This section is from the book "Karpuradistotram. Karpuradi Stotra Tantrik Texts", by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe). Also available from Amazon: The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga.
With respectful obeisance to the beauteous feet of Svami Ramananda I write this Svarupa-vyakhya named the Grantor of pure Bliss (Vimalanandadayini). 4
'Oh Mother (Matah)
The root Ma = to measure, to which is added the suffix trich = Matri: that is, She who measures out or gives : She who grants enjoyment or Liberation according as the Sadhaka is desire-ridden or free from desires.
1 That is, Karpuram, less the vowels a, u, a, and the consonants pa and ra and m -Kr + Vamakshi (' the left eye ' or long vowel i)t with the Nada-bindu superimposed = Krim which accomplishes all desire (Tantrasara), is Mantraraja (Shyamarahasya Tantra) (K.B.). Tantra-raja says, ' letter Ka is Thy form.'
2 Siddhi, or success. Siddhi is that which is sought for (Sadhya) and is the result of sadhana, the training of the higher psychical and spiritual faculties. It includes the eight great powers, Anima, Laghima, etc. the power of motion and suspension in space, and others mentioned in the Skanda Purana and other works. The Devi is Herself Mahssiddhi (Lalitasahasranama, v. 55).
3 Dhvantadharadhararuchiruchire. Just as dark clouds, by shedding nectar-like rain, cool the earth parched by the sun's rays, so too dost Thou, by shedding the nectar of Thy Grace, give immortality to Sadhakas tormented by the three forms of pain (Adhyatmika, Adhibhautika, Adhidaivika). The Rudrayamala says, 'Devi is Supreme Shakti and delivers from all difficulties. She is dark with the refulgence of a million suns and is cooling like a million moons.' (V).
4 Vimalananda is also the name of the Commentator.
The three cities are three bodies, gross, subtle, causal. She is the Shakti of Him who grants Liberation from these bodies. As the Power-holder (Shaktiman) and His Power (Shakti) are one, it is She who is grantor of such Liberation. Kaivalya Upanishad says, 'From the Atma, the root, the bliss, looking on all alike who abides within the three cities, is born the multiple and various world and into Him these three cities are merged.'
'Spouse of the Destroyer of the three cities'
That is meditating on the same as being one with the Atma of the Sadhaka. Kalika Shruti says, 'One should always think of Atma as Kali. Those who do, attain the fourfold Purushartha whether directly desired or not.' Todala Tantra (Ch. vi) says, ' Oh Devi, K grants Dharma, R grants Kama, I grants Artha and M grants Moksha. Oh Beloved, the recital of these combined give Nirvana Moksha.'
' They who recite'
Thy Sattva sachchidananda aspect denoted by the Bija ' Kring.'
' This ' (Etat)
That is the triple aspect Sattvika, Rajasika, Tamasika.
' Triple' (Trih-kritang)
Denotes the aspect in which Thou art the Cause of the World. Although as Sachchidanandarupini Thou art Nirguna when free of Maya characterized by the Karma of Jivas and Kala, Thou becomest the seed in the creation of the world, what time Jivas must enjoy the fruit of their Karma. In the Devigita, Devi says 'Then I who am Atma, Chit, Parabrahman and called the "One" assume the Bija (seed) aspect through union with My own Shakti. The causal body of which I have aforetime spoken is Avyakta in which the world exists as seed (Bija) from which issues the subtle body.'
Saguna Brahman the Kalpaka or fashioner of the World.
Omitting from Mulaprakriti composed of Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas Gunas the middle Rajas Guna which is 0 and the last Tamas Guna which is M. It is thus composed of Sattvaguna alone. The Jnanasangkalini Tantra says, 'A is Sattvika. U is Rajasa, M is Tamasa. Prakriti is these three.'
' Karpuram '
' Omitting therefrom'
' Adding '
Powerful to give Nirvana Moksha and by Maya, to grant the desires of Sadhakas; and in whom the pure Sattvaguna predominates. The Tantra Kalpadruma says, ' K on account of its brilliance is the Chitkala, Jnana. Associated with the fiery letter (R) She is auspicious and full of all Tejas. As "I" She grants the desires of Sadhakas. As Bindu She grants Kai-valya.'
' Beauty of dark clouds'
Thou who should be meditated upon as of a dark (Nila) colour because Thou art Chidakasha and dost possess the compact Tejas Shuddhasattvaguna. In the Nirvana Prakarana of Yogavashishtha it is said, ' Because Shiva is Vyoma She is seen as black.' Tripurasarasamuchchaya says, 'As being Liberation, She who is attained by devotion (Bhakti) should be meditated on as being like the sky itself free from clouds.'
0 Maheshi,1 even should one of poor mind2 at any time recite but once another doubled Bija of Thine, composed of Ishdna,3 and Vamashravana,4 and Bindu;5 then, 0 Thou who hast great and formidable ear-rings of arrow form,6 who bearest on Thy head the crescent moon, such an one becomes all powerful,1 having conquered even the Lord of Speech1 and the Wealth-Giver.3 and charmed countless youthful women with lotus-like eyes.4
1 Shakti of Mahesha the Lord of even Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (V). The Devi as Ishvari, (Ruler), of the Universe and Spouse of Nirgnna Maheshvara. .tsuvara, according to the Limga Parana, when associated with Tamas, is Rudra the Destroyer ; with Rajas, the One horn from the golden egg, Brahma ; and with Sattva, Vishnu.
2 Mandachetah who is not capable of devotion to thy lotus feet according to Commentator K.B. ; for, as the Brahmanda Purana says, all sin is expiated by remembrance of the feet of the Supreme Shakti.
3 That is, Ha. 4 The ' left ear,' or long vowel u.
5 Nada-bindu - that is, H + u + m = Hum Hum. He who makes Japa of Hum is more praiseworthy than Deva or Asura (Vishvasara Tantra) (K.B.)
6 Worn by Kali : reading Bana instead of Bala as to which see post.