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Sri Guna Rathna Kosam : Part 50: slOkam 39

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 18:11:06 PDT

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigLE Saranam 

Dear BhakthAs:

In today's posting , adiyEn will cover the 39th slOakm
of Sri GuNa Rathna KOsam of Swamy ParAsara Bhattar
and link it to the later anubhavam of Swamy Desikan
in the many slOkams of Sri Sthuthi :

Surabhitha nigamAntham vandhishI IndhirAyA:
  tava kamala palAsa prakriyam paahda-yugmam
vahathi yadhupamardhai: VaijayanthI himAmbha:-
  pluthibhiriva navathvam kaantha bAhAntharAlE

Meaning according to Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan 
May I bow and worship at the lotus feet of Goddess
MahA Lakshmi!Your feet are firmly placed at the top of 
the VedAs--that is, all the VedAs have , as their subject ,
the praise of Your feet as Supreme Goddess (MahA Lakshmi)
only .Hence , Your feet smell with the Vedic fragrance 
in full.

Your feet are like the lotus leaves , gentle, fresh ,
and very sensitive (tender).

When You are seated on the chest of the Lord , You 
crush under Your feet , so to say , the vanamAlai
garland known as Vaijayanthi. But then, Oh RanganAyaki! 
What a wonder ! That garland acquires a new rejuvenating
effect and is fresh and fragrant , cool and flourishing ,
as if it were fed with cool water-nutrient from Your feet!
What a heartening phenomenon!

Additional Comments:
Here swamy ParAsara Bhattar visualizes Sri RanganAyaki
as Vakshasthala Lakshmi adorning the chest of Lord RanganAthan.
She rules the world from Her Lord's ThirumArbhu. She shines 
there like a brilliant golden lightning flash across the blue
expanse of the chest of Sri RanganAthAn. She is offering
darsanam to Bhattar as "BhadrapeeDE NishaNNAM " (seatd on 
Her auspicous seat ) . On the chest of Her Lord dangles 
the Vaijayanthi Maalai made of forest flowers. 
Sri RanganAyaki's paadhams touch that garland and press 
the flowers constituting the garland. Those flowers attain then
a new lustre through their sambhandham with the sacred feet of 
Sri RanganAyaki ; this new life and added lustre for them 
seems to come as it were from the sprinkling of cool waters
from Sri RanganAyaki's sacred feet .Those lotus-soft feet 
of Sri RanganAyaki have Veda Sambhandham as well . Those 
feet are resting on the VedAs , which offer their prayers
to Her . As a result of that sambhandham , Her feet exude 
Veda parimaLam ( fragrance of the vedAs).

Swamy ParAsara Bhattar expresses his wish to prostrate before
Sri RanganAyaki and worship Her sacred feet in this slOkam.
The experience of Bhattar will be recalled by Swamy Desikan
later in the very first slOkam of Sri Sthuthi:

" Vaksha: peeDIm MadhuvijayinO: BhUshayanthIm svakAnthyA"
( This MangaLAnAm-MangaLam Devi adorns  the pedestal of 
the chest of Her Lord with Her own effulgence ).
--SlOkam 1 Passage , Sri Sthuthi

"SthAnam yasyA: sarasija vanam VishNu Vakshasthalam vaa"
( Whose residence is a lotus-forest or the Lord's chest)
--SlOkam 2 Paasage , Sri Sthuthi

PoorNam tEja: sphurathi Bhavathee Paadha LaakshA rasAngam
( and He , Your Lord is characterized by the marks/adayALams
from the red dye of Your feet on His chest)
--SlOkam 4 Passage , Sri Sthuthi

sEshas chittham vimala manasAm moulasya SruthInAm
sampadhyanthE ViharaNa vidhou yasya sayyaa visEshA:
--SlOkam 5 Paasage , Sri Sthuthi
( As Divine couple , You both choose as the place of
sport and enjoyment, the bed of AdhisEshA , the heart
lotus of blemishless seers  and THE TOP PORTION OF THE VEDAAS).

( The devAs saw You , the sister of Nectar , seated on 
the chest of Your Lord and worshipped You to receive
Your anugrahams)
--Slokam 14 Passage , Sri Sthuthi

nithyAmOdhaa nigama vachasAm MouLi mandAra maalA
( Thou art the fragrance incarnate , who is the MandhAra
Garland for the head (siras) of the VedAs.)
--SlOkam 23 Paasage , Sri Sthuthi

Swamy Desikan elaborated thus in Sri Sthuthi the many
tatthvams hinted briefly by Swamy ParAsara Bhattar 
in this 39th slOkam .

Sri RanganAyaki"s Parama Isvarya PradhAythvam is
celebrated here. Her feet are "Surabhitha NigamAntham"
and are " Vaasitha VedAntham " ( VedA MaNam kamazhum
ThiruvadigaL). VedAs perform abhivAdhanam and salutation
to those sacred feet of Sri RanganAyaki seated on her 
Lord's chest. Bhattar witnesses another wonder happening
at the paadhAravindham of Sri RanganAyaki.As the Lord 
moves , the Vijayanthi Maalai moves and dashes against 
the Thiruvadi of Sri RanganAyaki and gets crushed 
(upamardhai: sangarshai:) . What happens next ? 
Instead of fading and falling down , those flowers
of the Vaijayanthi Vana Maalai attain a new freshness ,
vigour and tEjas (Navathvam , Noothanathvam and Sobhai ) 
though  contact with the sacrd feet (SrI Paadha Sparsam)
as though they were freshly watered with the nectarine
morning dew .

In the next slOkam , Swamy ParAsara Bhattar describes 
the LakshmI KaDAksha Vigraha VailakshaNyam ( the specail 
glory and power of Her glances).

Sri RanganAyaki Jayathi
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 





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