A wonderful slokha from Aananda Saagara Stavam I am posting a wonderful slokha from Aananda saagara sthavam (author : Shri Neelakanta Deekshitar - in the lineage of the Great Appayya Deekshitar; Shri Neelakanta Deekshitar was an advisor to Thirumalai naicker and this great classical work of 108 slokhas was written under miraculous circumstances about which I will make a detailed post if possible in our group). "Na gnyaayate mama hitam nitaraamupaayO DeenOsmi Devi samayAcharanAkshamOsmi tat tvAm ananya sharanam sharanam prapadye MeenAkshi vishwa jananIm jananIm mamaiva" (This is the 32nd verse in that Magnum opus). The meaning of this is: "I do not know what is good for me; I do not know the means of attaining it. I am incapable of performing the prescribed rituals as per your wonderful Samayaachaara lineage. Therefore, I who have no other refuge take refuge in Thee, O Meenaakshi, the Mother of the Universa - and also my MOTHER!" You can chant this while lighting the prayer lamp. This is a "prapatti" slokha - invoking Mother Goddess as your personal God Mother. Reciting this slokha can secure forgiveness for possible shortcomings in pooja procedures/ rituals, and secure the Grace of Divine Mother. After all you are declaring mother Meenaakshi as your mother. How can a Mother punish a child? A Mother is always forgiving and indulgent, and will try to cover up the shortcomings of children and correct them gently. So, Mother Meenaakshi will guide the family with Her Invisible Presence when this slokha is chanted. I am posting this in response to the query of a member of this group who wanted to know what are the slokhas that can be chanted apart from the usual "shubham karoti kalyaanam...." slokha. Aaseervaathangal.