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Devi Mahatmayam, also known as Durga Saptashati, Sri Chandi or Saptashati, is from Markandeya Mahapuran. Devi Mahatmayam literally means ‘Glory of the Goddess’.
This seven hundred mantra story describes the victory of the Goddess over Asuras – representing conquest and freedom from tamsik Maha Kali (Chapter 1), rajsik Maha Lakshmi (Chapters 2-4) and satvik Maha Saraswati (Chapters 5-13) human tendencies.
The Devi – Goddess, personified as one supreme Goddess and many goddesses, confronts the demons within us – representing the field of human consciousness within each person.
The Asuras – her adversaries represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions, pleasure and from the illusions of self-importance.
In reality, herein are defined the primary human tendencies – passions, wealth and even goodness. Only when all the acts are preformed unaffected by these primary tendencies and the act itself is dedicated to the Lord, the final liberation comes and the real elixir of life is tasted.
Durga Saptasati or Devi Mahtmayam has been written in English rhyme (with the original text) and is available at:
ABOUT THE BOOK
Devi Mahatmayam, also known as Durga Saptashati, Sri Chandi or Saptashati, is from the Markandeya Mahapuran. Devi Mahatmayamm literally means ‘Glory of the Goddess’. Here the seven hundred mantra story describes the victory of the Goddess over the Asuras (Madhu-Kaitabha, Mahishasura and Shambha-Nishumbha) – representing the conquest and freedom from the tamsik Mahakali (Chapter 1), rajsik Mahalakshmi (Chapters 2-4) and satvik Mahasaraswati (Chapters 5-13) forces. Her adversaries represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions, pleasure and from the illusions of self-importance.
The Devi, personified as one supreme Goddess and many goddesses, confronts the demons within us – representing the field of human consciousness within each person.
Spiritual practice of Sadhaka, facing three forces be,
Of Tamas, Rajas, Sattva – stage by stage gradually;
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Devi-Mahatmayam has special meaning for spirituality,
With illumination, wisdom, strength to freedom finally!
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After the slaying of these basic three qualities only,
Does dawn ‘Dashmi Dhashahra’ – the final victory.
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Devi-Mahatmayam or Durga Saptashati Katha but be,
Showing the path of life to the whole of humanity;
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Very much like the holy Bhagwat Gita undoubtedly,
As the song of the Lord for enlightenment does be.
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To the integral character of the spiritual practice glory,
Glory to Man, village, town, country, universe, God be!
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ABOUT THE AUTOR
The unique work of Munindra (Munnan) Misra in English rhyme on Hinduism and Hindu culture, provide the global English reader, an understanding of the Sanatan Dharma (Hindu culture).
He was honoured with a badge and awarded ‘Top Viewed Author Award’ by Knol – A unit of knowledge of Google in 2011.
Publisher: Partridge Publishing (AuthorSolutions)
Publication date: 3/6/2014
Product dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)
Devi Mahatmayam In English Rhyme