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Challenge 3.13: "SHAME ON YOUR SHAKTI!
Date: Sat Oct 23 1999 - 08:59:02 PDT

SwAmi VEdAnta DEsika's "NaichyAnusanthAnam" and 
"SAtvika AhamkAram "
(As gleaned from his StOtras.) - 
Dear Bhagavatas
Kindly refer to "Part 3 - SWAMI CHALLENGES! An Introductory Note" - posted on 
10th October 99. I am leaving out this to avoid repetition You may read that 
o appreciate this posting in the proper perspective. 
Anbil Ramaswamy

Challenge 3.13: "SHAME ON YOUR SHAKTI!

BrahmANDa laksha sathakOti gaNAn ananthAn
Eka  kshaNE viparivarthya vilajjamAnam /
Madh papa rAsi mathanE madhu darpa hanthreem
Sakthim niyunkshva saraNAgatha vatsala tvam //
(SaraNAgathi Deepikai SlOkam 48)


During the mahA praLayam, your Shakti destroyed all the brahmANDas running 
into lakhs and crores in number in a split second.
Your Shakti vanquished the pride of the asura "Madhu"
No doubt, these are just child's play for your Shakti.

But, after having done all these, your Shakti feels ashamed as if it had not 
achieved anything!

Now, let me tell you something, which could make your Shakti proud.

The magnitude of my sins far exceeds all the brahmANDas put together.
My pride is infinitely more formidable than that of Madhu.

If only your Shakti could destroy my pApams, it can feel really proud.

As I have surrendered to you, you have to exercise your Shakti for this 

Thus, you can save your own title as "SaraNAgatha vatsala" and also the 
potency of your Shakti - a two-in-one feat!"


What is Shakti?

It is the ability to accomplish what others cannot.
Cf: "yath anyair asakhyathvAt agaTithamiva bhAthi thath agaTitha gaTanA 
sAmarthya roopa"

Vide also Lakshmi Tantram (2.28)
'Shaktih svEthara sarva nirvAhikA, jagat prakriti bhAvOmE ya: sa: Shaktir 
To continue Challenge 3.14: "NO BIG DEAL"