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Rahasya Thrayam - 2

Rahasya Thrayam II - Vaikruthika Rahasyam
The Triad of Secrets II - The Secret of Causal Change
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

[Devi Mahatmyam also called as Chandi /Durga Sapthasathi, is possibly the greatest book of prayers addressed to the goddess. This prayer is an appendix of that great book. In Devi Mahatmya after the sage completely relates the story of the Goddess, the king wants to know, who and what is the Goddess. Seeing his great devotion the sage tells him this secret of secrets, in a series of three prayers. In the second of these prayers the sage tells about how Mahalakshmi, and the other two Goddesses as well as Husband wife of the holy trinity is to be worshipped.]

1. Trigunaa thamasi devi sathweeki yaa tridhodhitha,
Saa sarvaa, Chandika, Durga, Bhadra Bhagawatheeryathe.

That Goddess Mahalakshmi with three types of qualities,
That Mahakali with base quality
And Mahasaraswathi with Sathwika (good) qualities,
Have been told as three aspects of the Goddess,
And are also called by several names like Sarva, Chandika.
Durga, Bhadra and Bhagwathi*
*All these names are feminine without any relation to masculine aspect.

2. Yoganidhraa harerukthaa Mahakali thamogunaa,
Madhu Kaidabha nasartham yam thusthavaam ambujasana.

That Goddess prayed to by Lord Brahma,
For killing of the two asuras Madhu and Kaidaba,
Is the Goddess with base qualities called Mahakali.

3. Dasa vaktthra dasa bhujaa, dasa padaa anjana prabha,
Visaalaaya rajamana trimsa lochana Malaya.

That Goddess with ten faces, ten arms,
Ten legs and shining like black stone,
Shines with her very broad thirty eyes.

4. Sphura dasana damshtrabhaa, bheema roopapi bhoomipa,
Roopa soubhagya kanthinaam saa prathishta mahasriyaam

Hey king, Though she has a terrifying form with shining teeth and protruding teeth,
She is also the store house of pretty luster and great auspiciousness.

5. Gadga bana gadha soola sankha chakra bhoosundiabhyath,
Parigham karmugham seersham nischodyath udhiram dadhou.

6. Eshaa saa Vaishnavi maayaa Maha Kali durathyaya,
Aaradhithaa vaseekuryath poojakartthus characharam.

That Goddess who wears weapons such as sword, arrow,
Mace, conch, holy wheel, pistol, iron rod and bow,
Wears cut heads with blood flowing out of them,
And she who is the Vishnumaya, is the Mahakali who can never be attacked,
And the entire world will be under the control of those who worship her.

7. Sarva deva sareerebhyo yavirbhhothaa amithaprabhaa,
Trigunaa saa Mahalakshmi Sakshath Mahisha mardhini.

That goddess who came out of the bodies of all devas with great luster,
Is the real killer of Mahishasura and is the Mahalakshmi with all the three qualities

8. Swethanana neela bhujaa suswetha sthana mandala,
Raktha madhyaa rakthapaadaa neela jangora runmadhaa.

She has a clear face, blue arms, very white coloured breasts,
Red coloured middle part, red coloured feet, blue thighs and drunk with power.

9. Suchithra jaganaa chithra malyambara vibhooshanaa,
Chithranulepana kanthi roopa, sowbhagya shalini.

She has a pretty behind and wears various pretty necklaces and ornaments,
And is prettily made up and is lucky with great luster and great form.

10. Ashtadasa poojyaa saa sahasrabhujaa sathi,
Aayudhanyathra vakshyanthe dakshinaadhaara kramath.

Though she has thousands of arms, she was worshipped with eighteen arms,
And the weapons that she holds is listed from her lowermost right hand.

11. Akshamala cha Kamalam bano asi kulisam gadhaa,
Chakram trisoolam parasu sankho ganda cha pasaka.

12. Shakthi dandas charma chapam panapathram kamandalu,
Alankrutha bhujamebhirayudhai kamalasanaam,

13. Sarva deva mayam eesaam Mahalakshmim imam, nrupa,
Poojayeth sarva devanaam sa lokaanaam prabhur bhaveth.

Oh king, if that Mahalakshmi who is the form of all devas sits in a lotus pose
As lord of all, and holds in her arms, rosary, lotus flower, arrow,
Sword, Vajrayudha, mace, holy wheel, trident, axe, conch
Bell, rope, spear, Rod, shield, bow, drinking vessel and water pot
Is worshipped by any one, he would become lord of all the world and all devas.

14. Gouri deho samudbootha yaa sathwaika gunasraya,
Sakshad Saraswathi proktha shumbasura nibarhani.

She who was full of satwa nature, rose from the body of Gauri,
And killed Shumbasura and she was called Mahasaraswathi.

15. Dhadhou chashtabujhaa bana musale sooa chakrabooth,
Sankham gandaam langalam cha karmukam vasudhadipa.

Oh king, that Goddess was having eight hands and carried in them,
Arrow, pestle, trident, holy wheel, conch, bell, plough and bow.

16. Eshaa sampoojithaa bhakthyaa sarvagnathwam prayachathi,
Nishumbhamadhani devi Shumbhasura nibarhani.

She who killed Nishumbha as well as Shumbhasura,
If worshipped with devotion would give knowledge of everything.

17. Ithyukthani swaroopani moorthinaam thava parthiva,
Upasanam jaganmathu prathagasam nisamaya.

Oh king, thus I told you about the form of the three Goddesses,
And now please hear the mode of worship of the mother of universe,
And also the other goddesses separately.

18. Mahalakshmeeryadha poojyaa Mahakali Saraswathi,
Dakshinotharayo poojye prushtatho mithuna thrayam.

Whenever Mahalakshmi is worshipped, on her left and right,
We have to worship Mahakali and Saraswathi,
And on her back the three couples have to be kept.

19. Virinchi swaraya madhye Rudro Gaurya cha Dakshine,
Vame Lakshmyaa Hrishikesa puratho devathaa thrayam.

In the middle we have to keep Brahma and Saraswathi,
On the right Shiva and Parvathi and on the left Lakshmi and Vishnu.

20. Ashtadasa bhuja madhye vaame chasyaa dasanana,
Dakshine ashtabhuja, Lakshmir mahatheethi samarchayeth.

In the middle we have to worship the eighteen armed Mahalakshmi,
And on her left the ten faced Mahakali and on her right the eight armed Maha Saraswathi,
But the main worship is to Goddess Mahalakshmi.

21. Ashtadasa bhuja chaishaa yadhaa poojya naradhipa,
Dasanana, ashtabhuja dakshinotharayosthatha.

22. Kala mruthyu cha sampoojyou sarvarishta prasanthaye.
Yada Chasta bhuja poojyaa Shumbasura nibarhani

23. Navasyaa sakthyaa poojya sthadhaa Rudra vinayakou,
Namo devyaa ithi stotrair Mahalakshmi samarchayeth.

Hey, king When the eighteen armed one, the ten faced one,
And the eight armed one are being worshipped, then,
It is necessary to worship God of death and death,
On the left and right for fulfillment of our wishes.

When the eight armed one who killed Shumbasura is being worshipped,
Then her nine powers as well Rudra and Lord Ganapathi,
Also should be worshipped on the left and the right,
And Goddess Mahalakshmi should be worshipped,
With the prayer starting with "salutation to Goddess"

24. Avathara trayaarchaayaam stotra mantrasthadasraya,
Ashta dasa bhuja chaishaa poojyaa mahisha mardhini,

25. Mahalakshmir Mahakali saiva prokthaa Saraswathi,
Easwari punya paapaanaam sarva loka Maheswari.

When you are worshipping Mahalakshnmi and Mahakali,
The prayer and chants should be the one which are meant for them,
But it is greatly necessary to worship the eighteen armed,
Killer of Mahishasura for Mahalakshmi is also Mahakali and Saraswathi,
And is also the goddesses for sins as well as auspicious deeds,
And it is said that Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of entire universe.

26. Mahishanthakari yena poojitha sajagath Prabhu,
Poojayeth jagathaam dathrim Chandikam bhaktha vathsalam,

27. Argyadhi bhir alankarai gandha pushpai sthadakshathai,
Dhoopair dheepaisch naivedyai, nana bhakshya samanvithai.

He who worships the killer of Mahishasura would become lord of the universe,
If he worships Chandika, the mother of the universe and lover of her devotees,
With offer of water, decoration, sandal paste, flowers, rice,
Incense, lamps, food offering as well as various food items.

28. Rudhirakthena balinaa mamsena surayaa nrupaa,
Pranama achamaneeyena Chandanena Sugandhinaa,

29. Sakarpooraischa Thamboolair bhakthi bhava samanvidhou,
Vama Bage agratho devyaa chinnaseersham mahasuram.

30. Poojayen mahisham yena praptham sayujyam meesayaa,
Dakshine puratha simham samagam dharma meeswaram.

31. Vahanan poojaye devyaa drutham yena characharam,
Ya kuryath prayatho dheemman thasya ekagramanasa.

Oh king, That Mahalakshmi should be worshipped with devotion,
Salutation, Aachamana, sandal paste with good aroma,
As well as with camphor, betel leaf and nut.

On the left of the Goddess, we have to worship,
The headless Mahishasura who after the war with the Goddess,
Became one with her holy self.

That intelligent one who worships that Goddess,
With concentrated mind, should worship the lion.
The steed of the Goddess, who is on the front left of the Goddess,
For he has carried her who is the entire universe,
And is like a god who personifies all Dharma.

32. Thatha kruthanjalir bhoothwa sthuveetha charithair imai,
Ekena vaa madhyamena naikenatharayoriha

33. Charithardhanthu na japeth japam chidramavapnuyath,
Pradakshinam namasakaran kruthwamoordhni kruthanjali.

34. Kshamaapaye Jagad dhatrim muhur muhurathrindatha,
Pathi slokancha juhuyath Payasam, thils sarpishaa.

35. Juhuyath stotra manthrair vaa Chandikayai Shubham havi
Namo nama padair devim poojayeth susamahitha.

36. Prayatha pranjali prahwa pranmyorapya chathmani,
Suchiram bhavayad eesaam Chandikam thanmayo bhaveth.

After that along with hands clasped in salute, he has to pray,
Using the first section, middle section and the last section of Devi Mahatmyam,
Or at least pray using the middle section only and it is important to know,
That he should not pray using either first or last section only,
Or only half of any of the sections as it will lead to problems.

Then he should to perambulations and salute (namaskaram),
And holding his hands clasped over his head,
And with all the senses in complete control,
He should request the pardon of the Goddess who wears the universe.

Aiming at pleasing Goddess Chandika, along with every verse,
He has to offer either gingelly or ghee or kheer (Payasam) to the fire,
Or at least offer cooked rice (havis) cleaned by slokas and manthras.,

Then with a concentrated mind along with chanting "Namo Nama",
He has to worship the goddess and along with humility fold the hand in salute,
And salute the Chandika the lord of the entire universe,
And later meditating deeply on the form of Lord Rudra,
If he spends a lot of time, then he would become goddess personified.

37. Yevam ya poojayeth bhakthyaa prathyaham parameshwarim,
Buktha kaamaan yadha kaamam devi sayujyamapnuyath.

If any one does this type of worship to the greatest Goddess daily,
He would realized all his desires and reach the presence of Goddess.

38. Yo na poojayeth nithyam Chandikam bhaktha vathsalaam,
Basmi kruthyasyaa punyaani nirdaheth Parameswari.

He who does not daily worship Goddess Chandika who is partial,
To her devotees, would find that effect of all his good deeds,
Are burnt away by the Goddess completely.

39. Thasmad poojaya bhoopala sarva loka maheswarim,
Yadokthena vidhanena Chandikaam sukhamapsyasi.

So hey king, worship Goddess Chandika who is the chief,
Of all the worlds and all the pleasures would come to you.

Vaikruthika rahasyam samaptham
Thus ends the secret of causal change.

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