Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lalita Sahasranama # 154

upadih rahita

She is without limiting adjuncts

The word upadhi is explained as follows: upa = near, adhi = adadhati = gives own characteristics. Just as the red flower transfers its (red) color to the crystal near it, the nescience, and ignorance are the upadhi which causes the appearance of plurality (cit) (i.e., consciousness)

The word nirupadhi is the real cause to identify Devi with the special quality of faultllessness
There are two upadhis: one is 'whole' (sakhanda) and the other is fragmentary (akhanda). The goddess is free from both the adjuncts

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