niShkaNTaka prashama yoga niShevaNiiyaaM
chhaayaa visheSha paribhuuta samasta taapaam.h.
svargaapavarga saraNiM bhavatiimushanti
svachchhanda suukara vadhuum.h avadhUta pa~Nkaam.h.. 22
This shlokam refers to BhUmi DEvi being the pathway to the enjoyment of bhOgams in this and the other world. Swamy Desikan salutes BhUmi DEvi once again as the bride of the Lord, who incarnated out of His own will (Svacchandha sookara vadhU). The key words in this shlokam are: “Bhavatheem svarga apavarga saraNeem uSanthy” (The santhAs consider you as the ladder for both svargam and Moksham (Sri Vaikuntam).
Oh BhUmi PirAtti! The learned ones recognize You as the ladder to both svargam and Sri Vaikuntam, the Supreme abode of Your dear husband, who incarnated as VarAhappirAn out of His own will. Any path to a destination should be free of obstructions such as mud, thorns etc. The path that You represent is totally blemishless and pure (avadhUtha pankAm). This path of Yourself is capable of destroying all samsAric taapams (paribhUtha samastha tApAm). It is adorned by comforting shade for the traveler (ChAyaa VisEsham). It is attained by the santha:, who have Yogic discipline and control over their senses (nishkaNDa prasama yOga nishEvaNeeyAm). It (Your Tatthvam) is a noble path; it is an auspicious path to travel to reach svargam or Sri Vaikuntam.
Courtesy: Sri Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sathakopan
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