Very good to hear that you have matured in your spiritual path. The king, the merchant and the sage are archetypal characters that reside in all of us to differing degrees, characters with whom we can identify to varying degrees. As his name indicates, Samadhi, the merchant is single-minded or one-pointed in his pursuits. Being a merchant initially his focus is on wealth.
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Bhaskara Prakasha Ashram is really blessed to have conducted the global online Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam for the last 9 nine days of this Vasanta Navaratri culminating with Lalitha Sahasranamam and Trisati on the 10th day with the Sankalpam for Global healing and well-being. Seeing the outpour from people for the Viswa Svastya Chandi Parayanam on March 22nd, we decided to host this 10 day event in a very short time. With the blessings of our Gurumandala and Goddess Chandika Mahalakshmi, I am very happy to let you know that, we have chanted more than 2, Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam, completed more than 10 lakhs of Navakshari Japam and had people joining the Parayanam by listening to it entirely with complete devotion.
None of this would have been possible without the outpouring support and participation of devotees from across the globe. This Vasanta Navartri was truly a special event -- First time we have ever conducted Devi Mahatmyam parayanam for nine days completely online. Although we all are geographically separated, it felt as if we were together in front of Devi chanting in unison. In the end, all of us have experienced true surrender, true bhakthi, true belief and our immense love for the Divine Mother.
As we look back, who would have even imagined in their dreams, the degree change in our lives - life before Covid and after Covid. Social distancing, Janata curfew, Shelter in place have become routine aspects of our lives and will continue to be for some more time to come.
Just as Suratha and Vysya did penance and worshipped Chandika Mahalakshmi in the forests far away from hustle and bustle of life, all of us could do the Paarayanam as a tapasya in isolation with Swaatmaanubhuti.
Keeping my personal and family commitments aside, I just followed the direction of my Guru who always insisted on the importance of participating in a yegna performed for Loka Kalyanam. Until I reached the temple, I was unaware of the strict restrictions that all ritwicks needed to follow for those 15 days.
We had to stay within temple premises without any kind of communication with the outside world. We were not allowed to talk unless it was really required. Infact, we all felt sad on the final day and wished the Pujas and homams continued further. The same kind of feeling everyone got at the end of this Vasanta Navaratri Parayanams. I never imagined that after 32 years, during the same Vasanta Navaratri, Chandi Paarayanam, Japams and Srividya Navavarana Puja would be performed in Ekantha isolation during this period of lockdown in Bangalore.
I strongly believe that when we help others by forgetting our own problems and challenges, it will in turn ease ours. I pray to our Guru Parampara and Chandika Mahalakshmi to bless each one of you who have taken the time to join us in the Parayanam session leaving aside all challenges you may have had.
Everyone felt as though we have transcended the physical distance. This year, as many of you pointed out, everyone had the divine darshan of Maha Shodashi and Sri Yegnarathnam Dikshithar from Chennai Ashram visiting their houses and blessing us all on the ninth day!
To summarize, the 10 days of Vasanta Navaratri have brought us all spiritually closer and have made us all mentally stronger with the firm belief that Devi will take care of us. Your inputs will help us plan our future activities. We have provided texts with meanings in English and an Art material for children and interested adults to colour while they recite. Feel free to forward this link to all your family and friends and encourage them to join in this online event for Global welfare as we hope to get voices to sing in synchrony the Durga Saptasloki from their homes.
We will post the links to join closer to the event.
Devi Mahatmyam Devi Kavacham Lyrics in Tamil and English
Mackenzie Brown, is both a culmination of centuries of Indian ideas about the divine feminine, as well as a foundation for the literature and spirituality focussed on the feminine transcendence in centuries that followed. Thus, it can be concluded that the text was composed before the 7th century CE. The saguna forms of her, asserts the text, are Mahakali destroyer, Tamasic , Mahalakshmi sustainer, Rajasic and Mahasaraswati creator, Sattvic ,  which as a collective are called Tridevi. The nirguna concept Avyakrita, transcendent is also referred to as Maha-lakshmi. At the beginning of each episode a different presiding goddess is invoked, none of whom is mentioned in the text itself. The sage instructs by recounting three different epic battles between the Devi and various demonic adversaries the three tales being governed by the three Tridevi , respectively, Mahakali Chapter 1 , Mahalakshmi Chapters , and Mahasaraswati Chapters Most famous is the story of Mahishasura Mardini — Devi as "Slayer of the Buffalo Demon" — one of the most ubiquitous images in Hindu art and sculpture, and a tale known almost universally in India.
Devi Mahatmyam Reading Procedure