Sri Matre Namaha
Shiva-kameshvarangastha – The Fifty Second name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
sivascasau kamescasau isvarasca iti sivakamesvarah tasya anke tistati sa
Her seating posture begins from this nama. She sits on the left thigh of Shiva. This is the form of saguna Brahman. Shiva is the prakasha form and self illuminating and Shakthi is his vimarsha form. It is good to meditate upon this posture of them. Why She is sitting on his left thigh? Heart is on the left side and she is said to be Shiva’s heart (could also mean love). Kama means handsome, desire, god of love Manmata. Kama also means knowledge. Shiva means auspicious. Ishwara means the supreme ruler. Knowledge is said to be the form of Shiva. Perception of heart and mind is the knowledge. Here all the qualities of the saguna Brahman are covered. This is saguna Brahman because it talks about forms and qualities. Niguna Brahman does not have form and attributes. When maya or illusion is still associated with Brahman it is called saguna Brahman. This saguna Brahman is called Shakthi or prakasha vimarsha maha maya swarupini. Why kama is mentioned here. This kama does not mean manmata, the god of love. It means desire (supreme) here, not the desire with which this word is associated. The desire of the Brahman to create the universe is executed through Shakthi, the auspicious form of the Supreme ruler Shiva. This nama actually talks about static and kinetic form of energies in unison. This also could mean the creation of the universe.
She sits on the left thigh of Lord Sivakamesvara
The word kama can be interpreted in many ways
Sitting on the lap of SivakAmeSvara. The description of her physical form being ended that of the seat of Devi is commence from this name. Kama means that which is desired; or her who assumes any form at will, this epithet (kAmA) is also applied to Manmatha ( god of love) who can also assume any form at will. The KalikA Purana says, ` In the world there is none who like you is capable of assuming any form ; hence O mind born one [Manmatha], you shall be known by the name Kama.
kAma means knowledge [ prajNana ]. The Sruti says : `What is called the heart and the mind are perception [ saMjNAna ], command, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, seeing, holding, thinking, considering, readiness [ or suffering ] remembering, conceiving, willing, breathing, loving, desiring ; know all these are only various names of knowledge’ In the said sruti the word prajNAna means Siva only. The SutasaMhita also supports this explanation. `VijNana, which is Samkara, is known by the learned under many names. Some say it is the heart… some othe rtheists call it control [ vaSya ]. But all these simply denote Siva’
Kama denotes the Lord who desires [ Kama ] to create the universe. The Br. Up says `There was Atman only in the beginning. He desired…. Thus for the desire [ Kama ]’ Hence the word Kama does not mean here Rudra or Manmatha.