November-December 2014 – P2D8

In this issue we bring the mantra japa kramA, AvaraNa pUjA kramA, and nyAsAs of dhUmAvatI dEvatA. The dhUmAvatI ashtOttara shlOkA, hRudaya shlOkA, kavacA, and a famous uRdhvAmnAya stOtrA have been included for the readers benefit.

dhUmAvatI form is a unique tantric representation which instills fear, confusion, and anxiety within common folks. There are several stories related to the manifestation of this form (provided in Who is dhUmAvati ? article). While the kAmya prayOga aspects of dhUmAvati can make even upAsakAs shiver, the true tatva aspect of this form is shIgrA phalapradA and mOksha dAyinI. There are two more forms of dhUmAvatI that is common among tantric practices – dhUmra vArAhi and astra vArAhi. Each of the aboverepresentations have their own mantras and AvarnA’s, kavacAs etc.

As usual, we would like to caution the upAsakAs that these dEvatAs CANNOT be taken lightly and the mantrAs considered like any other mantra. As the tantras rightly caution, this path is like walking on a sword and can only be ventured into by the Grace of the GurunAthA. The upAsana karma of these dEvatAs demands strict yamA and niyamAs and also ardent faith on the Guru and the dEvatA. It is important to understand the meaning of the mantra, the physical representation of the dEvatA, and contemplation on the deeper aspects of the same. These can only be provided by the Guru and by the power of the sAdhanA.

These mantras cannot be taken lightly and readers are strongly adviced to check withtheir Guru’s prior to start practicing any mantra or procedure as detailed in this issue.

We thank ShrI yOgAmbA samEta AtmAnandanAthA (Shri Ramesh Kutticad) for penning Nivasatu Hrudi BAlA and answering the sadA vidyA anusaMhatiH section of this issue.

Lalithai vEdam sarvam.

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