Saturday, July 26, 2014

Krodhakara Angushojwala

Lalitha Sahasranamam is one of the blessings that has been bestowed upon humans.

Bhagawat Geetha is said to be the 'Upanishad Sara' - The essence of all Upanishads. However, Lalitha Sahasranamam goes many steps beyond - But, the meanings it exposes are not for all.

The meanings are deeply personal, and also very deeply profound. LSN also bestows immense boons to people who read / chant / listen to it.

There are some truly aweful translations of LSN around, and I definitely don't want to add to that.

However, I am truly compelled to write this quick entry

According to Vedanta, bonds are pain - Bonds could be positive (a sense of attraction) or negative (repulsion, hate) - Irrespective of their adjectives, bonds are what they are - bonds. They tie the human to the cycle of samsara - Repeated births and deaths. (Remember Punarapi Jananam, Punarapi Maranam in Bhaja Govindam?)


It is funny that bonds are actually created by the Great Goddess Herself. (What else is there apart from Her?) - So, to be relieved of the bonds, we need to pray to Her - Name #8 in LSN says 'Raga Swaroopa Pashadya' - i.e., Ambal is in the form of bonds (Pasha), esp in the Raga form (positive attraction)

Positive bonds are toughest to break - Take any positive bond that you might have with any person (living or dead) - Are you ready to let go of the bond? I can already hear the answer - NO.

So, what happens after repeated births and deaths, the poor devotee is unable to let go of the bonds? Mother, because of Her infinite Grace cuts them! How does she cut the bond which is in form of a rope? She has a sharp and shiny (ujwala)  weapon (angusha). But, when She cuts, She cuts that with Anger (Krodhakara) [Name #9 - Krodhakara Angushojwala]

So, it takes a lot of effort to let go of the bonds (to things, people, concepts) - Pray to Mother Lalitha Maha Tripura Sundari to assist you in cutting the bonds. The truth is there is no feeling of real love (not the cinema types) unless the sense of ownership or attachment goes away. So, to express genuine love, again, ask Mother to cut your bonds with a great sense of urgency and anger!

This is an intro to my next entry which talks in detail about anger and being angry (a great deal of difference)

2 comments:

Chakradhar.G said...

It may be impertinent to ask this here...but couldn't resist. I have been trying to know the meaning of the following mantra which is recited to praise Sir Arthur Cotton during sankalpam for godavari snanam. Hope you can translate it. The hymn is

Nitya Godavari Snana punyadoyomahamathihi
smaramangleya desiyam cottonum tham bageeratham

Sriram V Iyer said...

Chakradhar, I don't know if it helps to remember Sir Arthur Cotton :D



Nitya - Daily
Godavari Snana - Bath in Godavari

punyadoyomahamathihi - A virtuous act for me (capable of offering punyam)

smaramangleya - I remember the auspicious

desiyam cottonum - Sir Cotton

tham bageeratham - One who did immense effort like Bageeratha

Btw, who wrote this? I have never heard of it