Devi Mahatmayam or Durga Saptashati

Munindra Misra has dived deep into the basic concepts of Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma). He has explained the meaning of the various scriptures and also, in simple English rhyme, he has probed into the inner meaning of some of the well known Hindu (Sanatan) scriptures. His works grasp the true depths of Hinduism lucidly.

Devi Mahatmayam is a seven hundred mantra story describing 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.

Devi – The one supreme Goddess, personified as many goddesses, confronts the demons within us representing the field of human consciousness within each person. Asuras – her adversaries, represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions, pleasure and from illusions of self-importance.

In reality, herein are defined the primary human tendencies – passions, wealth and even goodness. Only when all 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.

Devi Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati the three steps be,
Of Tamas, Rajas, Sattva represented accordingly,
– 3 –
Tamas is a brick-wall, preventing vision completely,
Rajas is a blowing wind tossing but indiscriminately.
– 4 –
So suck root of desires not chop its branches only,
The dirt is in form of Kama, Krodha and Lobha really.
– 5 –
It is the desire and anger born of Rajas indisputably,
Sattva a plain glass, through which you see Reality.
– 6 –
It is after the slaying of all these three actually,
Does dawn freedom, awareness of truth finally.
– 7 –
All our desires are desires of the soul, ultimately.
Though they look like desires mental or sensory;
– 39 –
Desires intellectual, social etc., but they all be,
Soul‟s longing through mind and senses activity.
– 40 –
Our longings an inward urge for freedom does be,
It is just freedom that we all ask for repeatedly;
– 41 –
The longings and enterprises soul’s aspiration be,
The aspiration for liberation of the human but be.
– 42 –
All longings the essence for real liberation only,
Freedom from all sides, an ultimate supremacy;
– 43 –
Supremacy over self in realisation of freedom be,
Devi-Mahatmayam describes this march unmistakably.
– 44 –
March of the soul to its destination unquestionably,
Realisation of this freedom, the dramatic aspect be;
– 45 –
Devi-Mahatmayam or Durga Saptashati Katha but be,
Showing the path of life to the whole of humanity;
Very much like the holy Bhagwat Gita undoubtedly,
As the song of the Lord for enlightenment does be.



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