The Chief Basic Thought-Forms, or Seed Mantras
The Seed-of-the-Immensity (brahma-bija) or Thought-form of- the knowledge-of -the -Immensity (brahma-vidya-mantra)
Meaning: “I bow,” or “I agree,” or “I accept”, in the primeval language. “Verily, this syllable is assent: for whenever a man assents to anything he says simply, ‘AUM’. This indeed is a realization; that is, assent is.” (Chandogya Upanishad)
Definition: This mantra is also called “that which leads to the other shore.” (tara or tarini) It is considered the source of all mantras. “A, U, M, are the three letters, and these letters are the three tendencies, the revolving, the cohesive, and the disintegrating. Next comes the half letter ( Ã ), representing the Unqualified, which is perceived only by the yogi.” (Dattatreya Tantra Samhita).
“A represents Brahma, the revolving-tendency (rajas), the red colour, the form of the universe (the Destructible Person, ksara purusha) or Cosmic Body (the Glorious, virat), the state of wakefulness, power of action.
“U represents Vishnu, the tendency towards concentration (sattva), the white colour, the Law of the universe (the Indestructible Person, aksara purusha), (the Cosmic Intellect ( the Embryo of Splendor, Hiranyagarbha), the state of dream, the power of thought, the unmanifest world.
“A and U together mean ‘truth’, ‘immortality’.
“M represents Shiva, the tendency towards disintegration, the black colour, the casual substratum (the Changeless Person, avyaya purusa), the Cosmic Concciousness, the All-knowing (sarva-jna), the state of deep sleep, the power of conciousness.
“This half letter (M) is the basis of all things, but this basis is not-straight (kutastha), that is, is not within the reach of mind and words.”
AUM is said to represent also the One Being pervading space, time and forms.
Number of Repetitions: Either 300,000 or thrice ten times a day by householders, and on all occasions by ascetics.
Purpose: Leads to realization, to liberation from bondage, to the attainment of supreme reality.
Ritual Use: At the beginning of all rituals and mantras.
References: Chandogya Upanishad, Tantra-Tattva-prakasa, Tantra-sara, etc.
THE DIVINE MOTHER’S MANTRA
The Divine Mother Kali is established in Toronto in Her Vaishnavi (Swattic) manifestation with Lord Shiva as Pataleswar Ananthanath. She is the Adya Shakti – the Primordial Energy of Creation, Sustenance and Destruction- dwelling beyond Space and Time. She is seen here as:
“Karala vadanam ghoram mukta keshim digamvareem ; Kalikam dakshinam dibyam munda mala vibhushitam Sadyaschinna shirah kharhga vamadhordha karamvujam ;Abhayam varadanchaiva dakshinor dhardha panikam ; Mahamegha prabham shyamam tatha chaiva digamvarim Kantha vasakta mundali galad rudhira charchitam Karnavatam-sataneeta shava yugma bhayanakam; Ghoradanstram karalasyam peenonnata payodharam ;Shabanam kara samghatai kritakancheem hasanmukheem Srikkaddyay galadrakta dhara visphuritananam Ghoraravam maharoudreem shmashanalaya vasineem Valarka mandalakara lochana tritayannitam Danturam-dakshina vyapi mukta lamvika chochyayam Shavarupa mahadeva hridayo pari samsthitam Shivavih ghoraravabhih chatur-dikshu samannitam Mahakalen cha samam vipareeta rataturam
Sukhaprasanna vadanam smeranana saroruham ; Ebam samchintayet kalim sarva kamartha siddhidam”
We pray to the Lotus Feet of the Divine Mother:
“Rogan asheshan apahamsi tusta
Rushta tu kaman sakalan abhisthan
Twamashritanam na vipannaranam
Twamashrita hi ashrayatam prayanti”
Your pleasure removes many difficulties from us whereas Your displeasure destroys all that we wish for.
Those protected by You have no fear and Those under Your protection are also worthy to be protected.