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Devi Adi Shakti

 

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

All of Sri Krishna’s energies are Goddesses, the first expansion of which is Sri Radha, the original divine feminine principle, Adi Shri. 

Krishna’s powerful illusory energy, Adi Shakti, Yogamaya the Divine Mother is the expansion of Sri Radha. Shakti’s consort is Sada Shiva. Krishna never touches matter, but when he has to, He transforms into Shiva. Shiva is a transformation of Krishna and Yogamaya is a transformation of Radha and through the union of Maya and Shiva, the material world is created. The spiritual world is never created; it is eternally manifested by the union of Radha and Krishna. 

Devi Durga the Vaishnavi energy of Sri Hari Vishnu is not One but actually Dual, one known as Yogamaya and the other is known as Mahamaya. Together they form the divine feminine aspects of God. Yogamaya is the expansion of Lord Krishna’s personal energy (Radha) and Mahamaya is the expansion of Yogamaya.  

If one accepts this dual nature of Ma it becomes relatively easy to relate to Her although no one can really “understand” Maya or overcome Her influence. As devotees of Sri Krishna, we have to pray to her to take us to the Divine Couple Sri Radha Krishna so we may render devotional service.

In the scriptures there is the story of how the Holy Trinity Brahma Vishnu and Maheshwar performed a yagna invoking Adi Shakti Ma to appear in order to fight and defeat the unconquerable demon Durg. In response to their prayers the Divine Mother Goddess appeared out of the sacred fire. Her original form is as Adi Lakshmi riding a lion. After slaying Durg, she came to be worshipped as Durga.

All divine goddesses are the expansions of Adi Shri Radhika Devi. Lord Narayan glorifies Sri Radha as follows: 

नमस्ते तुलसीरूपे नमो लक्ष्मीस्वरुपिणी।
नमो दुर्गे भगवति नमस्ते सर्वरूपिणी।।

I salute You as Tulasi Devi
Thou art the original Adi Lakshmi
Salutations as Durga Bhagavati 
Salutations to all your divine forms.

 

 

Jai Jai Sri Radhey !