Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Soundarya Lahari - Part 274


In the sahasra-nAma ((poem of)one thousand names) of Lalita there is a long series of names which describe the divine form from head to foot. Naturally the hands have a due place there. But the hands and the weapons held in them are talked about even before the head-to-foot description starts. 

The weapons are not said to be just held, but they are built into an esoteric description. The weapons pAshaM, ankushaM, bow and arrow are each given a philosophical meaning. The 'pAsham' (noose) is called ’AgaM’ (desire) there.


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