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Devi in Hinduism


Posted on March 26, 2015 by shantanup


I have previously questioned the issue of whether God is a Male or a Female (https://satyaadvaita.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/is-god-a-male-or-a-female/); and considered the issue of gender equality (https://satyaadvaita.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/gender-equality-in-sikhism/). The great thing about Hinduism is that a Personal God with specific attributes can be represented as a female deity by the name of Devi as Durga and has God’s approval (Hebrew Chaldean Numerology of 4+6+2+3+1= 7). The attributes of Devi are encapsulated in Devi Stuthi, a part of the Devi Mahatmyam. It is commonly read during the nine days of Navaratri. It goes as follows:

Ya devi sarvabhuteshu Vishnu-mayeti sadbita Namas tasyai, Namas tasyai, Namas tasyai namo namah. Ya devi sarvabhuteshu buddhi – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu nidra – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu ksudha – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu chhaya – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu shakti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu trisna – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu ksanti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu lajja – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu shanti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu Sraddha – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu kanti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu lakshmi – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu vritti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu smriti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu daya – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu tusti – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … Ya devi sarvabhuteshu matri – rupena samsthita, namas tasyai … … … To that goddess who in all beings is called Visnumaya Salutations, Salutations, Salutations to Thee, again, and again.


Meaning in English of the Stuti mantra Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu To that goddess who abides in all beings as intelligence : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as sleep : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as hunger : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as reflection : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as power : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as thirst : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as forgiveness : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as modesty : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as peace : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as faith : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as loveliness : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as good fortune : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as activity : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as memory : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as compassion : Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as contentment ; Salutations to Thee, … To that goddess who abides in all beings as mother : Salutations to Thee, …


The significance of Devi is discussed further here: https://satyaadvaita.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/the-significance-of-the-hindu-festival-of-navaratri/.


The truth however is that God is Sri Krishna alone and Durga is an incarnation of Sri Krishna.



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