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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #75 on: July 12, 2013, 09:47:00 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Excellent translation of Viswanatha Swami.  Thanks.

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« Reply #76 on: July 12, 2013, 11:20:53 AM »
Maa Durga


Swami Vivekananda gave the following ideal to the Ramakrishna movement:
Atmano Mokshartham Jagat Hitaya Cha.
which means
Strive for one's own salvation and the welfare of the world.

Divine Mother is like the great receptacle for this ideal.

1. Within Her great expanse the individual soul can seek liberation as much as possible.

2. By imbibing a little of Her motherly nature, the individual soul can do good to the world as much as possible.

3. And to do both of the above, the individual soul can draw shakti from Her imperishable source of power as much as possible.


Jai Durga
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« Reply #77 on: July 12, 2013, 03:22:47 PM »
namaste, Silent green,

This is such a beautiful thread. I am only now seeing it.  Please keep it coming.

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« Reply #78 on: July 12, 2013, 04:11:48 PM »
Remembering the Mother, we cannot forget our most glorious National Song

वंदे मातरम् ।
सुजलाम् सुफलाम्
मलयज् शीतलाम्
सस्यश्यामलम्
मातरम् ।
वंदे मातरम् ।

शुभ्रज्योत्स्ना
पुलकितयामिणिम्
फुल्लकुसुमित
द्रुमदलशोभिनीम्
सुहासिनीम्
सुमधुर भाषिणीम्
सुखदाम् वरदाम्
मातरम् ।।
वंदे मातरम् ।


           vande mātaram
sujalāṃ suphalāṃ
malayajaśītalām
śasya śyāmalāṃ
mātaram
vande mātaram

śubhra jyotsnā
pulakita yāminīm
phulla kusumita
drumadalaśobhinīm
suhāsinīṃ
sumadhura bhāṣiṇīm
sukhadāṃ varadāṃ
mātaram
vande mātaram

I show gratitude to thee, Mother,
richly-watered, richly-fruited,
cool with the winds of the south,
dark with the crops of the harvests,
The Mother!


Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,
her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,
sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,
The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.


         

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRPpSgRqtRc
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #79 on: July 12, 2013, 04:21:45 PM »
am just so delighted that even today, whenever i listen to either our national anthem or national song, it awakens every cell in my body, a feeling of pride and gratitude at the same time! It churns a feeling of bhakti as well, for our Mother.

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #80 on: July 12, 2013, 05:25:54 PM »
Dear Child of Arunachala,

The plan is to continue posting about different facets of Divine Mother till Durga Puja this year. It is around 3 months away in mid- Oct, and there is an opportunity to offer Her a rosary of 108 posts.

Dear Nagraj,
Yes, Vande Mataram is a really stimulating song where Mother is praised along with Nature, the beautiful manifestation of divinity.
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« Reply #81 on: July 12, 2013, 06:21:31 PM »
Tamil Poet Barathidasan's first song was on Mother Goddess and I am sharing it here



http://silambukal.blogspot.in/2012/09/blog-post_1198.html
எங்கெங்கு காணினும் சக்தியடா;-தம்பி
ஏழு கடல் அவள் வண்ணமடா!-அங்குத்
தங்கும் வெளியினிற் கோடியண்டம்-அந்த
தாயின் கைப்பந்தென ஓடுமடா-ஒரு
கங்குலில் ஏழு முகிலினமும்-வந்து
கர்ச்சனை செய்வது கண்டதுண்டோஈ?-எனில்
மங்கை நகைத்த ஒலியெனலாம்-அவள்
மந்த நகையங்கு மின்னுதடா!
காளை ஒருவன் கவிச்சுவையைக்-கரை
காண நினைத்த முழு நினைப்பில்-அன்னை
தோளசைத்தங்கு நடம்புரிவாள்-அவன்
தொல்லறிவாளர் திறம் பெறுவான் - ஒரு
வாளைச் சுழற்றும் விசையினிலே-இந்த
வைய முழுவதும் துண்டு செய்வேன் – என
நீள இடையின்றி நீ நினைந்தால் அம்மை
நேர்படுவாள் உன்றன் தோளினிலே!’
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Re: Devi Mahatmya / Durga Saptashati / Chandi
« Reply #82 on: July 13, 2013, 10:26:46 AM »
          



     
मनसः काममाकूतिं, वाचः सत्यमशीमहि।
पशूनां रूपमन्नस्य, मयि श्रीः श्रयतां यशः।।


manasaḥ kāmamākūtiṁ, vācaḥ satyamaśīmahi|
paśūnāṁ rūpamannasya, mayi śrīḥ śrayatāṁ yaśaḥ||

I request you goddess Sridevi,
To forever bless me,
With fulfillment of good desires of the mind,
With ebbing happiness in life,
With truth in my words,
And with beauty that plenty of food creates.
     


(Sri Suktam)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #83 on: July 13, 2013, 02:16:56 PM »
Maa Durga


को हि देव्या गुणाञ्छृण्वंस्तृप्तिं यास्यति शुद्धधीः ।
पदे पदेऽश्वमेधस्य फलमक्षय्यमश्नुते ॥

Ko Hi Devyaa Gunnaan.-Chrnnvams-Trptim Yaasyati Shuddhadhiih |
Pade Pade-Ashvamedhasya Phalam-Akssayyam-Ashnute ||

King Janmejeya says to sage Vyasa in Srimad Devi Bhagavatam:

Who can become Satisfied after listening to the Glories of the Devi, once his Mind become Pure? (the more one listens, the more one wants to listen)
Each Step gives the Undecaying Fruit of Ashwamedha Yajna.

So listening to the glories of the Devi is like performing Ashwamedha Yajna.
In previous ages, the kings used to perform Ashwamedha Yajna to extend their kingdom.

But here the kingdom is within, and by listening to the glories of the Divine Mother with rapt devotion extends that kingdom deeper and takes it to the Lotus Feet of the Devi.



Jai Durga
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« Reply #84 on: July 13, 2013, 08:17:09 PM »
Master's prayer to the Divine Mother

The devotees seated in the room looked at Sri Ramakrishna as he began to chant the sweet name of the Divine Mother. After the chanting he began to pray. What was the need of prayer to a soul in constant communion with God? Did he not rather want to teach erring mortals how to pray?
Addressing the Divine Mother, he said, "O Mother, I throw myself on Thy mercy; I take shelter at Thy Hallowed Feet. I do not want bodily comforts; I do not crave name and fame; I do not seek the eight occult powers. Be gracious and grant that I may have pure love for Thee, a love unsmitten by desire, untainted by any selfish ends-a love craved by the devotee for the sake of love alone. And grant me the favour, O mother, that I may not be deluded by Thy world-bewitching maya, that I may never be attached to the world, to 'woman and gold', conjured up by Thy inscrutable maya! O mother, there is no one but thee whom I may call my own. Mother, I do not know how to worship; I am without austerity; I have neither devotion nor knowledge. Be gracious, Mother, and out of Thy infinite mercy grant me love for Thy Lotus Feet."
Every word of this prayer, uttered from the depths of his soul, stirred the minds of the devotees. The melody of his voice and the childlike simplicity of his face touched their hearts very deeply.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

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« Reply #85 on: July 14, 2013, 10:59:39 AM »
Maa Durga


The Bhagavati stotram says:
जय चन्द्रदिवाकरनेत्रधरे
जय पावकभूषितवक्त्रवरे ।

Jaya Chandra Divakara Netra Dhare
Jaya Paavaka Bhuusita Vaktra Vare

The Sun and the Moon are the eyes of the Divine Mother.
And Her face adorns the glow of the sacred sacrificial Fire.

To the asuras the eyes of the Devi blazes with rage like the hot Sun.
And to the devotees the eyes of the Devi showers the coolness of compassion like the Moon.

The Devi Mahatmyam says:
अतिसौम्यातिरौद्रायै
Ati Saumya Ati Raudraayai
She is cool and gentle like the Moon and also terrible like the Rudra.

Her Divine form glows like the sacred sacrificial Fire to which the devotees offer themselves in surrender.


Jai Durga
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« Reply #86 on: July 14, 2013, 06:22:45 PM »


I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous.
Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, say to yourself, ‘I have a mother.’

I can never refuse anyone who addresses me as Mother.


Sharada Devi ma

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #87 on: July 15, 2013, 11:20:11 AM »
Maa Durga

The Bhagavati stotra says:

देवि समस्तशरीरधरे
Devi Samasta Shariira Dhare
Devi bear all the bodies.

The Divine Mother gave birth and sustain all the bodies in the universe. So She is the real Mother. A person can have varying relationships across different births - different mothers, different fathers, different spiritual teachers. But the absolute relationship is that the Divine Mother remains the Mother at all times; from the start of creation till pralaya or the dissolution of the universe.

This is also the underlying essence of equality taught by Swami Vivekananda in practical Vedanta. The underlying essence of everyone is divine, since everyone has been born from the consciousness of the Divine Mother.

This is also the underlying essence of self enquiry. We are trying to find out our source, from where our entire being has come from, so we are essentially trying to find out: Who is my absolute Mother? (although expressed in different way)

Who is my Mother of all times? Who is my Mother of my entire being? What is that relationship which has been pre-established with creation and which will never break till dissolution?


Jai Durga
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« Reply #88 on: July 16, 2013, 11:14:08 AM »
Maa Durga

Devi Mahatmyam says:
दुर्गायै दुर्गपारायै
Durgaayai Durga-Paarayai
Salutations to Durga Who helps us cross the "durga".

Durga (pronounced Durgo) also means a fort. We can walk miles forward in the external world, but only after a few steps, the internal world seems to be locked. The Divine Mother maintains the fort of the internal world. Nobody can enter into it without Her grace.

Some people do not believe there is anything beyond what is normally felt; some say that the concept of fort itself is impediment and we are already realised. Some feel despair because of the fort.

Swami Vivekananda once said something like "screens after screens will get removed from within". The more pure one becomes, the more our Real Nature is revealed, but again, the more one's Real Nature is revealed, the more pure one becomes.

The yearning for God is like knocking the fort. When one knocks earnestly with "saranagata dinarta" (taking the refuge like a helpless child), the grace of the Divine Mother may dawn, and She may gradually open the doors of the fort.

So salutations to Durga, Who guides us through the fort of our inner life.


Jai Durga
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« Reply #89 on: July 17, 2013, 10:16:59 AM »
Maa Durga

The Devi Mahatmyam says about the Divine Mother:
सारायै सर्वकारिण्यै
Saaraayai Sarva Kaarinmyai
She is the essence of all causes.

Being the essence of all causes, Divine Mother is the essence of all our works. As we grow older we discover the objectives of the work is only a small part of the work. Even after several years of completion of a work, the summary stub (impression) of the work remains in our being protruding out like a thread. The passion, the goals which we initially had for that work is no more there, but the work has still not ended. Day by day, the count of our works increases and their summary stubs crowd our beings.

A work can only end if it dissolves from where it originates. Divine Mother is the essence of all beings. From Her all work originates and in Her all work must get dissolved. So when we offer the fruits of our works to Her with our whole being, the work get dissolved in Her. The cycle of the birth and dissolution of the work gets completed. What has originated from Her returns to Her.

This is not easy due to our many subtle attachments. But Her grace of Bhakti can act as a solution to dissolve many miseries.


Jai Durga
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