Thursday, May 5, 2011

Primer of Ma Durga

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by Munindra Misra
Goddess Durga the supreme power of the Supreme Being be surely,
Universe Mother - power of creation, preservation and destruction truly,
She rides the Lion - signifying power, will and determination certainly,
Saying "Surrender all actions onto me and I free you from fears totally".

Her forms Kali, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, and others be,
Her nine appellations are Skondamata, Kusumanda, Shailaputri, Kaalratri,
Brahmacharini, Maha Gauri, Katyayani, Chandraghanta and Siddhidatri,
She ever protects her devotees from evils and removes all their miseries.

Like Shiv, Durga referred as "Triyambake", the three eyed Goddess be,
Left - desire (moon), right - action (sun), central - knowledge (fire) clearly.
Her eight or ten hands represent eight quadrants or ten directions fully,
"Trishul" shows (Satwa, Rajas, Tamas) inactivity, activity and non-activity.

Conch shell in her hand implies 'Om', indicating her hold on to God truly,
Her bow and arrows represent full control over both aspects of energy,
The thunderbolt signifies firmness – firmness of convictions forcefully,
Lotus in her hand not fully bloomed - signifies success but not finality.

"Sudarshan-Chakra" on her index finger - the world obedient to her will be,
Using it to destroy evil and produce growth of righteousness universally,
The sword she holds in one of her hands symbolizes knowledge totally,
She removes (physical, mental and spiritual) all three types of miseries.

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