durga das

Durgā (Goddess of War). Fierce form of Mother Goddess, victor of good over evil (The Invincible One), slaying Mahishasura, the buffalo-demon. India. 1800s.

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There’s something cool, even implicative and spooky about being named after a girl in a movie. Something sort of unforced, like a quirk I get to keep but was uninvolved in forming. It’s as though my love of film predates me, is beyond my control, and here I am, the product not just of my parents but also of their taste. Because the Durga I’m named after is the Durga in Pather Panchali (1955)—the first installment in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, and one of the greatest films ever made.

Constant Compass: Durga Chew-Bose writes a moving ode to her namesake, Uma Das Gupta’s Durga in Pather Panchali

Beej Mantras- Benefits and Use

A Beej Mantra is the shortest form of a Mantra just like a beej (seed) which when sown, grows into a tree. Similarly beej mantras of different Gods, when recited together gift us immense positive energy and blessings bestowed from all the Gods.

They are the vibrations, and represent the “call” of the soul. It is believed that the universe was created then the sounds produced during the cosmic evolution emanated from the beej mantra.

Each Beej mantra carries its own power and when mixed with mantras, they add extra power to the benefits of derived from that mantra. Mantras which contain up to nine words are termed Beej Mantra, ten or twenty words forms Mantra and beyond are known Maha Mantra.

Basic beej mantra “Om” is further expanded into the following types of beej - yog beej ,tejo beej, shanti beej and raksha beej, which are respectively known as aeng (aim) hreem, sreem, kreem, kleem, dum, gam, glaum, lam, yam, aam or um or ram.

Om

This beej mantra is the mystic name for the Hindu Trimurti, and represents the union of the three gods, viz. ‘A’ for Brahma, ‘U’ for Vishnu and ‘M’ for Mahadev Shiva. The three sounds also symbolize the three Vedas (Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda)

Kreem क्रीं

This is Goddess Kali’s beej mantra. Kali Mata gives us health, strength, all round success and protects us from evil. This mantra creates a strong base for Kali Mahavidya Sadhana. In this mantra ‘ Ka ’ is Maa Kali , ‘ Ra ’ is Brahman, and ‘ ee ’ is Mahamaya. ‘ Nada ’ is the Mother of the Universe, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

Shreem श्रीं

This is the beej mantra for Goddess Mahalaxmi. It is recited for wealth, material gains, success in business or profession, elimination of ailments and worries, protection, being granted a happy married life and all round success. ‘ Sha ’ is Maha Lakshmi, ‘ Ra ’ means wealth. ‘ Ee ’ is satisfaction or contentment. Nada is the manifested Brahman, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow

Hroum ह्रौं

This is the beej mantra for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva protects one from sudden death, fatal diseases, gives immortality, moksha and all round success if a person recites it with devotion along with the mantras of Shiva.

Doom दुं

This is the beej Mantra of Ma Durga . It is recited for power, strength, protection, health, wealth, victory, wisdom, knowledge, elimination of enemies & grave problems, happy married life and all round success. ‘Da’ means Durga, and ‘ U ’ means to protect. Nada means Mother of the universe, and bindu signifies worship

Hreem ह्रीं

This is the Mantra of Mahamaya or Bhuvaneshwari. This helps to lead a person to their highest in life. ‘ Ha ’ means Shiva, ‘ Ra ’ is prakriti, ‘ ee ’ means Mahamaya. Nada is the Mother of the universe, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

Ayeim ऐं

This is the beej Mantra of Devi Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge of all fields and with the recitation of this mantra one can attain knowledge, wisdom and success in any field. ‘ Ai ’ stands for Saraswati, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

Gam गं

This is the beej mantra of Lord Ganapati. Lord Ganesha endows His devotees with knowledge, wisdom, protection, fortune, happiness, health, wealth and eliminate all obstacles. ‘ Ga ’ means Ganesha, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

Fraum फ्रौं

This is the beej mantra for Lord Hanuman. Chanting of it gives unlimited strength, power, protection, wisdom, happiness, elimination of bad spirits & ghosts, victory over enemies and all round success.

Dam दं

This is beej mantra for Lord Vishnu. With recitation of it, a person welcomes wealth, health, protection, a happy married life, happiness, victory and all round success.

Bhram भ्रं

This is the beej mantra of Lord Bhairav. It is recited for strength, protection, victory, health, wealth, happiness, fame, success in court cases, elimination of enemies, and all round success.

Dhoom धूं

This is the beej mantra for Goddess Dhoomavati. Chanting of this mantra gives quick eradication of all enemies, strength, fortune, protection, health, wealth and all round success

Hleem हलीं

This is the beej mantra for Goddess Bagalamukhi. It is recited for quick elimination of all enemies, power, victory, fame, and all round success

Treem  त्रीं

This is the beej mantra for Goddess Tara. Recitation of this mantra gives unending financial gain, unlimited wealth, fortune, fame, happiness, victory and all round success.

Kshraum क्ष्रौं

This is a beej mantra of Lord Narsimha. Lord Narsimha removes humans all sorrows and fears and bring quick victory over enemies. This also creates a strong base for other Narsimha sadhanas

Dhham धं

This is the beej mantra of Lord Kuber. It is recited for massive monetary gain, wealth, fortune and all round success.

Ham हं

This beej mantra is recited for the awakening of Kundalini. It is chanted for activating the Akash Tatva (space element) in us which enables siddhis and eliminates ailments related to this element.

Ram रां

This beej mantra is related to Agni Tatva (fire element). Chanting of this mantra activates the Agni Tatva and eliminates ailments related to this element. It is helpful for quicker awakening of Kundalini.

Yam यं

This beej mantra is related to Vayu Tatva (air element). Chanting of this mantra activates the Vayu Tatva and eliminates ailments related to this element. Activation of all elements leads to quicker awakening of Kundalini as well.

Ksham क्षं

This is related to the Prithvi Tatva (earth element) in us which eliminates ailments related to this element. Activation of all elements leads to quicker awakening of Kundalini and enables a sadhak to access all supernatural powers.

Tam तं

This beej mantra is for getting rid of disease, worry, fear and illusion.

By K. Nagori