When we mentally offer every task that is accomplished at the feet of Devi, it frees us from the feeling of doer-ship which feeds the ego. It also makes another wonderful thing happen. When we offer our work at her feet, Devi transforms it completely. If it is imperfect, Devi makes it perfect. If our work is already good, it becomes excellence personified. If what we have done is poorna, Devi makes it sampoorna. While our work is uni-dimensional, her work is multi-dimensional. To understand this conceptually, we can say that if we offer a circle at Her feet, devi instantaneously transforms it into a sphere. Most of us have experienced the fact that however well we do something, there is always someone who can do it better. But when we keep offering every task at Devi’s Feet by saying - “Devi Charanarpanamastu,” She will take us right to the top and create a world record through us. Often, we ourselves are awe struck at what has been accomplished and realise that it is not we who have done it. It is Devi’s chaitanya which has achieved such supreme levels of excellence. When we become experientially aware of this fact, we stop feeding Mahishasura with the feeling of doer-ship and he begins to lose his sway over us.Devi uses several weapons to vanquish the demons in us. Her khadga or sword denotes our will power and determination which are required to remove any undesirable trait. Sometimes in spite of being determined, we continue to succumb to temptations. Then Devi uses Her trishula or trident. The three prongs of Her trident symbolise our powers of will, comprehension and action. When we understand the great harm that a particular tendency is causing us and others, it increases our awareness and activates all three powers. This motivates us to drop the negative tendency and transform ourselves. The damaru or small hand-drum that Devi carries has a profile like a horizontal ‘8’ which is the mathematical symbol for infinity. It represents the physical source of our speech - our vocal cords which are also shaped like a flat ‘8’. When Devi shakes her hand-drum it makes the thunderous sound of ‘Hoom, Hoom, Hoom…’ which terrifies the demons and drains them of all their strength and vitality.
‘Hoom’ acts like a powerful Bijamantra or seed syllable that uproots all the negativity in the mind. Here Devi is telling us - “If you use your power of speech to gossip, hurt others or aggrandise yourself, your chaitanya will be depleted and the demons will conquer and occupy your mind. When you consciously stop doing this and transform your vocal cords into my damaru by constantly chanting my seed syllables and mantras, all the demons who are tormenting you now will be driven out forever.” When we immerse ourselves in this way in the sadhana of constantly chanting Devi’s name, our life becomes beautiful and bountiful. Our existence is encompassed by the framework of Divinity. The gods themselves recognise us and flock to us. They crown us with the divine tiara called Shri which empowers us. Shri is an attribute of Goddess Mahalakshmi which adds auspiciousness to everything it is associated with. That is why we have the tradition of adding ‘Shri’ before a man’s name and ‘Shrimathi’ before a woman’s name in Sanathana Dharma.
The article has been taken from ‘The book of direct truths, subtle truths and the mystical truths of Devi Mahatmyam’ by Shri Shri Nimishananda