Sri Matre Namaha
Manorupekshukodanda – The tenth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
mana eva rupam yasya tadrsam- iksurupam kodandam yasyah sa
She is possessed of the Sugarcane bow of mind
This one talks about what she is holding in her upper left hand. She holds a bow which personifies the mind characterized by both Sankalpa and Vikalpa.
Mind involves both samkalpa and vikalpa. Samkalpa means resolve, process of thought. Vikalpa means difference of perception. Both are opposite to each other.
The mind has two functions
1) the mind desires to join thoughts into concepts and theories (sankalpa) and the other one is
2) minds function of rejecting thoughts which helps in simplifying and limiting our experience through our senses (Vikalpa).
So, I seek your blessing to invade my mind with the good and destroy the bad! When I say my prayers for the day I surrender myself and my thought and speech and everything done by me that day to her and it becomes her doing, by doing this we can stop accruing karma. Mind is also subtle like knowledge. Mind is reflected through the five sensory organs. That is why it has both samkalpa and vikalpa qualities as it acts through the impressions received from sense organs that get fine tuned in the form of thought and finally explodes in the form of our actions. Ikshu means sugar cane and kothandam means a bow. She is holding in her left lower arm a bow of sugar cane. Why sugarcane bow? If you crush sugarcane you get sweet and tasty juice from which sugar is manufactured. It means if you crush your mind (controlling the mind), you get the sweet reality of the Brahman. This arm is represented by Mantrini or Shyamala devi. .