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Re: Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam : Part XXXV: SlOkam 25

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sun Apr 15 2001 - 12:41:23 PDT

Dear BhakthAs:

In this SlOkam , Bhattar focuses on the couch,
Adhiseshan on which the dhivya Dampathis are seated 
at the ThirumAmaNi ManTapam . It appears that Bhattar 
has been inspired by the first two pasurams of KulasEkhara .
In the first two paasurams of PerumAL Thirumozhi , 
KulasEkharar visualizes  AdhisEshan providing bed ,seat
and VidhAnam for the divine coulpe " IruLiriya Sudar-
maNikaL imaikkum neRRi" and " PaNamAyirangaL aarntha 
Aravarasa PerumchOthi Ananthan ". That VidhAnam and
the red flames of fire emanating from the breath of AdhisEshan
drives away all the enemies of the Lord. This is covered  
in the first two paadhams of this slOkam . 

Bhattar seems also has been inspired by ALavandhAr's
first slOkam of ChathusslOki that starts hailing
the greatness of Sri Devi : "KaanthastE PurushOtthama:
PANIPATHISSAYYAASANAM--" and concludes with wonder about
his inability to fully comprehend and describe the glories
of Sri Devi ( SririthyEva cha Naama tE Bhagavathi
BhrUma: katham thvAm vayam?).

Swamy Desikan also decribes brilliantly the Seat of
the divine couple at the ThirumAmaNi ManTapam in
the final chapter (ParApthi Parvam) of his Parama 
Padha SOpAna Rahasyam. Here , He salutes Sri Devi seated 
on AdhisEsahn with Her Lord as " Sarva-prAkAra SamslEshi 
( as the Divine consort united with Her Lord in all 
aspects such as SvarUpam,Vigraham and AvathArams)" .

In the PrApthi Parvam of Parama Padha SOpAnam (8th
chapter:8.16 ) , Swamy Desikan also salutes the Aasanam
of the Lord ( SenRAl KudayAm irunthAl SingAsanamAm),
AdhisEsahn , who is the exemplar of "asEsha-SEsha 
Vrutthi".Swamy describes the fragrance of AdhisEshan,
who adds fragrance even to the " Sarva Gandhan" , his
Lord seated with " vEri mARAtha Poo mEl iruppAL "
( Sri Devi , who has nithya vaasam  on the lotus of 
never-fading fragrance). 

The beauty of AdhisEsahn with PhaNA sahasram ( thousand
hoods) resembling PurNEndhu MaNdalas ( shining like
thousand full Moons) is saluted. Swamy Desikan goes on 
to describe the progress of the Muktha Jeevan to reach 
the Lord's proximity (athyantha SaamIpyam)after receiving 
permission from the protective AdhisEshan.

The 25th slOkam : The Divine Couple seated on AdhisEshan
tathra srak-sparsa-gandham sphurathupari-
phaNA rathna-rOchir-vithAnam
VisthIryAnandha-bhOgam tadhupari
nayathA visvamEkAtapathram I
thaisthai: KaanthEna SAnthOdhitha-guNa vibhavai: 
arhathA thvAmasankhyai:
anyOynyAdhvaitha nishtA ganarasa
gahanAn DEvi! bhadnAsi bhOgAn II

The Meaning ( Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan )
Oh Goddess RanganAyaki! Both of You are seated ,
in a majestic way on the AdhisEshA couch. It has
the pleasure of touch and the pleasure of flavour
like a flower garland. The canopy provided by
AdhisEshan has also the provision of a thousand
luminous lamps in the manner of gems on his hoods.
The Lord, the unquestioned ruler , enjoys there at ,
the innate Bhagavath GuNAs , in the SaanthOdhitha
dasai , as it is termed.

His sweet qualities transcend all counting operations.
One can only vaguelty contemplate on them and can not
count or list or describe them individually .One thing
(for sure) is certain. He MERITS YOU by these qualities.
You are His special Mate.You enjoy an one-ness with 
Your dear consort.Enjoyment by You both knows no TWONESS.
It is a being of singular unity that is to be reckoned
at this instant. This state of both of being so absorbed 
in a state of blessed bliss in terms of floods of 
delicious experiences that You generate for the Lord
in that state of Your suzeranity over all the Worlds
is possible ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU.It is appropriate that 
AzhwAr described your Lord as the fitting match for 
You (UnakkERkkum KOla MalarppAvai).Here , the AzhwAr 
is focusing on MahA Lakshmi and how appropriate She is  
as a match for Her Lord; Bhattar turns around and 
points out that the Lord is a fitting match for
MahA Lakshmi's anantha kalyANa GuNams , adhbutha 
Soundaryam and limitless DayA .Foer Bhattar, The Lord 
comes next to Sriranga Naayaki/MahA Lakshmi .

Additional Observations by AdiyEn
Sitting under the canopy of AdhisEsahn ,
the Dhivya Damapthis are ruling the whole world
under one umbrella , as it were. YEka chathrAdhipathyam
is implied. "visvam VibhUthi-dhvayam YEkAdhipathyam"
and " anyOnyam parasparam adhvaitha nishtayA YEkibhAvEna 
paraspara ghADAnurAgENa " nirvahathi is the commentary of
Sri Vathsya VeerarAghavAcchAr Swamy . They rule in unison
the two VibhUthis ( LeelA & Nithya VibhUthis). With mutual 
intimacy and deep love for one another, they rule over 
the worlds in an undivided manner.

Bhattar refers here to the Lord enjoying His innate GuNa 
Vaibhavams in the ShAnOdithA state , while He is seated
on the Aasanam of AdhisEsahn as the Joint Emperor of 
the World. The fourth slOkam of Swamy ALavandhAr's 
ChathusslOki is very appropriate here to remember 
the ShAnthAnandha MahA VibhUthi of MahA Lakshmi .
Swamy ALavandhAr's  slOkam pays tribute to 
the SaanthAnatha MahA VibhUthi of the Lord and 
the yEkatattvam of the Nithya samslishtaa 
dhivya dampathis :

ShAnthAnandha MahA vibhUthi Paramam yath Brahma rUpam HarE:
MUrtham Brahma TathOpi Tath Priyataram rUpam Yathadhyadhbhutham
yAnyAni YathAsukham viharathO rUpANi SarvANi thAni
Aahus svairanurUpa rUpa vibhavai: GhADOpagUDAni
--ChathusslOki: SlOakm 4

(meaning):The most sacred Ubhaya VibhUthI Naathan , who 
is untouched by any blemish(akhilahEya PrathyanIkathvam)
and who is beyond any division by dEsam, Kaalam and 
Vasthu (desa-Kaala-Vasthu paricchEdham) is Brahma-Padha
Vaachyan. MahA Lakshmi takes on the anuroopam ( fitting
match ) for any roopam taken by this Dhivya Mangala 
Vigraha Moorthy in Vibhavam and other states. In all
these states, She does not leave Him even for a fraction of 
a second (ahalahillEn yenRu AlarmEl Mangai Urai Maarbahn) 
and stays united with Him in inseperable ,nithya samslishta 
state. She stays like the fragrance in the flower and like 
the radiance in the gems (BhAsakarENa PrabhA yathA).This is 
the GADOpa-GUDAni state . She enjoys every measure of 
the leela rasams with Her Lord through anuroopa-Roopa 

The first two paadhams of the 25th sLokam of Sri GuNa Rathna
KOsam covered the United rulership of the Dhivya dampathis
under one Umbrella ; the next two paadhams celebrate 
the ShAnthathva-Akhila hEya PrathyanIkathvam and 
the Ananthathvam aspects of the Lord and the "anyOnya 
adhvaitha nishtA ghana rasa BhOgam" of Sri RanganAyaki
enjoying the Leela Rasam in a state of inseperable
union with her Lord. 

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE Saranam,
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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