Devi Bhagavati or Vidya is known as an amalgam of Three Characteristics, viz. Satvika Sakti, reflected in Goddess Sarasvati; Rajasika Sakti as represented by Goddess Maha Lakshmi; and Tamasika Sakti known as Maha Kali. Also, the Maha Sakti is represented by the Trinity viz. Lords Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Siva the Destroyer (Srishti, Stithi and Laya Karakas). In the Introductory Recitation of Devi Bhagavatam, Sage Suta quoted Narada Maharshi as having confirmed by Lord Vishnu Himself to Lord Brahma that His own Premordial Energy of Universal Existence is the result of Her empowerment to Maha Vishnu to execute Her commands! Maha Vishnu reiterated that He is subservient to Devi Bhagavati and is always in Her Tapasya or meditation, but at the same time, enjoys freedom to possess the company of Goddess Lakshmi, to incarnate Himself in various forms and features some times as Dasavataras as Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Man-Lion, Dwarf, Rama, Parasurama, Krishna, Buddha or Kalki; some times as Mohini to distribute ‘Amrit’ or Nectar and so on. But His actions are always remote-controlled and are oriented to protect the Virtuous and punish the Wicked. Thus Maha Vishnu is indeed the Highest Representative of Maha Devi with full freedom to act on His own, within the framework of Her Supreme Control.
Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
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