Sri MahA Lakshmi Tattvam is very important to us as Sri VaishNavAs . Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam deals brilliantly with the unique and divine attributes of our ThAyAr MahA Lakshmi (Sri RanganAyaki ) as the Empress of Srirangam and the dearest consort of Lord RanganAthan.

Sri ParAsara Bhattar was the pet child of the divya dampathis of Srirangam and they raised him " litreally " in their ThirumAmaNi MaNTapam . They set up a cradle for him in front of their sannidhi and watched over him .

Dr.V.N .VedAntha Desikan of Oppiliappan Sannidhi known for his great contributions to the growth of our SampradhAyam has just started the coverage of th Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam slOkams through a series of postings in Nrusimha PriyA Magazine. AdiyEn will use his translations as a base to elaborate on the great Tathvams behind MahA Lakshmi as revealed to us by Swamy ALavandhAr ( ChathusslOki), KurEsar (Sri Sthavam), Sri Sooktam ( khila Rk from Vedam ) , Sri Sthuthi (VishNu PurANam ), SaraNAgathi Gadhyam passages of EmperumAnAr, Sri LakshmI ashtotthara sthOthram, Sri Lakshmi Sahasra Naama SthOthram, Sri Sthuthi of Swamy Desikan, Sri DevanAr ViLAgam PadmanAbhAcchAr Swamy 's monograph (Ph.D Thesis) on ParAsara Bhattar, AzhwAr's aruLiccheyalkaLs, Lakshmi Tanthram and Srimath Prakrutham Azhagiya Singar's KaalakshEpams on our ThAyAr's unique glories.

The format will be similar to the postings on Sri RanganAtha PadhukA Sahasram where We (Sri MuraLi Rangaswamy and myself) take off from Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desiakan's translation and adiyEn adds other anubhavams (Abhinava Desikar, HH Srimath Andavan and adiyEn). There are 61 slOkams in Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam. AdiyEn will cover them one or two at a time.

Dr.V.N. Vedantha Desikan has referred to the majestic gait, deep thoughts and apoorva tatthvams embedded in the slOkams of Sri GuNa Rathna KOsam. This is indeed a rare treasure chest of the gems (divine attributes of ThAyAr, Sri RanganAyaki )arising from the blissful guNAnubhavams of Her son, ParAsara Bhattar. We will touch upon the Vibhuthvam, UpAyathvam and PurushakArathvam aspects of Sri RanganAyaki ThAyAr (MahA Lakshmi ).

Dr.V.N.Vedantha Desikan points out that Mother RangsanAyaki's "divine Qualiites are Unique; it reveals the intimacy that the author (ParAsara Bhattar ) enjoyed with Sri RanganAyaki" as Her pet child. The slOkams are "majestic, the dictum is magnificent and the ideas are emotive".

DevanAr ViLAgam Dr.S.PadmanAbhan points out that Sri GuNa Rathna Kosam is a SthOthram of  "lyrical beauty, while it abounds in philosophical statements, which are unique to the VisishtAdvaithA System of philosophy".

AdiyEn has covered extensively the seven Krithis composed by Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshithar on MAHAA LAKSHMI in a series of postings archived in May 96 cCapter of Bhakthi archives. These krithis are set in Raagams Maadhava ManOhari, DhanyAsi, LalithA, Desi SimhAravam, Naayaki, MangaLa Kaisiki, and SourAshtram.

Additional articles on the greatness of MahA Lakshmi (role of Lakshmi) are archived in September 96; two postings (1, 2) on adiyEn's personal saraNAgathi to Lord RanganAthA on a Panguni Uttharam day inspired by AchArya RaamAnujA's Sri Sookthi are housed in the April 1,1996 postings. KurEsA's Sri Sthavam is housed in the Feb. 1996 Bhakthi archives.(1, 2, 3, 4)

With these introductory remarks, adiyEn will start the series on Sri ParAsara Bhattar's GuNa Rathna Kosam (The treasure house of gem-like qualities of Sri Devi) in the next posting.

May Sri RanganAyaki ThAyaar, blessing us while seated on ardha ParyankAsanam and displaying abhaya MudhrA, bless adiyEn in the completion of this kaimkaryam !

May this SarvAnga Soundharyavathi, the Empres of Srirangam, Sri RanganAyaki, adorning Kanaka rasanA (golden ottiyANam at Her slender waist), muktAhaarA (Pearl necklace around Her neck), TaatankA (ThOdu) LalAtikA ( ornament on Her forehead), MaNisArA (gem necklace around Her shoulders) and TulAkOti (sweet sounding anklets on Her legs) bless us all with Her karuNA KatAkshams!

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam,
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan

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