Abhidistavam: Sloka-11


18 November 2021, Plava varusha, Karthikai -02, Thursday;


(MEANING & COMMENTS): Oh Lord of Srirangam (Ranga PruTveeswara)! It has been established (niscchitha:) that the possession of aayudhams (PraharANAdhi yOga:) is fruitless (apArTa ithi) for you. Oh Lord!

You are totally free of fear from anyone or any thing. The whole world and its beings are indeed afraid of trespassing your injunctions and Vidhis. Inspite of this (Tadhapi), Thou who art fearless (nirbhaya: Thvam) bear out of your own sankalpam five weapons on your body. It may appear odd that you hold on to these weapons although you really do not need them at all. There is a sound reason however for your “strange” act. You have publicly declared in Your GithOpanishad that a Jn~Ani, who comprehends you well and has great affection for you is surely (niyatham) Your antharyAmi (Yath ParamArTavith tE niyatham antharAthmaa ithi Aattha). When You protect these dear ones (thAvakam PraNatha rakshaNam), that act is equivalent to defending Yourself (SvarakshaNam iva abhavath). Therefore, it becomes clear that you are bearing all these weapons for your dear one’s protection.

VIEWS OF OTHER COMMENTATORS: Here Swamy Desikan appeals to Lord Ranganathan to decimate the evil forces that have invaded Srirangam and for Him to return to His abode. He reminds the Lord of Srirangam about His commitment to protect Jn~Anis, who were identified by Him as His inner soul. Swamy says: “These Jn~Anis dear to You have to be protected, which is equivalent to Your own protection. Could You not ensure that this happens?”

Courtesy: Oppiliappan Koil Sri. V. Sadagopachariar

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