You are consciousness, ether, air, fire, water, and earth,
You are the universe, O Mother,
But in order to perform your play as the universe,
You take form as the wife of Shive
And appear before us as exquisite happiness.
Shaknkaracharya “Ananda Lahari” (Wave of Bliss)
The Goddess Lalita, “She Who Plays”, is dancing into our lives and bestowing Her love, bliss, and divinely inspired play to us. This Goddess is the power of attraction in the Universe. It is She who whispers through us in moments of Bliss, when we offer ourselves up to the divine play and beauty of the world around us. She is kundalini as it spikes through the body and overtakes the crown chakra – union, bliss, rapture.
She is sometimes called Lalita Tripura Sundari (“the charming beauty of the three worlds”), The Red Flower. Merciful Mother of Enlightenment. Shodashi (“vermilion-hued). Rajarajeshvari (Queen of Queens – Ruler who Rules Rulers). Sumangali (auspicious wife). The Desirable One. She who Enchants. She whose Form is the Desire of Women.
Lalita is the embodiment of desire, both sexual and spiritual. Kama – Desire – is considered to be the first seed of life in the Indian view of creation.
“Lalita personifies desire in all its forms – starting with the cosmic desire that impels the formless unborn to explode into forms…The same force that draws atoms together into molecules also manifests as the attractive scent that flowers send forth to attract bees, and as the inner heat and moistness of human sexuality. As a spiritual principle, Lalita’s Shakti channels mundane desires into active spiritual aspiration.
So, when we meditate on Lalita Tripura Sundari, we can access two of the most alluring aspects of the Goddess: Her creative, life-enhancing generative energy, and Her power of spiritual bliss, the inner pull by which She draws the outgoing mind into the spiritual heart.” Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
In images, Lalita is pictured on a vibrant lotus, and it is supported by the reclining figure, Sadashiva (Shiva’s form as Her consort – Lord of Desire). Interestingly, each of the 4 legs of Her lotus bed are four male Gods: Brahma (creator), Vishnu (sustainer), Rudra (destroyer), and Shiva as destroyer and Lord of Yoga (union). This depiction reinforces Her as Rajarajeshvari – the Ruler who Rules Rulers. It is also a subtle reinforcement that even the most powerful can be commanded by desire.
Lalita is considered to be a higher octave of the Goddess Parvati and also contains the power of Kali and the grace of Durga.
According to Shankara, Lalita is the one “who dwells in a forest of bliss, whose ornaments glisten with gold, who wears a great pearl necklace, whose mouth rolls with wine, who is the giver of great compassion, who has wide eyes, and wanders free …”.
Lalita “wanders free” in the sense of Her complete sovereignty. She rules the rulers, She is Para Shakti who can form and dissolve the universe, She dwells in the upper realms and also transcends all realms by uniting the erotic with the holy.
Lalita is the modern example of a powerful, sexy woman. She embraces Her power and has the grace and restraint to know how to apply it. Her confidence and deep-seated earthiness is attractive to men and women. Her connections to the upper realms show us that desire is universal and can be channeled into immense creative powers.
Observing the tools/implements that Shakti Goddesses wield gives us insight to their Goddess Super Powers.
Lalita is four-armed and in Her hands She holds:
a noose – the noose represents the force of attractive love, the drawing together. The shadow side of the noose can cause endless, earthly cravings (sexual and others) OR it may inspire us to merge with Goddess at the highest levels.
a goad – “the goad represents the suffering caused by anger and craving”, but may be used to awaken us to higher realities.
a sugar-cane bow – Her bow can incite you to spiritual bliss or again, drive you to earthly cravings.
five arrows made of flowers – the arrows represent the five senses, inner and outer.
MEDITATING WITH LALITA DEVI
The Sri Yantra (depicted on many of Her statues and images) is a diagram formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from a bindu (seed, focus, central) point. The Sri Yantra represents Lalita in Her form of Tripura Sundari, “the beauty of the three worlds (earth,atmosphere and sky(heaven)”.
Use the Sri Yantra for meditation, to focus on while chanting, or to invite the Divine Feminine into your space. (Sri Yantra in 3D form pictured above)
MANTRA AND CHANTS FOR LALITA DEVI
Lalita’s bija mantra, Her seed mantra, is HRIM (hreem).You can chant this for meditation and to connect.
HRIM is OM for Goddess. It is the bija mantra for Parvati and SHAKTI as the divine feminine force of the universe and in Her manifestations as creator, preserver, and destroyer.
This is the bija mantra of the heart and should be used for all practices and intentions to do with the spiritual heart, the heart chakra, the emotional heart, and the physical heart. Chanting this mantra brings warmth and an infusion of deep energy that settles into the heart chakra.
After Om and Aim, Hrim (pronounced ‘hreem’) is probably the most commonly used bija mantra. It is composed of the sound-Ha, which indicates prana, space and light, with the sound-Ra, which indicates fire, light and dharma, and the sound-Ã, which indicates energy, focus and motivation.
Hrim is the prime mantra of the Goddess in all of her three main powers of creation, preservation and destruction, and so is the main Shakti mantra, with a more specific application than Aim. It is said to be the Shakti bija and to be equivalent to Oæ for the Goddess. More specifically, it relates to Parvati or Shakti, the consort of Shiva, who is the destroyer/transformer among the great trinity of deities.
Hrim is a mantra of magical force, captivation and empowerment. It can be used relative to any deity or object whose presence we wish to access at the level of the heart. It brings about joy, ecstasy and bliss. Hrim both purifies and exalts us in our inner quest, humbling us before the Divine power so that it can enter into our hearts.
Hrim is a specific mantra for the heart (hridaya in Sanskrit) on all levels, whether the spiritual heart, the heart chakra, the emotional heart or the heart as a physical organ. It energizes the heart, provides warmth, and allows for both deep feeling and deep thought.
In terms of Ayurveda, Hrim can be used to counter heart disease of all types, aiding in longevity and rejuvenation. More specifically, it helps promote the pranic and functional aspect of the heart and with it the power of circulation of the blood, the lungs and the nervous system. It has generally Pitta (fiery) energy but some Vata (air) energy as well, stimulating the higher pranas and emotions. In terms of Vedic astrology, Hrim relates to the Sun, the planet of the heart, and helps promotes solar energy, expression and charisma.
Hrim is usually a soft mantra but can also be harsh. As a soft mantra, it increases the finer energies of the heart. As a harsh mantra, it can be used to hypnotize or captivate, to dissolve or carry away.
Lalita has 1000 names – find the ones that resonate with you to incorporate into prayers and chants to Her. Lalitha Sahasranamam
Listen to the Lalita Ashtotram by Craig Pruess and Ananda on YouTube or the video above
Pictured above is my Lalita – She likes cherry quartz and cherry quartz skulls, clear quartz with rainbow inclusions, rose quartz, rhodocrosite, and I also have a large garnet shiva lingam for Her. I offer Her pink and red flowers, and, sometimes, honey and milk.
May the Blessings of Bliss and Lalita infuse you, uplift you, and bless you!
BOOKS AND RESOURCES FOR LALITA DEVI (these books feature chapters and references)
Shakti Mantras – Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by Dr. David Frawley
Shakti – Realm of the Divine Mother by Vanamali
Shakti Meditations: Guided Practices to Invoke the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton
Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
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