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Sri GuNa Rathna KOsam : Part 41(SlOkam 30)

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 09:40:26 PDT

Dear BhakthAs:

In this slOkam , Bhattar describes the power of 
the auspicious glances of Sri RanganAyaki. 

SlOkam 30
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apAngA bhUyAmsO yadhupari Param Brahma tadh-abhUth
  amI yathra dhvithrA: sa cha sathamakhAdhis tadadharAth
atha: SrIrAmnAyas-tadhubhayamusamsthvAm praNijagou
  prasasthissaa Raaj~nO yadhapi cha purIkOsa-kaTanam 

(Meaning by Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan ):When Your eye glances 
falling are one, two or three, say, then the object becomes 
dEvAs like IndhrA , the four-faced BrahmA and the like , 
subordinates to Your Consort . When , therefore , Para-brahman 
or the lesser gods are referred to in the VedAs , the actual 
reference is to be understood to point to YOU. After all , if One
is praising the affluence of a kingdom , the abundance of riches
in the treasury etc,that praise only devolves on the ruler. 
So here also praise of the Lord ( or the lesser gods) is 
equivalent to Your praise. You are the cause of their greatness.

Earlier (28th slOkam ), Bhattar pointed out: " tvAm na pruTagabhi-
dhatthE Sruthirapi"( The VedAs do not spell out Your auspicious
guNAs separately from that of Your Lord because You constitute His 
GuNAs , which are indistinct and inseperable from Him ).Here, Bhattar
says a similar situation exists , when one praises the abundant riches 
of the King's treasury.That praise in reality is a praise of the King
Himself. The root cause behind the exalted sthAnams of Indhran and 
BrahmA is indeed the power of the benovolent glances of PirAtti. 

adiyEn's additional Comments : KurEsar , the father of ParAsara 
Bhattar conceded in His Sri Sthavam that MahA Lakshmi's auspicious 
GuNAs and the effects of Her MangaLa dhrushtis can not be
described adequaely by words :" SrI:! tAvakA guNA: vaachAm 
manasaam cha dhurgruhathayA khyAtha:"( Sri Sthavam: slOkam 4).

Kuresar goes on to say that the Isvaryams enjoyed by
the human beings---be it small or great--- originate
from the mangaLa dhrushti  of MahA Lakshmi. He extrapolates
this truism to Sriman NaarAyaNan Himself with the subsequent
statement: " JagannATa: NaarAyaNa: api Tava EekshaNAth
SvAthmAnam dhanyam manyathE" ( The Lord Sriman NaarAyaNan ,
who is both His own Lord and the Lord of the Universe 
considers Himself mightily blessed by being the object
of Your auspicious glances). One of Your name is Sraddhaa.
The PramANam says in this context states that You provide
SarvEsvarathvam to Your Lord through your apAngam (glances):
" SraddhayA DevO Devathvam asnuthE". KurEsar cites this as 
His reason for seeking MahA LakshmI's refuge :

yasyA: kaDAksha mrudhu veekshaNa dhIkshaNEna
  sadhya: Samullasitha-pallavam ullalAsa:
Visvam viparyaya-samutTa-viparyayam prAkk
  ThAmm Deva-dEva-mahishIm Sriyam aasrayAma:

(Meaning): This Universe , which had experienced
decline , when Your auspicious glances did not fall on 
it , grew beautifully , when the anugraha sankalpam of Your
benovolent glances fell on it. Those uplifting glances
rejuvenated it to great beauty and strength. It shot up 
like a young creeper reaching for the sky. We seek 
the protection of that great Empress , the Divine Consort of 
Deva Raajan.

Sri ParAsara Bhattar points out that the Roopam and
SthAnam of Sriman NaarAyaNan to BrahmA to Rudran to
other DevAs are only due to the power of MahA Lakshmi's
KaDAksha Vaibhavam ( Tvath KaDAksha-labdha-VibhavathvAth
--Parabrahma-Vidhi-Siva-SathamakhAdhi Roopam ).

Such is the glory of the Glances of Sri RanganAyaki !
May She take residence in the new temple built for Her
at Pomona, NY and bless all Her devotees !

Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 
        


     


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