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Sri Guna Rathna Kosam : Part 51: slOkam 40

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 11:30:01 PDT

Sri RanganAyaki ThAyAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam


Dear BhakthAs:

In the 40th SlOkam , Swamy ParAsara Bhattar salutes
the power of the glances of Sri RanganAyaki. He describes
the effect of these auspicious glances on BrahmAdhi dEvAs
in general and on Her Lord , Sri RanganAthan in particular. 
The 40th slOkam housing these thoughts is as follows:

Thvath sveekAra kalAvalEpa kalushA rAj~nAm dhrusO dhurvachA:
nithyam thvan-madhupAna matthamadhupa SrInirbharAbhyAm Pathim
dhrughbhyAmEva hi PuNDareekanayanam vEdhO vidhAmasa tE
SaakshAlakshmi! tavAvalOk vibhava: kAkvA kayA varNyatE?

Meaning according to Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan:
A wonderful vision perceived by the poetic eye
is being described here:

DevAs like BrahmA , great Kings on earth , etc.,
have had the benefit of an iota of Your eye-glance .
They owe thier prime position to this benefaction 
from You .They are all indeed haughty out of this 
privelege--and this is evident in their excited and 
bedimmed eyes.Nevertheless , the beauty of their eyes 
is beyond our attempt at description.

This being so, Oh Goddess , the eyes of the great 
Lord, Your Consort, which are like the black beetles ,
hovering round Your whole body charm all through become
intoxicated and lose themselves in this liquor-addiction,
so to say , will never take out the eyes elsewhere !
So mad He is after Your (beautiful)Form!

There is a very interesting result; His eyes which
were originally , rightly , described as black like 
beetles , have become red; He is now described by 
the VedAs too as the One , the Only One , to be fit 
to be called the red-lotus eyed Lord. No One else 
can lay claim for this distinction.

If this is the impact of Your eyes(glances), if this
is the impact of Your body-color , if this be all Your
greatness , what is one to say about and how is one to 
describe,the great force possessed by Your eye glance ?

Additional Comments:
Oh RanganAyaki! If a small portion of Your kaDAksham
falls on the kings or DevAs , then their eyes are filled
with pride over that Bhaagyam and become agitated.It is
difficult to decribe the beauty of their eyes resulting 
from the falling of Your glances on them.

If that were to be so, what are we to think of the impact
of Your auspicious and loving glances on Your Lord? His
eyes are like a beetle , who has drunk deep the honey of Your 
unmamtched soundharyam and is in an "intoxicated " state .
He does not take His eyes off You. His eyes become
red and assume the color of a fully blossomed lotus. Those
red eyes of incomparable beauty are recognized as His
adayALam by the VedAs ( PuNDareekAkshan). The ChAndhOgya
Upanishad Vaakyam , " Tasya kapyAsam PuNDarIkamEvamakshaNi"
is invoked here. OH RanganAyaki! Indescribable indeed 
is the power of Your auspicious dhrushti (KaNN nOkku)!

The PunDareeka Nayanathvam of the Lord is linked
dexterously by Bhattar to His Consort's eye glances
falling on Him and He in turn being totally under 
the influence of their intoxicating  power.His eyes
are like the beetles , who have consumed makarandham 
(honey)from the flowers and dart about joyously 
enjoying the unparalleled beauty of the limbs of 
His consort. 

The Tamil Translation of this verse by Sri RamakrisNa
Iyengar refers to the bedimmed eys of the Kings swollen
with pride due to being beneficiaries of those auspicious 
eye glances falling on them as:

" Nee siRithE KadaikkaNippa Nirupar KaNNkaL
  Nilavu-mathatthAr kalanki nilamEyalla "

The impact of those eye glances on Her Lord's eyes
are described as:

" --Pathi KaNNkaL nALum neeyAm-
 pirasatthai paruhi matham pidittha VaNDin 
 tEsudunE ThihazhuvathAl Avanai Vedam  
 SenkamalkkaNNan yena therinthathaanRE? 

Swamy Desikan decribes in the 14th SlOkam of
Sri Sthuthi :

SaapAkrAnthA: saraNamagaman saavarOdhA: SurEbdrA:
labdhvA BhUyasthribhuvanamidham lakshitham thvath kaDAkshai:
( The DevAs regained their Isvaryam , which also grew
further, by the auspicious glances of grace You bestowed
on them . And they enjoy it permanently--Dr.VNV Desikan ).

In the 15th slOkam , Sawmy Desikan sums up 
the power of MahA Lakshmi"s glances conferring 
immense wealth , in whatever places and directions 
Her glances fall and they floe with competetive zeal
into an overwheming flood--Dr.VNV Desikan):
" YasyAm YasyAm disi viharathE Devi dhrushti thvadheeyA
  TasyAm TasyAmahamahamikAm dhnavthE SampadhOgA:" 

In the 16th slOkam of Sri Sthuthi , Swami Desikan 
refers to see those worship MahA Lakshmi realize
abundant Isvaryam from earth or KubErA's abiode or 
from the skies or from the seas.

In the 17th slOkam of Sri Sthuthi , Swamy Desikan 
describes the blessed state of those , who hold in
thier hearts the sacred feet of mahA Lakshmi become
emperors with vast wealth on this earth. 

In the 21st slOkm of Sri Sthuthi , Swamy Desikan describes
how the benovolent glances of MahA Lakshmi removes all
samsAric afflictions. 

She is KalyANAnAm avikala nidhi ( the inexhaustible 
reservoir of all shrEyas/auspicousness)... slOkam 23

In the final verse of Sri Sthuthi , Swamy Desikan 
concludes that , Her glances will confer all auspiciousness
at the highrest level .

Such is the power of Sri RanganAyaki/MahA Lakshmi's 
NethrOthpalam and the glances originating from those
sweet and soft eyes.

Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan  

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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