108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #17

Om indiramandiraptaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the relation who holds the sacred space for Indira ~ who is Lord Vishnu


mandir Hin. m. mandira San. n. a temple, shrine, dwelling place of God, mansion, house; the body. The temple is a replica of the body; God’s seat in the sanctum sanctorum symbolises the heart. The life of every Hindū community is centred around the temple and its deity. Shāstras and epic stories are recited, worship is performed in the form of devotional singing, dance and music, and the first fruits of the harvest are offered.
indirāyāḥ — of the goddess of fortune
mandiram — the temple
āpta — relatives SB 5.5.8
āpta — friends and relatives SB 8.3.18
āpta — relatives, society SB 9.4.65
āpta — of friends and relatives


The Feminine Principle (Lakshmi) (Stridharma) is spoken of as the illusion imposed upon Himself by the Lord, as the Energy with which He equipped Himself out of His own will. This is the Maya, the Feminine Form. This is the reason why Woman is considered as Parasakthi Swarupa. She is the faithful companion of Man, his Fortune; since she is the concretisation of the Will of the Lord, she is Mystery, Wonder, the representative of the protective Principle; the Queen of his home, his beneficence, the Illumination of the house. Women who are repositories of the Sakthiswarupa are in no way inferior; how full of fortitude, patience and prema is their nature! Their self-control is seldom equaled by men. They are the exemplars and leaders for men to tread the spiritual path. Pure selfless love is inborn in women.

Modesty is essential for women; it is her priceless jewel. It is against Dharma for a woman to overstep the limits of modesty; crossing the limits brings about many calamities. Why, the very glory of womanhood will be destroyed. Without modesty, woman is devoid of beauty and culture. Humility, purity of thought and manners, meekness, surrender to high ideals, sensitivity, sweetness of temper – the peculiar blend of all these qualities is modesty. It is the most invaluable of all jewels for women.

The principles of Atmadharma will not allow the term “woman” to be applied to “a woman without modesty”. If respect and honour are heaped upon a person who does not follow Atmadharma, it is like heaping decorations on a body that has no life in it. The soul that has left the body cannot enjoy the respect shown to the corpse. So too, if a person who is unaware of the Reality, who has not experienced the purpose of the Atma’s embodiment, is crowned with fame and glory, who derives joy therefrom?

The modest woman will not care for such meaning-less trash and tinsel; she will rather seek self-respect, which is much more satisfying. That is the characteristic which makes her the Lakshmi of the Home. That is why the wife is referred to as Grihalakshmi. If the wife has no such mark the home becomes an abode of ugliness.

Atma is devoid of all differences as between men and women. It is Nithya, Suddha, Buddha, Swayamjyothi; i.e., it is eternal pure consciousness itself, and self illumining. Women can reach the status of those holy women only when they become aware of the nature of the Atma.

The patron deities of Vidya (Saraswathi), of Wealth (Lakshmi) and of Jnana (Parvathi) are all women! Therefore, it is unbelievable that women have no right to spiritual discipline, leading to merger with Brahmam and to the final emancipation from bondage. A lion asleep is unaware of its nature. So too, man asleep in the coils of Maya is not aware of his being the Splendourful Atma. In this stage of ignorance, he elaborates more on his prejudices and he gives his likes, the stamp of Sastras! The Sastras will not declare so at any time.



Om indiramandiraptaya namaha, Salutations to the Sun who is the relation who holds the sacred space for Indira ~ who is Lord Vishnu


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