Monday, November 05, 2007

Durga Saptashati recitation-proceedure

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From: Narasimha Rao <>
Date: Nov 2, 2007 8:40 PM
Subject: [sohamsa] Re: Durga Saptashati recitation-proceedure


Durga saptashati is supposed to be the essence of Veda. The three
parts are the essence of Rigveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda. Its true
purpose is self-realization. All the demons being killed there by
the Mother symbolize various weaknesses within us, that stop us from
self-realization. The names themselves are highly suggestive.

There are a lot of misconceptions about saptashati but it can be
read by anyone who wants to make progress towards self-realization.
Family persons can also do it.

My only word of caution is: Do not break a vow once you take it
(e.g. reading it everyday for 40 days). The devata of Saptashati is
like a loving and yet very *strict* mother who does not take the
failings of an erring child easy. Though such a strict mother's
actions are eventually good for the child, the child may sometimes
be scared by the mother's angry tone and strict discipline. If you
set achievable goals and keep achieving them, things will be more

If you buy "Durga Saptashati" from Geetha Press, it will have the
moola mantra also.

The verses I read in the mp3 at the beginning of each chapter are
not part of the original saptashati and added by some to invoke the
13 forms of divine Mother associated with the 13 chapters. They may
not be there in other books. Some other differences are also
possible here and there.

Best regards,
Homam manual and audio:
Free Jyotish lessons (MP3):
Free Jyotish software (Windows):
Sri Jagannath Centre (SJC) website:

--- In, "dheena0104" <dheena0104@...> wrote:
> Dear Sri Narasimha Rao ji,
> Namaskar.
> Is it permisible for the person in a family life to do the sadhana
> daily with out any restrictions as you have suggested.
> Kindly permit me know the moola mantra for Durga Saptashati.
> With reference to you recording Some versus are not there in my
> tamil book published by Ramakrishna mut. Any how i will get the
> Hindi version from the seller as pointed out by you.
> With respects
> Yours Sincerely,
> S.Dheenadayalan

Brihaspati Gayatri, Vishwamitra/Gaathina Rishi Rig Veda 6.62.6