Friday 17 April 2009

Soundarya Lahari!

Maha Periyava's lectures on Soundarya Lahari,of Sankara Bhagavatpaada,is a real eye opener and shows us the way to the garden of treasure and miracles!That the Goddess resides in every sloka and how She works through the sheer sound vibration of every sloka,is a revelation by itself.
The seventh sloka,
KavanatKaanchi-daama kari-kalabha-kumbha-stana-nataa
Parikshinaa madhye parinatha-sharathchandra-vadanaa
Dhanur-Baanaan-paasham-shrunimapi dadhaanaa karathalaih:
Purasthaadasthaam nah puramathithuraahopurushikaa!

(Meaning:May the divine Mother with Her slender waist girdled with jingling mini-bells,body slightly bent in the middle by the weight of Her breasts resembling the frontal globes of the fore head of a young elephant,Her face blooming like the autumnal moon and Her four hands holding bow,arrow,noose and goad and who is the pride of Shiva,manifest Her presence before us!)
In Maha Periyava's lectures,(Soundarya Lahari,Chapter 55"Curing Illness"),He states that the meaning of certain words (in mantra or a poem)is one thing but the result produced by their sound is quite another,with no connection with it(with the meaning).Sugar is powdered to make a number of objects like little boxes,dolls.Periyava says we can make we can make even things looking like chillies with it.But these chillies are sweet because the substance out of which they are made is sweet.The substance called sound,or the potency of a mantra,is one thing and the "doll made of the verse" is another.
The benefit of reciting the 7th sloka is to fascinate royal personages and overcome enemies, simultaneously,one can experience how the sound generated by portions of the sloka yield results according to the sound of the sloka,for e.g., "puramathithuRAAHO purushika" of the last line of the 7th sloka, is meant to destroy the evil effects of Rahu,or an afflicted Rahu in one's natal horoscope.The recitation of this sloka is not only prescribed for Rahu afflicted natives,but will ultimately lead one to Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchipuram, (the first verse,"kvanathKAANCHIdhama) to taste the Supreme bliss and nectar of Her Saannidhyam.There is a hint here that the subject of the hymn is Lalithaamba because of the word "Kanchi"used in it.The deity mentioned in the Srividya- tantra,the deity with all the attributes and weapons of Lalithaa Tripura Sundari,can only be the Kamakshi of Kanchipuram.That is why the saying:even if you mention the name of the place you must not mention the name of the person.In this hymn,though Amba's name is not mentioned,itseems the Acharya has perhaps suggested the name by mentioning,or hinting at Her place through the term "Kanchidhaama".
Kamakshi, Goddess of tantra and said to be the domineering and powerful counterpart of Her spouse,Lord Ekambresa, is "Purushika"(concluding verse of the 7th sloka.) It is amazing how every meaning ,every sound vibration and every benefit yielded by the slokas show instant results and how one should tread carefully before choosing the sloka for "japam".Soundarya Lahari recited as a whole on a daily basis is different from choosing any particular sloka for "japa" purpose.Before choosing,one should always keep in mind that Soundarya Lahari is a live wire!
Maha Periyava's assurance that the 100 slokas are a treasure trove,into which the devotee can dive deep any number of times and come out with dazzling discoveries.Maha Periyava further asserts that it is the devotee's IQ and God-guided instinct that will lead him to exotic treasures of Soundary Lahari,in other words,the freedom and facility to interpret and implement Soundarya Lahari is given to every devotee!