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Sri Matre Namaha

Nirupadhi – The One Hundred & Fifty Fourth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.


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 (chit) (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

She is without limitations. If a hibiscus flower is kept near a crystal, the red colour of the flower is reflected through the crystal. The ‘upadhi’ is made up of ‘upa’ which means near and ‘adhi’ meaning gives own characteristics. Here the hibiscus flower is ‘upadhi’ as it reflects its original colour through the crystal. We have already discussed about Shakthi sitting on the lap of Shiva. Shakthi is red colour and Shiva is colorless or has crystal colour. When Shakthi sits on the lap of Shiva, Her red colour is radiating through the crystal colour of Shiva. Gods and goddesses have mistakenly identified this as the rising sun. Ignorance is called upadhi as the effect of ignorance is reflected in the speech and actions of an ignorant person. She is without such upadhis. In fact, Shiva only reflects Her complexion!

Previous One Hundred & Fifty Third Name Nishkalanga

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Posted February 10, 2012 by UdayaBhaaskarBulusu

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