Friday, June 4, 2010

Lalita Sahasranama # 249

pancabhih pretaih (=kalpite) asane (mancake)asina
She is mounted on the stage formed by the five corpses.

The word panca refers to five, namely, Brahma, Visnu, Rudra, Isvara, Sadasiva. They are called pretas when they are devoid of their powers (i.e., Saktis). These powers cause them to function in pancakaryas but without them they are inactive and, hence, pretas (i.e., lifeless). And the Goddess is their ruler who is seated on the couch prepared by their lifeless bodies.

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