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Mantras of Ma

The 'Mother' is the manifestation of the Absolute Energy that pervades the Universe.

As 'Durga' sitting on a Lion, Mother is a Manifestation of 'Shakti' or the Primordial Energy. The Power to breathe, walk, digest etc, comes from Ma Durga.

As Laxmi She is abundance. Not only material, but of Air, Land, Space etc.

The fact that one has understood what one has read so far is due to the Grace of Ma Saraswati' She is the 'OM', from where all sound emanates.

'Ma'  is the 'Garbha' (Womb) from where the Universe manifests. The word 'Garba' stems from 'Garbha' and symbolises the 'Dance of Creation' Mother holds us in her arms when we feel dejected, gives us various gifts from time to time, but admonishes us when we cross our line.

There are various Mantras which are recited to revere the 'Mother' or 'Ma' as every devout Hindu calls Her.

Below I present some:

1) Asato Ma sadgamaya
    Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya
    Mrityur Ma Amritam gamaya

Which means:
  Oh Mother!
  From untruth, lead me to the Truth,
  From Darkness, Lead me towards the Light,
  From Death, Lead me to Life Eternal.

2) Sharanaagata dinaarta
    Paritraana paraayane
    Sarvasyaarti harey Devi
    Naraayani namostute

Which means:
  Salutations be to you, O Mother
  You who are intent on saving the downtrodden
  and distressed that come under your refuge.
  Oh Devi! you remove the suffering of everyone

The following Mantra of Ma, is one of my favourites as it can be said anytime of the day, and anytime during your life, to pray for benediction for yourself and all your loved ones.

3) Om Sarva mangala Maangalye
    Shivey Sarvaartha Saadhikey
    Sharanye Trayambikey Gauri
    Naraayani Namostutey

Which means:
Oh Gauri Ma!, consort of Lord Shiva,
You, who bestow auspiciousness on all,
And fulfill everyone's' wishes,
I prostrate myself before Thee,
Take me under your care.

The following Mantras describe the various qualities of Ma:
I have picked up 3 and I generally like to say them during Navratra as they are rather simple to remember and recite:

4) Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu
    Shakti Rupena Sanshtita
    Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai
    Namo Namaha

Which means:
Prostrations unto Thee, O Devi (Ma)
who dwells in all beings in the form of Shakti (Energy)

5)Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu
    Budhi Rupena Sansthita
    Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastsyai
    Namo Namaha

Which means:
Prostrations unto Thee O Devi (Ma)
who resides in all beings as Intelligence (Wisdom)

6)Ya Devi Sarva bhuteshu
    Laxmi Rupena Sansthita
    Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai
    Namo Namaha

Which means:
Prostrations unto Thee O Devi (Ma)
who resides in all beings in the form of Laxmi (abundance)


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