The self-manifest one.

Devi

The milk of these is the food with which She nourishes the world and the drink of immortality with which She liberates Her Sadhakas.

'Full breasts

(Pinastana-dhya)

She who is Shabdabrahman consisting of 50 Letters. Niruttara Tantra says, 'She is adorned with a garland of heads representing the 50 letters.' Kamadhenu Tantra says, 'In My throat is the wonderful Bija of 50 letters.' Again 'I worship the Mother the source of the universe, Shabdabrahman itself, blissful.' Vishvasara says, 'Blissful Brahman is adorned with Shabdabrahman and within the body is represented by all Mantras'.

' Whose Deck

(Mundasragatishayalasatkanthi)

Murti (appearance) in the individual aspect as Prajna, Taijasa, and Vishva and in the aggregate as Isha, Sutra and Virat. Devigita says 'the causal self is Prajna, the subtle bodied one is Taijasa and the gross bodied one is Vishva.' Similarly Isha is spoken of as Isha, Sutra and Virat. The first is the individual (Vyashti) aspect and the second the aggregate (Samashti) aspect.

' Bija'

Eyes (Netra)

Not to speak of themselves being wealthy, the sight of them gives wealth to others. Bhairava Tantra says that Kamala and the Devi of speech never forsake them for three generations downwards.

1 Sarasvati. The Bharadvaja Smriti says Sarasvati is She who ever resides in the tongue of all beings, and who causes speech.

2 Lakshmi : for them is all learning, wealth, and prosperity (see Mahanirvana Tantra, Ullasa, vii. verse 50).

3 In other words they become rich and learned.

0 Mother, even a dullard becomes a poet who meditates upon Thee raimented with space,1 three-eyed2 Creatrix3 of the three worlds, whose waist 4 is beautiful with a girdle made of numbers of dead men's arms, and who on the breast of a corpse,5 as Thy couch in the cremation-ground,1 enjoyest Mahakala.2

Notes

1 The Devi is naked, as is Shiva, for. like Him, She is clothed with space, and is the great void itself (Mahashunya).

2 Trinayanam. The three eyes are Sun, Moon, and Fire (V). Mahanirvana Tantra Bays,' Three eyes are attributed to Kalikd because She observes the whole world with such eyes as the Sun; the Moon, and so forth '. See as to the meaning of these three terms which do not merely denote these luminaries and elements, A. Avalon's ' Serpent Power' and ' Studies in Mantra Shastra '.

3 Vidhatrim. Who provides Enjoyment and Liberation for all Jivas. (V).

4 Nitamba, literally, buttocks but the girdle goes all round. Kali is represented as so girdled.

5 The corpse (Shava) represents Shiva (V) because He is inactive whilst his Shakti it is who does everything. Shavahridi - that is, on the breast of Shiva (Viparitarati). The Devi is given the dominant position in her union with Her consort, because She is Kartri (actress), and He is Bhokta (unacting enjoyer). According to Sangkhya, Purusha is neither producer nor produced, but passive, and a looker-on upon the actions of Prakriti. It is not the Purusha who is active in the creation of the world, but it is She who, in the light of His gaze, dances the world-dance. So Kubjika Tantra says : 'Not Brahma, but Brahmani, creates; it is Vaishnavi, not Vishnu, who protects; Rudrani, not Rudra, who takes all things back. Their husbands are like dead bodies.' For in respect of power they are dependent on their Shakti. As to the Sadhana, see Pranatoshini 622, Viparitaratau japtva nirvanapadabing brajet. Two corpses are sometimes pictured, the lower being the eternally quiescent Shiva, and the upper being the Shiva united with Shakti in creation. Similarly the Dev! is represented as reclining on a couch made of five corpses, which are the Mahapreta (see Bhairavayamala, Lalita verse 174 etc.). The Mahapretas, whose Bija is Hsau, are Sadashiva, Ishana Rudra, Vishnu, and Brahma.