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Sri GuNa Rathna kOsam : Part XXI: SlOkam 13

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sun Dec 03 2000 - 17:36:49 PST

SrimathE RanganAyakyai Nama: 

Dear BhakthAs :

We will study the 13th slOkam of Sri GuNa Rathna kOsam
in this posting:

asyEsAnA jagatha ithi tE adhImahE yaam samruddhim
  Sri: ! SrI sooktham bhaumukhayathE thAmm cha sAkhAnusAkham
EeshtE kascchij-jagatha ithi ya: pourushE sooktha uktha:
  tamm cha tvathkam pathimadhijagou uttharascchAnuvAka:

(Meaning by Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan):Oh LakshmI ! 
The Upanishadic statement , " The consort of VishNu is 
the supreme Goddess , Isvaree , to all the world " is elaborated 
in Sree Sooktha of each Vedhic branch ; and in the Utthara-anuvAkA ,
it is stated , "whosoever is declared in Purushasooktha as
the Lord ruling over this universe is the husband of 
Bhoomi DEvi and Lakshmi". All this emphasizes that the Lord 
NarAyaNA is the unquestioned ruler and You , the Empress of 
the whole Universe.

Additional comments by Dr.V.N.V:

Oh PirAtti ! TaittirIya Samhithai (4.4) declares 
"asyEsAnA jagatho VishNu Pathnee " ( PerumAl's consort
is the Empress of all the worlds ).This Your Isavrithvam
(being an Empress )and aisouryam ( unlimited VibhUthi) is
saluted multifold in every brach of the vedAs . Further ,
Purusha Sooktam praising Your Lord's glories states clearly :
" Purusha yEvatham Sarvam ! yath BhUtham Yaccha Bhavyam 
udhAmruthathvasyEsAnA:" ( All these are indeed Purushan !
That Purushan is the Lord of of ALL. He is indeed the Lord
also for the immortal and blissful Moksham ). In addition to 
the above pronouncements , in the uttharaanuvAkam of the above
Purusha Sooktham , Vedam declares : " HrIsccha tE LakshmIsccha
Pathnyou "  and " SraddhayAa dEvO Devathvam asnuthE " ( BhUmi
and Lakshmi are Your consorts and You obtain Your status as
Devan because of Lakshmi, Your divine consort). Thus MahA-
LakshmI's glories are loudly proclaimed by the blemishless
VedAs .He becomes Isvaran because of being Lakshmi Pathi 
in the first place.

In view of this Vedic evidence , We stick to our original
statement made in the 9th slOkam : Sriyam tvatthOpucchair
vayamiha PaNAma:" ( Oh Lord of Sri Devi ! We assert that
Sri Devi is Superior to You inview of Her conferring
Isvarathvam for You ). 

"EeshtE kascchijjagatha: ithi ya: pourushE sooktha uktha:"
( That One , who rules or lords over the Universe as
Isvaran) may not be found verbatim in the Purusha Sooktam ,
but the essence of this statement is clearly found in
Purusha Sooktham and the Upanishad passages .

AdiyEn's observations:

In the previous slOkam , Bhattar had incorporated
text from Srimath Bhagavath GithA to extoll 
the greatness of Sri RanganAyaki. In this slOkam , 
Bhattar includes exact text from TaittirIya Samhithai
(asyEsAnA JagathO VishNu PathnI:) and refers to 
Sri Sooktham , Purusha Sooktham passages and Upanishads 
contributing evidence to MahA Lakshmi conferring 
Isvarathvam on Her Lord by being His consort. Bhattar
uses these evidences and diplomatically concedes 
that Sriman NaarAyaNan is the undisputed Ruler of
this Universe and Sri RanganAyaki is the Empress of
the very same Universe. 

Daasan , Oppilaippan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan          

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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