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Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam : XXI--> SlOkam 12

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sat Dec 02 2000 - 12:24:17 PST

Srimath RanganAyakai Nama:

Dear BhakthAs :

In the previous slOkam , Bhattar referred to the KalyANa
GuNams of Sri RanganAyaki. Here ,he describes how the blessed 
people are able to see those auspicious attributes with the unguent
of Bhakthi .

This slOkam is as follows :

Manasi vilasathAkshNA Bhakthi siddhAnjanEna
   sruthi sirasi nigUDam Lakshmi! tE veekshamANA:
nidhimiva mahimAnam bhunjathE yEapi dhanyA:
   nanau Bhagavathi! dhaivIm sampadham tEabhijAthA: 

(meaning by Dr.V.N.Vedantha Desikan ): Oh Goddess ! Reservoir of
all auspicious qualities! (Traditionally it is believed that
the eyes can envison under-the-ground-hidden objects if a 
special dark unguent (anjana, "mai" in Tamil) is applied
on to the eyes). 

Fortunate persons use the unguent of Bhakthi and are,
thereby , able to see the treasure hidden below surface 
at the hill-top , namely the treasure of Your great qualities,
which lie hidden in the manthrams of the Upanishads 
( the peaks of Vedhic hills). 

Additional commentary by Dr.V.N.V

MahA Lakshmi has Sakala KalyAna GuNams.Her limitless
auspicious attributes(Her mahimai) are like a treasure 
that is hidden under the surface of the hills of Upanishads.
One needs mai or anjanam of Bhakthi to see the treasure of
MahaA Lakshmi's mahimai (hidden in one's mind).That anjanam 
will provide the Jn~Ana chakshus ( eyes) to comprehend and
enjoy that priceless treasure. Those , who are able to enjoy
Her Mahimai , are indeed bhAgyasAlis (DhnayA: ). 

AdiyEn's observations:

Bhattar states here that Bhakthi SiddhAnjanam is needed
to witness and enjoy the treasure of the Mahimai of
MahA Lakshmi.That treasure is hidden inside the Veda Siras
(i-e) the Upanishads. Those , who are able to experience 
MahA Lakshmi's KalyANa GuNams with Bhakthi SiddhAnjanam
become possessed with dhiava sampath ( divine wealth) that
leads one to Moksham .They are indeed BhAgyasaalis (blessed
beings ). They are dhanyA : (DhanavAns or possessors of
inestimable wealth ). 

Bhattar's thoughts have echos in the tenth chapter of 
Srimath Bhagavath GithA .The role of Bhakthi-siddhAnjanam
to comprehend Him and attainig Him are covered here. 

In the Tenth slOkam of the Tenth chapter , Lord says that 
He blesses the Bhakthi Yogis with Buddhi YOgam , which can
be equated to the SiddhAnjanam.With the help of this anjanam,
the saadhakAs comprehend the supernal manifestation and
the splendour of His auspicious attributes and become dhanyA.
With their minds focussed on Him , with their PrANAs 
centered on Him , inspiring one another and always speaking of
Him , they live in contentment and bliss at all times : 

( MacchitthA madhgathaprANA BhOdhayantha: Parasparam 
  KaTayanthsccha Maam nithyam thushyanthi cha ramanthi cha).

BhAshyakArar explains the nature of their bliss as 
"ananya prayOjanam and anavadhikAthisaya Priyam "
( spontaneous speech filled with delight without
any ulterior motives and incomparably dear speech ,
which is unsurpassed in its love for the Lord). 

Echos of the nature of the DhaivI Sampath --arising from 
the full comprehension of the anantha kalyANa guNams
of Sri RanganAyaki with the use of Bhakthi SiddhAnjanam--
are heard in the Bhagavaht GithA chapter 16 and BhagavathI
GithA ( ThiruppAvai's Thiruttakka Selvam ). The fifth slOkam of 
the 16th chapter refers to this dhivya sampath :

dhaivI ampath vimOkshAya niBhandhAyAsuri mathA
Maa sucha: Sampadham dhaivIm abhijAthOsi PaaNdava

(meaning ): The divine destiny (wealth ) is deemed
to lead to liberation , the demonaic wealth (aasuri sampath
as opposed to DhaivI sampath) leads to bondage .Grieve not ,
O ArjunA , You are born to the divine destiny. 

Bhattar uses the exact words of Bhagavath GitA 16.5 
(Underlined above) in His 11th slOkam of GuNa Rathna KOsam , 
while elaborating on the greatness of DhanyAs , who are 
able to comprehend fully the limitless auspicious 
attributes of MahA lakshmi with Bhakthi SiddhAnjanam.

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



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