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Mysticism of the Devi Mahatmya: Worship of the Divine Mother

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Introduction This extraordinary book has been long awaited by many devotees. It contains the essence of the well known scripture-Devi Mahatmya or Durga Shaptashati, also known as Chandi Path. It is a portion from the Markandeya Purana written by Sage Vyasa. Devi Mahatmya is a unique scripture that views God as Mother, and presents highly mystical stories depicting the journey of the soul from darkness to Light-from the misery of bondage to the Bliss of Liberation. Many a battle mu...

Introduction

This extraordinary book has been long awaited by many devotees. It contains the essence of the well known scripture-Devi Mahatmya or Durga Shaptashati, also known as Chandi Path. It is a portion from the Markandeya Purana written by Sage Vyasa.

Devi Mahatmya is a unique scripture that views God as Mother, and presents highly mystical stories depicting the journey of the soul from darkness to Light-from the misery of bondage to the Bliss of Liberation.

Many a battle must be fought, many an illusion must be broken, many rare qualities of head and heart must unfold, in order that the soul may reach its ultimate destination. In this process. An aspirant turns to the Goddess for guidance, support, removal of obstacles, endowment of divine virtues, and enlightenment.

As Durga, She destroys gross impurities urging the aspirant to develop purity of heart. As Lakshmi, Shi brings about the blossoming of divine qualities such as humility, truthfulness and fearlessness and frees the mind of distractions. As Saraswati, She destroys ignorance and egoism, and leads the soul to the heights of spiritual enlightenment.

In every manifestation, the Devi wages war against the forces of darkness. These stories yield fascinating insights into the mystery of life and the art of attaining spiritual evolution. Swami Jyotirmayananda, with his unique intuitive insight, has presented the mystical meanings of these stories, bringing to light the profound treasure that lies hidden in this great scripture.

The very concept of worshipping God as Mother has captured head and heart of countless devotees not only in India, but in various parts of the world. In fact the Divine Self is sweeter than a thousand mothers, and mightier than a thousand fathers.

Every year, Navaratri Puja is performed in our ashram under the guidance of Swami Jyotirmayananda. During the serene hours of the morning, when the ashram garden softly emerges out of the blanket of darkness and is awakened by the song of birds, Swamiji conducts the most inspiring puja (worship). Each day Swamiji gives mystic insight into the stories of the Devi and their applications in daily life. Aspirants listen to the teachings, hear the inspiring songs and kirtans in praise of Devi, receive blessings from the Guru, and partake of delicious Prasad (holy food). The present book contains the gems of teachings culled from these wonderful talks by Swamiji.

We are thankful to our ashram staff for their diligent work in doing all that is needed in bringing out this precious book-composing, proof-reading, graphic artistry, masking, preparing plates, printing and binding.

May the Goddess bestow Her blessings on the readers of this excellent book!

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The Devi Mahatmya is a unique scripture that inspires the worship of God as Mother through its highly mystical stories depicting the journey of the soul from darkness to Light-from the misery of intuitive insight, Swami Jyotirmayananda has probed the philosophical meaning of these fascinating stories, bringing to light the mystical treasure that lies hidden in the exploits of the Devi.

For the soul to reach its ultimate destination-Liberation-many a battle must be fought, many an illusion must be broken, and many a rare quality of head and heart must unfold. In this extraordinary book, Swamiji reveals the divine art by which an aspirant can turn to the Goddess for guidance and support in this great project. Through Her compassionate Grace, spiritual movement becomes dynamic and joyous, culminating in the highest attainment-Liberation!

 

Contents

 

The Glory of Mother Worship 11
God as Mother 11
Mother As Guide 12
The Significance of Navaratri Worship 14
Listen to Me, Oh Beloved Mother (song lyrics) 19
From Darkness to Light-Mysticism of Mahakali in the Ratri Sukta of Rig Veda  
Oh Gentle Goddess (song Lyrics) 24
The Revelation of Ratri Sukta Elaborated into Devi Mahatmya 25
The All-Pervasive Mother 27
The Story Commences 33
The Ashram of Sage Medha 34
Verse fro Meditation on Meha Kali 39
Goddess as Durga 42
Verse for Meditation on Maha Lakshmi 49
Destruction of Mahishasura 55
Oh Mother, Goddess Durga (song lyrics) 64
Verse for Meditation on Maha Saraswati 65
Oh Goddess Lakshmi, Abide in My House (song lyrics) 68
Manifestation of Maha Saraswati 69
Destruction of Dhumralochana 72
Destruction of Chanda and Munda 73
Destruction of Raktabija 74
Destruction of Nishumbha 83
Destruction of Shumba 84
Oh Holy Mother, Touch Me (song lyrics) 88
Narayani Stuti (Adorations to Goddess Narayani) 92
The Glory of the Scripture 98
Conclusion of the Story 101
Turn Towards the Universal Mother 107
Relax in Her Divine Arms 113
The All-Compassionate Destroyer 116
The Plan of Navaratri Puja 118
Attainment of Spiritual Victory 125
Worship the Divine Mother Every Day of Your Life 127
Worship of Goddess Durga 127
Worship of Goddess Lakshmi 130
Worship of Goddess Saraswati 136
Prayer to Devi (song lyrics) 140
Thoughts for Meditation on Each Night of Mother Worship 141
The Worship of Goddess Durga 141
The Worship of Goddess Lakshmi 146
The Worship of Goddess Saraswati 153
The Glory of Goddess 160
Prayers to Devi-the Cosmic Mother 162
Archana 165
Selections from Devi Sukta 168
Arati-The Waving of Light Ceremony 170
Oh Goddess Saraswati (song lyrics) 176
Chants for Auspiciousness 177
Oh Goddess Saraswati (Song Lyrics) 181
Meditation on the Mother as Energy 182
Oh Devi Durga (song lyrics) 185
The Mysterious Ways of Maya (A parable adapted from Devi Bhagavata) 186
The Rise and Fall of the Ego (A mystic story from Devi Bhagavata) 192
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Item Code: IDK132 Author: Swami Jyotirmayananda Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2005 Publisher: International Yoga Society ISBN: 8185883505 Language: English Size: 8.7" X 5.6" Pages: 200 (Illustrated with B/W Figures) Other Details: WEIGHT OF THE BOOK : 360 GMS
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