### SAUNDARYA LAHARI

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### VERSE 77

FINE STRUCTURALIZED SPACE

यदेतत्कालिन्दी-तनुतर-तरङ्गाकृति शिवे

कृशे मध्ये किञ्चिज्जननि तव यद्भाति सुधियाम् ।

विमर्दा-दन्योन्यं कुचकलशयो-रन्तरगतं

तनूभूतं व्योम प्रविशदिव नाभिं कुहरिणीम्

*yad etat kalinditanutara tarangakrti sive*

krse maddhye kincijjanani tava yad bhati sudhiyam

vimardad anyonyamkucakalasayor antaragatam

tanubhutam vyoma pravisad iva nabhim kuharinim

krse maddhye kincijjanani tava yad bhati sudhiyam

vimardad anyonyamkucakalasayor antaragatam

tanubhutam vyoma pravisad iva nabhim kuharinim

Looking like ripples on the surface of the river Kalindi,

Looms in the mind of contemplatives as space reduced to ethereal particles

Entering into the cavity of Your navel, and produced by the friction of Your pot-like breasts.

*mithya kalpita*(falsely put there by the mind).

*sudhis*, suggesting that they have to be especially clever, wise, or sensible. We have here translated this word as “contemplatives”.

*yad etad*, “this something” (which is seen), justify the location of such a point of participation, which could be said to be both visible and invisible to the eyes of a fully-informed Advaita philosopher, implied by the word “contemplatives” here. Thus, the slenderness of the waist and the point of interest at the locus are understood by us from this first line.

*sivajanani*) would indicate that such a sacred idea of motherhood is in the mind of the poet also.

*tanu bhutam vyomam*, which we have translated as “space reduced to ethereal particles”. Physicists have postulated something like ether as the medium for the propagation of light; but no ponderable ether was discovered by the Michelson-Morley experiment. Ether thus remains to us an ambiguity equally relied upon by both physicists and metaphysicians as a kind of Absolute Substance, both material and mental, within which a measurable velocity of light could be calculated or postulated. We shall not examine the final epistemological status of this

*vyoma*, or space, but treat it as a kind of neutral medium, both mental and material at once. The collision of the two pots representing the breasts of the Goddess produces vibrations which cut at right angles to the natural ripples produced by the wind on the surface of a river. As the river flows downwards toward the navel of the Goddess, it is to be imagined as becoming subterranean. The outside world and its space are turned into an inside world, in terms of some kind of negative or pseudo-space. Outside can become inside in topological or projective space. Right-angled triangles can become obtuse or acute-angled ones by expansion or contraction of space. Inside can become outside by a Moebius-strip inversion. A one-to-one correspondence in relative positions, vectorially or tensorially understood, could still be maintained. Euclidean axioms can give place to revised ones known to modern non-Euclidian geometry. Right and left could be interchanged by torsions or rotations around an axis. The navel of the Goddess is going to be compared to a frozen whirlpool in the next verse.

*tanu bhutam vyomam*). We could easily concede that waves or ripples could be of two kinds. The main waves have a simple harmonic movement, as between crest and trough, which is properly called “wavelength”; while “frequency” is a kind of sinuous movement, vibrating more quickly, where amplitude and shortness give it intensity rather than length. If one is magnetic; the other could be said to be electromagnetic. Maxwell and Fourier have studied the laws of the propagation of waves of both sound and of light; and modern television and the use of videotape to propagate light or sound have many secrets, all of which depend upon the uniformity of the laws applicable to the propagation of light and of electromagnetic impulses. An antenna can conduct all these impulses intact and reproduce them thousands of miles away on a television screen in the drawing room. Thus, the disappearance of two sets of waves, in the form of ethereal particles, into the cavity of the navel of the Goddess is at least not to be considered merely as a mythological exaggeration.

*("There is also non-Euclidian space, projective space, scalar space, topological space, vectorial space, as also the structure of space as understood by Minkowski, Lobachevsky and Riemann". In mathematics non-Euclidean geometry is a small set of geometries based on axioms closely related to those specifying Euclidean Geometry The essential difference between the metric geometries is the nature of parallel lines. Another way to describe the differences between these geometries is to consider two straight lines indefinitely extended in a two-dimensional plane that are both perpendicular to a third line.*

*In Euclidean geometry the lines remain at a constant distance from each other even if extended to infinity, and are known as parallels.**In hyperbolic geometry they "curve away" from each other, increasing in distance as one moves further from the points of intersection with the common perpendicular; these lines are often called ultraparallels.**In elliptic geometry the lines "curve toward" each other and intersect. ED)*

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**ADDITIONAL COMMENTS WITH STRUCTURAL DIAGRAMS RELATED TO THIS VERSE FROM SAUNDARYA LAHARI/NOTES.**

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*Yadetat*- gleaming (with a sheen)

*Kalindi tanutara taranga krtih*- of the form of the slender or fine ripples on the surface of the river Kalindi

*Shive*- o Shiva-consort

*Krshe madhye*- with thin middle part

*Kimchit*- something

*Janani*- mother

*Tava yat*- that which is Yours

*Bhati sudhiyam*- to learned and good devotees it shines (as)

*Vimardad anyonyam kucha kala shayoh*- by mutual impact of the water-pot-shaped breasts

*Antara gatam*- what lies between

*Tanu bhutam vyomam*- made into a thin, schematic factor (sky-space:

*"bhutam vyomam"*)

*Pravishad iva*- as if entering

*Nabhim kuharinim*- the navel, an orifice or opening

Another version:

*Yad etat*- this which is here seen

*Kalindi tanu tara taranga krti*- having the form of superfine ripples on the river Kalindi

*Shive*- o Shiva consort

*Krshe madhye*- at Your slender middle region

*Kinchit*- that something

*Janani*- o Mother

*Tava yad*- Yours which is

*Bhati sudhiyam*- looms in the mind of contemplatives

*Vimardat anyonyam kucha kala shayoh*- reduced by the friction of Your pot-like breasts

*Antara gatam*- entering inside (the cavity of the navel)

*Tanu bhutam vyoma*- pure space reduced to ethereal particles

*Pravishad iva nabhim*- as if entering into the cavity of the navel

*Kuharinim*- which has a hollow cavity.

The Devi is here treated as a universal concrete.

*monde affiné*of Bergson .

There is no major difficulty in its treatment.

*(In Vedanta the world is a "monde affiné" as Bergson calls it - a flux; a world of particle physics, not as actual as it seems. ED)*

The surface picture is of an

*affiné*river.

This is Eddington's physical world, exponential mathematics.

It is pure mathematical contemplation, abstracted and generalized.

The four dimensions become abstract at the waist where there is only a vertical vertebral column.

There is no psycho-physical communication except through the

*Susumna*- the extremely thin central

*nadi*or passage.

This is gynaecological

*schematismus.*

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Above are some examples of Minkowskian Space

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Also, below, the colour solid:

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Other examples of the same structure, with different applications: