anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 17 15:49:06 CST 1998
ghR^itaxiiradraakshhaamadhumadhurimaa kairapi padair-
vishishhyaanaakhyeyo bhavati rasanaamaatravishhayaH |
tathaa te saundaryaM paramashivadR^iN^maatravishhayaH
kathaN^kaaraM bruumaH sakalanigamaagocharaguNe || 2 ||
madhurimaa - sweetness
kairapi- by any
vishishhyaanaakhyeyo- not characteristically named
rasanaamaatravishhayaH - the object of only the tongue
tathaa- in that way
paramashiva - Lord Shiva, the supremely auspicious One
dR^iN^maatravishhayaH- the object of only the eyes
kathaN^kaaraM - how
bruumaH - do we tell
sakalanigama- all the Vedas
agochara - beyond the reach
guNe - (who have) qualities
O Goddess Bhavaani! Which words can characteristically represent the
sweetness of (sweet things such as) ghee, milk, grapes, and honey!
(Such sweetness) is (correctly and completely) grasped by the tongue
alone. In a similar way, Your (unsurpassed) beauty can only be
grasped by the eyes of the supremely auspicious Lord Shiva alone.
(Such being the case,) how can we describe (Your beauty)? Your
qualities are beyond description by (even) all the Vedas!
A related verse occurs in the durgA-saptashatii (1.81) :
(Lord Brahmaa said:)
saumyaa saumyataraa-sheshhasaumyebhyas-tvatisundarii |
paraaparaaNaaM paramaa tvameva parameshvari ||
You are pleasing, even more pleasing than all things that are
pleasing. You are exceedingly beautiful. O Supreme Ishvari,
You alone are beyond and above the superior and inferior.
In the Prabodha-sudhaakara, Shankara describes the experience of
the Bliss (Ananda) that is Brahman in terms of tasting a sweet
thing such as jaggery. By studying the books (scriptures), one
comes to the conclusion, "jaggery is sweet."
The Guru will point out the place where jaggery is to be found.
But only by self experience, ie. by actually tasting jaggery
himself/herself, does the seeker feel "Yes! I am tasting jaggery
and it is sweet!" and know the taste.
In the above verse dedicated to the Goddess, we may interpret the
beauty of Bhavaani to be the bliss of Brahman itself. It is not
possible to describe the bliss in mere words, nay, even in the
words of the vedas! Only the liberated person (represented by
Shiva) can actually see (experience) that beauty (bliss).
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