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Sri Matre Namaha

Saadhvi – The One Hundred & Twenty Eighth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.

Sadhvi (Pativrata)


She is Chaste. At all times ( i.e., past, present and future)

She is attached to Her husband only. And so she is chaste

She who is eternally devoted to her husband

She is chaste. When someone has huge wealth he is called Lakshmi pathi, meaning husband of Lakshmi. Most of the interpretations for this nama are irrelevant. Is it right to call someone who has got wealth as husband of Lakshmi. Lakshmi in this context means the physical wealth and not the goddess of wealth. Lakshmi pathi then means the owner or possessor of physical wealth. Rich men normally consider their wealth on par with their wives. Shankara in SL 96 refers to this illustration.

It says “Poets woo Goddess Sarasvati (goddess of Speech) and claim to be Her husband and those who have wealth claim that they are husband of Goddess Lakshmi. But you are by your thought and actions always with Shiva”. The interpreters intend to say that nobody can claim Lalitha like other Gods and Goddesses as She is beyond comparison with other Goddesses. The problem in the interpretation arises with the Sanskrit word ‘pathi’ which generally means husband. But there are other meanings for this word such as master, lord, owner, possessor etc. Therefore ‘pathi’ in this context does not mean husband but refers to a person who owns wealth or who owns knowledge and wisdom, or who has mastered the art of speech. Shankara would not have meant to mean husband in his verse. Why Lalitha is called as chaste is because, She always remains with Shiva. She considers Shiva as ‘pathi deva’ which means a wife who regards her husband as divine. This is the right explanation for this nama as She was created by Shiva and therefore She considers Shiva as divine husband. ‘Pathi vedanaha’ means Shiva.
Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati talks about the secrets of shiva and sakthi thus:

Shiva and Shakti are one and the same.

There is no place that He is not.There is no place that She is not.They are one and the same.

She is in every thing.She is in every word.She is all there is.

See Her in all things.Hear Her in all sounds.Know Her in all thoughts.Feel Her in all feelings.She is all there is.

She is the one in the three worlds

Shiva and Shakti are one and the same.

That is the secret.

The story of Shiva’s marriage is symbolic of the perfect fusion of the male and the female principles which, according to a Hindu view of life, are the moving powers behind the universe. Shiva (the male principle), the Supreme Consciousness, will acquire the power to create and destroy the elements only in conjunction with Shakti ( the female principle). That was why Vishnu and others were keen to see Shiva married. Though the word Shiva rarely occurs in the Vedas (it does in the Yahurveda) there are adequate references to show Rudra(another name for Shiva) as the Supreme Consciousness. The Kenopanishad mentions UMA as the maya or the manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness. The story of Sati brings home to us in simple terms, the truth and beauty of a lofty vedic concept.

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Posted February 7, 2012 by UdayaBhaaskarBulusu

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