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Re: Sri Guna Rathna Kosam : Part 53: slOkam 43

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 18:24:57 PDT

Dear BhakthAs of Sri RanganAyaki ThAyAr:

In this slOkam , Swamy ParAsara Bhattar visualizes 
the stage of siundharyam of SriranganAyaki as 
some where between a child (saisavam) and feminine 
youth (Yuvathi) :

aamaryAdham-akaNDakam sthana-yugam naadhyApi naalOkithA
 bhru-bhEdha smitha vibramaa jahathi vaa naisargikathvAyasa:
soothE Saisava-Youvana vyathikarO ghAthrEshu tE sourabham
 bhOga-srOthasi kaantha-dEsika kara grahENa gaahakshama:

(Meaning According to Dr.V.N.VedanthAdEsikan): " Your eternal
state is the intermediate stage between childhood and feminine
youth. The breasts have just started growing , one should say.
The brow-raising , the smile ,etc. are said to be parts of
the prelude to the love-sport ; they would be feigned by 
a girl , who has reached the full youth . But then Mother 
Lakshmi has then almost as natural features even in 
the pre-youth stage. May be  it is regarded as a demerit 
for the female in the mundane world! That stage has not yet 
passed off in Mother's case as yet! When You descend in 
the ocean of love-bliss , the Lord Himself  would act 
as tutor to you in the art of erotics ,giving a helping 
hand , making You fit for immersion --when You acquire
a new fragrance fit and commensurate for the amorous
sport , even in that pre-youth state , permanent though.

(Comments): The enduring stage of the beauty of 
Sri RanganAyaki is frozen between that of a girl child
(Saisavam ) and a fully-blossomed feminine youth 
( TaruNa Yuvathi). AzhwArs are also fond of visualizing 
the Lord in this fashion. For instance , One of
the AzhwArs describes the Lord  as " ILam Kumaran" 
in one of the ThiruviNNagar Paasuram . Here , the AzhwAr
visualizes the Lord's beauty as some where between saisavam
(childhood) and Yuvan ( Nithya YuvA as visualized by Vedam).

All the feminine feaures illustrate this unique state
of Sri RanganAyaki. The stage is beginning stage of 
Youvanam and the Saisavam has not completely left Her.
As a result , Her breasts are not fully developed
(AamaryAdham akaNDakam Sthana Yugam) .This is also  
the case of ParAnkusa Naayaki (MulayO Muzhu MuRRum
pOnthila) as described by Swamy NammAzhwAr. Vaathsya
VeerarAghavAchArya Swamy comments in this context:
" Sthana parimANa Poorthi: adhyApi na jAthEthi" 
( The dimensions of Her breasts have not yet attained
full development ). Only during PoorNa Youvanam , 
the breasts attain their full dimensions ( "PoorNa 
Youvana yEva PariNama Poorthi: syAth "). 

Another feature of PoorNa Youvanam is that the woman
displays readily the bewitching play of the movement 
of the brows as a prelude to amorous play with Her lover.
Sri RanganAyaki has not crossed however the stage of 
full blossomed Youth and yet Her bending of the brow 
and sweet smile suggest that She has reached the stage of 
fully grown woman. This is some what of a slander (apakIrthi)
to the  stage She really is in , since Her childhood 
has not completely left Her.

Her Lord becomes Her Desikan (preceptor) in the engagement
of love play : "BhOga SrOthasi Kaantha Desika:" .He lends 
His hand as it were to swim easily in the flood of love
play (Kara GrAhENa BhOga SrOthasi Kaantha: Desika: BhabhUva).
He becomes Her AchAryan for Kaama kalai. His help helps Her to
become fit for the KrIDA PravAha aanandham .Oh RanganAyakI !
You at the junction of saisavam and Youvanam . Your limbs
and body movements attain an unparalled fragrance as a result 
of Your attaining the status of BhOga Naayaki for Your Lord!

Sri RanganAyaki ThAyAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam ,
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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