Sri Matre Namaha
Nirlepa – The One Hundred & Thirty Fourth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
Lepat (karma-sambandhaena lepah, tasmat) niskasita
Freed from impurity. She is called so because she is free from impurity of destruction (pralayakala). Impurity arises from action
She who does not have any attachment.
nirgatah (=jnanena) lepah (=karmasambhandhah) yasyah sa
She, by whose knowledge the impurity runs away.
She is without attachments. Lepa means stain or pollution which is impure. Attachment is caused by bondage and bondage is the result of karmas. Karmas arise out of actions. She is beyond karmas arising out of actions. This could be interpreted in two ways. She is attached to her devotees. Many of the devotees are able to manifest Her in their bodies. In such situations, She becomes one with the bodies of Her devotees. The karmas of such devotees do not affect Her. In fact, if a devotee has such an opportunity, he is absolved of all his karmas. This is because of the fact that the divine energy can enter into a body, provided that body is suitable in all respects (such as strength, internal and external purity) to withstand the power of divine energy. In fact some of the ancient scriptures point out that the body of a devotee becomes pure by merely acquiring knowledge about Her.
The second interpretation is in line with what Krishna says (Gita V.10) ‘One who performs duty without attachment, surrendering the result to the Supreme Lord is unaffected by sinful action’. Krishna also says ‘There is no work that affects me nor do I aspire for the fruits of action’ (Gita IV.14). Lalitha perfectly fits this explanation. She performs Her action as directed by Her Lord Shiva, hence karmas arising out such actions do not affect Her. This is the case of yogis also. Yogis perform worldly duties, perform rituals, sacrifices, external worships, etc but they surrender to God the results either good or bad arising out of such actions. The attire does not make a yogi, but only thoughts and actions make a perfect yogi. If one acquires complete knowledge about the Brahman and remain with the Brahman, karmas do not affect him.
The Interpretation of nirlepa can begin with the interpretation and understanding of Kamalatmika.
Now who is this kamalatmika?
Kamaltmika is one of the Mahavidyas mentioned in scriptures. Kamala is beauty of perception whereby we see the divine quality in each thing. The quality of our consciousness is our greatest wealth, not what we possess outwardly,which we can never really hold onto anyway. Part of the worship is to unfold the full powers of inner perception in order to see the extraordinary beauty in the simple presence of nature and the Earth. Kamala is different from Lakshmi.Kamala is the aspect of Lakshmi that is part of the wisdom goddesses. She is the form of lakshmi which relates specifically to the practice of yoga. Hence she is also the form of kali.
Kali or the beauty of the void is also the basis of kamala or the beauty of life.The spiritual lotus,which is the basis of the universal energy, blooms in the void.It comes forth in the space of pure consciousness.Hence to allow it to come forth we must first make ourselves empty and clear.only the non attacment of kali enables us to enjoy life and find our fulfillment through kamala.
Kamala being kali and if we surrender our desires to eternal reality,then kali appears as beautiful,loving and grants us everything in the glory of god.Kamala as the tenth and last of the wisdom goddess shows the unfoldment of the power of the goddess into the material sphere.kamala is the beginning and the end of worship.we first approach the divine seeking hepl in achieving ordinary human wishes, like health,prosperity and a happy family. We complete our understanding of the divine by seeing its presence even in the ordinary things of human life,in the forms of nature and the earth,discerning of divine urge towards union hidden even in wordly desires.
Kamala is located in the heart specifically in the heart chakra of the subtle body,which is the place of devotional worship.she is the image of the heart’s delight and the heart’s wish for perfect wordly beauty and happiness. we should visualize this perfect fulfillment as the divine gracw that naturally comes to te heart of all beings.
Any acknowledgement of the divine presence in outer forms of beauty and splendour is a worship of kamala.this maybe the appreciation of art or music,a beautiful face, beautiful sunset or first the joy of being alive.All forms of devotional worship are aspects of kamala, most specifically poojas, like offering flowers, scents, incence, lights, foods to the image of the goddess is a way to honour kamala. But this should be donewith the knowledge recognizing that the outer form is nothing but a reflection of the goddess power that resides within our hearts.