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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_CompuServe.COM)
Date: Sat May 11 1996 - 15:10:09 PDT
Rest Of the Charana Vaakyams: *********************************** Maha Lakshmi is saluted as " SAMASTHA DEVA SAMSEVYAM ANIMAADHYASHTA SIDDHITAM " . Dikshitar saluted Her in this vein as " Bharathi Rathee Sasee Pujiteh, Vaarijaasanaadhya Amara Vandhiteh, Naradhaadhi Muni Brundha Nanditeh ". Here, Dikshitar refers to Maha Lakshmi Being worshipped by Her daughter In Law, Rathi Devi , Sarswati (Bharathi ) and Indra's wife (Sasi Devi ). The worships by Devendra , the other Devaas and groups of Rishis headed by Narada is referred to next. When She is seated in Her Mantra Peetam known as ChintamaNi Graham, all of the above DEvas, their consorts and the band of Rishis offer their homages to Her. In the rest of the charana Namaskaarams, Dikshitar praises Her Anantha Kalyana Gunams. She is hailed as " Padma Priyaam Padma Hasthaam Padmaaksheem Padma Sundareem Padmodhbhavaam Padma Mukhim Padma Naabha Priyaam Ramaam ". Her affilation and attachment to the Lotus flower is indicated here. Through the group of words, " Kshithisaadhi Mahiteh , Bhakthi Yukthi Maanasa Viraajiteh , Neerajanasteh, Sumanasasteh, Saarasa Hasteh" Dikshitar offers his unceasing reverence (Sadhaa Namasteh ). Here Saarasa Hasteh refers to Her hands that are soft and beautiful like a lotus flower.Saarasa has the meaning of Lotus . This Namaskaaram can also be intrepreted as the Divine one holding lotus in Her Hands. That She is the Empress, who rules over the kings of the Earth is indicated by the salutation " Kshithisaadhi Mahiteh ". That She is the illuminating , sacred principle in the Bhakthi-laden hearts of Her devotees is alluded to in the salutation ," Bhakthi Yukthi Maanasa Virajiteh ". These devotees are waving camphor and Mangala Deepams in front of Her (Neerajanam). She is seated on Her Lotus and receives those upachaarams is one intrpretation. In the other intrepretation, reference is to the Vedic ceremony (Neerajanam ) conducted by the kings of the earth (Kshtheesaas) in the month of Asvina . They consecrate their weapons and tools of war to honor their Kshatriya Dharma .She receives these worships as the Empress of the kings of the earth . The last of the salutations of this Krithi is Sumanasasteh. . As Karunaa Rasa Lahari, Her mind is overflowing with compassionate thoughts about ways of protecting Her children from their trespasses from Sastric injunctions. She pleads with Her Lord to overlook those trespasses , when He gets angry at them. She with Her Sumanas gives the boons of Unimaginable wealth , Jnanam and MOksham through Her intercession. This is why Swami Desikan poses a rhetorical Question : SEVAAPEKSHAA TAVA CHARANAYOH : SREYASEH KASYA NA: SYAATH? " He asks: Why would not all auspiciousness befall on one, who wishes to offer Kaimkaryam to You? Even the thought of doing Kaimkaryam would be sufficient, since You are a Sumansasthaa says Swami Desikan . Because of Her Sumanas , She causes rows and rows of blessings and boons to those , who worship Her. Swami Desikan lists some of these boons resulting from Her Sumanas: SAMPADHYANTEH BHAVA BHAYA TAMEE BHANAVA: TVATH PRASAADHAATH BHAVAA : SARVEH BHAGAVATHI HAROU BHAKTHIM UDHVELAYANTHA: I YAACHEH KIM TVAAM AHAMIHA YATA: SEETHOH UDHAARA SEELAA BHUYOH BHUYOH DISASI MAHATAAM MANGALAANAAM PRABHANDHAAN II -- SRI STHUTHI , VERSE 22 Swami Desikan salutes Her Sumanas this way in the above verse: O Bhagavathi ( Piratti with limitless auspicious attributes) , Thanks to Your Sumanas, the fear from the dark Samsaric night is banished as though that darkness is driven away by many bright suns . The states of the minds of Your devotees converge thereafter on Your Lord and enhance their Bhakthi Bhavam. What can I really ask of You? I hesitate to ask , since, You out of Your Sumanas anticipate my wishes and repeatedly shower me with your multifold blessings. AMBHA! VISHNU KAANTEH! KAMALA NILAYEH ! MAADHAVA MANOHARI! KARUNAA LAHARI ! SARASIJA MAYA BHADRA PEETEH NISHANNAA ! MUKUNDHA VALLABEH! MAANATITHA PRATHITA VIBHAVEH ! SARVAN LOKAAN TAVA KARUNAYAA PAAHI, . Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan I will follow the thoughts of Dikshitar's krithi on Maha Lakshmi in the Ragam Mangal Kaisikhi next.