GROUP A - (3)
Neck to Waist(30) Kaameshabaddha maangalyasutrashobhit kandharaa कामेशबध्दमांगल्यसूत्रशोभितकंधरा - Having the neck adorned with the liberation promising thread tied for the satisfaction and assurance of Kaameshas ( devotees desirous of conquering desires ) around it. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 30
It need not be re-stated that Kaamesh in the original means Shiva as the husband of Shakti, but here it means as in bracket above. Mangala Sutra in popular meaning means the marriage thread which a wedded wife wears and prizes more than anything else as contributing to the life and happiness of her husband.
It is worn as a sign of her faithfulness, chastity and the livingness of her husband. The interpretation of Mangala Sutra may be taken as " tied-for-devotees ", and " their welfare securing thread ".
(31) Kanakaangada keyura kamaniyabhujaanvitaa कनकांगदकेयूरकमनीयभुजान्विता - Having lovely arms encircled with golden ornaments.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 31
(32) Ratnagraiveya chintaaka lolamukhaa phalaanvitaa रत्नग्रैवेयचितांकलोलमुक्ता॑फलान्विता - Having a pearl danging from a necklace of gems and gold. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 32
Adorned with the liberation - promise - representing celestial necklace with the most attractive gems and gold, put on by Her for the just-initiated devotees, as if the neck were pressed down by Her just initiated devotees, with their two hands, to crave mercy.
The pearl in the necklace is dangling and is just near her heart. It is to give assurance to Her devotees, although they are dangling and fickle-minded about their having a place and play in Her heart. This suggests to them the sublime truth, viz., that to the Mother the weakest child is dearest in Her heart.
Those who meditate (Chintaaka) on Her from the crown up to the neck (Grivaa)alone and can not meditate further on Mother up to Her heart in the cavity of their heart,, i.e., those who worship Her only externally have their love to Her, which is ever changing in intensity. But even the devotion of such wavering devotees Graiveyachintaaka becomes fruitful, although they are bound by various earthly desires. They are like the dangling pearl, swinging like a pendulum between happiness arising from earthly pleasures and that from devotion to Mother.
There should be no confusion between the Mangal Sutra and the Necklace regarding their being different things with different missions. The Mangal Sutra is for them that are Her beloved children who love Her and would sacrifice themselves for Her out of love for Her. The necklace is for the welfare of the devotees of various grades. If subtlety is appreciated, a distinction should be made from the view of direct approach to Mother as Her child and approach to Her through the usual religiously prescribed channel, although it may be remembered that the beloved children are those souls who have already been in the religious routine in previous lives, as per Hindu conception.
It should be clearly known that those that are connected with the Mangal Sutra, have doubtlessly their place in the heart. Devotees are connected with the heart, necklace and liberation, whereas the children have, in addition to those they claim to neck, Mangal Sutra and general welfare in the running life as well. Children have a double share, and naturally so, because they are in the most cases, the cream of the devotees.
कामेश्वरप्रेमरत्नमणिप्रतिपणस्तनी - Her two breasts are the rewards offered in exchange for the priceless gem of the love and light of the Kaameshvara.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 33
It need not be repeated that Mother is not the Father's wife as per Mother's Ideal, and even then in the Founder's opinion there can nothing more revolting than for children to even think of the husband and wife relation between Father and Mother, or for parents to think of the sexual relations of the daughter and son in law.
There can be no greater bluntness of heart than that devotees may indulge in the sexual relationship of the worshippable. The philosophy of lover and beloved, or husband and wife, however relishing, is, in Founder's opinion and experience, much inferior to that of Mother and child.
From personal experience, the Founder states that the pangs of separation and ecstasy of joy are many times much greater.
There are four principal parts of Mother's physical person and four kinds of devotees. The face, the breasts, the lap and the Lotus Feet. Sweet smiles of Mother are for the newly initiated devotees desirous of controlling their desires. They look into Her face, forget their misery and get wonderfully encouraged to push on forward on their path of spiritual progress. They know only face and meditate thereon. Next, Mother gives the suckling of Her breasts full of knowledge, devotion and Love-nectar to the advanced devotees who have mastered their desires especially the sexual desire. Further, Mother offers Her lap to the volunteering devotees who share Her work and worries in Her great work of conducting the universe and protecting righteousness, and finally, Mother offers Her Lotus Feet, which are invisible and unattainable for all others, to only fully self-dedicated devotees of the best and most supreme devotion.
This is a meditation and interpretation in just the reverse order of the usual meditation method. Mother's meditation is not from toe to top but from top to toe and the highest devotee is he who proceeding from up, from the meditation of the most charming merciful face finally merges in the devotional meditation of Mother's Lotus Feet.
(34) Stanabhaaradalanmadhya pattabandhavalitrayaa
स्तनभारदलनमध्यपट्टबन्धवलित्रया - Her golden belts supports Her waist which bends under the burden of Her breasts and makes visible the three separate folds of the side ribs below the bosom. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 36
(35) Arunaaruna kausumbhavastra bhaasvat katitati
अरूणारूणकौसुम्भवस्त्रभास्वतकटीतटी Her waist is bright with a rosy-tinted garment.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 37
(36) Ratnakinkinikaaramyarashanaadaama bhushitaa
रत्नकिंकिणिकारम्यरशनादामभूषिता -Decked in a belt beautified with jewelled bells.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र,नाम क्रमांक 38
GROUP A - (4)
Waist to Lotus Feet(37) Kaamesha jnaata saubhaagya maardavoru dvayaanvitaa कामेशज्ञातसौभाग्यमार्दवोरूद्वयान्विता - The blessingfulness and smoothness of Her thighs are only to the devotees who know what is the highest fortune, viz., to be sharers with Her in the responsibility of managing the universe.ललितासहस्रनामस्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 39
The idea is that an infant is suckled, but when the child grows up and becomes a boy, Mother makes him sit in the lap, and while patting his head and playing Her fingers in his curls , tells him by sweetest words of advice about what should and should not be done, how facts are, how different conditions should be faced and initiates him very gradually and imperceptibly in to the act of sharing with her, her responsibilities . So also of the Mother.
(38) Maanikyamukutaakaara jaanudvayaviraajitaa
माणिक्यमुकुटाकारजानुद्वयविराजिता - Her knees shine like jewelled disks. These are like the pair of the frontal globes of the divine elephant.ललिता सहसनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 40
(39) Indragopa parikshipta smaratunaabhajanghikaa
इन्द्रगोपपरिक्षिप्तस्मरतूणाभजंघिका - Her calves are like the sapphire-studded quivers of the God of love. ललिता सहस्र स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 41
Those that meditate upon her with themselves as shampooing Her calves, soon become Her Love-stricken slaves. By this sort of meditation, shampooing the calves, which represent five arrows of Mother previously referred to, the devotees get mastery over the powers of agitation, attraction, liquefication, and subjugation.
(40) Gudhagulphaa गूढगुल्फा - With rounded ankles. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 42
Those are strong and round to hold the anklets, which by their tinkling sound and the dazzling light of the gems therein madden the ears and eyes of Her devotees.
The Founder's most favourite part for meditation of Mother is an anklet. For devotional readers, the devotional flight is suggested here.
(41) Kurmaprishtha jayishnuprapadaanvitaa
कूर्मपृष्ठजयिष्णुप्रपदान्विता - Possessed with the convex side of her feet arched like the back of the tortoise.
ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 43
(42) Nakhadidhiti sanchhannanamajjanatamogunaa
नखदीधितिसंछन्ननमज्जनतमोगुणा The bright rays from Her nails dispel the darkness of Her worshippers.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 44
As regard Mother’s Lotus Feet and Lotus Hands, there have been most sublime thoughts and emotions. Her one hand is described by Her best devotees (Naarada being one), as “ever uplifted, raised hand.”
Mother has always Her hand raised. Because, She is a great giver Herself, and Her hand must therefore necessarily be above that of the one who receives. She is never the receiver, i.e., She will never be failing to be the highest donor in return of love and in fulfilment of devotees’ desires.
Regarding Her Lotus Feet, the best devotees have in full devotion love and sportivity said: “Mother’s Lotus feet erred by their own shadow.” The interpretation of this most mysterious sentence, as explained to me, by Merciful Mother is this. As soon as devotee prostrates to Her, Mother is such an ocean in Her every atom that the bright ray from one of the nails of her Lotus Feet rushes into the heart of the devotee and transmutes all darkness and blackness in the heart to be light and whiteness, and every ray even after having done its work as a result of the climax of compassion to the devotees does not return, lest, after departure, the darkness and blackness should return and trouble the devotee and again make him miserable.
If this is the mercifulness of a single ray out of the most significant body portion as a nail, who could imagine the quality and intensity and concentratedness of the mercifulness her heart?
Think of me anyway! I am blessed, although the wicked child, most graciously and mercifully blessed. These tears on getting this thought in torrent have washed out all my blackness and darkness. To-morrow I may be again full of blackness, but at this moment I am not. Mother be blessed. Mother bless all.
To continue, the Lotus Feet of Mother on seeing that the ray emanating from itself rush to the devotee’s heart and do not return, get a bit annoyed on not finding any of the rays returning and the Feet speak to themselves ‘Should these rays not have the discretion of apportioning out their beneficial blessing to the deservedness and worth of such devotee? Should they not return?
But while these Lotus Feet thus try to think and judge on the lines of requirements of strict justice, they see that millions of Devas and Asuras have been prostrating to them. On seeing their own shadow in the various-coloured jeweled crowns during the humblest prostration by the greatest of souls, their true nature of immeasurable compassion soon gets uppermost and these Lotus Feet all along go on committing the greatest error (?) Of liberating any soul whatsoever, without any consideration whatsoever of worth, deservedness or any other qualification.
Further, these Merciful Mother’s Lotus Feet, on finding that rays emanating from them do not return, and again finding their shadow in the crowns of Devas and Asuras, abruptly begin to think “To whom do we belong? Which is our place? Is it the Mother’s person or the crown of the greatest Devas and Asuras? Or is it the heart of the humble devotees ?” “Do we belong to Mother? Devas or Asuras?” And they err(?), err most amiss(?), because out of their most compassionate nature very wrongly (?) they conclude that “Their real place of residence is in the heart of humblest devotees and they belong to the devotees.” Thus they err (?).
It need not be stated, to understand the above idea that the word “err” has been sarcastically used out of love for Mother.
Who shall describe the greatness of Mother’s Lotus Feet? It is no poetry, no poetic extravagance or exaggeration. Maai method of meditation is, to begin with, the meditation on Mother’s face. That is just for world worm full of pride, wrath, greed, lust and desires, with only the face of a devotee, and with the face-value of the devotee. By the time you reach the meditation of Mother’s breasts, you must have been a mere suckling babe. By the time you reach the lap, you must have the mind full of desire to relieve the sufferings of mankind. By the time you reach the meditation of the Lotus Feet, you must be prepared to lose anything and everything for the Mother and to lose yourself, prepared to merge in Her Lotus Feet.
No mysticism, no complexity, no external dependence, no scriptural requirement, no knowledge burden. Pure, simple and unadulterated thinking and feeling the most sublime thoughts and emotions are enough to make one merge in divine ecstasy by the time one reaches the Lotus Feet.
Practise it. Find it. Preach it. The Simplified and Purified meditation of Mother’s Lotus Feet.
No other meditation is possible for an average Kali-creature of the Iron age.
Practise feeling, when you prostrate before Mother, that the most merciful rays from Her Lotus Feet are running to you, are washing out all blackness in your heart and returning to the Mother with a portion of your consciousness which they drown ion the Mother’s Lotus Feet. Prostrating twice as above, practice feeling that after the third round, the blackness of your heart has disappeared.
(43)Padadvaya prabhaajaala paraakrita saroruhaa
पदद्वयप्रभाजालपराकृतसरोरूहा - Her feet by their beauty put the Lotus to shame.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 45
(44) Shinjaana mani manjira mandita shree padaambujaa सिंजानमणिमंजीरमण्डितश्रीपदाम्बुजा - Her Lotus Feet are adorned with jewelled anklets that tinkle.
She wears Anklets mainly for two reasons. Firstly, She, being very sportive, so often likes to dance to the tune of her devotees, and secondly because She is anxious to relieve the anxiety of Her devotees in distress by giving them news of Her arrival from long distance when She is running down to help Her devotees. Her ankles are purposely strong as they prevent these anklets slipping off during speedy flights.
Jay Maai, Mother Bless All.