[Advaita-l] मदालसायाः आलोलिका (स्वापिका) (The Lullaby of Queen Madalasa)
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Beautiful. With your permission I would like post in facebook.
Just curious - is this episode from Yoga vaashiShta? There there is a story that the queen later initiates her husband. We have husband teaching wife as in Maitreyee brahmana. Here it is the other way.
On Wed, 3/2/16, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
Subject: [Advaita-l] मदालसायाः आलोलिका (स्वापिका) (The Lullaby of Queen Madalasa)
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2:01 PM
In ब्रह्माण्डपुराणं, there
is a beautiful episode called “
(the Madalasa Upakhyana) that details how a King named
[ KuvalayAswa (also Ritadhwaja)] married a great
who was also the queen by name मदालसा
The king demonstrates great prowess in order to marry and
finally gets the hand of the great queen Madalasa. The
in due course of time give birth to 4 sons namely (1)
(2) Subahu (सुबाहु) (3) Shatrumardana
(शत्रुमर्दन) (4) Alarka
When the first 3 sons were born, the names for them were
selected and fixed by King himself. The King chose the
names very selectively by considering the meanings and
assigning those attributes to his sons. For instance, the
“Vikranta” meant “One who posses great valour and
“Subahu” meant “One who posses powerful and beautiful
and shoulders; “Shatrumardana” meant “One who conquers
When King used to select the names, the Queen Madalasa
used to laugh at the King’s choosy naming method.
4th son was born, the King asked Madalasa to select a good
name for her son as every time she was laughing at his
selection of names.
Thus, she named her 4th Son as “ALARKA”
(अलर्क) and chanted the
benedictory verse “चिरं जीवतु
धर्मात्मा”” (Long Live by observing
The King was aghast at this name of his 4th son because the
meaning of the
name “Alarka” meant “Mad Dog”. He was dismayed at
the naming of
his beloved 4th son because the names of his first 3 three
were very beautiful and meaningful.
Meanwhile, at the birth of their every son (first three of
Queen Madalasa used to put them (Vikranta, Subahu,
in cradle and used to sing a Lullaby when they cried.
While rocking the cradle,
the Queen Madalasa used to sing a Lullaby that was pregnant
“vedantic teaching”. Right from the infancy, she
induced “Atma Jnana” in
the form of the Lullaby. Thus, all the three sons
with the power of their mother’s Lullaby and lost interest
in ruling the kingdom.
Thus, all three retired to forest for performing tapas.
The Lullaby Song of Queen Madalasa, thus came to be known as
“మదాలస జోలపాట” in Telugu.
Thus, it can be concluded that the parents,
especially, the mother can influence her child directly. The
Queen Madalasa stands testimony to the fact that “Mother
is the First Teacher”
at home and every mother should strive to become one like
who had sown the seeds of spiritual knowledge to their
children right from
infancy itself in the form of Lullaby every night.
For the benefit of the readers, I am presenting that Lullaby
the form of 8 slokas.
शुद्धोऽसि रे बाल न
तेऽस्ति नाम कृतं हि वै
तत कल्पनयाधुनैव ।
पञ्चात्मकं देहमिदं न
तेऽस्ति त्वं वास्य रे
रोदिषि कस्य हेतोः ॥ (१)
O Child ! For what reason you are crying? Don’t cry.
Thou Art ever Pure and
Eternal, devoid of Names and Forms. You are the form of
untouched by Sorrow. You have superimposed the sorrow
and owing to ignorance, are wailing. The
sorrow arose owing to the
false identity with body and hence experiencing sorrow which
the cause of your cry. Since, Thou Art Existence,
Absolute and not the body consisting of 5 elements,
where is the point in crying. All these names and
forms are ephemeral
and are imaginary. . So, don’t cry.
न वै भवान रोदिति
सकलेन्द्रियेषु ॥ (२)
Don’t Cry ! Thou Art Ishwara – the Creator and Lord of
As the creation is a “vikalpa” born out of ignorance,
where is the point in wailing and crying? Hence,
समायान्ति तथेह पुंसाम
न तेऽस्ति वृद्धिर्न च
तेऽस्ति हानिः ॥ (३)
Just as the gross elements with combination among
is subjected to increase (वृद्धि) and decrease
similarly, this body, made of gross elements, too, is
subjected to change and decay. The Inner Self (Atman)
beyond these attributes, untouched. And, Thou Art
Hence, don’t cry.
त्वं कञ्चुके सज्यमानो
देहे मूढतां न व्रजेथाः
Thou, having worn this armor called “body”, becoming
are identifying with it. Thou Art the Witness but out
and under the influence of “I-ness” and “My-ness”
trapped in the meshes of samsAra.
Hence, don’t cry.
तवेति किञ्चिन्न ममेति
मुहुरालयेथाः ॥ (५)
By getting entangled in the mesh of Ignorance called
this “body” is identified sometimes with father,
sometimes with son,
sometimes with mother, sometimes with brother, sometimes as
relative, as a friend as a foe etc. in several births down
All these are due to false identity of attachment with the
body owing to Ignorance. This ignorance is due to
of the identity with the Supreme Innermost Self which is of
the form of Bliss.
शमाय भोगाय जानाति
तान्येव दुःखानि पुनः
In order to do away with sorrows, the ignorant fool runs
momentary pleasures. The intelligent, having endowed
power of discrimination, would strive to do away with
both pleasures and pains. For him, just as pain is an
so as the pleasure. Such a person is called
Thou Art That. Hence, don’t cry.
तत्कलुषं वसायाः ।
कुचोऽति पीनं पिशितं
घनं तत्स्थानं ततः
किन्नरकं न योषित ॥ (७)
Upon careful observation of the anatomy of a woman, one
to the conclusion that it is made up of flesh. Not
the deluded men run after them and thus, thus, end up in
getting entangled in pain and cycle of birth and
यानं क्षितौ यानगतं च
पुरुषो निविष्टः ।
देहेऽतिमात्रं च न
मूढतैषा ॥ (८)
On this earth, take birth several bodies endowed
These are subjected to change (called yAna) (यान).
But, there is a
Supreme Self called “Purusha” who is seated inside the
who is Eternal and Witness. Thou Art That, O
Child! Don’t identify
yourself with the yAna but Thou Art that Supreme
Hence, don’t cry.
देहे एव दृढं अभिमानं
कुर्वन्नति मूढ इत्याह
(ie., the Jiva abhimana is called yAna)
Thus, everyday, the Queen Madalasa used to sing the above
In no time, her first 3 children namely (1) Vikranta
(विक्रान्त) (2) Subahu
(3) Shatrumardana (शत्रुमर्दन) got
vairAgya, left the kingdom and
went to forest for performing severe penance.
Hence, the King Kuvalayaswa got annoyed and tell his
queen not make the 4th son Alarka (अलर्क) a
Accordingly, Alarka was initiated into pravrutti-mArga by
his mother madAlasa.
Later, with the grace of jagatguru dattAtrEya, the 4th one
also gets the
Dedicating this mail to all those glorious mothers.
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