King Janamejaya asked about the significance of ‘Maha Devi Bhagavati Yajna’ from Veda Vyas, since he felt confused as to who should be targetted to put one’s whole hearted devotion, as multi-dimensional attention to Gods might get diffused even to StarYogis, let alone normal human beings, especially because concentration in human mind is highly erratic and fluid against the powerful pull of material distractions. The normal belief had been that one could anchor on either Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver or Mahadeva the Destroyer, each representing the Rajas, or Satvik, or Tamas Gunas respectively, but to say that an amalgam of all the Gunas as Devi Bhagavati was perhaps an oversimplification! Even Sun God whose visibility was a clear phenomenon, is directly perceptible before one’s own vision. Veda Vyasa replied that this question was no doubt revelant but was replied in the past by the Trinity themselves. At the stage when Maha Vishnu killed Madhu Kaitabha by expanding His thigh space, the Trinity had clearly comprehended that Devi Parasakti who had no form nor dimension and was the endless and unique energy. There were heavenly directions to the Trinity at the time of Universal Destruction to perform ‘Tapasya’ or meditate, to Create, to promote and destroy Illusion. As the Trinity themselves got no leads to create what and how, to promote which, and where, that was the Illusion or Maya! The Trinity wondered that as there was no earth but a huge Ocean, no five elements of Nature (Earth, Light, Air, Sky and water), no five ‘Tanmatras’ or the causative rudiments, (viz.’Sabda’ or Sound, ‘Sparsa’ or Touch, ‘Rupa’ or Sight, ‘Gandha’or Smell and ‘Rasa’ or Taste), no sensual organs, and no Gunas or Saguna, Durguna or Nirguna – Goodness, Evil, or Equanimity. How could the process of Creation be initiated! In reply, a ‘Vimana’ or an Airfloat was sent to carry the Trinity towards the Sky and landed at a place where was no water but ground. The Place looked like a beautiful City with well laid buildings, gardens, water fountains, trees with ripe fruits and splashes of flowers with divine fragrances, conditioned air and lighting-apparently the gate way to Heaven. The aeroplane was lifted up again and flew low to let the Trinity watch the Nandana Garden, Surabhi the Cow, Parijata the Celestial Tree, the Iravata the Divine Elephant, a bevy of Beautiful Apsaras at dance, Gandharvas on singing, and finally the High Throne with glittering gold and jewellery with Indra and Sachi, encircled by Planetary Heads like Varuna, Agni, Surya, Moon and a host of Devatas and their Devis. Further on the Trinity witnessed the Brahma Loka, the Vaikuntha and Kailasa and discovered original Trinity with their wives and accompaniments. Finally, the aeroplane reached ‘Sudha Sagar’ (The Ocean of Nectar) and in its midst they found the ‘Mani Dvipa’ or the Island of Gems in which a Cot with the four legs represented by Brahma, Vishnu, Mahaswara and all other Demi-Gods was sighted. The Trinity then had the Super Vision of extraordinary radiance, twinkling flashings of a physical manifestation of MAHA DEVI BHAGAVATI! The top portion of the Cot represented Sada Siva in the form of a colourful rainbow with a red carpet bejewelled and spread over. She sat gracefully smiling wearing a red garment, a garland with red flowers and red sandal paste on her forehead with black eyes and red lips, four hands wearing a noose, a lotus, a goad and an ‘Akshaya Patra’ (an eternally filled vessel) as though She was about to give away boons. Even the birds around were chanting mystic incantations of ‘Moola Mantras’ like ‘Hrim’. [Examples of Moola Mantras (Seed Mantras) are: Om Aim Hreem Srim; Om Ka-A- E- La Hrim, Ha-Sa-Ka-Hala-Hreem, Sakala Hreem; Om Aim Kleem Sauh Sauh Kleem Aim; Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaya Vicchey; Aam Heem Krom Aim Kleem Sauch; Etc]. Her ear-rings were of the shape of ‘Sri Chakra’. She was surrounded by Devis like ‘Hrillekha’ and others like ‘Anga Kusuma’. She was seated in a ‘Satkona’ (seven angled) Yantra format. Lord Vishnu of the Trinity recognised Her as He saw her in the same physical manifestation when He was a toe-sucking boy on a banana leaf floating on a massive water surface and blessed Him to create Brahma and Maheswara and advised that the process of Creation be taken up as soon as possible. Lord Vishnu said that the Trinity was fortunate with their vision of Maha Devi and the ‘Tapasya’ (meditation) that was performed by them all through the duration of Yugas had succeeded. As He stated like that, Lords Brahma and Eswara were choked with emotion and endless joy and prostrated before the Unparallelled Vision with humility and gratitude. As soon as the Trinity entered the Entry Point of the Sanctum Sanctorium where Devi Bhagavathi was seated smilingly, the three-some of Brahma, Vishnu and Eswara were converted into stunning feminine forms. Another astonishing miracle was that the entire Universe was witnessed on her toe nails including the Trinity and their Abodes, the Pancha Boothas, Indra, all other Devas, Gandharvas, Apsarasas, the humanity, Oceans, Mountains, Sages like Veda Vyas, the Galaxy, view of Sisumara, Asvinis and so on.
Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Kamakoti.org presents the Essence of Puranas in English, condensed by Sri. V.D.N.Rao, devotee of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Compiled, Composed and Interpreted by V.D.N.Rao, Former General Manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India The author can be contacted at [email protected]