Soundarya Lahari – Shloka #6: Cupid(Kama Deva) is Powerful and Wins the Entire World by the Grace of Shridevi !

Picture of Shridevi  Lalita Tripura Sundari

Omnipotent Mother Shridevi Lalita Tripura Sundari

Shridevi’s Grace grants extreme power to otherwise weak Kama Deva!

Dhanuh paushpam maurvi madhu-kara-mayi pancha vishikha
Vasantah samanto Malaya-maruda yodhana-rathah |
Tathapyekah sarvam Himagiri-suthe kam api kripaam
Apangat te labdhva jagadidam Anango vijayate ||
Soundarya Lahari 6

Benefits: Getting sons as progeny.

Meaning:
[Look at Kama Deva(Cupid) and his weak equipment!]His bow is of flower!
Bow-string is just a line of honey bees!
He has only five arrows(made up flower again)!
His minister is spring season(who is unreliable and undependable). His chariot in the battle is Malaya breeze(which is formless and unstable)!
O daughter of Mountain(Shridevi)! blessed by your little bit of Grace by your side-glance, Kama Deva is able to win over the entire world all alone by himself!

Insights:

  1. Kama Deva(cupid), the Lord of passion, has too many weak points: bows and arrows made up of flowers, undependable minister(Spring season) and unstable battle chariot, Malaya breeze. With all these, Kama Deva is able to conquer the entire world! How is that feasible?
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    It is possible only because of a little Grace bestowed by a side-glance of Shridevi. Indirectly, it means that Shridevi is infinitely powerful, since her side-glance itself empowers weak Kama Deva to win over the world, all alone.
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  2. Think about the words: Thathapyekah sarvam meaning “However, he alone”. Although, cupid has weak accessories such as flower bow, only five flower arrows, spring as a minister and so on, he does not even need to take the help of any of these.
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    A little Grace of Shridevi, granted by her side-glance, is enough to win the entire world, alone(Ekah). In fact, indirectly it means that cupid is not winning the world! But, Shridevi’s Grace does the real job to make him victorious.  It shows the immense power of Shridevi’s very little Grace offered by very quick side-glance!
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  3. Focus on the phrase: kamapi kripam apangatte labhdva(by getting a little Grace by the side-glance) – cupid wins the entire world alone! Now, what happens if Shridevi’s  entire Grace is on us by her kind affectionate and caring look? We are unable to even imagine the power and its outcome!
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  4. Tantric Meaning: Seed of desire(Kama beeja), Klim is concealed in the verse. K from kam api, L from malaya,  I from maurvi and M from paushpam together form the seed syllable of desire, Klim.
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  5. Esoteric Meaning #1: Look at the phrase:
    apangatte kamapi kripam  labhdva jagadidam Anango vijayathe |
    By getting a little bit of Grace from your side-glance, cupid(Kama Deva) conquers the world, albeit being weak.
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    It further means that anybody who is as weak as cupid by nature, can win the world and rule it like a king, by just a side-glance of Shridevi. In other words, Shridevi’s Grace bestows material prosperity(bhoga) to any devotee who maybe even poor.
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    The phrase jagadidam vijayathe (conquers this world) implies that the devotee wins over this temporary material world and gets liberation(moksha) from vicious birth and death cycle by the Grace of Shridevi.
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    In summary, Shridevi grants material prosperity(bhoga) and liberation (moksha) to her devotees, just by her Graceful side-glance!
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  6. Esoteric Meaning #2: Again, ponder on jagadidam vijayathe meaning wins the world. Just a kind look of Shridevi can make the devotee a king in this world or a liberated(God-realized) person, beyond the world.
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  7. Esoteric Meaning #3: Further, jagadidam vijayathe implies that a little bit of Grace of Shridevi, imparted by her momentary side-glance, can bestow prosperity(bhoga) for devotees who are house-holders with family responsibilities. If the devotee is an ascetic, Shridevi’s Grace offers him/her the liberation(moksha).
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    So, Shridevi needs to be worshiped by everybody, no matter whether one likes to enjoy the material prosperity or the supreme bliss of eternal abode of Shridevi.

Words of Beauty: The following words contribute to the sweet melody and rhythm for the verse: vas-anthah, sam-anthah; ma-laya, ma-rudha, yo-dhana; rathah, thatha-pyekah; kri-pam, apam-gatte.

Let us pray Shridevi with devotion for her kind and Graceful look on us!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

– Kalidas

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2 Responses to Soundarya Lahari – Shloka #6: Cupid(Kama Deva) is Powerful and Wins the Entire World by the Grace of Shridevi !

  1. Neel N says:

    The Soundarya Lahari is a live and vibrant composition; the origin is divine as Shankara composed it like all his compositions; in the Non- Dual state.

    • Kalidas says:

      Hari Om! Namaste!!

      Absolutely. Soundarya Lahari is the confluence of beauty and power of Shridevi! As discussed earlier, it is a partially revealed and composed hymn.

      Our Great Universal Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah himself is a divine incarnation of Lord Shiva. So, there is no duality between Shri Bhagavatpadah and God. Thus, all his compositions/revelations are fully loaded with the Divine Power of the Universal Self.

      Om Namah Shivaya ||

      – Kalidas

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