(The octet† of antidote† to defects)
(The great† saint †Sridhara Ayyaval was the son Sri Sridhara Padmanabha who was a high ranking officer in the court of the king of Mysore. †He was offered the post of his father , when his father attained salvation and he rejected that† offer† as he was spiritually oriented and took his residence in Thiruvisainallur in the banks of river Cauvery. You can read about this great savant in http://www.sriayyaval.org/lsdetail.html . Here is a remarkable†† stotra , where he†† expresses† his views on those who only find the defect of others† and tells† us , what we should do to get rid of defects ourselves.† The devanagari original of the stotra can be found in http://www.sriayyaval.org/history/ayyval_works/Slokas/Doshapariharashtakam.pdf)
1.Anyasya†† dosha ganana† kuthukam samethath,
AAvishkarothi†† niyatham†† mayi doshavathwam,
Dosha punarmayi†† na chedakhile†† satheese,
Dosha graham†† kadhumudhethu† mamesa thasmin.
I† enjoy the counting of the defect of others,
And it makes clear that† I am one with defect,
Oh Lord Shiva , when all the† defects in the world are yourselves,
And† where does† your† defects lie , oh my God?
2.Yeshaa vyadhethara kruthethi†† mamesa thasmin,
Kopo yadhi† svapara† kama mukha† prassootha,
Seyam† vydhethi mayi† may† na kadannu kopaa,
Swasya†† vyadhaa†† swa duritha prabhaavaa† hi sarvaa.
Oh God† , I complain that all my problems are created by others,
And if my anger† is ††born due to my†† defects like passion,
Why is it that,†† I am not getting angry†† at my problems,
And it is clear to me that all my problem are due† to my own defects.
3.Kama prabruthya akhila† dosha† nidher mamesha ,
Mayyaha†† dosham ithi† ko nu† duragrahoi asmin,
Heyathwa maalapathi† yoayamalam†† ne kena,
Vaaryodha†† sathva vathi†† soyam†† masath kimaha.
Oh God , passion and other defects are† all the treasure† of my defects,
And why am I am getting angry when others talk of my defects ,
And they tell others not to come near me and what can I do about it,
As they have† not talked† about anything which is not in me.
4.Yas samsritha†† swa hithadhir† vyasana athurasthath,
Doshasya† tham prathi† vaachoisthu† thadanya dosham,
Yaadhchmi† thanmama† na kim† kshathaye† swadosha,
Chinthaiva†† may thadapanodha† phalo uchithaath.
Suppose someone approaches me to solve his sorrows and sufferings,
I can possibly point out to† him his defects† and more †defects,
And† will not pointing out defects of others lead† to my †fall due to my defects ,
And so I consider thinking about† my defects so that I can remove them , will be more apt.
5.Dosham parasya† nanugruhnathi† mayyanena,
Swathmaisha†† yeva para gathra samahathena,
Durvasthuneva† Malini kriyathe† thadanya,
Dosha grahadahaha† kim na† nirvriuuthithavyam.
When I keep on thinking about the defects† of others,
All those defects , which are collected†† from other people ,
Would become† the bad thing that†† would dirty my mind,
And so†† Why† should I collect†† defects††† from other persons?
6.Nirdosha bhaavam itharasya† sadoshabhavam,
Swasyami† savidhdhathi†† para doshadhi men,
Aastham iyam†† thadh itharaa† thu pararthi mathra,
Hethurvya anukthu na kadham† mama† thucha bhavam.
Having† a feeling that I do not have any defects† and feel that others have defects,
And†† feeling they only have††† all the defects
Causes† sorrow and worries††† to all those† persons,
And is this not that†† which† shows to† others my pettiness?
7.Padmadhi sourabha†† iva† bramarasya harsha,
Hithvaa† anyadheeya sugune†† punar anya doshe ,
Harsho durartha ivageha keete† kimasthe ,
Haa may kadhesa† krupayaavigalethsa† yeshaa.
The bee gets† joy due to the sweet smell of the lotus,
And like that if I see greatness of others† I should get joy,
And getting joy out† of defects of others is like the pig getting pleasure,
Out of the gutter† and Oh lord when shall I get rid of this† defect† by your blessing?
8.Dosha swabaaji†† mathi kousalam anya bhaji,
Moudyam† gune anya jushi†† harshabhara swabhaji ,
Astha prasathir akhileshu† dhaya athyudhara,
Vrutharyojitho† mama† kadasthu† haranuraga.
Let me see my defects† and let me not† have the trick of finding otherís† defects,
Let me be happy of seeing greatness of others and not †to †that of mine,
†Let there† be fame† of† my being† merciful††† and† being generous to all others,
When will I increase†† my power† by being in love with you?