Dashamahavidya 1 Kali     Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Who in this world can understand what Mother Kali really is?  The six systems of philosophy remain powerless to describe Her.  She is the inmost awareness of the sage who realizes  that Consciousness alone exists.  She is the life blossoming within the creatures of the universe.  Both macrocosm and microcosm are lost within Mother’s Womb.  Now can you sense how indescribable She is?  The yogi meditates upon Her in the six subtle nerve centres  as She sports with delight  through the lotus wilderness of the pristine human body,  playing with Her Consort, Shiva, the Great Swan.  When anyone attempts to know Her,  the singer of this song laughs.  Can you swim across a shore-less ocean?  Yet the child in me still reaches out to touch the moon - Ramprasad (Poet and Saint of 18th Century Bengal, India)
  Dashamahavidya 2 - Tara     Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Oh Goddess Tara!  Embodiment of the Maya bheeja,  I surrender within Thee;  Thou art beautiful with form both fierce and charmful  Thou art the Bindu and the half-moon,   Whose substance is Hūm and Phat,  Thou art the mantra and the shelter of all.  Thy forms are threefold  Gross, Subtle, and Supreme,  Thou art beyond the reach of Veda - ||4||-Tarashtakam from Nila Tantra
  Dashamahavidya 3 - Lalita Tripura Sundari    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Lalita Tripura Sundari (the charming beauty of the three worlds)   Dear One, Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds. At dissolution, She is the abode of all tattvas, still remaining Herself'. - Vamakeshvaratantra (an ancient Indian Scripture)   Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Chetanety-Abhidiyate;  Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namaha - Devi Suktam  O Mother Divine! (You) are manifest in all Beings as the very Consciousness; in You and in All around you Salutations and adorations to that Infinite Consciousness.
  Dashamahavidya 4 - Bhuvaneshvari    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   She who is the Infinite-Complete Consciousness;   She whose Form is the Fullness of the Universe.  THAT is infinite, THIS is infinite;   From That Wholeness , This Wholeness comes.   THIS added or removed from THAT   the Infinite remains as Infinite.   May this Stillness prevail In One None and All ||5.1.1 || - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad  Original Verse in Sanskrit :  ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते  पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥  ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥  Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate  Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||  Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih || 5.1.1 || -   Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
  Dashamahavidya 5 - Bhairavi    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Taam-agni-varnaam tapasaa jwalanteem vairochaneem karma-phaleshu jushtaam |   Durgaam devee(ga)m saranam-ahma prapadye sutaras tarase namah ||2|| Durga Sukta - Mahanarayana Upanishad  She who has the color of Fire, effulgent with the power of Tapas blazing, the one who is desired in the fruits of all actions, I take refuge in her, the Goddess Durga. Reverence to the wonderful savioress for our deliverance ||2|| Durga Sukta - Mahanarayana Upanishad
  Dashamahavidya 6 - Chinnamasta    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Forget the forgetting. Death must Die - Sri Ma Anandamayi   This form emerged as a result of a conversation with the Goddess on the essence of the word 'Swatantra' (Freedom)......  She listened and slowly emerged through the winds of light and whispered - ' Chinnamasta - The Consciousness beyond the ego and mind '.......  Swa-Self ; Tan-Expansion ; Tantra - weave....  Chinnamasta, the Shakti that Awakens us to the expansive Consciousness beyond the realms of ego and mind.
  Dashamahavidya 7 - Dhumavati    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Dhumavati, the Crone : Perceived as the void, as the dissolved form of consciousness, when all beings are dissolved in sleep in the supreme Brahman, having swallowed the entire universe, the seer-poets call her the most glorious and the eldest, Dhumavati.   She exists in the forms of sleep, lack of memory, illusion, and dullness in the creatures immersed in the illusion of the world, but among the Yogis she becomes the power that destroys all thoughts, indeed Samadhi itself. — Ganapati Muni, Uma Sahasram 38, 13—14
  Dashamahavidya 8 - Bagalamukhi    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Bagalamukhi : The Blessing of Stillness in the Storm  Oh Goddess Bagala!   Your Presence as the Cosmic Golden Womb  Has the power to instantly Awaken Stillness in each Atom of the Microcosm and Macrocosm.   ( The above is my Transliteration / Understanding of the original verse from Uma Sahasram as below)  पिण्डे चाण्डे स्तम्भनशक्तिर्बगला मात्रस्तव महिमैकः  सर्वे व्यक्ताः किरणाः कमला बाह्यो महिमा भुवनाम्ब तव ||३८. १७|| - Ganapati Muni, Uma Sahasram   piṇḍe cāṇḍe stambhanaśaktirbagalā mātrastava mahimaikaḥ |   sarve vyaktāḥ kiraṇāḥ kamalā bāhyo mahimā bhuvanāmba tava ॥ 38.17॥ - Ganapati Muni, Uma Sahasram   Sharing Her Story / legend as a Blessing to still the storms that  arise within and without as we sail through life  According to the legend once upon a time during Satyug, a giant storm threatened to disrupt cosmic order.The storm was destroying everything and everyone and there was no one on earth who could stop that. Seeing this shattering storm worried Lord Vishnu reached Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva told Him to worship Goddess Shakti as only she can stop the destructive storm.  Lord Vishnu went to the “Haridra Samudra” (the ocean of turmeric) and prayed to the Divine Mother. Mother manifested in the form of Bagalamukhi and stilled all the storms in the Universe.
  Dashamahavidya 9 - Matangi    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Goddess Matangi - Wisdom Keeper of Sacred Arts  Victory to the Dark Emerald Mother Matangi !  Abounding Exuberance,   The One who dwells in the forest of Bliss,  May your glance filled with Abundant Joy fall on Me ||3||   Victory to the daughter of Sage Matanga,  Victory to the One who radiates the essence of the Blue Lotus,  Victory to the nectar of Divine Sound,  Victory to the utterance of Divine Word ! ||4|| - Shyamaladandakam
  Dashamahavidya 10 - Kamalatmika    Ink and Watercolor on Mixed Media Paper - 11"x14"   Goddess Kamalatmika - The Fully Awakened Consciousness of Joy and Abundance   I sing praises of Kamala,    Whose essence is supreme consciousness    And whose body is formed of golden light.    Her entire being sparkles with the radiance of pure gold.    She bears the golden lotus    And the golden vessel filled with seeds    Seated at the left side of Narayana,    She is Shakti, mother of all creation’. ||1|| - Sri Mahalakshmi Hridayam*    ( *The Sacred Heart of goddess Lakshmi - A hymn in essence of the radiating Presence of goddess Lakshmi / Kamala )    
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