MOTHER GODDESS DURGA 🙏🏻

Shiva gave his Trishul

Vishnu his Chakra

Varuna a conch

Agni a spear

Marut a powerful bow

Indra gave her the Vajra

Surya gave his rays

Yama a sword Samudra a necklace

Vishwakarma gave her a Farsa

Himvat gave her a lion

And thus Devi (Goddess) Durga was created

MOTHER GODDESS DURGA:

1. Mother Goddess Durga – The Daughter of the Mountain and Joy of the World

2. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroys the Danavas and the Daityas and Nourishes the Three Worlds

3. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Madhu and Kaitabha

4. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Chanda and Munda

5. Mother Goddess Durga – Made Lord Shiva the Messenger against Shumbha and Nisumbha

6. Mother Goddess Durga – Pardons the Enemy Heroes when their Wives take Refuge

7. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Dhumralocana, Raktabija and Shumbha Nishumbha

8. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroys the Chaturanga of the Enemy

9. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Battle expresses as Celestial Dance

10. Mother Goddess Durga – Occupies Half of the Body of Lord Shiva

11. Mother Goddess Durga – Union of Beautiful Mind and Charming Appearance

12. Mother Goddess Durga – Accompanied by Army of Jasmine-Like Girls against excellent Fighters

13. Mother Goddess Durga – From Whom Emerges all Arts, Beauty and Power

14. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Forehead is Stainless and Pure like a Lotus Petal

15. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Voice is Sweeter than Flute and Cuckoo

16. Mother Goddess Durga – On Whose Radiant Toe-Nails Prostate the Devas and the Asuras

17. Mother Goddess Durga – Who is Pleased with Devotional Contemplation of both: like Suratha as well as Samadhi

18. Mother Goddess Durga – An Abode of Devi MahalakShmi

19. Mother Goddess Durga – An Abode of Devi Mahasaraswati

20. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Pure Moon-Like Face Subdues our Impurities

21. Mother Goddess Durga – Who Shower Grace on Devotees in the same manner as Arrows on Enemies.

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Goddess Durga and Kali 🙏🏻

Goddess Durga is conferred as ‘shakti’ or ‘devi, who is believed to be the most powerful goddess of the Hindus. As ‘shakti’, she is the destroyer of evil and as ‘devi’ she is serene and symbol of life.

Mother Goddess Durga is the supreme ruler of all. She alone takes us across all death and sorrow to the highest Self-Realization that is the ultimate goal of our many births. Do not be taken in by the illusion of the world and its Asuric (Demonic) forces.

She is the fierce form of the protective mother goddess. Kali, Bhagvati, Mahagauri, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Kandalini, Katyayani and Rajeswari are among her many forms. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which means “the one who eliminates adversity.”

Goddess Durga is cherished also as the protector of devotees and the destroyer of evil. Thus, there are thousands of temples dedicated to Goddess Durga around the globe. If you are a devotee of the warrior goddess, bet you don’t want to miss these most fascinating Durga Temples.

Durga, the Divine Shakti is coming forth again today. She is already stirring and beginning a new manifestation, preparing the decisive moment for her revelatory action. We must make ourselves into her vessels to aid in her transformations.

I love how it is in the midst of Navratri celebration that celebrates the different avatars (incarnations) of Goddess Durga and strength of women, is the time #MeToo hits India.

Time to go all Goddess Kaali on dem suckers #MeTooIndia No other country in the world has so many distinctive temples to the Goddess or so many colourful festivals dedicated to her celebration as India. There are innumerable forms of the Goddess as the nine Durgas, ten Mahavidyas, eight Lakshmis and 64 Yoginis.

Pick up the sword in your hands and become the Goddess Durga. You yourself punish the rapists. Here the administration, government and system all are deaf and dumb. The Power brokers have established a control over it.

Goddess Durga and Kali :

Goddess Durga and Kali are a same representation of the same feminine ‘shakti’, but worshipped in a different form. Goddess Durga born to destroy the tyranny caused by mahisasura called as asuras. The assassination of Mahisasura represents the victory of good over evil. Mother Goddess Durga created the Goddess Kali from her forehead for slaying the asuras named Shimbhu and Nishumbhu.

Mother Goddess Kali became more involved in the battle to destroy the demons. And Lord Shiva threw himself under her feet to stop all the evil. The best way to worship the goddess is by chanting Chalisa and performing Aarti. To perform Durga Aarti in Hindi one ought to adorn the aarti plate with essential things diya, roli, rice, flowers, and some sweet ought to be placed in the plate and the chanting of shloka/ mantra ought to be done in the starting. However, as per Hindu ritual before performing any pooja worshipping Lord Ganesh takes an important place, people sing Shree Ganesh Aarti in Hindi before performing any pooja.

Goddess Kali is mainly associated with the destruction of evil, her image often shows her as being dark and ferocious with a garland made of demon-heads around her neck. Goddess Kali helps the devotees make a relationship of the cycle of birth and death. Maa Kali is depicted in two different forms – having four arms or ten arms. In both the forms Kali Maa is shown to be black in color, her eyes red with drunkenness and rage. She is often seen wearing a garland of human heads. The four-armed image of Goddess Kali is also shown holding a cup made of human skull, a sword, a trident (Trishul) and a severed head.
Durga is portrayed sitting on lion or tiger and standing over the conquered body of mahisasura, thus represents the fall of ego, anger, greedy and all other evils in the world. Mother Goddess Durga is worshipped in all forms, during Durga Pooja. Durga Pooja will be held on Diwali and those days’ falls on Hindu month Karthik. As, Goddess Durga is be dreaded by all, and devotees are took a lot of care for worshipping for defense against for all evils.

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Some Awesome Bhagvad Geeta Quotes

– Learn from Me (Lord Krishna), O Arjuna, how one who gas attained such perfection realises BRAHMAN, the supreme state of knowledge.

– Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.

– Persons of demonic nature do not know what to do and what not to do. They neither have purity nor good conduct nor truthfulness.

– I believe You are the imperishable, the Supreme to be realized. You are the ultimate resort of the universe.

– Some after their wealth, their austerity, and their practice yoga as sacrifice, while the ascetics with strict vows after their study of scriptures and knowledge as sacrifice.

– Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.

– This being the case; the ignorant person who considers oneself as the sole agent due to imperfect understanding does not understand.

– The one who rejoices in the Self only, who is satisfied with the Self, who is content in the Self alone, for such a (Self-realized) person there is no duty.

– I am death, which overcomes all, and the source of all beings still to be born.

– The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna ; the wise work for the welfare of the society, nation and the world, without thought for themselves.

– He from whom all beings originate, and by whom all this universe is pervaded; worshipping Him by performing one’s natural duty for Him one attains perfection.

– For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.

– I am the supporter of the universe, the father, the mother, and the grandfather.

– After Self-Realization, one does not regard any other gain superior to Self-Realization.

– The Divine illusion of mine, caused by the qualities, is hard to pierce; they who come to me, they cross over this illusion.

– Perform all thy actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity.

– A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place and when we expect nothing in return.

– There are three gates to Self-Destructive Hell: Lust, Anger and Greed.

– All the scriptures lead to me; I am their author and their wisdom.

– Even if you were the most sinful of sinners, Arjuna, you could cross beyond all sin by the raft of spiritual wisdom.

– When meditation is mastered the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

– Whatever action, whether right or wrong, one performs by thought, word, and deed; these are its five causes.

– There is nothing higher than BRAHMAN. Everything in the universe is strung on BRAHMAN like jewels on the thread of a necklace.

– What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men.

– Approach those who have reasized the purpose of life and question them with reverence and devotion; they will instruct you in this wisdom.

– There is more happiness in doing one’s own (path) without excellence than in doing another’s (path) well.

– One’s inferior natural work is better than superior unnatural work. One who does the work ordained by one’s inherent nature incurs no sin.

– Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.

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Mother Goddess Lakshmi 😊🙏🏻

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is a mother of prosperity, peace, and illumination. Without her grace one can’t have inner peace or perennial joy.

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth. Wealth is not only the money. Tradition and values of life also wealth. Our family and progress is also wealth. Our belongings such as land, prosperity, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of a character are wealth and so is glory or victory.

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well known sixteen types of wealth and many more :

1) Fame, 2) Knowledge, 3) Courage and Strength, 4) Victory, 5) Good Children, 6) Valour, 7) Gold and other gross properties, 8) Grains in abundance, 9) Happiness, 10) Bliss, 11) Intelligence, 12) Beauty, 13) Higher Aim, Higher Thinking and Higher Meditation too, 14) Morality and Ethics, 15) Good Health, 16) Long life.

Let us glance upon the glory of Mother Goddess Ashta Lakshmi’s individual nature and forms.

AshtaLakshmi, The Eight Forms, Confer All Types Of Wealth :

Her four hands represent dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth) and moksha (liberation from cycle of life and death). The golden coins falling out from her right palm means she is the giver of wealth and prosperity. It signifies that a true devotee should not earn wealth just to earn name and fame but must be generous so that others can be happy too. The lotus bud held in the hand signifies beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility. Her other hand holds a pot of wealth as if to say that she is its sole possessor and is flanked by white elephants a striking image of name and fame associated with abundance. Not just material wealth, the goddess epitomises wealth in all forms and that’s why she’s recognized in eight forms collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi, each known for a particular aspect of wealth.

The Eight Forms of Goddess Lakshmi Bestow Varied Types of Blessings :-

1) Adi Lakshmi/Ramma Lakshmi (Primordial) :

Mother Goddess Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana (Vishnu) in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Ramaa, means bringing happiness to the mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.) Divine Mother’s this form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Adi Lakshmi or Ramaa Lakshmi serves Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. Though Sri Narayana is attended by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually Mother Goddess Adi Lakshmi and Lord Narayana are not two different entities but one only. Many a place we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
First to be worshipped and is symbolised for eternal wealth. There is no end to her supply of wealth which is never ending and keeps flowing incessantly.

2) Dhanya Lakshmi (Foodgrains) :

Dhanya means grains. This includes all kind of purified food containing all essential vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, carbohydrates and so on. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables, and other foods. The mother who feeds. ‘Dhanyam’ means food grains and she is the goddess of food and sustenance and nourishes the entire universe.

3) Dhairya Lakshmi (Courage) :

This form of Mother Goddess Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship Mother Goddess Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability. She is worshipped for courage and strength. She is depicted as having eight arms and wears a red sari.

4) Gaja Lakshmi (Elephants) :

In the holy book of Srimad Bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and Demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa writes that Mother Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). So she is known as a daughter of the ocean. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a beautiful vessels filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi. Many a time we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. During the festival of the lamps or the Deepavali along with Sri Lakshmi the Ganapati or the Elephant God also gets worshipped; that signifies the protection from evils as well as abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities. The Goddess with Gajas or elephants is the most common form where in two tuskers are seen on either side of the goddess pouring water from their trunks over the goddess. This signifies the very aspects of Lakshmi like prosperity, good luck and abundance.

5) Santan Lakshmi (offspring) :

In the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of Mother Goddess Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health and long life.
The Goddess who is invoked for begetting children. She bestows her devotees with wealth in the form of perfect children with good health and long life.

6) Vijaya Lakshmi (Victory) :

Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature – Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions and situations. Victory to Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi. This form symbolises victory in all endeavours. She endows her devotees with success in all activities during different stages in life. She ensures triumph anywhere, everywhere and at all times.

7) Vidya Lakshmi (Education) :

Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies to receive the degrees and diplomas certificates from the educational institutes or universities. She ensures 16 qualities imbibed by a person through education.
Education does not only mean knowledge gained from schools or colleges, but also qualities acquired from experience like serenity, absence of vanity, sincerity, adaptability, humility, nobility, magnanimity, charity, equanimity, fixity, simplicity, purity, generosity, regularity, integrity and charity.

8) Dhana Lakshmi (Wealth) :

Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigveda’s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and Moon, Fire and Stars, Rains and Nature, Oceans and Mountains, Rivers and Streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance. She symbolises material wealth, prosperity and fortune. She is also worshipped for luxury, relinquishing courage and blissful life.

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SADHANA PANCHKAM

In 5 verses Sankara enumerates 40 items that constitute Vedantic Sadhana .

Ritualism can be a discipline only in the field of the many , Dvaita .

In Advaita there cannot be sadhana in the form of worship , invocation , surrender or sacrifice .

Yet , the student who is entangled in mind-intellect-equipment is still in the level of the ego ( jiva bhav ) .

One is to be shown the path by which one can steadily raise one’s vision into the Yonder , beyond the frontiers of the many

BMI : Body | Mind | Intellect
OET : Objects | Emotions | Thoughts
PFT : Perceiver | Feeler | Thinker

into the One Self , the state of Peace that passeth all understanding .

Adi Sankara in these 5 simple looking verse lovingly lists the ways and means , which can readily be followed by all students of Vedanta seeking direct experience of the Divine , beyond the mind , the Spring of Consciousness .

Any seeker who sincerely follows these pointers will surely not miss one’s way and wander into the labyrinth of futile , self-defeating , negative arguments and false conclusions .

Sankara shows the great path to Truth , the Path that was trodden by the innumerable Masters of the Vedas and the Upanishads .

|| SADHANA FOR REALIZATION | VERSE 1 ||

वेदो नित्यमधीयतां तदुदितं कर्म स्वनुष्ठीयतां
तेनेशस्य विधीयतामपचितिः काम्ये मतिस्त्यज्यताम्‌।
पापौघः परिधूयतां भवसुखे दोषोऽनुसन्धीयतां
आत्मेच्छा व्यवसीयतां निजगृहात्तूर्णं विनिर्गम्यताम्‌ ॥ १ ॥

vedo nityamadhiyatam taduditam karma svanusthiyatam
tenesasya vidhiyatamapacitih kamye matistyajyatam |
papaughah paridhuyatam bhavasukhe doso nusandhiyatam
atmeccha vyavasiyatam nijagrhatturnam vinirgamyatam || 1 ||

|| TRANSLATION 1 ||

01 . Study the Vedas daily .
02 . Perform diligently the duties ( karmas ) ordained by them .
03 . Dedicate all those actions ( karmas ) as worship unto GOD .
04 . Renounce all desires in the mind .
05 . Wash away the hoards of sins in the bosom .
06 . Recognise that the pleasures of sense objects ( samsar ) are riddled with pain .
07 . Seek the Self with consistent endeavour .
08 . Escape from the bondage of ” home ” .

|| TRANSLATION 2 ||

01 . Study the scriptures ( Vedas ) daily .
02 . Perform diligently the duties ( sva dharma ) ordered by the scriptures .
03 . Dedicate all the actions thus performed ( as above ) to GOD ( ishvarArpanna buddhi ) .
04 . Gradually give up performance of selfish actions .
05 . Filter sinful adhArmic likes and dislikes .
06 . Recognize the inherent defects of material pursuits .
07 . Seek moksha with consistent endeavour .
08 . Get out from the bondage of activity ( specified to the ones which end up entangling us ) .

|| SADHANA FOR REALIZATION | VERSE 2 ||

सङ्गः सत्सु विधीयतां भगवतो भक्तिर्दृढाऽऽधीयतां
शान्त्यादिः परिचीयतां दृढतरं कर्माशु सन्त्यज्यताम्‌।
सद्विद्वानुपसृप्यतां प्रतिदिनं तत्पादुका सेव्यतां
ब्रह्मैकाक्षरमर्थ्यतां श्रुतिशिरोवाक्यं समाकर्ण्यताम्‌ ॥ २ ॥

sangah satsu vidhiyatam bhagavato bhaktirdrḍha dhiyatam
santyadih pariciyatam drḍhataram karmasu santyajyatam |
sadvidvanupasrpyatam pratidinam tatpaduka sevyatam
brahmaikaksaramarthyatam srutisirovakyam samakarnyatam || 2 ||

|| TRANSLATION 1 ||

09 . Seek companionship with Those of Wisdom .
10 . Be established in firm devotion to GOD .
11 . Cultivate the virtues such as Shanti etc .
12 . Eschew all desire ridden actions .
13 . Take shelter at a Perfect Master ( Sat Guru ) .
14 . Everyday serve The Teacher .
15 . Worship OM the Immutable .
16 . Listen in depth to the Upanishadic declarations .

|| TRANSLATION 2 ||

09 . Seek companionship with Those of Wisdom .
10 . Be established in firm devotion to GOD and perform upasanas .
11 . Gain mind control , sense control , withdrawal , forbearance , faith and focus .
12 . Give up karma and upasanas when they are not required any longer for spiritual growth .
13 . Seek Knowledge from a Sat Guru .
14 . Serve The Teacher .
15 . Ask for Brahma Vidya .
16 . Listen in depth to the Upanishadic declarations .

|| SADHANA FOR REALIZATION | VERSE 3 ||

वाक्यार्थश्च विचार्यतां श्रुतिशिरः पक्षः समाश्रीयतां
दुस्तर्कात्सुविरम्यतां श्रुतिमतस्तर्कोऽनुसन्धीयताम्‌।
ब्रह्मास्मीति विभाव्यतामहरहर्गर्वः परित्यज्यतां
देहेऽहंमतिरुझ्यतां बुधजनैर्वादः परित्यज्यताम्‌ ॥ ३ ॥

vakyarthasca vicaryatam srutisirah paksah samasriyatam
dustarkatsuviramyatam srutimatastarko nusandhiyatam |
brahmasmiti vibhavyatamaharahargarvah parityajyatam
dehe hammatirujhyatam budhajanairvadah parityajyatam || 3 ||

|| TRANSLATION 1 ||

17 . Reflect ever upon the meaning of the Upanishadic commandments .
18 . Take refuge in the TRUTH OF BRAHMAN .
19 . Avoid perverse arguments .
20 . Follow the discriminative rationale of Sruti ( Upanishads ) .
21 . Always be absorbed in the attitude ( bhav ) — ” I AM BRAHMAN ” .
22 . Renounce pride .
23 . Give up the delusory misconception — ” I am the body ” .
24 . Give up totally the tendency to argue with Those of Wisdom .

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17 . Analyze the meanings of Upanishadic commandments .
18 . Perform such analyses by sticking to scriptures .
19 . Get away from logic based system ( logic is good when it corroborates scripture , in the sense dont try to substitute it ) .
20 . Dwell upon the discriminative rationale of shruti ( basically , develop viveka ) .
21 . Constantly remain steeped in the fact that you are BRAHMAN .
22 . Renounce pride , vanity , arrogance .
23 . Give up the delusionary misconception — ” I am the body ” .
24 . Do not argue with Those of Wisdom .

|| SADHANA FOR REALIZATION | VERSE 4 ||

क्षुद्व्याधिश्च चिकित्स्यतां प्रतिदिनं भिक्षौषधं भुज्यतां
स्वाद्वन्नं न तु याच्यतां विधिवशात्प्राप्तेन सन्तुष्यताम्‌।
शीतोष्णादि विषह्यतां न तु वृथा वाक्यं समुच्चार्यतां
औदासीन्यमभीप्स्यतां जनकृपानैष्ठुर्यमुत्सृज्यताम्‌ ॥ ४ ॥

ksudvyadhisca cikitsyatam pratidinam bhiksausadham bhujyatam
svadvannam na tu yacyatam vidhivasatpraptena santusyatam |
sitosnadi visahyatam na tu vrtha vakyam samuccaryatam
audasinyamabhipsyatam janakrpanaisthuryamutsrjyatam || 4 ||

|| TRANSLATION 1 ||

25 . In hunger diseases get treated .
26 . Daily take the medicine of Bhiksha — food .
27 . Beg no delicious food .
28 . Live contentedly upon whatever comes to your lot as ordained by GOD .
29 . Endure all the pairs of opposites : heat cold , and the like .
30 . Avoid wasteful talks .
31 . Be indifferent .
32 . Save yourself from the meshes of other peoples’ kindness .

|| TRANSLATION 2 ||

25 . Consider hunger as a disease .
26 . Treat hunger , the disease , by taking bhiksha food .
27 . Beg no delicious food .
28 . Live contentedly with whatever comes your way as prasadam .
29 . Endure all pains of opposites — heat cold , likes dislikes , pleasure pain .
30 . Avoid wasteful talk .
31 . Be indifferent and avoid groupism .
32 . Do not get attached to either someone’s love or criticism .

|| SADHANA FOR REALIZATION | VERSE 5 ||

एकान्ते सुखमास्यतां परतरे चेतः समाधीयतां
पूर्णात्मा सुसमीक्ष्यतां जगदिदं तद्बाधितं दृश्यताम्‌।
प्राक्कर्म प्रविलाप्यतां चितिबलान्नाप्युत्तरैः श्लिष्यतां
प्रारब्धं त्विह भुज्यतामथ परब्रह्मात्मना स्थीयताम् ‌॥ ५ ॥

ekante sukhamasyatam paratare cetah samadhiyatam
purnatma susamiksyatam jagadidam tadvadhitam drsyatam |
prakkarma pravilapyatam citibalannapyuttaraih slisyatam
prarabdham tviha bhujyatamatha parabrahmatmana sthiyatam || 5 ||

|| TRANSLATION 1 ||

33 . In solitude live joyously .
34 . Quieten your mind in The Supreme .
35 . Realise and see the All-pervading Self everywhere .
36 . Recognise that the finite Universe is a projection of Self .
37 . Conquer the effects of the deeds done , by the present right action .
38 . Through wisdom become detached from future actions ( Agami ) .
39 . Experience and exhaust ” Prarabdha ” the fruits of past actions .
40 . Thereafter live absorbed in the bhav — ” I AM BRAHMAN ” !

|| TRANSLATION 2 ||

33 . In solitude also , live joyously .
34 . Quieten your mind in GOD .
35 . Realize and see the Self in everything , everywhere .
36 . Recognize the Universe as a finite projection of the Self .
37 . Destroy the effects of deeds done , through the strength of knowledge .
38 . Through wisdom , become detached from Agami karma ( give up doership and enjoyership ) .
39 . Experience and exhaust the prarabdh , fruits of past actions .
40 . Thereafter , live eternally as BRAHMAN .

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Lord Krishna’s Story

A voice uttered, for all to hear,
An ominous message from sky,
O Kamsa! Count your days with fear!
A warning that you shall soon die!

Hearing what the voice had said,
Kamsa was trembling like a leaf,
His eyes, that never had known dread,
Were filled with doubt and disbelief.

The voice further boomed its decree,
As motionless the world remained,
The eighth child born to Devaki,
Will slay you, Kamsa, as is ordained!

The import of this message when,
It dawned upon the cruel king,
The only thought he’d there and then,
If Devaki were not living…

He turned around, and looked at her,
With murder in his fiery eyes,
He raised his sword to slay her there,
Devaki, stunned with silent cries!

Vasudev pleaded for her life,
What has Devaki done to thee?
I beg you, Kamsa, to spare my wife!
I beg you, just hear out my plea!

What children she and I beget,
I promise to give them to thee!
I beg you, O wise King, forget,
The thought of slaying Devaki!

Kamsa agreed to spare them awhile,
And locked them in a dungeon dark,
The walls heard the wails of a child,
And informed the evil monarch!

One, two, three, four, five, six, sadly;
The cruel king smashed them to death.
The two prisoners watched helplessly,
And prayed to God with silent breath.

Devaki, weary and distraught,
Looked up at Vasudev and sighed;
Will seventh also be a naught?
And fell asleep, still teary-eyed.

Lord Vishnu, sat with subtle smile,
And moved the wheels of decreed doom!
From Devaki, the seventh child,
He transferred to Rohini’s womb!

As Kamsa entered the dungeon red,
He was surprised to find no wail!
Stillborn, O King, Vasudev said.
The king just laughed and left the jail!

Vasudev, with some hope alive,
Comforted Devaki who wept,
The Lord himself may soon arrive,
He said, as Devaki just slept.

The eighth day of the waning phase,
In Shraavan month when clouds were high!
Past midnight, by Lord Vishnu’s grace,
The eighth was born, without a cry!

The chains that held them broke apart,
The doors of prison opened wide,
A thrill ran through Vasudev’s heart,
The eighth could yet be saved, he cried!

In a basket he placed the eighth,
And fled past the guards, sleeping sound,
Yamuna, alas, was in spate!
He stood there, looking all around!

On the banks, even as he stood,
The waters parted, a way was seen!
He hurried as fast as he could,
Reached Nanda’s house, his friend in need!

Yashoda, Nanda’s wife, had borne,
A girl on the same fateful night!
He exchanged her for one his own,
And returned ere the morning light!

Next day, Kamsa came in elated,
He laughed and thundered at the one,
Is this the one that was fated?
He bellowed as he thought he’d won!

As with others, he tried to slay!
The little one escaped and flew,
A divine voice was heard to say,
The eighth child lives, and will kill you!

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Shri Mahishasuramardini Ashtottarashatanamavali

॥ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ॥

Shri Mahishasuramardini Ashtottarashatanamavali

॥ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ॥ अथ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ।

ॐ महत्यै नमः ।

ॐ चेतनायै नमः ।

ॐ मायायै नमः ।

ॐ महागौर्यै नमः ।

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ॐ महोदरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबुद्ध्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकाल्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाबलायै नमः ।

ॐ महासुधायै नमः ।

ॐ महानिद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महामुद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महादयायै नमः ।

ॐ महालक्ष्मै नमः ।

ॐ महाभोगायै नमः ।

ॐ महामोहायै नमः ।

ॐ महाजयायै नमः ।

ॐ महातुष्ट्यै नमः ।

ॐ महालाजायै नमः ।

ॐ महातुष्टायै नमः ।

ॐ महाघोरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाधृत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकृत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महापद्मायै नमः ।

ॐ महामेधायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबोधायै नमः ।

ॐ महातपसे नमः ।

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ॐ महारोषायै नमः ।

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ॐ महाबन्धनसंहार्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाभयविनाशिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महानेत्रायै नमः ।

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ॐ महावक्षसे नमः ।

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ॐ महानघायै नमः ।

ॐ महाशान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाश्वासायै नमः ।

ॐ महापर्वतनन्दिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाब्रह्ममय्यै नमः ।

ॐ मात्रे नमः ।

ॐ महासारायै नमः ।

ॐ महासुरघ्न्यै नमः ।

ॐ महत्यै नमः ।

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ॐ शिवायै नमः ।

ॐ महाक्षान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाभ्रान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महामन्त्रायै नमः ।

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ॐ महासेतवे नमः ।

ॐ महाहेतवे नमः ।

ॐ यशस्विन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाविद्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महासध्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महासत्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महागत्यै नमः ।

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ॐ महायशस्विन्यै नमः ।

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ॐ महाधरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाकरायै नमः ।

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ॐ खेचर्यै नमः ।

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ॐ महावर्षायै नमः ।

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इति श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावली सम्पूर्णा ॥

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