Aishwarya & Madhurya
Aishwarya & Madhurya

USUALLY in places where there is ‘aishwarya’ (lordship) there is no ‘madhurya’ (sweetness) and where there is madhurya there is no aishwarya. Where life has blossomed fully, there is both.
Aishwarya means ishvaratvaa – lordship of that which “Is”. Wealth, too, is referred to as aishwarya because wealth does command a certain amount of authority.
Can love and authority co-exist? Only in a fully blossomed being is there both lordship and sweetness. There was aishwarya in Sri Rama, but only glimpses of madhurya. In Paraasharam’s life there is only lordship, but no madhurya. Buddha manifested more madhurya (the sweetness), and less authority. But Krishna manifested both and so did Jesus. There was lordship when they said, “I am the way!” And there was sweetness in their expressions of prayer and love.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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