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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2010, 01:45:12 PM »

Dear silentgreen,

Yes.  Brahman or the Self cannot be investigated with a pair of
tweezers.  Faith in abundance is essential.  It is this faith that
makes Sakti to direct you to Sivam.  This is Grace.  When Bhagavan
Ramana calls Arunachala, "Karuna poorna sudhabdhe..." O the Ocean
of Grace, He refers only to the power in Arunachala, and this is
Apeetakuchambal, the divine Sakti.  Once when someone asked
Bhagavan: "Why are not mentioning anything about Sakti?"  Bhagavan smiled and said, "It is She who is speaking from within me!"

Bhagavan describes graphically what you have posted just now,
in His Verse 6 of Sri Arunachala Ashtakam.

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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2010, 04:18:06 PM »
The story of Adyapeath

In 1915, Annada Charan Bhattacharya, a young Brahmin, a practioner of Ayurvedic medicine and a devotee of Divine Mother Kali and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa started having strange visions:
A vision of four girls carrying an image (murthi) of the Divine Mother Kali down a Calcutta street, invisible to all but Annada; Two dreams of a sannyasin  telling him to shave his head and bathe in the Ganges, to which the outraged Annada replied, "Reverend Sir, if you again talk of head-shaving, I shall hold you by the neck and push you out of the room."; then dreams of Sri Ramakrishna telling him to shave his head and bathe in the Ganges.

When the order came from Sri Ramakrishna, Annada could not refuse. Sri Ramakrishna then told him to go to the Eden Gardens in Calcutta, and to look there for a murthi of the Divine Mother where a coconut tree and a pakur tree grew together. There, at the bottom of a pond, Annada and three companions found the image. A commemorative plaque marks the spot today.

The image of Mother Kali was around a feet tall and carved out of black marble.

Annada's household worshipped the image in a traditional manner. Then the strangest dreams of all began. The Divine Mother Kali Herself appeared to Annada and, to his horror, commanded him to immerse the image in the Ganges! How could he return Her to the water within days of having brought Her out of it? In three dreams in one night She appeared, commanding, pleading, threatening.

The Divine Mother said:
"I do not want to be worshipped only in one place. On the contrary, it is my wish to be worshipped in the home of every devotee, not merely according to scriptural rites. . . . If anyone pays homage and gives offerings to me in the simple and sincere language of the heart, such as 'O My Mother! Take this food, wear this garment,' and then uses those things himself, it will be regarded as good an act as worship. The prayer of a simple and sincere heart constitutes my worship." Then she gave sixteen reasons for the immersion.

The image of the Divine Mother was photographed, circulated to devotees and immersed.

The Divine Mother continued to appear to Annada in dreams. "I am Adyashakti ('Primordial Force'), and I am to be worshipped as Adya Ma," She said. She dictated to him a Sanskrit hymn in Her honor, the Adyastotram, promising that anyone who sang it with devotion would find favor with her.

Dream visitations from Sri Ramakrishna also continued. He offered Annada moksha, but Annada, confronted by a vision of thousands of his suffering fellow humans, responded, "I do not care for liberation. I would rather go through a hundred thousand hells doing good to others: This is my religion."

In 1919, Sri Ramakrishna revealed what Annada's life's work was to be: the establishment of a temple to the Divine Mother Adya Ma. The temple was to be in reality three temples enveloping one another: the first to Sri Ramakrishna, the second to Adya Ma, and the third to Krishna and Radha. The altar was to be three altars built like large stairsteps: Ramakrishna on the bottom, Adya Ma in the middle, and Krishna and Radha on the top, encircled by the sacred syllable om.

At Sri Ramakrishna's behest, Annada Thakur spent a year with his parents in Raujan, in what is now Bangladesh, and then returned to Calcutta and carried out spiritual practices for a year on the bank of the Ganges. Then, on January 14, 1921, a celebration was held, which is still celebrated at the temple as Siddhotsab. The same year a committee was formed for the establishment of the Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Sangha.

In early 1927, the Sangha acquired a piece of land with some adjoining old Shiva temples, and on January 31, 1928, Annada Thakur broke ground for the temple on a compound of nearly 14 acres.

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Snake and Ladder game
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2010, 04:05:15 PM »
A mother who was a great devotee of Mother Kali left her girl child to Mother Kali before dying. The child received special grace of Mother Kali and grew up to be a great devotee of Her. She used to feed Mother Kali in the temple, dance with Her and play with Her.

Once they were playing the snake and Ladder game of ludo. The Divine Mother seems to be losing, Her coin being far behind. But then when Her coin was at the tail of a snake, she turned the snake into a ladder and gave the coin a steep climb. The girl saw that the snake of the ludo getting converted into a ladder and the coin of the Divine Mother which was far below got ascended to the top row of the ludo. The girl cried out: "Mother, you are cheating".

Mother Kali laughed and said: "I have only added one more of my play to the already existing play. If you don't like, I will revert it back". Saying this She again converted the ladder into a snake and brought the coin down.
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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2010, 05:31:11 PM »

Dear silentgreen,

Yes.  Mother's Play is indeterminable.  She can play any game and
change any rules of any game.  Our job is to play according to
circumstances seeking her grace all the time.  In our daily lives,
we see a number of such games.  We think the taxi that we have
ordered would come in time, the driver is a known person and he
would normally come even half an hour before.  But it may so happen, that he came on that day, 1 hour late.  The journey
to the railway station takes at least 1 hour.  But the train might leave in 45 minutes.  What to do?  We pray to her.  When we reach station, then we find to our surprise that the train is 2 hours late.
It is all good.  Better late than never. 

Or, we must have come in time to the railway station.  There is reservation of birth.  We think, we can read a novel lying on the berth for some time till we get sleep.  But the train does not move.  Some problems.  We are neither able to lie on the berth peacefully, nor read a book. Our thought fly outward.  If the train reaches very late, then the person waiting at the other end, may go back.  What to do?  In such a new place?  WE do not know even the hotel booking details, he had made for us.  What to do?  Where to go?
WE ask some silly questions to the person opposite, whether he knew the town. He said he knew not only that town but also the hotel [which I now vaguely remember] and he can drop me to the hotel in his car.  He knows the hotel owner too well, and he would accommodate me, without even asking for the reservation details.  We are somewhat peaceful.  The train starts.  I lie down and read the book and go to sleep in half an hour.

Bhagavan Ramana used to say:  Nin Ishtam, En Ishtam.  You wish is my wish.  It is He who directs us right upto the destination.  Not only in a railway journey but also in life's journey.  Bhagavan
Ramana has also said:  Be what you are.  Irunthapadiye Iru.
Guru aruL chelluthum vazhikke sellu.  Go by the way the Guru directs you.  You shall never lose the way.  Because He is the unseen presence with us, eternally. 

Guru will not change maya's plays. But He will find a way out for you!

The famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam has said:  For many formulae, it is Namagiri, who has given me the answers in my dream.  Namagiri is the goddess of his home town, Namakkal.

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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2010, 08:21:19 AM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

Well said. It is He who directs us right up to the destination.  Not only in a railway journey but also in life's journey.
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Mother Kali
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2010, 08:27:14 AM »
Mother Kali

- Time is life.  Life is our movement in time.  Through our own life-force or Prana we experience time.  Kali as time is Prana or the life-force.  Kali or the Divine Mother is our life.  She is the secret power behind the working of our bodily systems and vital energy.  Only through her do we live, and it is her intelligence that gives such a marvellous order to the body.

- Kali is the love that exists at the heart of life, which is the immortal life that endures through both life and death.  Maintaining the awareness of the eternal nature of life through the cycles of birth and death is another one of her meditational approaches.  The truth is that our soul, our aspiration towards the Divine, which is our eternal love, never has died and never will die.  To be conscious of that enduring aspiration is to die to the things of the mind and the senses, and come to know the cosmic life and Divine grace.

- Kali grants us this eternal life.  Yet the eternal life has a price.  Only that which is immortal can be immortal, as nothing can change its own nature.  The mortal and the transient must pass away.  To gain the eternity that is Kali, our mortal nature must be sacrificed.  Hence Kali appears frightening and destructive to the ordinary vision.

- Kali as the power of death and negation is Nirvana, the state of the dissolution of desire.  She functions to extinguish all of our wants and cravings and merge us into the Nirvanic field, the realm of the unborn, uncreate, and unmanifest.  Kali develops forms only to take us beyond form.  When her force awakens within us she works to break down all limitations and attachments, so that we might transcend the entire field of the known.

- Kali is the power of action or transformation (Kriya-shakti).  Through time and  breath all things are accomplished.  Yet what she accomplishes is not a mere outer action.  She accomplishes the spiritual labour of our rebirth into pure consciousness.  For this she creates the energy and does the work if we surrender to her force.

- Kali means beauty.  The root kal, from which the name comes, means "to count," "to  measure," or "to set in motion," hence "time." It also refers to what is well-formed or measured out, hence beauty.  Time itself has a movement, a rhythm, a dance which is the basis of all beauty.  This is also the rhythm of the life force which allows for movement.

- Kali is dark blue in colour and wears a garland of skulls.  She has her long tongue sticking out and is laughing.  Sometimes instead of a tongue she has two fangs.  Kali has four arms and four hands and holds a head chopper with one hand and a severed head dripping blood with the other.  With  her other two hands she  makes the mudras of bestowing boons and dispelling fear.  She wears a skirt made of human arms.  Kali is portrayed as dancing in a cremation ground and striding on a corpse (who is the  form of Lord Shiva himself).


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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2010, 10:44:31 AM »

Dear silentgreen,

Excellent.  All actions, all movements, including the ever moving
Time is Kali or Her play.  She can make or mar things and happenings.  She is the Mother, she is the friend, she is awesome enemy, she is our benefactor.  Poet Subrahmanya Bharati who was in exile in Pondicherry along with Sri Aurobindo, was a Kali devotee.  He called Her not as Kali but as Sakti.  He wrote about the Russian Revolution of 1917 [?].  "My Mother moved Her eyes, at Russia.  Oh, the whole country burst into revolution.  The malevolent dictator fell on the ground, crying...."  "She is bhayankari, fearsome, she is soumya, elegant and beautiful, she is aparana, living only on leaves
or not indebted to any one" says Sri Lalita Sahasranamam.       

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Soundarya Lahari
« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2010, 08:45:57 AM »
The Soundarya Lahari (Waves of Beauty) is composed by Adi Shankaracharya in Sanskrit. It eulogizes the beauty and grace of the Divine Mother. It consists of 100 verses.

Soundarya Lahari is often divided into two parts:
The first 41 verses describe the beauty and bliss of the mystical union of Shiva and Shakti. It is Tantric in nature and related to the great Kundalini Shakti. This part is often referred to as Ananda Lahari (Waves of Bliss). The remaining verses describe the beauty of the Divine Mother with form and this part is sometimes referred to as Soundarya Lahari. However, often the entire text of 100 verses are referred to as Soundarya Lahari (Waves of Beauty).

In the last verse, Adi Shankaracharya says:
Pradhipa-jvalabhir dhivasa-kara-neerajana-vidhih
Sudha-suthes chandropala-jala-lavair arghya-rachana;
Svakiyair ambhobhih salila-nidhi-sauhitya karanam
Tvadiyabhir vagbhis thava janani vacham stutir iyam.

Oh Goddess who is the source of all words,
This poem which is made of words,
That you only made,
Is like showing the camphor lamp to the Sun,
Is like offering as ablation to the moon,
The water got from the moon stone,
And is like offering water worship,
To the sea.

Through this verse, Sri Shankara brought home to us the truth that all virtues and skills we claim to posses are derived from the Divine Mother through Her grace.

It is said that the beauty of Soundarya Lahari remains unsurpassed till today. The verses are sung with musical rendition and there are many commentaries of this text.
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Soundarya Lahari (Waves of Beauty)
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2010, 08:48:43 AM »
Ananda Lahari
(Waves of Bliss)
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Mother Kamakshi

शिवः शक्त्या युक्तो यदि भवति शक्तः प्रभवितुं
न चेदेवं देवो न खलु कुशलः स्पन्दितुमपि ।
अतस्त्वामाराध्यां हरिहरविरिञ्च्यादिभिरपि
प्रणन्तुं स्तोतुं वा कथमकृतपुण्यः प्रभवति ॥१॥

Shivah Shaktyaa Yukto Yadi Bhavati Shaktah Prabhavitum
Na Cedevam Devo Na Khalu Kushalah Spanditumapi |
Atas-tvaam-aaraadhyaam Hari-hara-virin.cyaadibhir-api
Prannantum Stotum Vaa Katham-akrta-punnyah Prabhavati ||1||

Lord Shiva, only becomes able.
To do creation in this world.
along with Shakthi.
Without her,
Even an inch he cannot move,
And so how can, one who does not do good deeds,
Or one who does not sing your praise,
Become adequate to worship you
Oh, goddess mine,
Who is worshipped by the trinity.

तनीयांसं पांसुं तव चरणपङ्केरुहभवं
विरिञ्चिः संचिन्वन् विरचयति लोकानविकलम् ।
वहत्येनं शौरिः कथमपि सहस्रेण शिरसां
हरः संक्षुद्यैनं भजति भसितोद्धुलनविधिम् ॥२॥

Taniiyaamsam Paamsum Tava Caranna-pangkeruha-bhavam
Virin.cih Samcinvan Viracayati Lokaan-avikalam |
Vahaty-enam Shaurih Katham-api Sahasrenna Shirasaam
Harah Samkssudyainam Bhajati Bhasitoddhulana-vidhim ||2||

Lord Brahma, the creator of yore,
Selects a dust from your feet,
And creates he this world,
The great Adisesha with his thousand heads,
Some how carries a dust of your feet,
With effort great,
And the great Lord Rudra,
Takes it and powders it nice,
And uses it as the holy ash.

जडानां चैतन्यस्तबकमकरन्दस्रुतिझरी ।
दरिद्राणां चिन्तामणिगुणनिका जन्मजलधौ
निमग्नानां दंष्ट्रां मुररिपुवराहस्य भवति ॥३॥

Jaddaanaam Caitanya-stabaka-makaranda-sruti-jharii |
Daridraannaam Cintaa-manni-gunnanikaa Janma-jaladhau
Nimagnaanaam Damssttraam Mura-ripu-varaahasya Bhavati ||3||

The dust under your feet, Oh Goddess great,
Is like the city of the rising sun,
That removes all darkness, unfortunate,
From the mind of the poor ignorant one,
Is like the honey that flows,
From the flower bunch of vital action,
To the slow witted one,
Is like the heap of wish giving gems,
To the poorest of men,
And is like the teeth of Lord Vishnu
In the form of Varaha,
Who brought to surface,
The mother earth,
To those drowned in this sea of birth.

to be continued...
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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2010, 09:22:24 AM »

Dear silentgreen,

The lotus-seated Brahma closes his eyes and dies.  Vishnu also
meets with his end.  Yama is destoryed.  Kubera also meets with
death.  The crowd of Indras also dies with never returning sleep.
On that day of Great Dissolution, O Mother, your consort Sadasiva
is playing with you!

Maheswara Mahakalpa Maha Tandava Sakshini -
                         - Sri Lalita Sahasranamam.

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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2010, 12:56:51 PM »
Ananda Lahari (Waves of Bliss) continued ...

Mother Kamakshi

त्वदन्यः पाणिभ्यामभयावरदो दैवतगणः
स्त्वमेका नैवासि प्रकटितवराभीत्यभिनया ।
भयात्त्रातुं दातुं फलमपि च वाञ्छासमधिकं
शरण्ये लोकानां तव हि चरणावेव निपुणौ ॥४॥

Tvad-anyah Paannibhyaam-abhayaa-varado Daivatagannah
Stvam-ekaa Naivaasi Prakattita-varaabhiityabhinayaa |
Bhayaa-ttraatum Daatum Phalam-api Ca Vaan.chaa-samadhikam
Sharannye Lokaanaam Tava Hi Carannaaveva Nipunnau ||4||

Oh, She who is refuge to all this world,
All gods except you mother,
Give refuge and grants wishes,
Only by their hand.
But only you mother
Never show the world in detail,
The boons and refuge that you can give,
For even your holy feet will suffice,
To remove fear for ever,
And grant boons much more than asked.

हरिस्त्वामाराध्य प्रणतजनसौभाग्यजननीं
पुरा नारी भुत्वा पुररिपुमपि क्षोभमनयत् ।
स्मरोऽपि त्वां नत्वा रतिनयनलेह्येन वपुषा
मुनीनामप्यन्तः प्रभवति हि मोहाय महताम् ॥५॥

Haris-tvaam-aaraadhya Prannata-jana-saubhaagya-jananiim
Puraa Naarii Bhutvaa Pura-ripum-api Kssobham-anayat |
Smaropi Tvaam Natvaa Rati-nayana-lehyena Vapussaa
Muniinaam-apyantah Prabhavati Hi Mohaaya Mahataam ||5||

You who grant all the good things,
To those who bow at your feet,
Was worshipped by the Lord Vishnu,
Who took the pretty lovable feminine form,
And could move the mind of he who burnt the cities,
And make him fall in love with him.
And the God of love, Manmatha,
Took the form which is like nectar,
Drunk by the eyes by Rathi his wife,
After venerating you,
Was able to create passion ,
Even in the mind of Sages the great.

धनुः पौष्पं मौर्वी मधुकरमयी पञ्च विशिखाः
वसन्तः सामन्तो मलयमरुदायोधनरथः ।
तथाप्येकः सर्वं हिमगिरिसुते कामपि कृपा-
मपाङ्गात्ते लब्ध्वा जगदिदमनङ्गो विजयते ॥६॥

Dhanuh Pausspam Maurvii Madhu-kara-mayii Vishikhaah
Vasantah Saamanto Malaya-maruda-ayodhanarathah |
Tathaapyekah Sarvam Himagiri-sute Kaam-api Krpaam
apaanggaatte Labdhvaa Jagadidam-ananggo Vijayate ||6||

Oh, daughter of the mountain of ice,
With a bow made of flowers,
Bow string made of honey bees,
Five arrows made of only tender flowers,
With spring as his minister,
And riding on the chariot of breeze from Malaya mountains
The god of love who does not have a body,
Gets the sideways glance of your holy eyes,
And is able to win all the world alone.

to be continued...
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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2010, 06:15:47 PM »

Dear silentgreen,

The Verse 4 is an excellent piece.  We see Narayana, Muruga and
Siva showing abhaya karam and vara karam, for protection and boons.

But Kamakshi and Sarada are in sitting postures.  While Kamakshi
keeps pasam, ankusam, sugarcane bow and arrow made of flowers,
she does not show abhaya karam and vara karam.  Sarada of course,
shows abhaya karam, vara karam, book and japa mala.  Sri
Sankara says that Kamakshi is not showing hands for protection and
boon, her feet alone shall confer these benefits of protection and boon.  The poet says that the feet are experts [nipunov hi] in
conferring these.

Kamakshi is Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari, the symbol of 15 lettered
Pancha dasakshari mantra.  She is the embodiment of grace.
Her mere gaze would confer protection and boons.  There is no
need to specially show the hands.  Such is her sublime state.   
Sri Mooka Sankara who came after Sri Sankara has also said the
same thing in his Mooka Panchasati.

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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2010, 08:28:30 AM »
Ananda Lahari (Waves of Bliss) continued ...

Mother Kamakshi

क्वणत्काञ्चीदामा करिकलभकुम्भस्तननता
परिक्षीणा मध्ये परिणतशरञ्चन्द्रवदना ।
धनुर्बाणान् पाशं सृणिमपि दधाना करतलैः
पुरस्तादास्तां नः पुरमथितुराहोपुरूषिका ॥७॥

Kvannat-kaan.cii-daamaa Kari-kalabha-kumbha-stana-nataa
Parikssiinnaa Madhye Parinnata-sharan.candra-vadanaa |
Dhanur-baannaan Paasham Srnnim-api Dadhaanaa Karatalaih
Purastaad-aastaam Nah Pura-mathitura-aho-puruussikaa ||7||

With a golden belt,
Adorned by tiny tingling bells,
Slightly bent by breasts like the two frontal globes
Of an elephant fine,
With a thin pretty form,
And with a face like the autumn moon,
Holding in her hands,
A bow of sugar cane, arrows made of flowers,
And the noose and goad,
She who has the wonderful form,
Of the ego of the God who burnt the three cities,
Should please come and appear before us.

सुधासिन्धोर्मध्ये सुरवितपिवातीपरिवृते
मणिद्वीपे नीपोपवनवति चिन्तामणिगृहे ।
शिवाकारे मञ्चे परमशिवपर्यङ्कनिलयां
भजन्ति त्वां धन्याः कतिचन चिदानन्दलहरीम् ॥८॥

Sudhaa-sindhor-madhye Sura-vitapi-vaatii-parivrte
Manni-dviipe Niipo-pavana-vati Cintaamanni-grhe |
Shivaakaare Man.ce Parama-shiva-paryangka-nilayaam
Bhajanti Tvaam Dhanyaah Katicana Cid-aananda-lahariim ||8||

In the middle of the sea of nectar,
In the isle of precious gems,
Which is surrounded by wish giving Kalpaga trees,
In the garden Kadamba trees,
In the house of the gem of thought,
On the all holy seat of the lap of the great God Shiva,
Sits she who is like a tide
In the sea of happiness of ultimate truth,
And is worshipped by only by few select holy men.

महीं मूलाधारे कमपि मणिपूरे हुतवहं
स्थितं स्वाधिष्ठाने हृदि मरुतमाकाशमुपरि ।
मनोऽपि भ्रूमध्ये सकलमपि भित्त्वा कुलपथं
सहस्रारे पद्मे सह रहसि पत्या विहरसे ॥९॥

Mahiim Muulaadhaare Kamapi Mannipuure Hutavaham
Sthitam Svaadhisstthaane Hrdi Marutamaakaasham-upari |
Manopi Bhruu-madhye Sakalamapi Bhittvaa Kula-patham
Sahasraare Padme Saha Rahasi Patyaa Viharase ||9||

Oh Goddess mine,
You live in seclusion with your consort,
In the lotus with thousand petals,
Reached after breaking through the micro ways,
Of the power of earth in Mooladhara,
Of the power of water of Mani poora,
Of the power of fire of Swadhishtana,
Of the fire of air in the heart,
And of the power of ether in between the eyelids

to be continued ...
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...


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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2010, 09:03:18 AM »

The Verse 7 viz., 'kvanath kaanchi dhama' is chanted for Devi
Sakshatkaram and also to vanquish the enemies.  Here the chakra
manipooraka is described.  Here Mother is representing the Ahambhava state of Sadasiva. She is Aham [the Self] and also
the ego [ahambhava].  Ahamityeva vibhaavaye bhavanim... says
the dhyana sloka of Sri Lalita Sahasranamam. 

Saint Manikkavachagar says in Kovil Tirupadigam Verse 1:

She is within You
And You are within Her
And both of you are within my Heart.

Aham and Ahambhava are both within our Heart. 

The metaphor has to be contemplated.  She is having sugarcane bow and flower arrows like Manmatha, god of love.  But whereas
Manmatha swarupam brings about lust and love, Devi Swarupam
brings about conquest of lust and love.  (Kamakoti Mahaswami).
In Manipuraka, Mother is staying as the nerves of Kameswara and so she is Kameswari.  Mahapurusha and Mahamaya stay together. 

When she proceeds from Manipuraka to Anahata, the mature yogis
can hear the sound of her anklets.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2010, 09:19:11 AM »

Verse 8, sudha sindhor madhye.... is chanted for conquest of birth
and death.  Here the house of Devi is described.  The Chintamani
gruham is beyond all universes.  It is in the midst of nectarine ocean, in the island of rubies, in the garden of Kadamba and Kalpaga trees. She is seated on the throne which is itself very auspicious. She is seated on the lap of Sadasiva. 

The whole Chintamani gruham and the outer descriptions are symbolic of Sri Chakara.  It has got 25 outer portals.  In the eighth inner portal is Kadamba garden.  Here her minister Syamala Devi is staying. Syamala is Meenakshi.  In the 16th inner portal is Vaarahi.
She is the commander in chief.  Vaarahi is Akhilandeswari of
Tiruvanaikka Temple.  In the 18th is Maha Vishnu, in the 19th
is Isaana.  In 20th is Taradevi.  In 21st is Vaaruni.  In 22nd is Kurukulla.  In 23rd is Marthanda Bhairava.  In 24th in Chandra -
moon.  In 25th is Manmatha.  After these deities, in Chintamani gurham is Mother on the lap of Sadasiva.  This is Bindu Peetam.
The central point of Sri Cakram described as a dot

She is seated in a cot, for which Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Isana
are the four legs.  The lap of Sadasiva is the upper wooden seat of the cot.

Arunachala Siva.