Friday, June 15, 2012

Soundarya Lahari - Part 137

Let it be. But what about the face? The face is the ‘mukhyaí (= important, significant) part. It is from the  word ‘mukhyaí the word ‘mukhaí (face) arose. How is  ambaaL’s face? She is ‘pariNata sharat chandra-vadaNA’. 

Her face is like the moon, with all the coolness and the whiteness of the autumnal full moon. Later, (in the 63rd  shloka), the Acharya puts this thought in more poetic terms: ‘smita-jyotsnA-jAlaM tava vadana-chandrasya ‘ - which, in effect, means ‘your moon-like face radiates miraculous moonlight through its smile’.


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