Soundarya Lahari Sloka

Monday, July 31, 2006

Soundarya Lahari Sloka - Sree cakra – the effect of kundalini sakti - 03

10. Sree Sakku baai from Pandareepura:-

In India, the sacred land, there is a saying about the holy places linking with the divine consciousness in different levels thus :-
Annabrahma is jagannath puri
Taarakabrahmam is kaasi
Poornabrahmam is tiruppati
Naadabrahmam is pandaripura.

Even today if you go to the pandaripura, you hear naadabrahma bhajans and songs from various corners - it is told. The sound coming from the jaalra with the bhajans confirm this saying.
Pandarinatha came to her rescue when she was tied by her husband mitrurao not allowing her to go to the ekaadasi festival. But to the surprise of mitrurao, pandarinatha came to her rescue and untied her and allowed her to go to the function. Also, pandarinatha took the form of sakkubai and asked sakkubai to tie her. Pandarinatha taking the form of sakkubai changed the mind of her husband by acting as his wife and did miracle. Sakkubai with her husband both became staunch devotees of pandarinatha and they propagated the god principle and devotion around the place.

11. Sree Meera baai – from Udaipur/mewaar

In Udaipur, there is a temple where there is the idol/deity of Sri Krishna and Meera baai together in ecstasy [divine] state.
(This represents the naayaka naayakee bhava- Meera baai considered herself as naayaka and Sri Krishna as naayaka with full divinity.)
The songs of Meera baai are the ones which induce divine bhakti even for people belonging to other religions.
When Meera baai found it difficult to live in the midst of the difficult country, when the king and others were blaming her, she found no other course of action except to drink poison and leave her life; but to the surprise of the king and all around, they found the idol of Sri Krishna was turning to be bluish in color thereby saving Meera baai and the king and others become blessed to find out the bhakti of Meera baai and the value of true devotion.
She ends her devotional poems with the heart throbbing lines :-
“Meera kahe bina prem se naheem mile nandalaalaa”.

12. Sree Bosala baavaa - from paalkaadu near pandareepura.

The great poet from tamilnadu bharatiyaar said thus :-

“Uzhavukkum thozhilukkum vandanai seyvom”
For the farming and work we bow.
The farmer depends for his sowing and farming – the blessing from god and the rain. Even if anybody else is naastika, the farmer can not be !
In such a farmer caste was born the divine bhakta called Bosala baavaa.
Bosala baavaa got the blessings of the divine god and goddess in the form of an elderly couple to bless him even when he found only some pieces of chola maavu to feed them though earlier he had fed to all around the place with his rich food from his farming. But to his surprise he found that the chola maavu was returned to him to be given to his partner in house and others by the couple – that which was returned by the couple was rich and more in quantity and hence baava got upset – but by the time the couple disappeared and he found that it was the leela of the god and goddess to test his patience and bhakti in which he fully succeeded with full titikshaa which rarely other bhaktas even have.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Soundarya Lahari Sloka - Sree cakra – the effect of kundalini sakti - 02

5. mahakavi bharatiyaar from Tamilnadu Who uttered in tamil saying –
“kaakkai cirakinile nandalaalaa
Nintan kariya niram tonrutadaa nandalaalaa Paarkkum marangalellaam nanda laalaa
Nintan pacchai niram tonrutadaa nanda laalaaKelkum oliyilellaam nandalaalaa
Nintan geetam isaikkutadaa nandalaalaaTeekkul viralai vaittaal nandalaalaa
Ninnai teendum inpam tondrutadaa nandalaalaa”

Oh! Nandalaala! In the feather of the crow we see the divine black color;
In the trees around, we the divine greenish color;
In the words heard, we see your divine song;
If we poke our hands on the fire, we see the feeling of your divine touch;

6. Saint Naamadev from Pandaripura Who uttered in ecstacy–
“ranga ranga namostute jaya ranganaatha namostute
Paanduranga namostute jaya padmanaabha namostute”

Kabir das used to praise naamadev often.

7. Saint Jnaaneswar from Maharashtrawho gave the beautiful gita Jnaaneswari which was called sarvajana ranjaka to the society
Who made the egoistic Brahmin pandits spellbound with surprise making them run away from the place by His grace by placing his hands on the head of the buffalo and asked the question to the buffalo which answered like this –

“janmanaa jaayate soodrah karmanaa jaayate dwijah
Vedo viprastu mukhyaanaam brahmajnaanam tu brahmanaam”

[by birth one is born as a soodra –
but by karmanushthaana he becomes a brahmana;
for the great Brahmins [who reside in brahman],
the main job is to study and preach veda andpreach the content in the veda to deserving disciples who come forward to know the supreme knowledge the Brahman.]

Daasee garbhasamudbhooto naaradasca mahaamunih
Tapasaa brahmanodbhootaha tasya jaatim na kalpayet
[narada was given birth to by a dasee only.
But by tapas, he became the son of brahma the creator;
one cannot say what caste he belonged to
-beyond caste because of knowing brahma vidya].

Urvasee garbhasambhooto vasishtasca mahaamunih
Tapasaa brahmanodbhootaha tasya jaatim na kalpayet

[the greage sage vasishtha who was born to urvasi became the brahma kumara;
one cannot say what is his caste
– he is beyond caste by knowing brahman]

Sunakee garbhasambhootah saunakasca mahaamunih
Tapasaa brahmanodbhootaha tasya jaatim na kalpayet”

[the great saint saunaka who was born the female dog,
became by tapas a brahma kumara who apprehended Brahman
- we cannot say what is his caste – beyond caste by knowing Brahman].

8. Sree Sankaraacaarya [aadi sankara] Who wrote several prakarana granthaas and bhaashyaasfor the Upanishads,Gita and Brahma Sutra andsaid in Sanskrit in his soundarya lahari thus –

“japo jalpah silpam sakalamapi mudraa viracanaa
Gati praadakshinya kramana masanaadhyaahuti vidhi
Pranaamah samvesah sukhamakhila maatpaarpanadrisaa
Saparyaa paryaayastava bhavatu yan me vilasitam”

[let my utterances become your japa, Oh! Mother;
Let my actions of the karmendriyaas become your mudras;
Let my walk become your pradakshina karma;Let my lying down poses become your pranaama;
Like this whatever actions of mine are there,let them become by your grace, the actions of yours].

Let me recall what amma used to say –
“Oh! Amma! Entre yethu vaakkum ninre vaakkai teeratte;
[all my words become your words]
Oh! Amma! Enre yethu icchayum ninre icchayaayi teeratte;
[all my thoughts become your thoughts]
Oh! Amma! Jnaan ceyyunna yethu karmavumnee ceyyunna karmamaayi teeratte;
[let my actions become your actions]
Oh! Amma! Njaan yevidekku kaal yeduthu vaccaalumathu ninnilekku yethunna paathayaai maaratte;
[all my walking steps lead me to your abode]
Oh! Amma! Jnaan yevide kidannaalumatu angaikkulla namaskaaramai teeratte;
[let my lying down anywhere become prostration to you]
Oh! Amma! Jnaan entu kazhicchaalumathu angaikkulla yajnamaaiteeratte;”
[whatever I consume as food by body and emotionsby mind and thoughts by intellect let it become jajna to you.]

“pradeepa jwaalaabhir divasakara neeraajanavidhim
Sudhaasoote cchandropala jalalavir arghyaracanaa
Swakeeyai rambhobhih salila nidhi souhitya karanam
Twakeeyaabhir vaaghbhir tava janani vaacaam stutiriyam”
[Oh! Mother goddess supreme! Who is the goddess of all words!
Like the lighting of a lamp from the light borrowed from the sun god- applying thereby the neeraajana to the sun god--
Like the applying of the neeraajana to the moon god
orrowed by the light from the moon falling on the stone
which gives the water-Like the tarpana being applied by the water from the ocean to the ocean itself ]
[Offer your own belonging to you in turn for your(because you are only inside and outside us)happiness-Oh! Goddess Supreme]

9. Sree Rama Bhakta Hanuman : he was able to cross the ocean to reach Sri Lanka simply by chanting the name ‘Rama’.He elaborates on his relation with Sri Rama thus:-

Deha-buddhyaa to daso’ham
[identified with the body, I am thy servant]
Jeeva buddhyaa tvad amsakah
[as an individuality, I am thy part]
Aatma budddhyaa twamevaaham
[but as the pure self, we are one]
Iti me niscitaa matih
[this is my firm conviction]

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Soundarya Lahari Sloka - Sree cakra – the effect of kundalini sakti- 01

examples of saadhakaas or devotees :-

1. Sree Jayadeva swamigal from Orissa -Puri [jagannatha kshetra]Who entered the samaadhi state often singing the glory of the Lord as –
“Candana carcita neela kalebara peeta vasana vanamaali”

His legs and hands were cut by robbers and he was thrown into a well. But his mind was not at all affected, he was a sthitaprajna as referred in the gita chapter 2 sloka 15 thus :-

“Yam hi na vyathayantyete purusham purusharshabha
Sama dukha sukham dheeram somritatwaaya kalpate”

He gave gita govinda – which was even appreciated by foreign poets – Edwin Arlnold translated the same into English by name “song of songs ” and paved the way for the whole world to know about this great saint.

2. Sant Kabir Das from Vaaranaasi [Kaasi kshetra]Who uttered all along saying –

“raama kaho yaa rahim kaho voh yek hi hai”
“antar raama baahir raama jaham dekho vahaam sabhee raamaa hi raama
guru kripa anjan paayo more bhayee raama binaa kuch dekhat naahee
Raama binaa kuch jaanat naahee
Jaagat raama sovat raama sapan me dekhat raamaa hi raama”

”hari bolo bhaai hari bolo”
“mera mera kah kar kyaa phal paaya
Hari ke bhajan vinaa choothak maayaa
Kahat kabeeraa hari guna gaanaa
Gaavata naasata vaikunta jaanaa”

He went to the stage of pleasing the devotees and feeding the poor even by cutting his son’s head – he depicted the sthitaprajna in gita as referred by chapter 2 sloka – 19 thus:-“ya yenam vetti hantaaram yascainam manyate hatamUbhau tau na vijaaneeto naayam hanti na hanyate”

this simple man along with all of you who are reading this offer our pranaams to the great devotees of God .

3. Sant Tulasi Das from Delhi, Rajahpur, VaaranaasiWho said in his Tulasi Ramayan –

“kaama krodh mad lobh moh
Naath narak ke panth
Sab parihari raghubeera hi
Bhajahu bhajahi jehi sant”

“sakala sumangala daayaka
Raghu naayaka guna gaana
aadara suna hi te tarahiBhava sindhu binaa jala jaan”

Here is an incidence from the history of the great mughal emperor who was a staunch devotee of God almighty. He happened to come to see Saint Tulasidas and asked him to request Sri Rama to give darshan to him also. Akbar the great appreciated very much about the devotion of Tulasidas and was said to refer like this once-

“Turavikku vendan turumbu taane”
it was also referred in the history of Tulasidas that the Great King Akbar appreciated very much about the devotion of Tulasidas and also specifically in the articles in “vinaya patrikaa” and “raam carit maanas”. Our pranaams to the great King also.

4. Saint Ezhuttacchan from Kerala who wrote Harinaama Keertan and Adhyaatma Raamaayan -Who uttered in Malayalam saying
“yaatonnu kaanmatatu naaraayanapratima
Yaatonnu ketpatatu naaraayanasrutikal
Yaatonnu ceyvatatu naaraayana arcanakal
Yaatonnatokke hari naaraayanaaya nama”

What ever you see is the idol of naaraayana only;
Whatever you hear is naaraayana srutikal;
Whatever you do is naaraayana acrana;
Whatever else is there all are hari naaraayan only.