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एकैव शक्तिः परमेश्वरस्य
भिन्ना चतुर्धा व्यवहार काले।
पुरुषेषु विष्णुः भोगे भवानी
समरेच दुर्गा प्रलये च काली॥
ekaiva śaktiḥ parameśvarasya
Parmeshwaras--the Absolute has got only One Shakti,but it is fourfold in making the universe exist,and that is Its Vyavahara/natural performance.This Shakti as as Vishnu in the Purusha aspect of reality,as discussed in the Sankhya philosophy. It acts as Bhavani ,while enjoying the merits of actions performed during life.The same Shakti runs as Durga,during war times,and fights through the brave.ultimately,this Shakti absorbs this whole universe into its own creator,which is Parmeshawar--the Avyakta Akshara Supreme sovereign Principle of existence.
The Devi, who is adored as Durga is manifested with her effulgence in the form of Shakti. She can be seen through the Tattva Darshna/philosophy of That ness,which Absolute reality, which is the knowledge of the Cosmic Self.When the Devi is approached in the form of Murti/, then She appears to be the Sukumari-- Tripura Sundari--the mother of beauty and excellence.
In the Vedas , thou art present as emotions,
A Vedic Mantra helps us to understand the beauty of the Nava Ratra,having its source in the Ratri Suktam. The Vedas say: एकं सद्विप्रा बहुधावदन्ति।
ॐ प्रथमं शैलपुत्री द्वितीयं ब्रह्मचारिणी।
तृतीयं चन्द्रघन्टेति कूष्माण्डेति चतुर्थकम्
पञ्चमं स्कन्दमातेति षष्टं कात्यायनीति च।
सप्तमं कालारात्रीति महागौरीति चाष्टमम्।
नवमं सिद्धिदात्री च नवदुर्गा प्रकीर्तिताः।
Some worship Devi--the Divine Mother in the form of Shila/rock/earthly existence and some in the Yantra/Sacred geometry and some in the Chakra/Mandalas. Some adore Durga in the Matrikas of the Maheshwara sutras. Popularly the Divine Mother is worshipped in the form of Shri Durga, who is none else but the संवित् समन्वय रूप--conscious integration of Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Saraswati. To focus on Shri Durga in the Triadic form in One Devi, is verily, an invocation to the Nava Durga. Chakreshwara Puja Viddhi is considered to be the Trayi-Rahasya Puja, as the very theme of the Chakreshvara Puja is the Sapta Shati Hridayam. Hridayam in Sanskrit language means the secret, occult, and the essence.
Chandi Homa Yajnya video
The video represents a synopsis of the Chandi Homa Yajnya. In all seven hundred Shlokas of the Saptashati are to be recited during the Aahuti offered to Shri Durga.
The Mantrik word is said to be the "SAMPUTA Shabda" according to the Shakta point of view. How?
Samputa means sacred within a wrapper--hidden by a cover. Highly secret, within name and form.
it is the mystic lotus of the Bija Mantras.But its effulgence can be realized as the Surya .Hence Devatas are adored as the Aditya, as all the Devatas have been created through the Ichha- Shakti of Hiranya Garbha. The Devi Atharva Shirsha speaks of Twelve Adityas, which govern the solar system and keep the universal flux in seed/ Adi Bija, sound / Adi Shabda and syllable/ Adi Akshara, through the Prakash--Eternal light.
The Devi Bhagwatam and the Markandeya Purana say about the Rahasya Traya /triple secrets of the Devi Mahishasura Mardini. The Devi reveals her own nature Herself. This is the beauty about the secret of the Maha Maya.
The devi durga speaks about Herself in the Sapta Shati----
“I am Mother Durga-the Divine Energy. You can have my Saakshat/communion, through the Vision of Medha Rishi.
I am Chandi Devi–the Durga Sapta Shati, and can be seen through devotion. The narration of the Medha Rishi is the Divine revelation, as I myself revealed myself to the Rishi.
King Suratha is just the Rajasic incarnation. Samadhi Vaishya is but a Divine observation, who excelled in his devotion. I am vital breath in all the creatures, and I fill the universe with celestial treasures. I alone exist, Shiva could perceive it in his Tandava dances. Markandeya understood the nature of perception, mental fluctuations,and observed my being in touch, taste, smell, sight and sound, which are merely the body functions,to maintain rhythm and balance of the physical emotions.
I myself am the Atman/ Brahman. I am the eternal spirit revered as Vishnu Maya, though I am Unborn. But I am omnipresent and omniscient. I am Maha Kali-the eternal Time and time based trigger. Measure of the time, is my Lila.--the Divine play. I create aeons, years, months, nights and days. I rise with glaciers, peaks and beautiful valleys. Devotees can find me in mountains, jungles and trees, in the Shailaputri manifestation. I am the graphics of the universe. I am curve, triangle, square and process of reduction, in the Yantras. I paint with Divine brush and cosmic colors, to give Shades and tones to the manifestation, which is Prakriti. The realms of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,are just the glimpses of my Ichha Shakti/Primal thought. Thus I am revered as the First Brahmacharini.
Being Durga, I am Existent the Eternal one. I am embodiment of creation, sustenance and dissolution. I am visible to Markandeya’s intuitive vision, which is the Yogic Tri--Netra.
It was because of my will power that the Rishis deciphered Devi Beeja Mantra in syllable, word and meter, who adored me with the Gayatri- Anushtup- Ushnik meter.
Dressed me in various colorful robes,
The Devatas offered 36 weapons and missiles in my hands.and a lion was presented to me , to be my vehicle by the Himalayas.
All the Divine forces see me manifested in Nine Virgin forms.Thus I am adored as the Nava Durga.
I alone give a vital breath to Lord Vishnu and Ananta serpent is his couch then,. He was commissioned to give birth to Brahma through his naval root, Simultaneously Madhu and Kaitabha were born and seen by Brahma. They were born of Vishnu’s ear –wax, and hastened to kill Lord Brahma.
I bring luminosity around the globe, through the Ananda Nritya of Shiva. It is just a twinkle of my eye, to keep Nine planets in harmony and movement.
Brihaspati is my intellect, Shukra is my ego, and I keep Surya as statis.
*Dr. Chaman Lal Raina did Masters in Hindi & English. Ph.D. in Hindi & Iqbaliat at the University of Kashmir. Worked on the research project at the Iqbal Institute for writing monographs on Indology as Research Associate. Worked as lecturer to teach research methodology in Iqbal Institute, University of Kashmir. Dr. Raina's first love is for the Vedas and the Shakti Tradition of India. To his credit goes some ten books on Indology. He was awarded Nagmani Fellowship, Buddhist Fellowship etc. from various Institutions. Presently Dr. Raina is associated with the Yoga Studies, religion and sanskrit at Florida International University, USA.
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