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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 89
« on: September 07, 2009, 06:05:47 PM »
Verse 92 of Sri Soundarya Lahari, describes the supremacy of
Mother over other gods.  It is usual for the scriptures when they
narrate a god's glory to state that that god is supreme and all
other gods are subservient.  Sage Vyasa and Saint Arunagiri Natha
says that Skanda is the most supreme and all gods excepting Siva,
Uma and Ganapati are subservient to Skanda.  Srimad Bhagavatam
and Srimad Narayaneeyam similarly place Narayana as the most
supreme god.  Sri Lalita Sahasranamam and Sri Soundarya Lahari
speaks in similar vein about Mother Uma.

Gataas te machatvam Druhina-Hari-Rudre'vatara bhrtah
Siva svacchac-chaya-ghatita-kapala-pracchada-patah;
Tvadiyaanaam bhaasaam prati-phalana-rarg'aarunatayaa
Sariri srngaaro rasa iva drsham dogdhi kutukam.

O Mother!  Your servitors Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and Isvara
have taken the shape of Your cot, (i.e the four legs of the cot)
in order to serve You very closely, while Sadasiva has formed
himself into Your bedsheet, reflecting Your crimson glory in his
assumed whiteness, thereby causing amazement to You by presenting
himself as the very embodiment of erotic sentiment.

Here, one should know that in Saiva and Sakta religions, Siva has
got five forms.  They are Rudra, Isvara, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadasiva.  While Sadasiva is the most supreme form of Siva, the others are gods equaivalent to other gods.  Siva is called Panchamukha in Sri Sivananda Lahari.  These are thus said to be
five faces or forms of Siva.

Siva's white form, representing Sattvic quality is called 'assumed'
because as the Impersonal Brahman, he is without any characteristics.  Whiteness, representing sattva-guna, is only
something assumed for creative purposes.  But in the creative
cycle, Sakti or Maya overpowers his whiteness by her crimson
radiance by representing Rajas-characteristic, the aggression.
Thus the dominance of Sakti in her creation cycle is again asserted.
The five deities viz., Brahma, Rudra, Vishnu and Siva form the four legs of her cot and the bedsheet, thus attending on her.  They are
called the Pancha pretas or five dead corposes.  Sri Ramakrishna
Math also portrays Mother (Kali) piercing her spear on Mahishasura, keeping her leg on Siva and she is with a protruded tongue and angry look.   

Sri Lalita Sahasranama says in one of the 1008 names:

Om Sri Pancha preta manchadi saayini. 

Salutations to One who is sleeping on the five corpses.

Arunachala Siva.