[Advaita-l] Murti rahasya -- the mystery of the form
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Sep 27 03:11:31 CDT 2009
|| atha mUrtirahasyam.h ||
"The sage said,"
nandA bhagavatInAma yA bhaviShyati nandajA |
sA stutA pUjitA bhaktyA vashIkuryAjjagatrayam.h || 1 ||
"Bhagavati called nandA will be born as the daughter of Nanda. When
She is praised and worshipped with bhakti, She gives mastery over the
 See Bhagavata Purana 10.2.6-12 and 10.4.2-13 for this story.
 earth, the air, and heaven. i.e the whole universe.
kanakottamakAntiH sA sukAntikanakAmbarA |
devI kanavarNAbhA kanakottamabhUShaNA || 2 ||
Her appearence is like the purest gold, as is the appearence of her golden
clothes. The Goddess shines with the color gold, and her ornaments are of
the purest gold"
indirA kamalA lakShmIH sA shrIrukmAmbujAsanA || 3 ||
"A lotus, goad, noose, and conch adorn Her four hands. She is Indira,
Kamala, Lakshmi, and Shri, seated on a golden lotus."
yA raktadantikAnAm devI proktA mayA.anagha |
tasyAH svarUpaM vakShyAmi shR^iNu sarvabhayApaham.h || 4 ||
"This Goddess I have called Raktadantika Her own form I will describe
to you. Listen! It destroys all fears."
 whose teeth are blood-red.
raktAmbarA raktavarNA raktasarvA~NgabhUShaNA |
raktAyudhA raktanetrA raktakeshAtibhIShaNA || 5 ||
"With blood-red clothes, blood-red skin, blood-red body ornaments,
blood-red weapons, blood-red eyes, blood-red hair, utterly terrifying,..."
raktatIkShNanakhA raktadashanA raktadantikA |
patiM nArIvAnuraktA devI bhaktaM bhavejjanam.h || 6 ||
"...sharp blood-red nails, and blood-red teeth -- She is Raktadantika.
As a wife is loyal to her husband, so the Goddess will be towards her
vasudheva vishAlA sA sumeruyugalastanI |
dIrghau lambAvatisthUlau tAvatIva manoharau || 7 ||
"She is as beautiful as the Earth, Her two breasts are like Sumeru
large, full, and firm, exceedingly pleasurable to the senses."
 The mountain which is the axis of the world in Puranic geography.
karkashAvatikAntau tau sarvAnandapayonidhI |
bhaktAn.h saMpAyayedevI sarvakAmadughau stanau || 8 ||
"Those beautiful firm breasts are the source of the milk of all joys.
The Goddess makes Her Bhaktas feed from those breasts to satisfy their
khadgaM pAtra cha mushalaM lA~NgalaM cha bibharti sA |
aakhyAtA raktachAmuNDA devI yogeshvarIti cha || 9 ||
"She carries a sword, drinking cup, pestle, and plow. She is known as
the Goddess Raktachamunda and Yogeshvari"
 blood-red Chamunda
 The queen of yoga
anayA vyAptamakhilaM jagat.h sthAvaraja~Ngamam.h |
imAM yaH pUjayedbhaktyA sa vyApnoti charAcharam.h || 10 ||
"She pervades the entire universe moving and still. Whosoever worships
Her with bhakti also pervades the moving and still."
 Because they become one with the Goddess.
adhIte ya imaM nityaM raktadantyAvapustavam.h |
taM sA paricharedevI patiM priyamivA~NganA || 11 ||
"Whosoever studies this hymn to the form of Raktadanti daily, the
Goddess looks after as a woman in love looks after her husband."
 a synonym of Raktadantika
shAkambharI nIlavarNA nIlotpalavilochanA |
gambhIranAbhistrivalIvibhUShitatanUdarI || 12 ||
"Shakambhari is blue in color with eyes like blue lotuses, a deep navel,
and a stomach adorned three folds of skin."
 made up of vegetables. i.e. a personification of the harvest.
 in Hindu aesthetics, the ideal of feminine beauty.
muShTiM shilImukhApUrNaM kamalaM kamalAlayA || 13 ||
"Her breasts are firm, even, erect, round and large. She clenches in Her
hands a quiver of arrows, and a lotus, is seated on a blue lotus..."
puNyapallavamUlAdi phalADhyaM shAkasaMchayam.h |
kAmyAnantarasairyuktaM kShuttR^iNmR^ityujvarApaham.h || 14 ||
"...[and also carries] a collection of vegetables, flowers, fruits, and
plants, she is the experience of an infinite number of desires, abolishing
hunger, thirst, death, and decay."
kArmukaM cha sphuratkAnti vibhratI parameshvarI |
shAkambharI shatAkShI sA saiva durgA prakIrtitA || 15 ||
"and a bow of shining beauty is carried by the Supreme Ruler Shakambhari,
She is also renowned as Shatakshi, and Durga.
 hundred-eyed. Or the wife of Indra who has hundred eyes.
vishoktA duShTamanI shamanI duritApadAm.h |
umA gaurI satI chaNDI kAlikA sApi pArvatI || 16 ||
"without sorrow, punisher of the wicked, calmer of all troubles and
dangers, Uma, Gauri, Sati, Chandi, Kalika, and also Parvati
 synonym of Kali.
 daughter of the mountain because she was born as the daughter of
Himalaya and Mena.
shAkambharIM stuvan.h dhyAyan.h japan.h saMpUjayannaman.h |
akShayyamashnute shIghramannapAnAmR^itaM phalam.h || 17 ||
"By praising Shakambhari, meditating on Her, repeating Her mantras, and
worshipping Her, and saluting Her, one quickly gets the reward of
abundant food and drink and immortality."
 i.e. one gets material prosperity in this world followed by
immortality in the next.
bhImApi nIlavarNA sA daMShTrAdashanabhAsurA |
vishAlalochanA nArI vR^ittapInapayodharA || 18 ||
"BhimA is also of blue color with shining teeth and tusks, a woman
with beautiful eyes and large round breasts."
 terrible or fearsome
chaMdrahAsaM cha DamaruM shiraHpAtraM cha vibhratI |
ekavIrA kAlarAtriH saivoktA kAmadA stutA || 19 ||
"chandrahasa, and a drum, and a severed head and a drinking cup are
carried by Her. She is known as ekavirA, Kalaratri, and praised as
 the name of Her sword
 bestower of desires
tejomaNDaladurdharShA bhrAmarI chitrakAntibhR^it.h |
chitrAnulepanA devI chitrAbharaNabhUShitA || 20 ||
"A dazzling circle of light surrounds Bhramari of many-colored
appearance. The Goddess is wearing many perfumes, and adorned with many
chitrabhramarapANiH sA mahAmArIti gIyate |
ityetA mUrtayo devyA vyAkhyAtA vasudhAdhIpa || 21 ||
"Holding many bees in her hand, She is sung of as Mahamari. Thus I
have explained the forms of the Goddess to you oh king"
 great plague
jaganmAtushchaNDikAyAH kIrtitAH kAmadhenavaH |
idaM rahasyaM paramaM na vAchyaM kasyachitvayA || 22 ||
"Chandika, mother of the universe, is famous like the Kamadhenu.
These supreme mysteries should not be told by you to anyone.
 The cow that grants wishes.
 who is not worthy of them.
vyAkhyAnaM divyamUrtInAmadhIShvA.avahitaH svayam.h |
tasmAt.h sarvaprayatnena devIM japa nirantaram.h || 23 ||
"You should study the lore of the divine forms yourself and thereby with
every effort, repeat the prayers to the Goddess without stopping."
pAThamAtreNa mantrANAM muchyate sarvakilbiShaiH || 24 ||
"All sins, even seven generations worth of sins as horrible as
brahmahatya are wiped out by the mere recitation of the mantras"
 the murder of a Brahmana
 i.e. without understanding. For one who knows the meanings the
reward is even greater.
devyA dhyAnaM mayA khyAtaM guhyAdguhyataraM mahat.h |
tasmAt.h sarvaprayatnena sarvakAmaphalapradam.h || 25 ||
"Meditation on the Goddess, I say, is the most secret of secret mysteries.
Make all efforts to [know] them and all desires will be fulfilled."
|| iti mUrtirahasyam.h ||
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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