Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Devi Stotra "Sarva Mangala Mangalye"
This Stotra is to the Mahashakti, the great Divine Force that fosters and feeds the universe. She is the Great Teacher and Inspirer Maha Saraswati, the Great provider and sustainer - Mahalaxmi and the great Protector - Durga - she is the destroyer of evil forces within and without man.
God is mother. With motherly love, God educates feeds and protects His children from all harms. The Goddess of Victory (Durga), smiles on the heroic, those who make Lions of themselves, hardly, brave and adventurous warriors. That is the significance of the Lion or Tiger as the vehicle of Goddess Durga. If you secure the Grace of the Lord, you are reinforced with lionize strength.
The Supreme energies of loch, Kurita and Janna are embodied in the divine principles of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Kriya Shakti is the source of all wealth and prosperity. Our act of inhaling and exhaling is wealth, our words are wealth.
Saraswati resides in us as power of speech and power of knowledge.
Durga resides in us as will power and as energy. Without them no function of the body can take place. The energy that we have in our body is a form of Durga. We should not waste this energy through bad thoughts, bad words and bad deeds.
We have to pray: 'Oh Mother! You are residing in me in the form of energy. May you flow through me so that I can use it only for proper things".
The food you take is the very Lakshmi. We should not waste even a small particle. Even water should not be wasted. All the five elements are the form of Lakshmi.
SHARANYE TRIYAMBAKE GAURI
Thou art the all auspicious Shiva (Shakti aspect), the bountiful;
I prostrate myself at Thy feet.
O Triyambaks (Three eyed one), Gauri (the one with a fair complexion, Parvathi) Naraayani.</span><span>
Thou are the auspicious Shiva (Spouse of Shiva) the bountiful. I prostrate myself at the feet. O - Tryambaka (Spouse of Tryambaka - Shiva who has three eyes). Guari (the one with fair yellowish complexion, Parvati), Narayani (the sister of Lord Narayana). This prayer is to Mother Parvati.
Story (related to Stotra)
Goddess Parvati has motherly affection for her devotees. She is auspicious and blesses her devotees by removing their delusion and protecting them.Once a Brahmin boy named Narendranath was bathing in the river Yamuna. Suddenly there came a crocodile and caught hold of the boy. The boy began to call the Goddess Parvati. He cried in such a sympathetic tone, that the Goddess on Kailash Mountain was moved. She came rushing to the spot. She showered all Her strength, Knowledge and auspicious upon him in order to save the boy. The strength of her austerity was so great that it made the boy shine with effulgence, which the crocodile could not stand. The crocodile left Narendranath and disappeared in the water.
We are all like Narendranath caught by the crocodile of delusion, while trying to swim the waters of worldly ocean. If we pray to Goddess Parvati, who is Auspicious, Mercy and Bliss, then she bestows upon us such strength that helps us to escape the delusion and to get liberation.