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Sri Guna Rathna Kosam : Part 48: slOkam 37

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Jun 15 2001 - 20:45:39 PDT

Dear BhakthAs: 

In the 37th slOkam , Swamy ParAsara Bhattar invites us
to the Sertthi MaNDapam at Srirangam on a Panguni Uttaram day 
and asks us to have the adhbutha sEvai of Sri RanganAyaki
with Her Lord .

The slokam attempting to describe Her GambhIra sEvai
is as follows:

praNamadhanuvidhithsA vaasanA namram agrE
praNayi parichicheeshA kunjitham paarsvakEna
kanaka nikasha chanjaccha champak sragsamAna-
pravaramidham udhAram varshma vAchAmabhUmi:

Meaning according to Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan
(We look at SrI RanganAyaki in close juxtaposition 
to Her Lord on His right side --say on the Panguni
Uttharam uthsavam ).

Look at Her. She is bent a little ; it is in 
a considerate , condescending bending pose to favor 
the pleading and bent devotee in the front(She is not 
erect-headed in a spirit of unyielding , unconcerned
behavior!). Her side is rather inclined in favour of 
Her Lord RanganAthAn , in a mood of embracing Him. 
What a majestic pose! She inherits , if anything ,
the radiant effulgence of pure gold and the gentle 
fragrance of the just-blossoming ChampakA flower garland. 
Her form , look , pose , majesty and benovolence evident 
to us in this verse are portrayed but poorly in this verbal 
manner . We can only view and enjoy it; we can not put into
a verbal verse all that we enjoy. She is beyond all words!

Additional Comments:
AnugrahaparA: Sri RanganAyaki is Loka MaathA , 
who worries about Her erring children . When they arrive
in front of Her, She bends forward with affection
and blesses them as the anugrahaparA(conferrer of 
sakala soubhAgyams). She pleads with Her Lord 
to forgive our trespasses. As saluted by Her Sahasra 
Naamams , She is jagath Kudumbini (having the denizens of 
the entire world as Her Family) , Loka SOka VinAsini
( dispeller of the sorrows of the chEthanams), 
Bhaktha gamyai ( eminently reachable by Her BhakthAs) ,
Sarva Sulabhai ( easily accessed by one and all) , 
Abhayankari (One who removes the fear of those who take 
refuge at Her lotus feet) SubhAvahai (One who brings 
auspiciousness),MangaLa dEvathai ( Supremely auspicious 
Moorthy),and DhAridhrya Banjini( One who banishes poverty).

PurushakArathvam: Her side is turned slightly towards
Her Lord on Her left as if She is pleading for Their suffering
children . She appears as though She is going to overwhelm
Him with Her affection to get Her way ( PraNaya parichicheeshA
kunjitham paarsvakEna).The pose is Kunjitha Paarsvam or
slightly turned towards Her Lord as if She is about to
embrace Him and whisper into His ears about forgiving
the trespasses of the erring child. It is a radiant 
and majestic pose .As a display of respect and affection
( Bhaya-Bhakthi hEthubhyAM) , Her pose is slightly tilted
towards Him . 

ChaNpaka Maalai around Her neck: Her hue is that of molten 
gold and She exudes the gentle fragrance of the just-blossoming
Champaka flowers that She adorns around Her beautiful neck.
If we wish to state the pravaram (lineage) for Her , We have
to include the freshly melted gold and the ChaNpaka Pushpam.
With these two references , we recognize Her Oujvalyam
(Radiance ) and divine fragrance ( Sougandhyam).Her Generosity
(UdhAra SvabhAvam) ,nobility (Urjitham), Power to grant
all the desired boons ( sarvAbhIshta Prathathvam)and more
auspicious attributes are suggsted by Her Dhivya MangaLa
vigraham and defies any through description (VaachAm
agOcharam) by mere words.

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

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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