Everywhere if you ask for comfort, you are asking for enslavement of the matter and when this matter sits on you, actually you develop the ego because you are again enslaved. Anybody who is enslaved has the greatest ego and that is how you start doing and saying things - I have got this, I have got that. You can't carry it with you. For a Sahaja Yogi, - it is important that he should be able to live in very Spartan manner. He should be able to live under any circumstances. That is the sign of a Yogi. If a Yogi needs a comfortable bed and needs a proper food and this and that, he is still looking at the food all the time, looking at the purse and the money, he is not a Yogi. He should have nothing to do with all this.
What I am saying that as Sahaja Yogis you have to develop yourself in such a manner, that you mature in Sahaja Yoga. You have to mature in Sahaja Yoga, so that you feel absolutely free from any temptations, free from habits, free from demands of the time. That's called a Yogi. Now those whom you have read now, this I have not told them, this they had known themselves. How did they know? Because they became pure, pure, pure with themselves - of divine - and that is how they know it. So this purity has come all this will come for example - Markandeya used to live in a place, he used to dedicate himself, lived there very happily with his father, in a very modest manner and then, he was the richest man because he enjoyed the grace of the Mother and he saw all these things so well. He was cursed to be dead at a very young age and the father told him that you have to die because Shiva has given me the boon that I will give you the son but he will have to die very soon. He said -all right. I will find out the solution, so he worshipped the Goddess. The Goddess gave him the boon.
Goddess Herself he saw in person and that is how this place 'Saptashringi' is there. 'Saptashringi' is seven chakras. It is the Adishakti's place. It is Adishakti's place. So, this is, when you are reading all these things, you are amazed how do they. Know 14,000 years ago. How many know all this about it which tallies with your Sahaja Yoga, which shows that you are, and then how has he written so precisely about it, because he himself had become a complete reflector. It is a complete reflector which has shown to the world. What's the Goddess is. A very great credit to him and without any ego. If you have ego, you cannot reflect, if you have super ego, you cannot reflect. Now, ego is such an illusive thing that it says. "I don't like it. I don't want it. This is not mine". As long as you go on like this, then you know that you are in the form of ego. You are no more a Yogi, you are a ego person.
So it is important that you have to build up yourself in such a manner that all these clouds of ego and super ego disappear. Now the worship of the Goddess, She is Shakti - She is Kundalini. She expands your chakras-Sushumna improves, your channel expands and there it opens much more, but the retention is not there.
Again, it's like a hole in the pitcher, you put water and it goes out. It's like that.
So in the beginning if we say that the water is full because with force it comes. But after sometime the pitcher is empty. It's that. It's just the same.
So that hole that is within us, which can be ego or super ego, which are only two things, only two problems, only these two problems if you can avoid it, better do it. That's all. Work it out. So the best thing is to see yourself, scold yourself and also to appreciate yourself at a point, when you do something, something nice, something generous and this is what is so much lacking.
Sometimes the Sahaja Yogis think that now we are already in the Kingdom of God, but that is not you destiny. Supposing somebody is working as a sweeper in the Secretariat and he thinks that "I have become the Prime Minister" then what do you say? What is his position? It's just the same. You have entered into the Kingdom of God, but have you achieved your destiny? For that you don't need any education, you don't need any knowledge, you don't need any extra curricular greatness and you don't need any name, fame, family or caste or race, nothing.
With humble devotion and meditation and true desire to ascend. The true desire to ascend. It works out so beautifully, so beautifully, you'll be amazed.
Now, we have to know our destination. First of all, what we have to achieve. Secondly, we have to know to achieve it the achieving coefficient. We have to have devotion. It's so simple. We have to have devotion.
Now people meditate - they see the photograph. What you have to do is look at my photograph and say that just see as if that is the photograph of your own Mother. Put Her in your heart. Try to put Her in your heart. See that photograph is there. "Mother I love you, please come in my heart". Like that put Her in your heart. This heart has all the intelligence, it has all the capacities, everything is born out of the heart. But if you close your heart, then the brain become arbitrary and it goes outside and this heart is the one which has got the Spirit and it controls everything, autonomous, sympathetic, parasympathetic, all your evolution, knowledge, everything not only that you feel so collective being and also it is the light that gives you your true knowledge. So this spirit has to be worked out. So the first thing is try to develop your heart. How large it is, see yourself. all right, how may people can you forgive. How you talk to them. What do you think about other people. Are you concerned about them or not. For example to me, If I see a poor man, the whole being starts churning, you know. It's just I feel that something should be done for them, just can't bear it. Like these poor people, who are working here were asked to move out, because they had some objection. So we moved all of them and they moved out because I asked them but they had not made their huts. The whole night, poor things had to sit outside. The whole day I couldn't eat. I was feeling so terrible. I gave them everything. I said, sit down here. You make them and give them whatever they want and look after their health. Still they got some sick and I treated them. Because you see, the whole compassion starts just creating a tempest in my heart. A tempest, and this is what one has to see. What do you think about the poverty? Do you think of poverty that is there. What do you think of people who are suffering? What do you think about people who are beaten, who are cheated, who are troubled?
Sahaja Yoga is not meant for individual. It is not meant for you. It is not meant for any collective Sahaja Yogis. It is meant for the whole world. You have to bring the light of God's love and compassion everywhere. So the further stage then, that is to raise above agnya. When the person thinks that I am very happy and I should have this. Look at the person who has not got anything, look at him. When you think you are very great. Look at someone greater than you. When you spread your attention to all these things, you see. Then you start understanding that. Oh God! What a blessing. God has blessed me so much.
First of all the Realisation. Thanks, thanks for the Realisation. Thanks giving is the best way and then start looking that this thanks giving I have, why not I give it to others. But we are extremely cruel, sometime extremely arrogant, sometimes extremely malicious to others. But now this will stop. Whatever you have to say, you have to say honestly. There are two enemies you have. First is, you are your own enemy and second is the ignorance. These are the two enemies, you have to conquer. If you get rid of these two enemies, then nobody can destroy you. Now supposing there is a person, who is very troublesome, say who troubles you. Let him be troublesome. He is going to hell, not you. If he is troubling, it's all right. Let him. Who got hill feeling? Why should you worry? You are not doing any thing. You should be happy about it. On the contrary somebody is troubling, look at that - "This fellow, is troubling, he has got so much money, has got this, while I am troubled, I haven't got this". You have got your Self Realisation. He hasn't got.
This is a very big source of satisfaction and elation that we are self realised souls and let us try to have our complete establishment. We are to be ornamented. We are to be put on the throne, we are to be the kings. This is what I desired. So, beggars, cannot be taken. So if you make a beggar a king, he will still do this and that. So this great personality has to come, a king of dignity, serenity, a kind of a personality that should show that you are a Sahaja Yogi.
So I said, there are only two enemies, which you have to fight for, that you should know you have got your Self Realisation, for that you have got your pujas. At the time of the Puja, you just surrender yourself to Me, because if you are not surrendered, your mind is going round and round. It's like a putting something on to a fan, which doesn't accept it, just throws away. In a way, you are that, that's what.
The second point is that a Puja is a surrendering. It's a devotion. It's a feeling of the heart. Open the heart. At that time you should open the heart and that I am worshipping. Now the problem is that, with the egoistical people if you tell them anything they feel hurt. It's the worst part. They don't understand that this is for their benevolence. That they have to open their heart. They have to receive more. If it is a small little heart, how much love you can pour into it. Like this time the love is flowing. The love is flowing. At that time you are sitting with your head fixed on to some point. So the dedication point, the attention should be full. I have seen people sleep during Puja. Many people sleep, that show they are left sided, and there is a 'Bhoot' in them or something like that. They just go off. I am talking to them they just go off. These are the things you must understand. Why are you doing that and try to get rid of it and try to improve your self, be alert and to receive it. Receive it as much as you can. This is what is the Puja is made for. Now you have had nine Pujas here and out of these nine Pujas have we improved more, have we got more? Did we fill ourselves more with greater love, with greater joy, with greater understanding and with greater satisfaction?
This is the last day, so you have to think like that, then tomorrow is the day of jubilation. Because we have done what? That is what. So today you should go and make a complete picture of yourself. What have I got in these nine days? What have I got? Let us see, have I got this? have I got that? All these things, you should just within yourself see and then enjoy that you have got all these things. It is the victory. Tomorrow is the day of victory. That you have become victorious about yourself and about your ignorance. You have won yourself and you've won over the ignorance, the darkness of ignorance. This is what is tomorrow message.
Guru Brahma, guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Sakshat Parabrahma, Shri Mataji Nirmala Ma.
Tasmai Shri Guruveh Namaha.
Our Guru is the Great Mother. All Her Shakti and Yogini aspects are available for Her children. By reading The Kavach of The Devi, we mobilise these powers to purify and enlighten our Koshas (our mental, emotional and physical bodies). Thus by the Power of the Gurumata The Atma becomes The Guru of the body. While reading the Kavach of The Devi one should put one's attention on the aspect or the part of the body which is protected. One may also, while reading, pause between the Names and silently take the corresponding mantra, for example:
Om Twameva Sakshat, Shri Chandi Namoh Namah
The Kavach should be read aloud. It washes away the 'catches' and bathes the children in Divine Vibrations. May the wisdom and compassion of our Satguru flow through us and reach the four quarters of the earth.
JAY SHRI MATAJI!
In the Name of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi,
the merciful, the compassionate.
The protection of Shri Chandi.
Salutation to Shri Ganesha. Salutation to Shri Saraswati.
Salutation to Shri Guru. Salutation to the Deity worshipped in the family,
that is Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
May there be no obstacle.
Amen. Salutations to Narayan. Amen. Salutations to Naranaratam, that is, Shri Vishnu. Amen. Salutations to the Goddess Saraswati. Salutations to Ved-Vyasa, that is, Sage Vyasa, the all knowing.
Now begins the "Kavach" of the Devi.
The Presiding Sage for Shri Chandi-Kavach is Brahma, the metre is Anushtup. The Presiding Deity is Chamunda; The Main Seed is "Anganyasakta Matar". The Principle is Digbandha Devata. It is recited as part of Sapta-Shati, to please Jagadamba. Amen. Obeisance to Chandika.
Thus spoke Markandeya:
1) Amen. O Brahmadeva, please tell me that which is very secret and has not been told by anyone to anybody else and which protects all human beings in this world.
2) Brahmin, there is Devi Kavach which is most secret and useful to all beings. Please listen to that, O Great Sage.
3-5) The following nine names have been told by the Great Soul Brahmadeva Himself. Durga is known by these names:
1st x SHAILAPUTRI x Daughter of the King of Himalayas
2nd BRAHMACHARINI One Who observes the state of Celibacy
3rd CHANDRAGANTA One Who bears the Moon around Her neck
4th KOOSHMANDA Whose Void contains the Universe
5th SKANDAMATA Who Gave birth to Karttikeya
6th KATYAYANI Who incarnated to help the Devas
7th KALARATRI Who is even the destroyer of Kali
8th MAHAGAURI One Who made great penance
9th SIDDHIDATRI One Who grant Moksha
6-7) Those who are frightened, having been surrounded by the enemies on the battlefield, or are burning in fire, or being at an impassable place, would face no calamity, and would never have grief, sorrow, fear, or evil, if they surrender to Durga.
8) Those who remember You with great devotion indeed have prosperity. Undoubtedly, O Goddess of the Gods, You protect those who remember You.
9) The Goddess Chamunda sits on a corpse, Varahi rides on a buffalo, Aindri is mounted on an elephant and Vaishnavi on a condor.
10) Maheswari is riding on a bull, the vehicle of Kaumari is the peacock, Lakshmi, the Beloved of Shri Vishnu, is seated in a lotus and is also holding a lotus in Her Hand.
11) The Goddess Ishwari, of white complexion, is riding on a bull and Brahmi, Who is bedecked with all ornaments is seated on a swan.
12) All the mothers are endowed with Yoga and are adorned with different ornaments and jewels.
13) All the Goddesses are seen mounted in chariots and very angry. They are wielding conch, discus, mace, plough, club, javelin, axe, noose, barbed dart, trident, bow and arrows. These Goddesses are wielding their weapons for destroying the bodies of demons, for the protection of Their devotees and for the benefit of the Gods.
16) Salutations to You, O Goddess, of very dreadful appearance, of frightening valour, of tremendous strength and energy, the destroyer of the worst fears.
17) O Devi, it is difficult to have even a glance at You. You increase the fears of Your enemies, please come to my rescue. May Goddess Aindri protect me from the east. Agni Devata (God- dess of Fire) from the south-east, Varahi (Shakti of Vishnu in the form of the boar) from the south, Khadgadharini (Wielder of the sword) from the south-west, Varuni (The Shakti of Varuna the rain God) from the west and Mrgavahini, (Whose vehicle is the deer) may protect me from the north-west.
19) The Goddess Kaumari (The Shakti of Kumar, that is Karttikeya) protect me from the north and Goddess Shooladharini from the north-east, Brahmani, (The Shakti of Brahma) from above and Vaishnavi (Shakti of Vishnu) from below, protect me.
20-21) Thus Goddess Chamunda, Who sits on a corps, protects me from all the ten directions. May Goddess Jaya protect me from the front and Vijaya from the rear; Ajita from the left and Aparajita from the right. Goddess Dyotini may protect the top-knot and Uma may sit on my head and protect it.
22-23) May I be protected by Maladhari on the forehead, Yashswini on the eye-brows, Trinetra between the eye-brows, Yamaghanta on the nose, Shankini on both the eyes, Dwaravasini on the ears, may Kalika protect my cheeks and Shankari the roots of the ears.
24-27) May I be protected by Sugandha-nose, Charchika-lip, Amrtakala-lower lip, Saraswati-tongue, Kaumari-teeth, Chandika-throat, Chitra-ghanta-sound box, Mahamaya-crown of the head, Kamakshi-chin, Sarvamangala-speech, Bhadrakali-neck, Dhanurdhari-back. May Neelagreeva protect the outer part of my throat and Nalakoobari-windpipe, may Khadgini protect my shoulders and Vajra-dharini protect my arms.
28-30) May Devi Dandini protect both my hands, Ambika-fingers, Shooleshwari my nails and may Kuleshwari protect my belly. May I be protected, by Mahadevi-breast, Shuladharini-abdomen, Lalita Devi-heart, Kamini-navel, Guhyeshwari-hidden parts, Pootana-kamika-reproductive organs, Mahishavasini-rectum.
31) May Goddess Bhagavati protect my waist, Vindhyavasini-knees and the wish-fulfilling Mahabala may protect my hips.
32) May Narashini protect my ankles. May Taijasi protect my feet, may Shri protect my toes. May Talavasini protect the sole of my feet.
33) May Danshtrakarali protect my nails, Urdhvakeshini-hair, Kauberi-pores, Vagishwari-skin.
34) May Goddess Parvati protect blood, marrow of the bones, fat and bone; Goddess Kalaratri-intestines. Mukuteshwari-bile and liver.
35) May Padmavati protect the Chakras, Choodamani-phlegm (or lungs), Jwalamukhi lustre of the nails and Abhedya-all the joints.
36) Brahmani-semen, Chhatreshwari the shadow of my body, Dharmadharini-ego, superego and intellect (buddhi).
40) Indrani-relatives, Chandika-cattle, Mahalakshmi-children and Bhairavi-spouse.
41) Supatha may protect my journey and Kshemakari my way. Mahalakshmi may protect me in the king's court and Vijaya everywhere.
42) O Goddess Jayanti, any place that has not been mentioned in the Kavach and has thus remained unprotected, may be protected by you.
43-44) One should invariably cover oneself with this Kavacha (by reading) wherever one goes and should not walk even a step without it if one desire auspiciousness. Then one is successful everywhere and all one's desire are fulfilled and that person enjoys great prosperity on the earth.
45) The person who covers himself with Kavacha becomes fearless, is never defeated in the battle and becomes worthy of being worshipped in the three worlds.
46-47) One who reads with faith every day thrice (morning, afternoon and evening), the 'Kavacha' of the Devi, which is inaccessible even to the Gods, receives the Divine arts, is undefeated in the three worlds, lives for a hundred years and is free from accidental death.
48) All disease, like boils, scars, etc. are finished. Moveable (scorpions and snakes) and immoveable (other) poisons cannot affect him.
49-52) All those, who cast magical spells, by mantras or yantras, on other for evil purposes, all bhoots, goblins, malevolent beings moving on the earth and in the sky, all those who mesmerise others, all female goblins, all yakshas and gandharvas are destroyed just by the sight of the person having Kavach in his heart.
53) That person receives more and more respect and prowess. On the earth he rises in prosperity and fame by reading the Kavacha and Saptashati.
54-56) His progeny would live as long as the earth in rich with mountains and forests. By the grace of Mahamaya, he would attain the highest place, that is inaccessible even to the Gods and is eternally blissful in the company of Lord Shiva.