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Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam: Part XVI--> SlOkma 7

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 19:02:52 PST

SrimathE RanganAyakyai Nama:

Dear BhakthAs :

In the seventh slOkam , ParAsara Bhattar
makes a sincere appeal for Sri RanganAyaki's
auspicious glances to fall on him to realize
a sthuthi on Her , which will pay the most 
befitting tribute to Her anantha kalyANa guNams.

The Seventh SlOkam 

Sookthim samagrayathu svayamEva LakshmI:
 SriRangarAja MahishI madhurai: kaDAkshai:
Vaidhagdhya-varNaguNa-gumbhana-gouravair yaam
 kaNDUla karNa guharA: kavayO dhayanthi

The Meaning by Dr.V.N.Vedantha Desikan(V.N.V)
May Goddess Sri RanganAyaki , Herself ,
confer Her benign glances to make this work
of OURS (Hers as  much as mine !) perfect 
and replete with the admirable virtues of 
richness of content , use of choice words,
happy combination of all beauties , so that 
discerning connoisseurs of poetry will eagerly
listen to the work with rubbed ears , whetted to
the hearing process!

Additional Comments by Dr.V.N.V
Oh The divine consort of Lord RangarAjA!
Are n't You my Mother ? You should bless me
with Your auspicious glances and help me to
complete this Sthuthi on You.I dream that 
the fruits of this effort would be the creation
of a Sthuthi with an integration of Vaidhagdhyam
( insightful meanings) ,varna-guNam (( distinction of 
housing the flow of choice words) , Gouravam 
( guruthvam or majestic nature) and the seamless
 blending ((gumbhanam) of all of the above features.
The learned aasthikAs will devour such a nectarine
sthOthram through their ear cavities.

These learned people are rasikAs of poetry
and literary creations. When they experience 
the sweetness (maadhUrya rasam )of the Sthuthi
about You , their ears will long more and more
to hear this sthuthi.Their ears will never be 
satiated.It will be aparyApthAmrutham for them.
Oh RanganAyaki blessing us as MahA Lakshmi in
archai form at Srirangam ! My prayers are for 
Your dayA to create this Sookthi and help. 
When You participate in this manner actively,
then the resulting Sookthi will be OUR Sookthi
instead of being just mine! 

Observations by adiyEn (V.S)

Here, ParAsara Bhattar co-opts Sri Ranganaayaki
to be the creator of the sthuthi about Herself 
in the spirit of Swamy NammAzhwAr's paasurams
as pointed out by Dr.V.N.V :

"To get sung of Himself , He became myself.
 He had the work composed by me without any
 error. Had I done it myself , it would have
 been imperfect ;errors would have crept in.
 When He did it Himself through me as a tool ,
 all was well done......" ThiruvAimozhi:VII.9.4

"Yennal tannai padhaviya inn kavi paadiya
 Appanukku yethuvum onRumillai seyvathu
 ingumangE "--ThiruvAimozhi:VII.9.10

(meaning): " To One ,who made me --a nobody
before--a poet to sing of Him in sweet verse , 
He would Himself sing , if He were to do it--
I feel I can do no adequate return here or
elsewhere ".

ParAsara Bhattar pleads with Sri RanganAyaki:
 " na: sookthim samagrayathu". Samagra means 
complete. Samagrayathu means then let it be
completed. What should be completed ? Our 
(Yours and mine or our Joint effort ) should be 
completed .Who should be completing this task ?
"SvayamEva LakshMI: , SrirangarAja MahishI 
na: sookthim samagrayathu". May Thou ,the 
divine consort of SrirangarAjA , LakshmI ,
compete this task all by Yourself. How 
will You complete this task? You will get
it done thru me by resting Your sweet and
and auspicious glances(Madhurai: kaDAkshai:)
on me. 

What will be the end result of the anugraha
sakthi of Your Madhura KaDAksham? A Sri Sookthi
full of deep meanings , choice word groups and
serving as KarNAmrutham for the rasikAs will result .
The ear holes of those rasikAs will taste the nectarine
sweetness of this Sri Sookthi of ours and will be
aching to taste more. The experience would be
an insatiable one for them.  

Bhattar seeks the boon of a Sri Sookthi 
that has Vaidhagdhyam( skill, dexterity 
and proficiency in arrangement of words
in appropriate poetic metres) , VarNa GuNam
( the perfect order of arrangement of words
or gathi kramam),Gumbhana ghouravam ( loftiness
based on the union of the above features) .

When such a delectable Sri Sookthi is tasted
by the ears of the learned poets , those
ears will itch to devour more and more of
"our" Sri Sookthi says Bhattar.

In the next slOkam , ParAsara Bhattar elaborates
on the supreme quality of the Sri Sookthi to be
realized and prays for Sri RanganAyaki " to open up
multitudes of vistas" for his poetic power.

DaasOsmi, DhanyOsmi , anugruhithOsmi,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan     

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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