When we are empowered by the bija mantra or seed syllable called Shri, our life begins to glow with the colours of a soft, beautiful dawn which spreads to the lives of others. This golden, lustrous radiance is called Gouri. We adore Goddess Mahalakshmi today as Gouri. Her grace is priceless and invaluable. It gives our skin a resplendent glow which can never be diminished or tarnished. It makes all the Gods and Goddesses follow us and people simply flock to us. When Gouri comes to us we automatically get name, fame and recognition. Grace flows through us to transform millions of lives.
Today, let us pray to Devi and ask Her - “Mother, come and occupy my heart. Vanquish all the evil qualities in me and give me the comprehension to understand you. Slay my ego and fill me as Shri and Gouri so that I may carry your light to millions of souls. Bless me, Mother, bless me.”
When we immerse ourselves in the constant chanting of Devi’s name, the Gods themselves crown us with the Shakti or auspicious energy called Shri and the golden radiance of Devi called ‘Gouri’ envelopes us. When these two divine energies are added on like a prefix and suffix to our names, we begin to feel the presence of Lalitha within us.
Who is Devi Lalitha and how do we adore her? She is the ‘Ever Playful One’. Creation is her divine recreation… Her eternal sport in the realm of consciousness creates and dissolves millions of universes - they emerge from her when she wills and dissolve into her when she wishes. She is in every organism, she is in every atom and she is also present in us. Describing this, the scriptures say Lalaatithi Sthithe Lalitha or ‘The one who is seated in the lalaat at the convergence of the two eyebrows is Lalitha’. She constantly resides in the Ajna Chakra, the vortice of energy between our brows. This is her supreme abode, her throne. It is from her presence here that this body of flesh and bones gets its value.
Many of us are unaware that our body is a temple which enshrines all forms of Divinity. Our chest with the inverted heart lotus is Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu; our navel is Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva; our fontanel on the crown of the head is Satya Loka, the abode of Lord Brahma; and the energy centre between our brows is Manidweepa - the abode of the divine mother herself. The saints and sages gave us many techniques to activate and energise these important energy centres which constantly connect us to Divinity. All these techniques put together were handed down to us as the spiritual culture and tradition of sanathana dharma. Most of these techniques are simple, easy to follow and extremely effective. For instance, women have the custom of chanting the names of Devi while worshipping her with kumkum or vermillion powder. This consecrated kumkum is then applied to the spot between their brows. This kumkum is also called Rakshe which means ‘eternal divine protection’.
When we adorn our lalaat or the abode of Devi Lalitha with kumkum everyday, it protects us and our entire family as well. When all the members of our family apply kumkum everyday, the divine grace which envelopes all of us removes hurdles in our paths to make our lives smooth, joyous and successful. This simple tradition connects us to divinity, and if we are sadhaks, it enables our sadhana to go on effortlessly within us all the time.
The article has been taken from ‘The Book of Direct Truths, Subtle Truths and the Mystical Truths of Devi Mahatmyam’ by Shri Shri Nimishananda