MOOKAPANCHASHATI-MANDASMITA SATAKAM (51-75)

           मूकपञ्चशती (मूककवि प्रणीता)  
         
     मन्दस्मितशतकम्
                (slokas 51-75)
Mooka Panchashati is a devotional
composition by Muka Kavi dedicated to Kamakshi. The real name of the poet is
not known. Legend has it that he was born dumb but regained not only his
voice  by 
the grace of Goddess Kamakshi but also became a poet of considerable
merit. Mooka Panchashati  consists of
five satakams, each Satakam containing 100 verses. The Satakams  are Arya Satakam, Padaravinda Satakam,
Stuti Satakam, Kataksha Satakam and Mandasmita Satakam.
Goddess Kamakshi is the presiding
deity of Kancheepuram.  Her consort is
Ekamreshwara, an aspect of Lord Shiva. 
Kanchi is the Central Peetham established by Aadi Shankaracharya who
installed and consecrated the  idol of
Kamakshi and established the system of worship there. The other  Peethams are at Badrinath in the North,
Dwarka in theWest,  Puri in the East and
Sringeri (Sringa giri) in the South.
The translation into English of a
hymn of this nature is a delicate task and readers may kindly pardon the
shortcomings, though every attempt has been made to make the translation as
close as possible to the intended or perceived meaning. 
व्यापारं चतुराननैकविहृतौ व्याकुर्वती कुर्वती
रुद्राक्षग्रहणं करेण सततं वागूर्मिकल्लोलिता ।
उत्फुल्लं धवलारविन्दमधरीकृत्य स्फुरन्ती सदा
श्रीकामाक्षि सरस्वती विजयते त्वन्मन्दहासप्रभा ॥५१॥
O Kamakshi ! the brightness of your smile is like the Goddess
Saraswati who is worried about the activities Brahma ( is worried about
protecting the creation of Brahma), who holds the rudraksha in her hands
(holds the eyes of Rudra in its spell), who is flooded  by the waves of words (flooded by waves of
speech)  who sits on the white lotus in
full blossom (surpasses in beauty the white lotus in full blossom)
[ The words have the meanings given in brackets when applied to the
smile of Kamakshi]
कर्पूरद्युतितस्करेण महसा कल्माषयत्याननं
श्रीकाञ्चीपुरनायिके पतिरिव श्रीमन्दहासोऽपि ते।
आलिङ्गत्यतिपीवरां  स्तनतटीं बिम्बाधरं चुम्बति
प्रौढं रागभरं व्यनक्ति मनसो धैर्यं धुनीतेतराम् ॥५२॥
O Queen of Kanchipura! The effulgence of Your
smile stealing the radiance of camphor makes your face look dark. Like your
consort, your smile embraces your ample bosom, kisses your lips and manifests
deep love and shatters the courage of the mind. 
वैशद्येन च विश्वतापहरणक्रीडापटीयस्तया
पाण्डित्येन पचेलिमेन जगतां नेत्रोत्सवोत्पादने।
कामाक्षि स्मितकन्दलैस्तव तुलामारोढुमुद्योगिनी
ज्योत्स्नासौ जलराशिपोषणतया दूष्यां प्रपना दशाम् ॥५३॥
O kamakshi! 
Moonlight wants to acquire equality with your smile by its brightness,  by its capacity to allay the heat of the
world, by its ripe knowledge ( by its white colour) and the capacity to delight
the eyes of the people.  But because it
makes the ocean swell it has ended up in a sorry state.
लावण्याम्बुजिनीमृणालवलयैः शृङ्गारगन्धद्विप-
ग्रामण्यःश्रुतिचामरैस्तरुणिमस्वाराज्यबीजाङ्कुरैः
आनन्दामृतसिन्धुवीचिपृषतैरास्याब्जहंसैस्तव
श्रीकामाक्षि  मथान मन्दहसितैर्मत्कं 
मनः कल्मषम् ॥५४॥
O Kamkshi! Your smiles are like the stalks of
the lotus of beauty.  They are like the chamara-like
ears of the elephant of Cupid and germinating seeds of the kingdom of
youth.  They are like the spray of the
waves of the ocean of nectar of bliss. They are like the swans on the lotus
face.  May those smiles of yours remove
the dirt in my mind.    
उत्तुङ्गस्तनमण्डलीपरिचलन्माणिक्यहारच्छटा
चञ्चच्छोणिमपुञ्जमध्यसरणिं माता
परिष्कुर्वती।
या वैदग्ध्यमुपैति शङ्करजटाकान्तारवाटीपत-
स्वर्वापीपयसः स्मितद्युतिरसौ
कामाक्षि ते मञ्जुला ॥५५॥
O Kamakshi ! The beautiful brightness of your smile embellishes the
beauty of the bright red splendour of the manikya garland adorning your full
breasts and competes with the pure white waters of the heavenly Ganga falling
from the forest of the matted hairs of Lord Shiva. 
सन्नामैकजुषा जनेन सुलभं संसूचयन्ती
शनै-
रुत्तुङ्गस्य चिरादनुग्रहतरोरुत्पस्यमानं
फलम्।।
प्राथम्येन विकस्वरा कुसुमवत्प्रागल्भ्यमभ्येयुषी
कामाक्षि स्मितचातुरीतव मम क्षेमंकरी
कल्पताम् ॥५६॥
O Kamakshi! your smile indicates that for
those who always take your holy names it is easy to get the fruits of the tall
tree of your blessings.  It is dignified
like the spring with the cuckoo singing. 
May that smile of yours take care of my welfare.
धानुष्काग्रसरस्य लोलकुटिलभ्रूलेखया
बिभ्रतो
लीलालोकशिलीमुखं नववयःसाम्राज्यलक्ष्मीपुषः।
जेतुं मन्मथमर्दिनं जननि ते
मन्दस्मितप्रक्रमो
वल्गुर्विभ्रमभूभृतो वितनुते
सेनापतिप्रक्रियाम् ॥५७॥
O Kamakshi! Cupid who wants to establish his
empire of youth leads from the front with bow in hand and wants to conquer
Shiva who is ready to burn the former with arched eye brows and the arrow of
fire from his third eye. Your beautiful smile excitedly takes on the role of
the commander-in-chief in this battle of Cupid
यन्नाकंपत कालकूटकबलीकारे चुचुंबे
न यद्-
ग्लान्या चक्षुषि रूषितानलशिखे
रुद्रस्य तत्तादृशम्।
चेतो यत्प्रसभं स्मरज्वरशिखिज्वालेन
लेलिह्यते
तत्कामाक्षि तव स्मितांशुकणिकाहेलाभवं
प्राभवम् ॥५८॥
O Kamakshi! 
The heart of your consort never wavered for a moment when He swallowed
the terrible poison nor was he perturbed in the least when his third eye was
spitting fire while it reduced Kama to ashes. 
If then His heart is licked by the flames of passionate love, it is because
of the power of a few sparks from the radiance of your smile.
संभिन्नेव सुपर्वलोकतटिनी वीचीचयैर्यामुनैः
संमिश्रेव शशाङ्कदीप्तिलहरी नीलैर्महानीरदैः।
कामाक्षि स्फुरिता तव स्मितरुचिः कालाञ्जनस्पर्धिना
कालिम्ना कचरोचिषां व्यतिकरे कांचिद्दशामश्नुते ॥५९॥
O Kamakshi! 
When the radiance of your smile is juxtaposed with the dark colour of
your tresses darker than black anjana it looks as if the celestial
Ganga  is split by the waves of Yamuna
and the brilliance of the moon is mixed with dark blue clouds
जानीमो जगदीश्वरप्रणयिनि त्वन्मन्दहासप्रभां
श्रीकामाक्षि सरोजिनीमभिनवामेषा यतः सर्वदा।
आस्येन्दोरवलोकने पशुपतेरभ्येति संफुल्लतां
तन्द्रालुस्तदभाव एव तनुते तद्वैपरीत्यक्रमम् ॥६०॥
O Kamakshi! darling of the Lord of all the
worlds! We know that the radiance of your smile is like a lotus with a
difference  because it blossoms when
seeing the face-moon of Pasupati and in its absence it withers   
यान्ती लोहितिमानमभ्रतटिनी धातुच्छटाकर्दमै-
र्भान्ती बालगभस्तिमालिकिरणैर्मेघावली शारदी ।
बिम्बोष्ठद्युतिपुञ्जचुम्बनकलाशोणायमानेन ते
कामाक्षि स्मितरोचिषा समदशामारोढुमाकाङ्क्षते ॥६१॥
O Kamakshi!  the heavenly Ganga (whose water is white in
colour) turning reddish by the mud of minerals and the clouds after the rainy
season( which are white) being tinged red by the rising sun want to claim equal
status with the white brightness of your smile tinged reddish  by the kiss of your lips of  bright red colour.
श्रीकामाक्षि मुखेन्दुभूषणमिदं
मन्दस्मितं तावकं
नेत्रानन्दकरं तथा हिमकरो गच्छेद्यथा
तिग्मताम् ।
शीतं देवि तथा यथा हिमजलं संतापमुद्रास्पदं
श्वेतं किंच तथा यथा मलिनतां
धत्ते च मुक्तावलिः ॥६२॥
O Kamakshi! this smile of yours is adornment
to your face which is pretty like the moon. 
It is pleasing to the eye compared with which it is as if the moon has
become hot.  Your smile is cool compared
with which ice water is hot.  It is
bright white compared with which the necklace of pearls is dirty.
त्वन्मन्दस्मितमञ्जरीं प्रसृमरां
कामाक्षि चन्द्रातपं
सन्तः सन्ततमामनन्त्यमलता तल्लक्षणं
लक्ष्यते।
यन्नासौ विधुनोति तापमधिकं नाभ्यन्तरं
मानस-
ध्वान्तं तत्खलु दुःखिनो वयममी
केनेति जानीमहे ॥६३॥
O Kamakshi! Saints say that the blossom of
your smile is like the brightness of the moon and its nature is purity. But we
are sorry because the moon does not mitigate our misery and does not dispel the
darkness (ignorance ) in he heart.  We do
not know why. 
नम्रस्य प्रणयप्ररूढकलहच्छेदाय
पदाब्जयो-
र्मन्दं चन्द्रकिशोरशेखरमणॆः
कामाक्षि रागेण ते।
बन्धूकप्रसवश्रियं जितवतो बंहीयसीं
तादृशीं
बिम्बोष्ठस्य रुचिं निरस्य हसितज्योत्स्ना
वयस्यायते ॥६४॥
O Kamakshi! Your consort, who sports the
crescent moon on his head, bows down at your lotus feet to break the deadlock
caused by love-quarrel. His love spurns the lips which are bright as the
hibiscus flowers and makes friends with the moonlight of your smile.   
मुक्तानां परिमोचनं विदधतस्तत्प्रीतिनिष्पादिनी
भूयो दूरत एव धूतमरुतस्तत्पालनं  तन्वती।
उद्भूतस्य जलान्तरादविरतं तद्दूरतां
जग्मुषी
कामाक्षि स्मितमञ्जरी तव कथं
कम्बोस्तुलामश्नुते॥६५॥
Your smile releases pearls and earns their
love. From a distance it takes care them. After the pearl comes out from the
water your smile always goes that distance. O kamakshi! how can the blossom of
your smile be compared with the conch? (because it does not release pearls. It
cannot move from its place or act across distances )
  
श्रीकामाक्षि तव स्मितद्युतिझरीवैदग्ध्यलीलायितं
पश्यन्तोऽपि निरन्तरं सुविमलंमन्या जगन्मण्डले ।
लोकं हासयितुं किमर्थमनिशं प्राकाश्यमातन्वते
मन्दाक्षं विरहय्य मंगलतरं मन्दारचन्द्रादयः ॥६६॥
O Kamakshi ! even after seeing the magic of your bright smile
surpassing everything else in brightness, why do the mandara flower and
the moon spread their brightness and make themselves the laughing stock of
people when the better thing for them would be to
shy away from displaying their brightness.
क्षीराब्धेरपि शैलराजतनये त्वन्मन्दहासस्य च
श्रीकामाक्षि वलक्षिमोदयनिधेःकिंचिद्भिदां ब्रूमहे।
एकस्मै पुरुषाय देवि स ददौ लक्ष्मीं कदाचित्पुरा
सर्वेभ्योऽपि ददात्यसौ तु सततं लक्ष्मीं च वागीश्वरीम्
॥६७॥
O Kamakshi! Daughter of Himavan! We can speak
about some difference between the milky ocean and your smile.  The first gave Lakshmi to one purusha, Mahavishnu.
Your smile gives every one Lakshmi (wealth) and Vageeshwari (learning)
श्रीकाञ्चीपुररत्नदीपकलिके तान्येव विश्वान्तरे
चाकोराणि चराचरेश्वरि परं धन्यानि मन्यामहे।
कंपातीरकुटुंबचंक्रमकलाचुञ्चूनि चञ्चूपुटैः
नित्यं यानि तव स्मितेन्दुमहसामास्वादमातन्वते ॥६८॥
O Kamakshi! we think that the chakora birds
which have established their families on the banks of the river Kampa are the
most fulfilled ones in the world because they enjoy daily the taste of the
effulgence of your smile
शैत्यप्रक्रममाश्रितोऽपि नमतां जाड्यप्रथां धूनयन्
रागव्यञ्जनपेशलोऽपि गिरिजे वैमल्यमुल्लासयन्।
लीलालापपुरःसरोऽपि सततं वाचंयमान्प्रीणय-
न्कामाक्षि स्मितरोचिषां तव समुल्लासः कथं वर्ण्यते
॥६९॥
O Kamakshi! though your smile is cool it
removes the dullness of those who bow down before you. Though it manifests raga
(love, red) it is bright white.  Though
it is accompanied by playful sounds, it pleases those who have controlled their
speech.  How can anyone describe the
radiance of your smile?
श्रोणीचञ्चलमेखलामुखरितं लीलागतं मन्थरं
भ्रूवल्लीचलनं कटाक्षवलनं मन्दाक्षवीक्षाचणम्।
यद्वैदग्ध्यमुखेन मन्मथरिपुं संमोहयन्त्यञ्जसा
श्रीकामाक्षि  तव स्मिताय सततं तस्मै नमस्कुर्महे ॥७०॥
The tinkling of the tiny bells in the waist
belt, playful slow gait, the arching of the eye brows, sidelong glances, and
shy glances – all these captivate the heart of the enemy of Kama through the
skill of  your smile.  May our prostrations be always to your smile.
श्रीकामाक्षि मनोज्ञमन्दहसितज्योतिष्प्ररोहे तव
स्फीतश्वेतिमसार्वभौमसरणिप्रागल्भ्यमभ्येयुषि ।
चन्द्रोऽयं युवराजतां कलयते चेटीधुरं चन्द्रिका
गङ्गा सा च सुधाझरी सहचरीसाधर्म्यमालम्बते ॥७१॥

Kamakshi ! When the beautiful brightness of your smile becomes the  emperor of the vast empire of whiteness, the
moon takes the place of the  young
prince, moonlight takes the place of the maid and the heavenly Ganga becomes
the companion
ज्योत्स्ना किं तनुते फलं तनुमतामौष्ण्यप्रशान्तिं विना
त्वन्मन्दस्मितरोचिषा तनुमतां कामाक्षि रोचिष्णुता ।
संतापोऽपि निवार्यते नववचःप्राचुर्यमङ्कूर्यते
सौन्दर्यं परिपूर्यते जगति सा कीर्तिश्च संचार्यते ॥७२॥
What 
result does the moonlight give except mitigating the heat? But the
radiance of your smile is liked by people, it removes the heat of miseries and
suffering,  speech becomes picturesque,
beauty becomes complete and fame spreads
वैमल्यं कुमुदश्रियां हिमरुचः 
कन्त्यैव संधुक्ष्यते
ज्योत्स्नारोचिरपि प्रदोषसमय प्राप्त्यैव सम्पद्यते।
स्वच्छत्वं नवमौक्तिकस्य परमं संस्कारतो दृश्यते
कामाक्ष्याः स्मितदीधितेर्विशदिमा नैसर्गिको भासते ॥७३॥
The beauty of the lily is enhanced only by the
light of the moon.  The brightness of
moonlight  is brought about only after
evening twilight.  The whiteness of raw
pearl is visible only after it is refurbished.  
But the brightness of Kamakshi’s smile is entirely natural
प्राकाश्यं परमेश्वरप्रणयिनि त्वन्मन्दहासश्रियः
श्रीकामाक्षि मम क्षिणोतु ममतावैचक्षणीमक्षयाम्।
यद्भीत्यैव निलीयते हिमकरो मेघोदरे शुक्तिका-
गर्भे मौक्तिकमण्डली च सरसीमध्ये मृणाली च सा ॥७४॥
O Kamakshi! Darling of parameshwara !May the brightness of your
beautiful smile destroy my perennial sense of ‘mine’.  It is the fear of  your smile which makes the moon hide behind a
cloud, drive the pearls into the womb of the oyster and the lotus stem into the
middle of the lake.   
हेरम्बे च गुहे च हर्षभरितं वात्सल्यमङ्कूरय-
न्मारद्रोहिणि पूरुषे च सततं प्रेमाङ्कुरं व्यञ्जयत्।
आनम्रेषु जनेषु पूर्णकरुणावैदग्ध्यमुत्तालय-
न्कामाक्षि स्मितमञ्जरी तव कथंकारं मया कथ्यते ॥७५॥
O Kamakshi! the blossom of your smile
manifests parental love for Ganesha and Guha. It displays the sprouting of love
for Shiva, the enemy of Kama. It shows complete compassion for those who bow
down before you.  How can I describe the
blossom of your smile, O Kamakshi 


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