DASA MAHAVIDYAS (TEN WISDOM GODDESSES)
The Ten Wisdom Forms of the Goddess The Goddess as Knowledge
Kali’s bija mantra or single seed syllable is “Krim.” which is the power of action (Kriya). Hrim is the Mantra of Divine beauty, the descent of grace, purification, and transformation. Hum is a mantra of wrath and warding off negativity. It also serves to enkindle the fire of spiritual knowledge and Self-inquiry Dakshina is Kali as the power of discernment, which is both right thought and right action. Kalika is another form of the name Kali. Svaha is the Mantra of consecration to the Divine, particularly as the inner or spiritual fire of awareness.
OM KRIM KRIM KRIM HRIM HRIM HUM HUM DAKSINE
KALIKE KRIM KRIM KRIM HRIM HRIM HUM HUM SVAHA
OM SHRIM HRIM KRIMI PARAMESWARAI KALIKA SHRIM HRIM KRIM SVAHA
Tara’s main Mantra, her bija or seed-syllable, is Om. Tara relates to the Divine Word, which is Om from which all other sounds and words have their origin. She is the rising current from the navel chakra to the head
Mother Tara is the saving knowledge. She is the Savioress. The term Tara means “a star,” as the root tri also means “to scatter” (the stars being scattered in the heavens). Mother Tara is the star of our aspiration, the muse who guides us along the creative path.
The five-syllable vidya of Tara, who ferries one across the ocean.
OM HRIM STRIM HUM PHAT or
OM TARI TU TARI TURI (SOHA OR SVAHA)
MOTHER DHUMAVATI DEVI
Dhumavati is whatever obstructs us in Life. What obstructs us in one area can release a new potential to grow in a different direction. She is good fortune that comes through us in the form of misfortune. She is the grandmother spirit, the great teacher who bestows the ultimate lessons of birth and death that come through hard experiences. Her Mantra is essentially the same as her seed-syllable Dhum repeated.
OM DHUM, DHUM DHUMAVATI SVAHA
MOTHER MAHA TRIPURASUNDARI
Dear One, Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds. At dissolution, She is the abode of all tattvas, still remaining Herself – Vamakeshvaratantra
The Earth Square or Bhupura; This mandala represents the enclosing walls or fence of the zonule of a practitioner. The Chakra Ruling the Three Worlds’. She has four arms, is the color of crystal, is adorned with pearls, and holds a book, a pot, and a beautiful lotus. Her Vidya is Am Am Sauh.
Sixteen Petals; ‘Fulfiller of Desire’. Her vidya is Aim Klim Sauh. She is described as ornamented with all gems, carrying a book and a rosary.
Eight Petals; ‘All Exciting Chakra’. The Sakthis in this mandala is called the Very Secret Yoginis. Her Vidya is Hrim Klim Sauh.
Fourteen Triangles; The Chakra Bestowing All Good Fortune’ Her Vidya is Haim Hklim Hsauh.
Outer 10 Triangles; this mandala is called ‘The Chakra Bestowing All Objects to the Sadhaka’. The Sakthis are called the Kula Kaulas.
Inner 10 Triangles; ‘The Chakra Protecting All’ Her Vidya is Hrim Klim Blem.
Eight Triangles; ‘The Chakra destroying all Disease’. Her Vidya mantra is Hrim Shrim Sauh. She is described as the Destroyer of Poison.
Central Triangle; ‘The Chakra Giving All Success’. Her Vidya being Hsraim Hsrklim Hsrsauh.
Bindu; this mandala is called ‘Purely Blissful’. The Yogini in this mandala is the Queen of Queens, Rajarajeshvari, the Very Red One, and her Transcendent Majesty Lalita Maheshvari Mahatripurasundari.
Her Vidya (Kamaraja Vidya) is ka e i la hrim ha sa ka ha la hrim sa ka la hrim, plus a secret 16th syllable. Her description is that given in Vamakeshvara Tantra.
There are many ways to explain this Mantra. Whole books have been written on it. Below is a short examination of its syllables Relative to the first of the three sections of the Mantra:
Ka is desire or the creator.
E is Maya or the power of illusion.
I is Vishnu or the Divine ruling power.
La is the power of bliss.
Relative to the second section:
Ha is space or breath-
Sa is time.
Ka again is creation.
Ha is breath or spirit renewed in energy.
La again is bliss.
Relative to the third section:
Sa is time as eternity or totality
Ka is origin and also the unknown.
La again is bliss.
Hrim repeated three times brings about a triple transformation of our nature.
Shrim added at the end is the crowning glory and realization
OM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM SAUH
“Tri” means three, “Pura” means a city, “Sundari” means beauty. The three cities are the three worlds, – the physical, astral and causal, or matter-energy and thought corresponding with the three states of consciousness; waking dream and deep sleep. Which are symbolized by fire, moon, and sun.
She is Divine love which is the central motivating force behind the universe and which is the original impulse within our own heart.
Bhuvaneshvari can be worshiped with the single syllable Hrim.
She is space, creating space within our own consciousness to give birth to the divine nature within us,
OM HRIM SHRIM HRIM AIM BHUVANESHVARI SVAHA
Mother Bairavi represents Divine anger and wrath which is directed toward the impurities within us and negative forces that may interfere with our spiritual growth. Supreme Goddess of speech
HSRAIM HSKLRIM HSSRAUH or
OM AIM KLIM SAUH TRIPURABAIRAVI SVAHA
HASAIM HASAKARIM HASAIM.
Chhinnamasta has an extended mantra of fifteen syllables. It is based on her name as Vajra Vairochani, the effulgent lightning bolt of direct perception. Its prime seed syllable is Hrim.
She causes us to cut off our own heads (ego sacrifice). She represents the joy of transcending the body, not the pain of losing it. She represents the free flow of energy through the Sushumna.
OM SRIM HRIM HRIM AIM VAJRA-VAIROCANIYAI HUM HUM PHAT SVAHA
OM SRIM HRIM KRIM AIM VAJRA-VAIROCANIYAI HUM HUM PHAT SVAHA
The prime Mantra for Bagalamukhi the seed-syllable Hlrim. The addition of the la-sound to the Mantra Hrim gives it the power to stop things. She represents the stunning radiance that comes forth from the Divine word and puts all human or egoistic word to rest. She gives the power of speech that leaves others silent and grasping for words. Indra Yoni, Heart chakra
OM HLRIM BAGALAMUKHI SARVADUSTANAM VACAM MUKHAM PADAM
STAMBHAYA JIHVAM KILAYA BUDDHIM VINAAYA HLRIM OM SVAHA!
Right lip of the Yoni
Matangi can be worshipped by the mantra Aim, which is the Mantra sacred to Sarasvati and is the seed-syllable of wisdom, learning, teaching and hence the very voice of the guru or inner guide. Matangi herself possesses a longer mantra of twenty syllables, which includes Aim.
Matangi is the Goddess of sound, the spoken word and of any outward articulation of our inner highest knowledge including all forms of art music, and dance. She relates to all levels of speech.
OM HRIM AIM SHRIM NAMO BHAGAVATI UCCHISTACANDALI SRI MATANGESVARI SARVAJANAVASANKARI SVAHA or
OM AIM HRIM AIM SHRIM SRI MATANGESVARI SVAHA
Left lip of the Yoni
Kamala’s seed-syllable (bija mantra) is the same as that of Lakshmi, Shrim. Shrim is the great Mantra of beauty, abundance, splendor, devotion, surrender, and refuge. Like Lakshmi, it grants all the goals of Life up to the highest liberation. Hence it is one of the most important, auspicious, and generally useful of all bija-mantras.
OM SHRIM SHRIM SHRIM KAMALAMIKA SVAHA
OM SHRIM HRIM, SHRIM AIM KAMALAMIKA SVAHA