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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 93
« on: September 22, 2009, 12:00:43 PM »
Sri Soundarya Lahari Verse 96:-

Kalatram vaidhatram kati kati bhajante na kavayah
Sriyo devyaah ko vaa na bhavati patih kairapi dhanaih;
Mahadevam hitvaa tava sati satinanam ahcarame
Kuchaabhyam aasangah kuravaka-taror apy asulabah.

This verse glorifies the chastity of Mother. 

O Chastity embodied!  How numerous are the poets who
have courted and attained Sarasvati, the consort of Brahma
and the deity of learning and fine arts!  So also who with some
wealth becomes the the Lord of Sri, (Sripati), the consort of
Vishnu and the goddess of wealth!  O the favourites of Chaste
Ones!  None besides Siva the great God -- not even the tree
called Kuravaka, has ever had the embrace of Your breasts.

It is a common usage that one who attains great learning is
called Sarasvati Vallabha and the men of great wealth are
called Lakshmipati or Sripati.  Thus they attain the status
of the owner of Sarasvati and Lakshmi.  But none can be called
the owner of Mother Uma.  Only Siva is Umapati.  It is a poetic
fancy that Sri Sankara tells that even the kuravaka tree cannot
get the embrace of Devi.  The kuravaaka tree is an inanimate
object and the tree is said to become pregnant with flowers and
fruits with the embrace of women.  But Uma's embrace will not
happen even to that kuravaka tree!

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Chandrasekara Saraswathi says:  It is not
to belittle Saraswati and Lakshmi, Sankara says this.  It is only
to point out the supreme chastity of Uma.  In Ramayanam, just
because it is said the Rama fought with Parasurama, does it
mean Rama is greater than Parasurama.  Are they are not the
two avataras of the same Maha Vishnu?  In fact Durga puja
celebrations are observed only to highlight the sameness of the
three powers of Devi, viz., Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.

Arunachala Siva.