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Shivaji worshipped Tulja Bhavani with Khadgamala and obtained Bhavani Talwar. Once I had a vision of Devi giving me a sword. When I held it, it was not heavy, but it extended to the sky and the Sun was shining at its tip. I felt a tremendous surge of power and light entering my heart through my hand. I was meditating 6-8 hrs a day at that time visualizing the Khadgamala deities in the Sri Chakra.
Khadga means a sword and mala means a garland. Sword cuts the head, separating body from the mind. It can be interpreted also as wisdom, which separates, categorizes, and classifies. So it is a symbol of knowledge. Khadgamala is about imagining a garland of synergistic ideas, nourishing and protecting them and putting life into them.
The Divine Mother Life imagined that there should be time, and time came to be. She chose to be the womb of space, in which time can be. Time and space made matter. Time and space provided the framework for light vibrations. Light preserves the present moment. The light was Sarasvati. Time - space - matter was classified by Her great imagination into life, sky, air, fire, water and earth with their attributes in seed form. The Divine Mother imagined 14 stable worlds in an atom, and 14 worlds in cosmos. Then she felt this was enough and put a sphere around it.
So far the creation had all the richness of variety, forms of Lakshmi, but there was no action because time was like space - refusing to move. Everything was light. she created a great orgasm to time and time began to flow. She made the earth to move around the sun making years and moon around earth making the lunar month. Life would mate with time then any form of experience would happen. Two examples illustrate this.
1. We have life but we
don't feel flowing time in sleep.
In both these cases there is no experience. So life has to be in continuous union with flowing time in order to have any experience. Sometimes she would separate from time and then there would be no experience but rest.
Then she limited the fields of cosmic awareness making an individual. The individual separated from cosmos and said," I am so and so and these are mine and these are not mine." There was desire and fear about what is not mine. If I did not get what I wanted, I felt helpless, angry and needed power. If I get the desired object I was happy and would not let it go. I had the pride that I had it, and nobody else had it. I was worried it would go away. I was worried that I would die, and how can I go on after my life? I discovered food for extending my life. I discovered also that I could create new life forms through pleasure. So, sex is like hunger, nourishing my need to extend my self beyond death. The Divine Mother took the form of a snake and chose genital as her coiled abode ready to uncoil and strike to transcend life and realizing my potential to be a cosmic being in space and time, nay, before creation of life.
The Khadgamala is the equation I=World=Beyond. Regular practice protects you, nourishes you, and takes you beyond. Believe me, it works.
How should you practice Khadgamala? As you are reciting each name, a portion of Sri Chakra should spring up in your mind's eye. The power comes from intensifying concentration to visualize the form, hear the sound, feel the touch, taste, and smell of the divine perfume of the goddess manifesting that part of the ever youthful goddess. The Goddess loves fun. She is in deep love with you.
So begin your journey to Goddess today, no matter how feebly. You can add power and depth as you move along. I am there to help you.