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Soundarya Lahari is an experience of poetic glory of Adi Shankaracharya who explores the beauty or Soundarya of that which lies beyond the three realms – Jagrath, Swapna and Sushupthi, that corresponds to the conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious states. It has a unique array of mantras, tantra and yantra that are beyond the comprehension of a common man. Mantra is vibrational energy, and its practice clean-up and rearranges the entire psyche at the fundamental level. Yantra focuses on mental energy where the sound vibration of a mantra is converted into a visual geometric form. Each and every mantra focuses on different aspects of the Divine Mother that invokes Her on the mandalas of the yantra. Mandalas are three-dimensional objects that manifest before a person, through the power of yantra.
In this way, the ascent and descent of Kundalini Shakti or the primal energy take place and also the realization that the ultimate liberation is the union of Shiva and Shakti, the potential and kinetic energy respectively, through the Sahasrara or crown chakra.
The tenth of the series of Soundarya Lahari Homam for Verses 82 to 89 throws light on the beauty of Devi’s leg. Shankaracharya wants the goddess to keep Her feet on his head because they are considered a crown that the Upanishads adorn. These feet are cleansed by the waters of the Ganges that reside at the top of Lord Shiva’s matted hair and the gem of Lord Vishnu’s crown reflects its light on the divine feet, as it turns deep red. It is a subtle reference to the fact that even the gods prostrate before the Mother who is above everyone. By having Devi’s feet on his head, the poetic saint expects to attain eternal liberation.
Karīndrāṇāṃ Śuṇḍān Kanakakadalīkāṇḍapaṭalī
Mubhābhyāmūrubhyāmubhayamapi Nirjitya Bhavatī ।
Suvṛttābhyāṃ Patyuḥ Praṇatikaṭhinābhyāṃ Girisutē
Vidhijñyē Jānubhyāṃ Vibudhakarikumbhadvayamasi ॥
Significance – Comparing the goddess’ legs to an elephant’s trunk and also a banana stem, Adi Shakaracharya says that Her legs are more beautiful and that her knees are hardened to look like the round globes of Airavata, Indra’s elephant’s head. This is due to the fact that She’s always worshipping Lord Shiva kneeling on both legs.
Parājētuṃ Rudraṃ Dviguṇaśaragarbhau Girisutē
Niṣaṅgau Jaṅghē Tē Viṣamaviśikhō Bāḍhamakṛta ।
Yadagrē Dṛśyantē Daśaśaraphalāḥ Pādayugalī
Nakhāgrachchadmānaḥ Suramakuṭaśāṇaikaniśitāḥ ॥
Significance – Kamadeva who has five arrows in his quivers now looks upon the Devi’s feet with ten crescent-shaped arrow heads (toes) and her toe nails that are sharpened by with the prostrating crowns of the gods.
Śrutīnāṃ Mūrdhānō Dadhati Tava Yau Śēkharatayā
Mamāpyētau Mātaḥ Śirasi Dayayā Dhēhi Charaṇau ।
Yayōḥ Pādyaṃ Pāthaḥ Paśupatijaṭājūṭataṭinī
Significance – Devi is worshipped by all gods like Shiva and Vishnu. Expressing this fact in a subtle manner, he says that the gods also prostrate before her allowing the Ganges which flows on the head, of lord Shiva, to flow down to wash the Mother’s feet. Also, the gem of Lord Vishnu’s crown, Chudamani, reflects the deep red colour (Henna) adding splendour to the feet.
Namōvākaṃ Brūmō Nayanaramaṇīyāya Padayō
Stavāsmai Dvandvāya Sphuṭaruchirasālaktakavatē |
Asūyatyatyantaṃ Yadabhihananāya Spṛhayatē
Paśūnāmīśānaḥ Pramadavanakaṅkēlitaravē ||
Significance - The Devi’s feet looks radiant as it's decorated with a natural dye called henna. As she kicks the Kankeli or Ashoka tree in the garden, Lord Shiva turns jealous as he feels that the tree is a rival aspirant for being kicked with those beautiful feet.
Mṛṣā Kṛtvā Gōtraskhalanamatha Vailakṣyanamitaṃ
Lalāṭē Bhartāraṃ Charaṇakamalē Tāḍayati Tē |
Tulākōṭikvāṇaiḥ Kilikilitamīśānaripuṇā ||
Significance – Once Devi kicked Lord Shiva when He addressed her with some other woman’s name. This incident made Kamadeva laugh, and the sound of his laughter resembled the jingling sound of Her anklets.
Niśāyāṃ Nidrāṇaṃ Niśi Charamabhāgē Cha Viśadau |
Varaṃ Lakṣmīpātraṃ Śriyamatisṛjantau Samayināṃ
Sarōjaṃ Tvatpādau Janani Jayataśchitramiha Kim ॥
Significance – Her lotus feet remain fully blossomed both day and night and are capable of showering grace on those who worship Her by practicing sainthood (Adi Shankaracharya). But lotus flowers which are the seat of Goddess Lakshmi wither in snow and shrink at night. And there’s no doubt that the feet are more superior than the other lotus flowers.
Padaṃ Tē Kīrtīnāṃ Prapadamapadaṃ Dēvi Vipadāṃ
Kathaṃ Nītaṃ Sadbhiḥ Kaṭhinakamaṭhīkarparatulām |
Kathaṃ Vā Bāhubhyāmupayamanakālē Purabhidā
Yadādāya Nyastaṃ Dṛṣadi Dayamānēna Manasā ॥
Significance – Adi Shankaracharya questions the poets who compared the Devi’s beautiful feet to the hard shell of a tortoise. He also questions Lord Shiva for placing Her feet on a hard rock to perform marriage ceremonies.
Starūṇāṃ Divyānāṃ Hasata Iva Tē Chaṇḍi Charaṇau |
Phalāni Svaḥsthēbhyaḥ Kisalayakarāgrēṇa Dadatāṃ
Daridrēbhyō Bhadrāṃ Śriyamaniśamahnāya Dadatau ॥
Significance – Addressing Devi as Chandi, Shankaracharya says that the heavenly tress give wealth to gods and goddesses in heavenly planes whereas the feet that has moon like toe nails has surpassed the beauty of the arms of divine damsels. This feet gives wealth to well-deserving humans the moment they desire for it.
Energized Yantra 84 of Soundarya Lahari – This yantra will be given away as part of our special package for this series which is the tenth of the 12 series of the Soundarya Lahari Series of Homam. The yantra has a six-cornered star-shaped geometric pattern with mantras engraved in the spaces. The corners of the star are joined by curves where again there are mantras for invoking the deity.
Mode of Worship - The yantra to be made of copper, sit facing east. Chant the shloka 1000 times daily for one full year. One can offer cooked rice, milk gruel, honey and betel with areca nut slices. Also one can chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering vermillion. The beneficial results of worshipping the yantra are power of mesmerism and transmigration into other bodies, and also achieve the power to cure illness of others. It also activates the Muladhara chakra and Swadhishtana chakra for purification and elevation.
Soundarya Lahari Homam is an exceptional method of invoking the supreme force or Adi Shakti for a variety of blessings. In this series, the meditation focuses on the beautiful legs of Devi to attain certain desires of devotees. A true sadhaka can subdue his/her enemy even if it means an abusive spouse or lover. The mantra recitation and homam can ward off evil spirits, protect from wild animals, and find solutions to problems and complications of life. One can attain the miracle power to get relief from diseases, perform magic, and obtain power and strength. Invoking the goddess helps to acquire ownership of mines and haul vast amounts of wealth. Meditating on Devi’s feet can get fame, prosperity, and fulfill all wishes. The grace of Goddess Chandi can also be attained by performing the ritual.
*Given below are the links of Vedicfolks signature ritual Soundarya Lahari Homam series that have been completed.
This yantra meditates upon the Devi’s feet. Our expert priest will place the yantra on the homa kund or fire-altar, and perform puja to it by chanting powerful Mantra 84 of Soundarya Lahari. This is also to enable the devotees to experience positive vibrations besides other benefits too. This rare yantra can bestow the power of mesmerism, transmigration into other bodies and has the ability to cure illnesses of others. The other special powers of this yantra are the activation of Muladhara and Swadhishtana chakra. It also purifies and elevates the person.
Yantra 84 will be energized in the homam before it is delivered. To get the benefit of the yantra, one must sit facing east and chant the Shloka 1000 times daily for a full year. Also, a devotee can recite Lalitha Sahasranamam by offering vermillion to the yantra. Devi’s grace will always be with the devotee who owns the yantra. The radiations of the yantra can transform your space with divinity, auspiciousness, ensure peace and harmony always.
Before the start of any Vedic practice, it’s advisable to consult a qualified Master or Guru.