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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 1

    शिवः शक्त्यायुक्तो यदि भवति शक्तः प्रभवितुं
    न् चेदेवं देवो न खलु कुशलः स्पन्दितुमपि ।
    अतस्त्वामाराध्यां हरिहरविरिञ्चादिभिरपि
    प्रणन्तुं स्तोतुं वा कथमकृतपुण्यः प्रभवति ॥१॥

    Shivah shakthya yukto yadi bhavati shaktah prabhavitum
    Na chedevam devo na khalu kusalah spanditumapi;
    Atas tvam aradhyam Hari-Hara-Virinchadibhir api
    Pranantum stotum vaa katham akrta-punyah prabhavati

    Translated in simple language :

    Lord Shiva alongwith Shakti became able to create this world. Without Shakti, even he cannot move an inch. Therefore, a person who is not blessed with Punya obtained due to virtuous deeds, will not become eligible to worship Shakti. It is generally believed that a devotee should have Poorva Janma Punyam to worship Parashakti.

    Shiva is capable of action only when he is united with Shakti. Otherwise He can’t even vibrate. How can anyone, who has not accumulated enough punya by (good deeds), sing your praises or prostrate before you who is the object of worship even for the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva ?.

    Regular recitation Shlokam No. 1 will bring all around happiness to the devotee.

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 2

    तनीयांसं पासुं तव चरण पङ्के रुहभवं
    विरिञ्चिः सञ्चिन्वन् विरचयति लोकान विकलम् ।
    वहत्येनं शौरिः कथमपि सहस्रेण शिरसां
    हरः संक्षुद्यैनं भजति भसितोधूलन विधिम् ॥२॥

    Taniyamsam pamsum tava charana-pankeruha-bhavam
    Virincih sanchinvan virachayati lokan avikalam;
    Vahatyevam Shaurih kathamapi sahasrena shirasaam
    Harah samksudy'ainam bhajati bhajati bhasito'ddhalama-vidhim.


    Lord Brahma collects the fine dust from your lotus feet and creates all the worlds. Lord Vishnu, as adisesha, supports all the worlds thus created with his thousand heads with great effort. Lord Shiva powders this dust off the Lotus feet of Goddess and applies it as sacred ash (vibhuti) over his body.

    In this shloka, the power of the dust off the lotus feet of Goddess is praised. The dust below the feet of divine persons is also considered sacred. According to Garuda Puran, there is one type of Bath known as Vayaya Snan, which is taking the dust below the feet of Cow (Go Dhuli) and smearing it all over the body. Cow is held in high reverence and called Go Mata.

    Recitation of Shlokam No. 2 of Saundarya Lahiri will enable to devotee to win the hearts and confidence of people around him.

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 3

    अविद्याना मन्त स्तिमिरमिहिर द्वीपनकरी
    जडानां चैतन्य स्तबक मकरन्द स्रुतिझरी ।
    दरिद्राणां चिन्तामणिगुणनिका जन्मजलधौ
    निमग्नानां दंष्ट्रा मुररिपुवराहस्य भवति ॥३॥

    Avidyana mantas-timira-mihira-dweeppa-nagari
    Jadanam chaitanya-stabaka-makaranda-sruti jhari
    Daridranam cinta-mani-gunanika janma-jaladhau
    Nimadhanam damshtra mura-ripu-varahasya bhavati.

    Respectful Devi, the dust under your feet is like bright sunlight dispelling the inner darkness for the ignorant, for the dull-witted : like the bouquet of knowledge-flowers dripping nectar, for the poor : like the wish-yielding gem chintamani and for those who are submerged in the ocean of birth (and death) : like the teeth of the boar (Varaha), an incarnation of Vishnu (who donned the form of boar and lifted the earth from the ocean by his tooth) .

    In this shloka also, the dust below the feet of Goddess is eulogized. Regular recitation of Shloka No. 3 above, will give ultimate knowledge (Sarva Vidhya Prapti) to the devotees.

    A combination of Shloka No. 2 and 3 alongwith Suhasini Pooja is prescribed for attaining Ashta Aiswaryam. But this should be done strictly under supervision of a Sri Vidhya Upasakar.

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 4

    त्वदन्यः पाणिभ्या मभयवरदो दैवतगणः
    त्वमेका नैवासि प्रकिटित वराभीत्यभिनया ।
    भया त्त्रातुं दातुं फलमपि च वाञ्झा समधिकं
    शरण्ये लोकानां तव हि चरणावेव निपुणौ ॥४॥

    Tvad anyah paanibhyam abhaya-varado daivataganah
    Tvam eka n'aivasi prakatita-var'abhityabhinaya;
    Bhayat tratum datum phalam api cha vancha samadhikam
    Saranye lokanam tava hi charanaveva nipunav..
    Respectful Goddess, All the other gods bless the devotees by showing palm up (‘abhaya - no fear’) and palm down (‘varada – granting wish). You alone do not show these signs since your lotus feet, the refuge of all the worlds, are themselves capable of protecting all devotees from fear and granting the wishes of all, much more than sought for.

    In this Shlokam, Devi’s divine feet are adequately praised which, by themselves, are capable of removing all fears and also grant wishes to devotees.

    Regular recitation of shlokam number 4, will remove all fears as also give relief from diseases.

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 5

    हरिस्त्वा माराध्य प्रणतजन सौभाग्य जननीं
    पुरा नारीभूत्वा पुररिपु मपि क्षोभमनयत्
    स्मरोऽपि त्वां नत्वा रतिनयन लेह्येनवपुषा
    मुनीनामप्यन्तः प्रभवति हि मोहाय महताम् ॥५॥

    Haris tvam aradhya pranata-jana-saubhagya-jananim
    Pura nari bhutva Pura-ripum api ksobham anayat;
    Smaro'pi tvam natva rati-nayana-lehyena vapusha
    Muninam apyantah prabhavati hi mohaya mahatam.

    Devi grants all good things to those who sincerely worship her. By worshipping Devi, Lord Vishnu took pretty feminine form (of Mohini) and captivated the heart of even Lord Shiva who had burnt places (and Manmatha with his third eye). Manmatha, capable of creating love, took the form which is like nectar consumed by his wife Rathi with her eyes, worshipped Devi and with the power so achieved, he was able to create passion even in the minds of great sages who were engaged in severe tapas.

    After getting burnt by Lord Shiva’s third eye, with Devi’s divine blessings, Manmatha got a beautiful body which is not visible to anybody except his wife Rathi. In Lalitha Sahasranamam there is one Namam : “Hara Netragni Santakta Kaama Sanjeeva Naushadhi”. After getting burnt by the third eye of Lord Shiva, Manmatha survived due to Sanjeevini which is divine blessings by Devi.

    Recitation of the shlokam No. 5 of Saundarya Lahari will enable to devotees to conquer the minds of opposite sex. In other words, the devotee will be able to win over the confidence of others.

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 6
    धनुः पौष्पं मौर्वी मधुकरमयी पञ्चविशिखाः
    वसन्तः सामन्तो मलयमरुदा योधनरथः ।
    तथाप्येकः सर्वं हिमिगिरिसुते कामपि कृपा-
    मपाङ्गात्ते लब्ध्वा जगदिद मनङ्गो विजयते ॥६॥


    Dhanun paushpam maurvi madhu-kara-mayi pancha visikha
    Vasantaha samanto Malaya-marud ayodhana-rathah;
    Tatha'py ekah sarvam Himagiri-suthe kam api kripaam
    Apangat te labdhva jagadidam Anango vijayate

    Kama had bow made of flowers, the string of the bow is made of honey-bees. He is said to have only five arrows made of tender flowers, his companion (Minister) is the spring season. For war, he rides a chariot which is the breeze from the Malaya mountain. All the things are very delicate. In spite of this Kama (person capable of creating love), even without a body, is able to conquer this whole world by the grace of sideways glance of the holy eyes of DEVI.

    In this Shlokam, the divine power of even a sideways glance of GODDESS is amply described. Kama is also referred as Manmathan in several texts.
    Regular recitation of this Shlokam No. 6 will get happiness on account of children. (Santhan Sukh).

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 7

    क्वणत्काञ्चीदामा करिकलभ कुंभस्तननता
    परिक्षीणामध्ये परिणत शरच्चन्द्रवदना ।
    धनुर्बाणान् पाशं सृणिमपि दधाना करतलैः
    पुरस्तादास्तां नः पुरमथितुराहोपुरुषिका ॥७॥


    Kvanat-kanchi-dama kari-kalabha-kumbha-stana-nata
    Pariksheena madhye parinata-sarachandra-vadana;
    Dhanur banan pasam srinim api dadhana karatalaii
    Purastad astam noh Pura-mathitur aho-purushika.


    Goddess is adorned with a golden waistband with tingling bells, slightly bent by the weight of her breasts resembling the bulging forehead of an elephant calf, slim at the waist, face beautiful as the full moon and holding the bow of sugar cane, arrows made of flowers, with rope and goad. It is prayed that such Goddess who has the form of the ego of Lord Shiva who burnt three cities may please come and appear before us.

    In this Shlokam, Goddess is amply described and it is prayed by the devotee that She may appear in person and bless the devotee.
    Regular recitation of Shlokam No.7 will give victories over enemies as also grace/blessings of Goddess.

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 8

    सुधासिन्धोर्मध्ये सुर विटपि वाटी परिवृते
    मणिद्वीपे नीपो पवनवति चिन्तामणिगृहे ।
    शिवाकारे मञ्चे परमशिव पर्यंकनिलयां
    भजन्ति त्वां धन्याः कतिचन चिदानन्दलहरीम् ॥८॥


    Sudha-sindhor madhye sura-vitapi-vati parivrte
    Mani-dweepe nipo'pavana-vathi chintamani-grhe;
    Shivaakare manche Parama-Shiva-paryanka-nilayam
    Bhajanti tvam dhanyah katichana chid-ananda-laharim.

    Goddess is a wave of consciousness and bliss, reclining on a matteress that is Lord Shiva’s lap, in a house constructed of precious chintamani gems, surrounded by pleasure garden of Neepa trees, in the island of gems of all kinds, with several wish yielding trees, and the island itself situated in the midst of the ocean of nectar. Devotees who are enriched with Punya worship Devi and are very fortunate.

    Devi is known to recline on “Pancha Brahmasanam” where the four legs are Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and Eshanan and Shiva’s holy laps are the top portion of the cot. To reach the house of Chitamani where the devi is reclining, 25 outer entrances or barriers have to be crossed which are made of several precious gems. In different doors/entrances different persons are located like Varahi, Shyamala Devi, Yoginis, Maha Vishnu, Eshanan, Tara Devi etc.

    Regular recitation of this shloka No. 8 will release the devotee from all sorts of bondages, imprisonment, debt etc. Goddess will also bestow all sorts of happiness, better place of stay and all luxuries.

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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    SAUNDARYA LAHARI : SHLOKAM NO. 9

    महीं मूलाधारे कमपि मणिपूरे हुतवहं
    स्थितं स्वाधिष्ठाने हृदि मरुत माकाशमुपरि ।
    मनोऽपि भ्रूमध्ये सकलमपि भित्त्वा कुलपथं
    सहस्रारे पद्मे सह रहसि पत्या विहरसे ॥९॥


    Mahim muladhare kamapi manipure huthavaham
    Sthitham svadhistane hridi maruta makasam upari;
    Mano'pi bhruu-madhye sakalamapi bhittva kula-patham
    Sahasrare padme saha rahasi patyaa viharase.

    O Goddess, you pass through six elements and finally live in seclusion with your consort Sadashiva and enjoy his company in solitude, in a lotus comprising of thousand petals. You traverse from muladhara and pass through the earth element there and the water element in Manipura. Then you pass through the fire element in swadhishtana , then the air element in the heart (in anahata), the space element above that (in Vishuddhi), the mind principle between the eyebrows (in agna chakra), thus breaking through the above micro ways (sushumna).

    Chakras are psychic centres that lie along the axis of the spine. They are not actual parts of the body but are to be understood as situated in the body. According to Tantra Vidhya, each of the Chakra corresponds to one of the elements. In this Shlokam, manipura chakra is corresponding to Water element and Swadishtana Chakra is to Agni element. In the present day studies, some people have taken Manipura Chakra to represent Fire element and Swadishtana Chakra to represent water element.

    The upward journey of the mind through various chakras mentioned above may mean slow and gradual ascent of the self towards achievement and accomplishment which cannot be described in words.

    Corresponding Namam in Lalitha Sahasranamam is :

    “Mooladharaika nilaya brahmagrandhi vibhedinee !
    Manipoorantha ruditha vishnugrandhi vibhedinee !
    Ajna Chakrantharalakstha Rudragrandhi vibhedini”

    Devotees may know more about Kundalini from various sources, but it is advisable to learn/know about it from a Learned Guru.

    Regular recitation Shlokam No. 9 of Saundarya Lahari will give Ashta Aishwaryam, Return of persons long absent, Good understanding with spouse and family happiness.

    ​aham brahmAsmi

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