Devi Skandamata

Written by Seema K Jayaraman

‘Ya Devi Sarvabhootishu Maa Skandamata  Sansthita, Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namaha’

O Mother, Devi Skandamata

You paint such a picture of contrasts

One of extreme maternal tenderness

Holding your infant Skanda

The future commander-in-chief

of the powerful devtas

Your son as a young seven year old

To destroy the demon Tarakasura

For such a brave warrior son

A mother far mightier and fierce

O Gauri so effulgent and fair

With three eyes and four arms

Ever vigilant and ready for battle

While seated on your favored vehicle

The ferocious Lion

O Padmasani, seated on the lotus

You inspire such bhava of sublime love

In this Kalyuga in all new mothers

when our  heart is achurn

A paradox of emotions

Real and symbolic, ever willing

To go to the extreme

For the safety of our young ones

We pray to you O Maheshwari

The one who resides in the Vissudhi Chakra

Help us purify all the toxins and negativity

Faced constantly in our endeavors

Both mental and physical

Energy waves, thought, air and food

Imbued through our throat

The way you raced to your consort

Mahadeva hold and purify the lethal ‘halahala’

Only you as Devi Tara could wield

the healing secrets of

‘Ujjayi Pranayama’ and ‘Jalandhara Bandha’

Within Shiva’s throat

purging an asphyxiating world

from the ills caused by Time Puzzle the ultimate poison

Not all our journeys are meant

To measure the ends of time

True journeys one realizes turn inwards

When we set about seeking our own truths

You O Mother of Karthikeya, shine the light

On our mistakes and wrong karmas

And like all loving benevolent mothers

Help us remove hinderances

So we may gain ‘amrita’ of true knowledge

We seek your blessings for our inner quests

Helping us to  dissolve and dispel

Insidious thoughts of anxiety and negative emotions

For settling the ocean of self-doubts

Clearing the path for the awakening Kundalini

To merge with Parmata concsiouness

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Seema K Jayaraman

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