Sri RanganAyakai Nama: 

SLOKAM 13

Dear BhakthAs :

We will study the 13th slOkam of Sri GuNa Rathna kOsam in this posting:

asyEsAnA jagatha ithi tE adhImahE yaam samruddhim
  Sri: ! SrI sooktham bhaumukhayathE thAmm cha sAkhAnusAkham
EeshtE kascchij-jagatha ithi ya: pourushE sooktha uktha:
  tamm cha tvathkam pathimadhijagou uttharascchAnuvAka:
(Meaning by Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan): 

 Oh LakshmI ! The Upanishadic statement, " The consort of VishNu is the supreme Goddess, Isvaree, to all the world" is elaborated in Sree Sooktha of each Vedhic branch ; and in the Utthara-anuvAkA, it is stated, "whosoever is declared in Purushasooktha as the Lord ruling over this universe is the husband of Bhoomi DEvi and Lakshmi". All this emphasizes that the Lord NarAyaNA is the unquestioned ruler and You, the Empress of the whole Universe.

Additional comments by Dr.V.N.V: 

Oh PirAtti ! TaittirIya Samhithai (4.4) declares "asyEsAnA jagatho VishNu Pathnee " (PerumAl's consort is the Empress of all the worlds).This Your Isavrithvam (being an Empress)and aisouryam (unlimited VibhUthi) is saluted multifold in every brach of the vedAs. Further, Purusha Sooktam praising Your Lord's glories states clearly : " Purusha yEvatham Sarvam ! yath BhUtham Yaccha Bhavyam udhAmruthathvasyEsAnA:" (All these are indeed Purushan ! That Purushan is the Lord of of ALL. He is indeed the Lord also for the immortal and blissful Moksham). In addition to the above pronouncements, in the uttharaanuvAkam of the above Purusha Sooktham, Vedam declares : " HrIsccha tE LakshmIsccha Pathnyou " and " SraddhayAa dEvO Devathvam asnuthE " (BhUmi and Lakshmi are Your consorts and You obtain Your status as Devan because of Lakshmi, Your divine consort). Thus MahA- LakshmI's glories are loudly proclaimed by the blemishless VedAs.He becomes Isvaran because of being Lakshmi Pathi in the first place.

In view of this Vedic evidence, We stick to our original statement made in the 9th slOkam : Sriyam tvatthOpucchair vayamiha PaNAma:" (Oh Lord of Sri Devi ! We assert that Sri Devi is Superior to You inview of Her conferring Isvarathvam for You).

"EeshtE kascchijjagatha: ithi ya: pourushE sooktha uktha:" (That One, who rules or lords over the Universe as Isvaran) may not be found verbatim in the Purusha Sooktam, but the essence of this statement is clearly found in Purusha Sooktham and the Upanishad passages.

AdiyEn's observations: 

In the previous slOkam, Bhattar had incorporated text from Srimath Bhagavath GithA to extoll the greatness of Sri RanganAyaki. In this slOkam, Bhattar includes exact text from TaittirIya Samhithai (asyEsAnA JagathO VishNu PathnI:) and refers to Sri Sooktham, Purusha Sooktham passages and Upanishads contributing evidence to MahA Lakshmi conferring Isvarathvam on Her Lord by being His consort. Bhattar uses these evidences and diplomatically concedes that Sriman NaarAyaNan is the undisputed Ruler of this Universe and Sri RanganAyaki is the Empress of the very same Universe.

Daasan, Oppilaippan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan


Source: http://ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/dec2000/0015.html