Cryptography of bijAksharAs in durgA saptashati

Read this in FB and thought of sharing. While we know that Durga Saptashati is powerful more from Kaamyam standpoint, this small intro gives you an idea that this is a moksha viddhai. Goddess Durga is all compassionate and grants boon to Her children at once. However we need to take necessary precaution before venturing into this text. As clearly explained, this 700 verses has lots and lots of hidden bijakshari in them and reading them without proper initiation is a problem. I strongly encourage people to take proper initiation before venturing into this.

The benefits of reciting devI mAhAtmya is because of the hidden secrets behind the verses of saptashatI. Each verse is an encrypted string secretly encoding a great seed mantra. No other purANa has such a specialty hidden within.

If you see, the devI-mAhAtmayaM begins with mArkanDeya saying that he would narrate a story about “sAvarNi sUrya tanayoashTama manuH” (meaning, the story of a Manu by name savarNi who was the eighth son of surya); but ends up telling the story of “Devi”. What is this? Did mArkanDeya lie? How can he say he is narrating the story of “sAvarNI” manu and narrate the story of “Devi”?? Mind boggling right?

The answer is, this very first verse itself is a classic example of our rishi’s cryptography! Let’s decode it now to understand how geniuses were our rishis.

“sAvarNI” = “sA (i.e., she; the pronoun denoting female)” + varNI (of that letter)” → In the Vedas and Upanishads the supreme brahman is more commonly referred by pronouns than any proper names. If the brahman is shown as a male, “sa (HE)” is used, if talked as female “sA (SHE)” is used, if talked as neuter gender “tat (THAT)” is used. So “sA” denotes supreme brahman. Now what is the varNa (letter) that is used to refer to Brahman as mother goddess in Vedic corpus? It is “iM”———-Remember this point

“sUrya tanaya” means son of surya. Agni and Surya are of one and the same essence i.e., the essence of fire and heat. So, Agni is the essence that is spoken here as the “son” of surya. The biJAkshara of Agni is “raM” i.e,, “ra” ———-Remember this point

“ tanaya aShTama manuH” → In sanskrit “manu” means not only the progenitor of human race,such as svayambhuva-manu etc., but manu means “mantra”. Here the code is to find out the “eighth” letter from “ya”. which indicates – “ya, ra la va sha Sha sa ha”. So, here we go. The code word present in this phrase is “ha” ———-Remember this point

Now let’s string the codes we found so far. It gives us – “iM – ra – ha”
There is a nyAya-sUtra called “chIlajInAmbara nyAya” which says that we need to read such codes in reverse order.
Therefor the codes become “ha – ra – iM”
Joining them gives is —— “hrIM” (pronounced as hreeM)

So, what Markandeya said was “I’m going to narrate you the glories of that supreme being who is denoted by the seed letter “hrIM” i.e., about goddess Durga the primordial mother of the universe, the supreme brahman!

In this way all the 700 verses of Devi Mahatmayam when decoded gives us bIjAksharA-s. Each verse has encoding in this format. Therefore, this is the ONLY SCRIPTURE from a PURANA which is used to do homas (chanDI-homa).

Then, this is not the end. These 700 verses of saptaSatI are verily the same in meaning with the 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita. The saptashatI might look like a war narrative of slaying demons but in the deeper meaning they are all the same teachings spoken in Bhagavad GItA. Therefore saptashatI is a “brahmavidyA” text not a tale of a war.

So, now you can easily understand that saptashatI being full of bIjAkSarA-s it would give you all material and spiritual benefits and at the same time, if you understand the hidden subtle teachings of the same and recite, it would confer upon you brahmavidyA and you would get liberated. So, it is a text which is “bhoga-mokSha-pradAyinI”, it gives enjoyments and liberation both!

Courtesy: Article by Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula

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10 replies

  1. Om Shree Gurubhyo Namaha
    Here would like to quote that the tradition of the Kolam practices on daily basis on the Main entrance of the house & the Pooja room…
    Can be enhanced to prevent the artificial diseases and deaths.
    B’ cos we observe, today , that people are just becoming aware of the Occult ZONE energy bodies… ie. the after Death ENERGIES zones… posing a threat as Today’s epidemic ‘s…
    & These can be taken over by Licenced/ Authorities….@ the University Levels…& Save humanity and mankind from Degeneration in health and hygiene
    Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

    • Many such kolams and yantras are shown in the Tamil bashyam of Saundarya Lahari by Tediyur Subrahmanya Sastrigal. This book was published more than 50 years ago. Copies may be available from Agasthiyar Book Depot, Teppakulam, Trichy. As these are technical drawings and full of occult significance, they cannot be adopted casually, but must be learnt from a genuine practitioner.

  2. I would like to mention the appropriateness of this mail/message while corona has taken a world wide grip. In indian languages it is addressed as Mahaamaari and I came to hear that it is Chandi who takes the form of Mahaamaari. Corona is definitely the ‘shakti’ that is trying to turn us inward away from the pandemonium of the crowded world and take to contemplation and meditation!

  3. This may be a nice attempt or inspiration to decode Durga Sapthasathi.
    Actually the first sloka means Savarni, a son of Sun, became the eighth Manu ( not the eighth son of Sun). It may appropriate to assume that the Navakshari, can be decoded from the slokas of Prathama, Madhyama and Uttara charithra. You will find mention of some syllables of Mantas in Brahma sthuthi as well.
    Other examples that mantras are hidden in some cryptic form can be found in Soundarya Lahari, Devi Mahimna Stothram etc. One needs a scholarly Guru to learn from pure devotion.

  4. This is an excellent introduction to the mantric secrets behind the durga Sapta Sati. In fact, the Lalita Sahasra Nama and Saundarya Lahari are also said to contain such secrets. Tediyur Subrahmanya Sastrigal and S.V.Radhakrishna Sastrigal have written about it. Even the Valmiki Ramayana is supposed to contain the Gayatri- hence we have the Gayari Ramayana.
    Mantras have a mystic hold on the Hindu mind. Perhaps, in our long evolution, we have outgrown the stage of absolute reliance on or resort to such old formulaic mantras?
    Resort to such mantras demands such exceptionally high levels of mental and moral discipline, and ceremonial purity which are difficult to attain and fulfill in the conditions of modern life? After Krishnavatara, we have an abundance of prayers and stutis in our scriptures, and not mantras!
    Even Durga Sapta Sati contains many stutis by rishis and devas! We have also prayers to Durga by Yudhisththira and Arjuna in the Mahabharata. [ It was Sri Krishna who prompted Arjuna to pray to Durga before the start of the War.]
    The writer of this article compares the 700 verses of the Durga Sapta Sati with the verses of the Gita. I feel this is not appropriate. The Gita is a Straight forward scripture and does not contain any hidden secrets. Bhagavan states openly all his secrets: guhya tamam, guhya taram, guhyat guhya taram,.me param vacha, Raja vidya, Raja guhyam,etc. Bhagavan demands only surrender and dedication: mam ekam saranam vraja, man mana bhava, etc. Nothing is hidden in the Gita. It is an open book. Durga Sapta Sati is obviously more complicated.
    Even as namavali, Lalita Sajhasra nama is more complicated with mantric implications than Vishnu Sahasra nama- that is perhaps why our Acharya commented on the Vishnu Sahasra Nama-which is more open and more easily accessible to all.
    It is a sobering thought to realise that after all, we conclude our Sandhya vandana which is full of Vedic mantras, with a simple prayer uttered by Draupadi as recorded in the Mahabharata:
    Sankha chakra gada pane dwaraka nilayachyuta
    Govinda pundarikaksha rakshamam saranagatam.

    Does this not signify the triumph of pure devotion over formulaic mantra, lofty though it is?

    • With great appreciation of what you have put here I agree completely with you that ‘the simple’ triumphs over the complex. But as Dr.Radhakrishnan says,”There are as many ways to god as there are people” , some people are by nature drawn towards the complex(as I am). Secrets and mysticism is what makes them feel complete. It is perhaps just like buying the same product from a small shop for x price and from a mall where it’s price was Y but now discounted and given as x. 😄Shyaam or Shyamala , is each one’s choice!

  5. Aaha! Excellent luck that you shared something like this and we were able to partake of it. But I wonder if it is right to say that this is the only scripture containing lots of beejaaksharas because in my humble knowledge Lalitha Trishati is well known for it.

  6. Mahesh wara, neengal Iruppadhu boga boomiyil. Pesuvadhu ellam yogamaga ulladhu. Really exceptional you are. May be Mahaperiava left torch bearers in you, Ganapathy (Subramanian) and Sai srinivasan, for people like us. Next time when you visit india, all of us would like to meet you, pass a resolution, to return to India for ever.

  7. Jai Ma

    Thank you so very much for an exceptional article.

    Are there any further expositions by the same mahan on further slokas in English or Hindi?

    If so, could you please guide us to the source.

    With humblest pranams and deepest gratitude. to SriSri Mahaswamigal and all devotees,

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