That is dost make the world lose itself in Thy Causal (Kara-na) body.

Dost withdraw

(Samharati)

She is the creative Shakti of Brahma.

Dhata

She is the preservative Shakti of Vishnu whose spouse is Shri or Lakshmi.

' Husband of

Shri' (Shripatih)

She is the dissolving Shakti of Rudra.

' Mahesha'

Thou art both the material and instrumental cause of the world. The Triputa Stotra says, 'Thou art Earth, Brahma, and

4 All things'

(Samastam)

Notes

1 It is commonly said that She destroys but not so. Devata does not destroy (Na devo ndshakah). Man does. She takes back what She has put forth.

2 Vishnu, husband of Lakshmi.

3 Shiva. The Trimurti is, in fact, Her manifestation.

4 Prayah sakalam apt, that is, all moving and unmoving things (Commentary, K.B.). For the Devi is Vishvarupini in the form of the whole universe. She is the objective world, 'jadatmika' (Lalita, verse 90), as well as its Cause.

Creatrix of the world. Thou art also Water, Vishnu, and Preserver of the world. And thou art Fire, Rudra and the Dissolver of the world. As the Air of the world thou art Aishvarya.' Another Stotra says, 'She assumes three forms of body for the purpose of creation, maintenance and dissolution. The world being constituted of the three Gunas, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra are Her Vikritis.'

0 Mother, people there are who worship many other Devas than Thyself.1 They are greatly ignorant, and know nothing of the high truth,2 (but I) of my own uncontrollable3 desire for Thee approach Thee, the Primordial Power,4 who dost deeply enjoy the great Bliss arising from union (with Shiva),5 and who art worshipped by Hari, Hara, Virinchi, and all other Devas. 6

Notes

1 That is, thinking that other Devas grant greater boons (Commentary, K.B.). Cf. also what Shamkaracharya says about the worship of other Devas in fourth shloka of the Devyaparadhakshamd-panastotra, and see Devibhagavata (V. 19) (Hymn to Jagadambika).

2 Paramam, that is, Tattvam.

3 For he is a devotee (Bhakta) whose desire for Her is so great that he cannot control but is controlled by it. 4 Adya.

5 Ratirasamahanandaniratam. The Devi delights in creation, which is the fruit of Her union with the Purusha (Shiva). ' Great Bliss,' for, as on the physical plane yadrupang paramanandam tan nasti bhuvanatraye (Matrikabheda Tantra, chap. ii), it is the counterpart on that plane of the ecstatic union which produced the Universe itself. It is the reflection of the higher Bliss attainable even here by the union of Shivashakti (in the form of Kundalini) in the Sahasrara. Some read Rasikam for Niratam.

6 Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. What, then, is the use of praying to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva when they themselves worship Her? (Commentary, K. B.). Cf. also Devibhagavata, loc. cit. The Devi is Mother of all, from Brahma to the lowliest worm (Abrahmakhilajanani, Lalita 67).