(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 other’s 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?