In the seventh shloka of Soundarya Lahari,
Adi Shankaracharya talks about the bAhyarUpa, or the physical features of the playful divine
mother, goddess lalithA. The sAdhana of this particular shloka, is
said to provide the sAdhaka with the siddhi of protection from internal as well as external
enemies. In this video, let us learn this shloka completely
with it’s proper pronunciation,it’s literal and hidden meanings, and the secrets of tantra
that have been encoded into it by jagadguru shrI Adi Shankaracharya. We intend to keep The Sanskrit Channel free
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below. Let us first look at how to chant this shloka
without any mispronunciations. kvaNatkAnchIdAmA karikalabhakumbhastananatA
parikShINA madhye pariNatasharachchandravadanA |
dhanurbANAn pAshaM sRRiNimapi dadhAnA karatalaiH purastAdAstAM naH puramathiturAhopuruShikA
|| 7|| As I mentioned before, this shloka describes
the physical attributes of the mother goddess. Before going into the symbolic meanings of
each of these descriptions, let us first look at the literal meaning of the words of this
shloka. We’ll split the shloka into this layer-wise
arrangement for easy understanding. We see that there is only one main idea being
conveyed in this shloka, which is purastAt AstAM naH=May she be in front of
us! May who be infront of us? That is mentioned in the six sub-layers of
this main parent layer. We’ll explore these sub-layers one-by-one
while keeping the meaning of the parent layer still in our minds. May she be infront of us,
Aho-puruShikA=the great consort! whom is she the consort of? puramathituH=of the one who destroyed tripurAsura,
Lord Shiva Coming to the second sub-layer,
May she be infront of us dadhAnA karatalaiH=the goddess who holds
in her hands what does she hold in her hands? dhanuH, bANAn, pAsham, sRNim api
she holds a bow, arrows, a noose, and a goad Each of these instruments has a specific symbolic
significance which we will explore later. Moving on to the third sub-layer,
May she be infront of us parikShINA madhye=the goddess whose middle
part, or the waist is slender, Coming to the fourth sub-layer,
May she be infront of us, pariNatasharachchandravadanA=the goddess
whose face is like that of a fully formed moon of the sharad Rtu Coming to the meaning of the fifth sub-layer,
May she be infront of us kvaNat-kAnchIdAmA=the goddess who has a
waist band that makes a jingling sound Finally, coming to the meaning of the last
sub-layer, May she be infront of us,
karikalabhakumbha-stananatA=the goddess whose breasts are curved like the forehead
of a young elephant cub. Let us now understand the literal meaning
of the entire shloka, by bringing the meanings of individual layers together. Adi Shankaracharya expresses his wish in this
shloka saying, “May the mother goddess, who has a jingling waist band, whose breasts are
curved like the temples of a young elephant cub, whose waist is slender, whose face is
as bright as the fully formed moon of the sharad Rtu, who holds a bow, arrows, a noose
and a goad in her four hands, and who is the great consort of lord Shiva, who vanquished
tripurAsura, be present infront of us!” This kind of a description, called sthUla
vigraha varNana=or the portrayal of an idol form, enables a devotee to perform saguNa
worship, where one ascribes physical attributes and qualities to the divine. Establishing an emotional connection with
the divine, and focusing on the object of worship, becomes much easier in saguNa form
of worship. At the same time, each of these physical attributes
also have a much deeper symbolic and spiritual significance. The first of these descriptions is that of
a jingling waistband around her stomach (kvaNat-kAnchIdAmA). This depicts that she is the very embodiment
of sound. While Shiva is the vast nothingness of the
cosmos, it is shakti, his consort, who is all aspects of material creation which are
seen as varying manifestations of sound. She is seen as mAtRkAvarNarUpiNI – it is from
her belly that the entire sanskrit alphabet is said to have originated. In the second description, karikalabhakumbha-stananatA
Adi Shankaracharya compares her breasts, the symbols of motherhood and nourishment to that
of the rounded forehead of a young elephant cub. This depiction also brings one into a sense
of being the child of the divine mother, by reminding us of HER child, lord gaNesha. There is a deep tantric significance to the
description of each of the instruments that the goddess holds. Each of them has a beeja mantra associated
with it, the compulsive tendency that it helps us over-come, and the quality that it bestows
upon us. The bow, or dhanuH that she holds in her lower
left hand, represents the mind. It has the beeja mantra OM associated with
it. It helps us overcome chanchalatvam- or the
wavering of the mind, and bestows sankalpasiddhiH-or the power of will. The bANAH, or the five arrows that she holds
in her lower right hand, are the five organs of the senses which we use with the help of
the mind. These are ascribed with the beeja mantra klIm;
they help us overcome indriyaloulyam- or enslavement to the sense objects, and bestow lakShya-siddhiH,
or attainment of the goal. In her upper right hand, she holds the pAsham,
or the noose which has the beeja mantra Am associated with it. It helps us overcome the tendency of rAgaH-or
entanglement and bestows the quality of damaH-or self control. In her upper left-hand she holds the sRNi,
or the goad, which has the beeja mantra krom associated with it. It helps one overcome krodhaH-or rage, and
bestows the quality of sAdhanA-or focused work. Adi Shankaracharya also describes her face
to be as cool and enchanting as the full moon of the sharad Rtu, and her waist to be so
slender that she can carry her children of the entire world on it. This shloka also works as a reminder of some
of the names of the divine mother lalitha, from lalithA sahasranAmam, like “raNat kinkiNi
mekhalA”, “krodhAkArAnkushojjwalA”, “manorUpekShukodanDA”, “mAtRkAvarNarUpiNI”, “sharattchandranibhAnanA”
and so on… Soundarya Lahari Prayoga prescribes this yantra
in order to derive the practical benefits of this shloka. You can find a link to the high definition
poster of this image in the description below. Chanting this shloka onethousand times every
day for a period of 12 days, is said to bestow the sAdhaka with protection from internal
and external enemies. You can watch these videos for a more practical
understanding of the science of creation, and usage of yantras. Let us now chant this shloka one more time,
as we remember it’s poetic and spiritual meanings that we have learnt, while keeping the form
of the corresponding yantra in our minds. I hope you enjoyed watching this video and
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31 Comments

Basanti Bala Ray · March 16, 2020 at 12:32 am

Nice video

Basanti Bala Ray · March 16, 2020 at 12:32 am

GD morning

Bhalchandra Lagu · March 16, 2020 at 12:42 am

I know I can type this Sanskrit or Vedic text in English script with the help of dia-cretical marks in Rom-Nagari font facility in the official language software, which I have been and I hav been using since. 1993.

Thirdeyefromtheheart Thirdeyefromtheheart · March 16, 2020 at 12:46 am

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Aio Kubair · March 16, 2020 at 12:47 am

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Puspavanu Rath · March 16, 2020 at 2:04 am

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Ameya Pathak · March 16, 2020 at 2:38 am

Soo good….I was waiting for this

Bhavana Chauhan · March 16, 2020 at 3:11 am

Thanks 🙏🏼 a lot, Thanks 🙏🏼 a lot, Thanks 🙏🏼 a lot ❤️
kindly keep continue on Saundrya Lahri
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vinod vishwanath · March 16, 2020 at 3:33 am

Dhanyavadhaha guruji. Kindly Requesting for all 100 shlokas of detailed explanation

Hrishik Raj · March 16, 2020 at 4:55 am

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S Neeharika · March 16, 2020 at 5:13 am

Such a nice explanation of mother nature. we are really blessed to be part of her womb. My mother always there for me. thank you thank you thank you maa

Chandra Shekher K · March 16, 2020 at 9:30 am

Excellent
No one before tried such video teaching
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Shivani Bhatt · March 16, 2020 at 10:33 am

Amazing video
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Chandini 82 · March 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

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Kunal Patil · March 16, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Thank u so much.

Archana Datar · March 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Very nice explanation,pls do purusha suktam

Sabitha Das · March 16, 2020 at 7:49 pm

🙏🙏 thank you so much. Was waiting for this. Please continue to put meanings of all the Shlokas. 🙏🙏🙏

Jove Jovencius · March 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Do not try to destroy the enemy, instead this destroy the enmity tendence within you.

Sagnik Sarkar · March 17, 2020 at 9:00 am

Sir pranam! My confusion is how to start learning Sanskrit for beginners! Being mesmerized by India's rich Heritage and Culture, I strive to learn Sanskrit but, I couldn't find a proper way to do that.

Aneetha KS · March 17, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Thanks a lot …. Really waiting for this.

Sri Tulasi · March 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

Excellent narration. Om

prashant dogra · March 18, 2020 at 9:21 am

nicely explained

Nandini Mukherjee · March 18, 2020 at 2:39 pm

Thank you

Prabhat Sharma · March 18, 2020 at 6:32 pm

Please, an exclusive video on god agni and anything that is related to him. Thank you.

viswanath kini · March 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Nice work. Only thing is in the third sloka in the third line it karatalahe not karatalah

Rajini Singh · March 20, 2020 at 1:22 am

Thank you!! Please upload shloka 8 of soundarya lahari as soon as possible!

pradeep kumar · March 21, 2020 at 7:51 am

That ring says it all. 😁
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