"He does not possess bodily form like that of an ordinary living entity for there is no difference between His body and soul. He is absolute. All His senses are transcendental. Any one of His senses can perform the action of any other sense. Therefore, no one is greater than Him or equal to Him. His potencies are multifarious, and thus His deeds are automatically performed as a natural sequence."

Svetasvatara Upanisad (6.7-8)


naivopayanty apacitim kavayas tavesa

brahmayusapi krtam rddha mudah smarantah

yo'ntar bahis tanu bhrtam asubham vidhunvann

acarya caittya vapusa sva gatim vyanakti


"O my Lord! Transcendental poets and experts in the spiritual science could not fully express their indebtedness to You, even if they were endowed with the prolonged lifetime of the creator Brahma, for You appear in two features - externally as the acarya and internally as the caitya guru - to deliver the embodied living being by directing him how to come to You."

SB (11.29.6)




mantra guru ara yata siksa-guru-gana

tanhara carana age kariye vandana


"I first offer my respectful obeisances at the lotus feet of the initiating spiritual master and all my instructing spiritual masters."


om anjana timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya

caksur unmilitam yena tasmai shri guruve namah


"I was born in the darkest of ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him."


shrimad visnvanghri nisthatiguna gurutama-shrimad anandatirtha

trailokyacarya padojjvala jalaja lasat-pamsavo' sman punantu

vacam yatra pranetri tribhuvana mahita sarada saradendu

yotsna bhadra smitashri dhavalita kakubha premabharam babhara


"May we be sanctified and blessed by the shining dust particles coming from the lotus-like feet of Shrimad Anandatirtha, the preceptor of the three worlds, who is adored for his steadfast devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, so much so that upon the Lord's order Bharati (Saraswati), The Goddess of Speech, bestowed her favourable glowing smile in Anandatirtha's direction out of great love and appreciation for his service to the Lord. That full moon of smile now beams in all directions." Vayu Stuti 3


asyaviskartukamam kalimalakaluses sminhane jnanamargam

vandyam candrendrarudra dyumaniphani-vayonayajadyairihadya

madhvakhyam mantrasiddham kimuta krtavato marutasyavataram

pataram paramesthyam padamapa vipadah prapturapanna pumsam


"It is obvious that I am incompetent in respect of glorifying Vayudeva. Vayudeva, who reaches the status of four-faced Brahma, who fears no dangers, who has taken the avatar of Madhva on this earth specifically to enlighten men that had become clouded by the poisonous philosophies of Kali Yuga. Vayu is worshipped by Candra, Indra, Rudra, Surya, Garuda and other devas. He gives them shelter when they take refuge of him. His glories are celebrated in the Vedic mantras."

Vayu stuti 6


vande tam tva supurna pramatim anudinasevitam devavrndaih

vande vandarumise shriya uta niyatam shrimadandatirtham

vande mandakinisat sarid-amalajalaseka sadhikya sangam

vandesham deva bhaktya bhavabhaya-dahanam sajjanan modayantam

"I bow down to you; Purna Prajna, you are always surrounded by the devotees who constantly adorn you with praises. I bow down to that same Anandatirtha who is himself worshipful and who engages himself in the service of Lord Vishnu and Mother Laxmi. I bow down to him who is a walking place of pilgrimage; his association is more pure than even the sacred Ganges which touches the lotus feet of the Lord, for Madhva's life is surrendered at those same lotus feet. Again I bow down to Vayudeva incarnate with devotion, who destroys fear of repeated birth and death and confers his blessings upon the Lord's devotees."

Vayu stuti 42


ananda tirtha nama sukhamaya dhama yati jiyat

samsararnava taranim yamiha janah kirtanyaniti budhah


"Let Ananda Tirtha (Madhva Muni) be glorified for he is the source and abode of happiness and knowledge. Learned personalities have glorified him especially for his commentary of Shrimad Bhagavatam, saying that definitely he is a good boat in which to cross this ocean of material existence."

From: Prameya-Ratnavali


"I yearn to be able to write as well as Lord Chaitanya's Rupa Goswami, but I cannot write as well as he, and neither can I write as well as his follower's who wrote many wonderful, perfect books, which everyone should read and remember. Compared to their books my little book can hardly be considered poetic."

Verse 4, Shri Vraja-riti-cintamani