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Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam : Part XXVII: SlOkam 18

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 18:26:17 PST

Dear Devotees of Sri RanganAyaki ThAyAr:

adiyEn will cover slOkam 18 in this posting :

saha sTira parithrasa vraja VirinchAnAkinchanai:
  anOkaha Bruhaspathi prabhala viklava prakriyam
idham sadhasadhAthmanA nikhilamEva nimnOnnatham
  katAksha tadhupEkshayOs-tava hi Lakshmi! TatthANDavam

(Meaning /Dr.V.N.Vedantha Desikan):One finds a variety of
contrasts (differentiators) in this world. There is an
acme (summit) and there is a nadir( bottom).BrahmA , who
is at the top of authority and power , Bruhaspathi , 
the storehouse of wisdom are mighty heros compared to 
their opposites like a dumb tree or animal or an ignorant 
dunce or a timid weakling.

How many contrasts(opposing dhvandhvams) are there in 
this world ? So many ups and downs in the social order
--all these receive a simple expalnation--the former 
secured Your benovolent glances , which the latter missed.

Additional Observations (V.S)
This is the last of the set of slOkams(8-18) in which 
ParAsara Bhattar praises MahA Lakshmi's Vaibhavam 
based on references to Vedam and Smruthis.He identifies Her
with all things that are auspicious and excellent (Unnatham)
and points out that their auspicousness and excellence
are derived from Her.

ParAsara Bhattar has derived inspiration for this 
slOkam from his father , Sri KurEsar's ninth slOkam 
of Sri Sthavam:

lOkE vanaspathi Bruhaspathy taaratamyam
  YasyA: prasAdha pariNAmam udhAharanthi
Saa BhArathI BhagavathI thu yadhIya daasi
  thAmm DevadevamahishIm Sriyam AasrayAma:

(Meaning): In this world ,the differentiation
from polar opposites like a tree and the great 
Deva Guru like Brahaspathi is said to result from 
the anugraham of the Goddess of Learning , Sarasvathi.
Bruhaspathi becomes a super intellect by Her grace.
Even that revered sarasvathi performs kaimakryam for
the devotees (adiyArs , TadhiyAs) of MahA Lakshmi.
AdiyEn seeks as refuge that divine consort of
Sriman NaarAyaNan , the God of Gods.

Sri ParAsara Bhattar developed the Taaratamyam
aspects between the Brahaspathi and an insentient
tree inthe 18th slOkam and accounted for that
mighty difference.

Sri KurEsar had stated in another slOkam that
Isvaryam (Wealth) ,Soundharyam (Beauty) and
LaavaNyam , ManOhara Roopam and all other 
MangaLams are under the control of MahA Lakshmi.

Here , Kuresar was following the revelation of
Swamy AlavandhAr , who stated in one of his 
SthOthra Rathnam SlOkams : "Jagath Samastham
yadhabhAnga Samsrayam"( All this world is under
the power and influence of the moving eye brow 
and glances of MahA Lakshmi).If those glances 
fall on one , then that fortunate one has an
auspicious existence. When that does not happen,
inauspiciousness is the direct result.The polar
opposites are a direct consequence.

Sri NallAn Thirumalai RaamakrishNa IyengAr's
Tamil translation of this verse is a beautiful one:

peyarvana peyarhilAtha piramanE selvamillAn
  uyar guru maranE maRRum uRupala muRREraRROr 
uyarvana thAzhvana yaavum nalla theeyanavA unn-kaNN
  ayarvininaruLin nOkkatthAdu ThANDavam ANangE !

Here , the nallathu (auspicous ) and the theeaythu
(inauspicous) , the mighty and the miniscule (lowest),
the great dEva Guru and the dumb tree in the forest ,
the jangamam and the sthAvaram , the wealth and 
the poverty --the origin of all these opposites are 
recognized to arise from the movement (dance) or 
otherwise of the eyes of the divine damsel, MahA Lakshmi.

Sri RanganAyaki Jayathi
Azhagiya Singar Thiruvadi,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan   


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