Hayagriva Stotra of Sri Vedanta Desika

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This is the earliest of the stotras of Vedanta Desika, sung as soon as he became the recipient of the grace of Lord Hayagriva, the God of learning. It consists of 32 slokas (reminiscent of the 32 Brahma Vidyas) plus one sloka added as phalaśruti, probably at a later time as it refers to the author’s title Kavitarkika Kesari. Sloka 7 tells us how gods, goddesses and sages reputed to be repositories of knowledge shine only because of having obtained a bit of Hayagriva’s power. Slokas 14 and 15 tell us that a contemplation of this Lord will give us mastery over speech. Sloka 27 is seen to be invariably uttered as a prayer by scholars and pandits before they start discourses, and sloka 28 by combatants in polemic debates. Sloka 32 is the dhyâna śloka.