Sunday, April 13, 2014

Names 1 to 8


जय माई जय मार्कण्ड माई


The fifty names as described here may be taken to form group A. They are descriptive mainly of the different parts of Mother's physical body as visible to the devotees on attainment of Her grace.

First eight names are recommended to be constantly repeated, as stated before, as they describe Mother generally. It may also be seen that the whole group A of fifty names and group B of ten names may be generally said to be the amplification of the very first name of Shree-Maataa of the group A.

GROUP A - (1)

1)Shree Maataa श्रीमाता - "The Holy " Mother.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 1

The birth-giving physical mother is usually remembered and called upon in times of sorrow, but our natural mothers are not able to remove the different kinds of pains. Great men believing in reincarnation have therefore said: " Millions of physical mothers I had, O Treasure-house of compassion! Thou art the only one Mother of Eternity. Save me from the vast, and disastrous ocean of world-wormness." The Mother is the only one who is capable of removing the endless misery.
Shree means prosperity, success, beauty and wisdom
Shri is ambrosia. The title Shree is prefixed to eminent personages and is an honorific word.

2)Shree Mahaaraajni श्रीमहाराज्ञी - " The great " Queen.The controller of the created Universe. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 2
She by whose Grace the creation goes on. She who is the fighting Heroine Queen, and who fights out and dispels and controls all that is obstructive for Her devotees.

3)Shrimat Sinhaasaneshvari श्रीमत्सिंहासनेश्वरी -"The Ruler" on the lion-throne.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 3
One rendering is Sinha meaning pain and asana means expelling.
 She is the destroyer of universe or that into whom the created beings enter on their dissolution. She is the Queen of Queens, Mother who is the most supreme merciful Donor, holds Her Darbar and grants whatever is demanded by Her devotees, and by all in good relations with them.

4)Chidagnikunda-Sambhootaa चिदग्निकुण्डसंभूता - Who is born from the altar of the fire of consciousness. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 4

If Mother is such a heroic and Majestic Queen, is She also unapproachable like such queens? No, just the reverse, She is at your beck and call. From the fire of devotion of a devotee that burns within his heart uninterruptedly, without fuel, and dispels the darkness of desire and attachment to other things and other persons, She at times bursts forth. The devoted heart is a fire because it consumes the sins and evils of the Universe and Mother abides in that fire, though not born from it.

Mother has often appeared from the physical altar of religious sacrifices as well. Thus run some of the descriptions - " Out of the sacrificial fire, slowly arose a woman divinely beautiful, adorned with divine ornaments and bright as the moon. She was Mother, the only one, the supporter of the Universe, equal to whom there is none ". Again we have '' Then the devotees constructed a very beautiful sacrificial altar and the devotees offered their body, mind and soul as oblations. When they were about to offer up the whole of their bodies, there appeared a great blaze of light, bright as millions of suns and cool as millions of moons put together; in midst of this light was seen an indescribable wheel-form ( Shree Chakra ); and from its centre the Great Mother shining like the morning sun dawned forth. On beholding the great Mother, the souls of all were filled with ecstasy and they bowed to Her again and again."

(5) Bhakta-Kaarya Samudyataa भक्तकार्यसमुद्यता - " Manifested Herself " for fulfilling the objects of the Devotees.ललिता सहस्रनामस्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 5 

In the original, it is "Devakaarya "referring to Devaas. The same word can be retained and be interpreted to mean that Mother is constantly engaged in transforming Her devotees to be the most shining deified beings. But as the Universal Mother has no partiality to gods and demons, I make the change least that same may be perpetuate the long carried misunderstanding. Her eternal occupation is a fulfilment of devotees' desires and their transformation.

(6) Uddyat-Bhaanu-Sahasraabhaa उद्यतभानुसहस्राभा -  This indicates She is very red. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 6

Rosy complexion is indicative of freshness, Love and mercy. There are three forms of Mother, the physical (sthula), the subtle (sukshma)  and the supreme (para). The physical form has hands, feet, etc. and is elemental, the subtle consists of Mantra and ethereal, while the Supreme is made of the Vaasanaas and is ideal.

(7) Chaturbaahu-samanvitaa चतुर्बाहुसमन्विता - Endowed with four arms. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र,नाम क्रमांक 7

(8) Nijaaruna-prabhaapura-majjat-brahmaanda-mandalaa निजारूणप्रभापुरमज्जतब्रह्माण्डमण्डला  Bathing the whole universe with Her own rosy effulgence.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 12 
Rosy effulgence is indicative of being happy and cheerful in all respects. The order has been changed here to be in rhyme with the order of importance.
The idea conveyed by these eight names :
She is Mother(Shree Maataa). She helps Her devotees by fighting out the battle for Her devotees against six enemies and all other kinds of enemies (Shri Mahaa Raajni). She gives you all that you demand with the liberality of the highest supreme Queen ( Shrimat Sinhaasaneshvari).  Although the Supreme Queen, She loves Her devotees as Her children and is always at the beck and call when the heart burns with the desire of meeting Her and She bursts forth (Chidagni-Kunda-Sambhootaa). Her constant work and occupation is about battering and deifying Her devotees (Bhakta-Kaarya-Samuddyataa). She is as bright as millions of suns in the matter of illuminating Her devotees. She has four hands( as explained in Preface) indicative of the very simple process of Her liberating the devotees. Finally, She constantly keeps the whole universe and, much more Her devotees, bathed in happiness and cheerfulness. Wherever you find joy, happiness and cheerfulness, it is simply proof of a greater pervading of Mother's Grace.

Jaya Maai, Mother Bless All.

1 comment:

Sri Rama Jayam said...

Om Sri Maatre Namah! All the words in all the languages, of this world and beyond, are inadequate to describe the love of a mother. What to speak of the glories of our Universal Divine Mother, life after life? Blessed are we, that we have Her grace to try and understand a little of the infinite greatness and compassion of Sree Mata.

The first and foremost of Maiji's divine names is 'Sree Maatre Namah'.

According to Bhaskara Raya, our first appeal to the Divine Mother is to rescue us from the ocean of worldly existence filled with dangers and three fold misery in a cycle of births and deaths that we have to pass through. By praying to Maiji as our Divine Mother, life after life, we shall be safely carried ashore.

Sree Mata, one of the names which, if chanted with love and devotion, can easily bestow upon us Her Divine Grace, also means the following:- 1.Mother of Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of Wealth
2. Mother of Saraswati Devi, the Goddess of Wisdom;
3. Mother of Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Wealth) and Kama (Desire)
4. Mother of Lakshmi Devi, Saraswati Devi and Parvati Devi (Mother of the three Mothers)
5. She who can measure the Lakshmi of others. Here, 'Lakshmi' has more than one meaning. The Mother can measure our wealth (spiritual and physical). Likewise Sree Mata also means the Mother who can measure 'MOksha' or liberation from the cycle of births and deaths.
6. Sree Mata is the one who has taught the Vedas to Brahma Deva, the creator.
7. Sree Mata is one who has divided the Vedas.
8. The word Sree also means 'Poison'. As such Sree Mata has held Poison in Her throat as SadaShiva (to protect the universe)
9. Sree Mata is the Mother worthy of worship.
10. Sree Mata is the Mother of all.
11. Sree Mata is the original cause
12. Sree Mata is Parabrahma, the all pervading Truth Absolute.
13.Sree Mata is The Divine Mantra (hymn that protects)
Other scholars opine that:
1. Sree Mata is the greatest in granting the power of speech.
2. Sree Mata is the mother of the word (spoken and the written)
3. Sree Mata is the one who grants the nectar (of immortality)
4.Sree Mata is the one who can grant perpetual wealth
5. By granting Her Supreme Vision, Sree Mata makes the eight siddhis and other forms of prosperity look trivial.
6. Based on their qualifications ( by way of the type of Karma/ actions performed), Sree Mata grants all living beings their rightful measure of prosperity.
7. For the sake of Her children's worship, the Infinite Mother who assumes a form is Sree Mata.
8. Sree Mata is the consciousness or the life force which governs and sustains all living entities.
9. Sree Mata is the Mother who bestows Her grace on Her children based on their qualifications pertaining to the intensity of love, faith and devotion that they exhibit towards Her.
10. Sree Mata is the Mother of the Vedas.
11. Sree Mata is the Gayatri Mantra's presiding deity.
12. Sree Mata is the divine energy in the creator Brahma Deva
13. Sree Mata is the knowledge of the divine truth, the absolute.and eternal goal of existence.

May Sree Mata grant us unwavering devotion towards Her Lotus Feet!

Om! Mother! Mother! Mother!