The highest expiation of all sins, whether committed knowingly or unknowingly, is brought about by the remembrance of the Lotus Feet of the Mother. In the Saubhaagya-ratnaakarसौभाग्यरत्नाकर and other works, in the chapter on expiation, the rules for repeating the Panchadashi पंचदशी mantra, according to the different nature of the sins ought to be expiated, are explained.
In the matter of expiation, the Mai-istic view is this:-
Never waste your energy on brooding over what is done. Be boldly prepared to suffer for the wrongs you have done. As soon as you refuse to resort to the remedy of expiation, you get extremely alert in daily routine (like people with little availability of doctors). Utilize the same energy, time, money and means that you spend over expiation, towards bettering yourself with a determined will. It is doubtful whether the expiation which is usually done through ceremonies and mortifications becomes finally efficacious. As the last issue, it is the mind that is required to be brought to quietude. It is the mind that has to be made strong enough, not to yield to temptations resulting in sins. If the mind can to be made reconciled, no expiation ceremony is needed. If the mind after the most expensive laborious and mortifying expiation returns to the same despondency and painful brooding, every sacrifice is wasted.
Don't worry and don't go on calculating your sins and merits. They are bound to be there, so long as there is living and imperfection. They only show where you stand. Forego the rewards of your merits and be prepared for punishments for your sins. Go ahead. Be busy with securing Grace on practising devotion, perfecting self-control, developing your outlook of the temporariness of painful and pleasant conditions and circumstances, being more practical and seeing the unreality of imaginary miseries and fears, gaining spiritual wisdom, and evolving your latent superior faculties and powers. Put your heart and soul, with all means available, to master the art of the safest and speediest running of your mechanism, rather than the art of bringing about most favourable compromises with people, whom you injure on creating repeated accidents.
(189) Mahaa-maayaa महामाया - Greater than the goddess of illusion.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 215
Maa मा means 'not' and yaa या means "which". Maayaa माया means, "not what appears or as appears." Maayaa mainly works through two processes, viz., Avaran अवरण(covering the Truth) and Viksep विक्षेप(perverting the truth). Like a mirage, She shows many aquatic scenes where there is no water, or shows unreal things as real, just as we see an additional unreal moon on pressing our eye corner. Sometimes She does not show the real thing, just as when well is covered with grass. Wine, women, wager(gambling), wealth(ill-gotten) are the best servants and residences of Maayaa. Half truth, hypocrisy, temptation etc. are the means. Maayaa is the name given to that working agency, which blinds fold worldly people and makes them pursue their mad pursuits so wildly as to be lost in their own false dreams. And there are some human errors which are so universal, that spiritual man very funnily says, that Maayaa has left none without subjecting them to Herself, be it even temporarily. Funny human nature arising out of ignorance of truths or inexperience of facts or infatuation is said to be the working of Maayaa. Many devotees in Hindu Mythology, who got proud have been described, as most ridiculously humiliated through Maayaa and made wiser, by Mother.
Maayaa ( not Mother ) causes even deities to be baffled, " That divine Shakti Maayaa forcibly draws away the minds of even sages and leads (them)into confusion." "She, who always makes him who is possessed of knowledge ( of his real nature )to b devoid of knowledge and throws him into confusion, egotism, doubt; She who subsequently compels him again and again, to undergo the stages of anger, distress, greediness, infatuation etc. She who leads him into sensual and sexual desires and makes him burn with anxiety day and night, producing sometimes pleasure and sometimes pain, is called Maayaa (the great universal Illusion-Maker).
Maayaa is the personified form of Illusion-creating energy and Mahaamaayaa may be taken to mean the vanquisher of Maayaa, or She that deludes the deluding Maayaa to save Her devotees, or She to whom Maayaa is subordinated. As a rule, Maayaa while continually deluding the universe, entwines one and all. Looked at from an abstract view, this means that unless a protective force is there, the natural motion is downward. A man drowns and a stone falls below unless there is a contrary strenuous force. This Maayaa entangles all except Mother's devotees. Ishvar (The Creator of the Universe), himself is said to the subject to Maayaa. What then to speak of others?
Maayaa deludes the whole universe and Mahaamaayaa deludes Maayaa, because in cases of those with whom She is pleased, She, surpassing the imaginations of Maayaa, brings about the most wonderful achievement. This achievement is, that Her devotees turn from falsity to truthfulness, from godlessness to godliness, from personal to universal outlook, and so on. Judging most subtly, Mahaamaayaa is also a Maayaa, as She makes you mad-blind, infatuated and addicted (to Shree Maayaa or Maai, i.e., the Great Mother, although not to one's self and not to the little worldly things. Maayaa also means affection and my-ness. The word Maayaa also means pride and compassion; we can, therefore, take Mahaamaayaa to mean"highly compassionate and remover of pride."
(190) Mahaashaktih महाशक्तिः - The great energy. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 217
She is the energy of the whole universe. Shakti means Power, strength, strife, weapon. She is the Higher Energy above the main three energies of Desire, Knowledge and Action.
(191) Mahaa-ratih महारतिः - The great delight. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 218
Devotees find more delight and pleasure in Her than in worldly things and pleasures.
(192) Mahaa-bhogaa महाभोगा- The great enjoyment. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 219
Rati is the ruling emotion during enjoyment and Bhogaa is bringing about of the fructification of the emotion in suitable conditions. The bringing about of the circumstances required for enjoyment, the capacity for enjoyment and the enjoyment itself, is the making of Mother.
In a word, the enjoyer, the enjoyed and the enjoyment, is She, the Finalmost Mother.
(193) Mahaa-balaa महाबला -The great might. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 222
Bala means physical strength, Virya, physical and mental capacity as a result of the protection of semen and celibacy. Aishvarya means strength of Bala and Virya, and also the strength of thousands of others dependent for their life on Her sweet will.
(194) Mahaa-viryaa महावीर्या - The great strength.ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 221
Virya means semen and glory.
(195) Mahaish-varyaa महेश्वर्या - The great ruler. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 220
(196) Mahaa-buddhih महाबुध्दीः - The great intelligence. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 223
When the intelligence is directed towards Her, nothing remains to be known. "On knowing which, the whole universe is known."Or, from whom, one obtains highest (Mahat) intelligence.
(197) Mahaa-siddhih महासिध्दीः - The great attainment. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 224
The Siddhis are well-known superhuman powers, viz., Animaa, Laghimaa, etc., obtained from Yoga. Mai-ists have, however, a different set of Siddhis to aspire to. These Siddhis are explained thus. The first Siddhi is the manifestation of taste; i.e., being able to have the satisfaction of having tasted different joys without objects to be tasted and without the enjoying conditions being there in existing reality; the second the is overcoming the pair of opposites; the third is being above the notion of both superiority and inferiority (implying the difference of degree), the fourth is indifference towards the conditions of pleasure, pain and life,the fifth is being without sorrow; the sixth is steadfastness in penance and contemplation of Mother; the seventh is the power of unrestrained exertions for uplift and happiness of humanity, and the eighth is the power of uniform equilibrium of head and heart.
No. 1 is also to be taken to mean the power to turn any conditions or circumstances to tastefulness and cheerfulness.No.5 is also similarly taken to mean the capacity to create inexhaustible cheerfulness, lustre and strength.
No.7 also similarly means exhautionlessness and sleeplessness and No. 8 also means continued equilibrated
absorption in the meditation of Mother.
(198) Mahaa-yogesh-varesh-vari महायोगेश्वरेश्वरी - The ruler of the great rulers, of Yogis. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 225
To the doubt, as which of the two classes of Siddhis above referred to is higher, this is a reply. The last narrated Siddhis are Siddhis of a higher order, being those of Yogeshvareshvari and not of merely a Yogi.
(199) Mahaa-yaaga-kramaa-radhyaa महायागक्रमाराध्या Worshiped by the method of Mahaayaaga, i.e., great sacrifice. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 230
Worshipped by the method of Mahaayaaga, i.e., great sacrifice.
(200) Mahaa-tripura-sundari महात्रिपुरसुंदरी - The great Tripura-sundari. ललिता सहस्रनाम स्तोत्र, नाम क्रमांक 234
The great ordainer of the three conditions of creation, preservation and dissolution. The implied meaning is "She that will again create, preserve and dissolve." Mahaa is used to convey the idea of "again and again," about creating universes after universes.
Jaya Maai, Mother Bless All.