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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 95
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:30:21 PM »
Verse 98, of Sri Soundarya Lahari is a prayer of Sri Sankara to the
Mother to generate poetic genius in him.

Kadaa kaale maatah kathaya kalit'aalaktaka-rasam
Pibeyam vidyaarthi tava charana-nirnejana-jalam;
Prakrtyaa mukaanaam api cha kavitaa-kavitaa kaaranatyaa
Kadaa datte vaani-mukha-kamala-tambula-rasatam.

O Mother! Tell me when I, seeker after wisdom shall have the
privilege of imbibing the red-tinged water with which Your
lac-painted feet have been washed -- water that can generate
even in a naturally dumb person.  When shall I expect it (that
red-tinged water) to flow our of my mouth as great poetry, which
forms the chewed betel juice of Sarasvati (Vani), the goddess
of learning and poetry?

Traditions say that in the temple of Meenakshi in Madurai, the
famous saint-poet Kumara Gurbubhara, who was a dumb child
was turned into a eloquent poet, by drinking of the water with
which Devi's feet laved.  Poet Kalidasa had the chewed betel
leaves and arecanut mixture from Kali of Ujjain and became a
great poet.  Again in the Kamakshi temple in Kanchipuram, the
saint poet Muka Kavi, a born dumb, tasted the betel juice from Devi's mouth and became a saint-poet and composed the famous
Muka Pancha Sati, a work of 50 verses on Kanchi Kamakshi.

Muruganar poured forth ecstatic poems from out of the grace of
Bhagavan Ramana.  So also Lakshmana Sarma, (WHO) composed
a different Sanskrit version of Sad Darsanam.

Once Mahavidvan Swaminatha Iyer, a famous poet who had
great love for Tamil, asked Bhagavan Ramana:  "Bhagavan!
Should I leave my love for Tamil (Tamil Patru) for self realization?"  Bhagavan Ramana said smilingly:  "Who asked you to leave
love for Tamil?  Is Tamil different from Siva?  Love for Siva
pours forth as love for Tamil.  What is there?"

Arunachala Siva.