The Tao Te Ching stands alone in explicitly speaking of Tao as The Mother of the World
The Tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 1
translated by Stephen Mitchell
The Tao is called the Great Mother
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 6
translated by Stephen Mitchell
The "Tao Te Ching," "The Book of the Way and its Virtue," is one of the major source texts in Chinese Taoism. It contains 81 short poems or "chapters," and was probably compiled in the 6th-5th c. B.C.E., as a collection of sayings passed down from a much older, oral tradition. The name of its anonymous auther, Lao-tzu, means simply "old master.” According to the commentator Ellen M. Chen, "of all the ancient classics still extant, the Tao Te Ching alone draws its inspiration from the female principle.”
"The reader will notice in the many passages where Lao-tzu describes the master, I have used the pronoun 'she' at least as often as 'he.' The Chinese language doesn't make this kind of distinction; in English we have to choose. But since we are all, potentially, the Master (since the Master is, essentially, us) I felt it would be untrue to present a male archetype, as other versions have, ironically, done. Ironically, because of all the great world religions the teaching of Lao-tzu is by far the most female. Of course you should feel free, throughout the book, to substitute 'he' for 'she' or vice versa.”
From the introduction to the translation
by Stephen Mitchell
"Tao as the Great Mother and the Influence of Motherly Love in the Shaping of Chinese Philosophy
One important aspect of thought in the Tao Te Ching, the significance of which has been so far neglected, is its emphasis on the feminine. Of all ancient Chinese classics, the Tao Te Ching stands alone in explicitly speaking of Tao as The Mother of the World (25): It is the dark female animal (6); to reach union with Tao man need to abide by the female (28); the female animal overcomes the male animal by its stillness (61).”
Ellen Marie Chen, History of Religions, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Aug., 1974), pp. 51-64
Tao The Ching
Ch. 25 Sentence 1
There is something mysterious and whole which existed before heaven and earth, silent, formless, complete, and never changing. Living eternally everywhere in perfection, it is The Mother of all things.
Something there is, whose veiled creation was Before the earth or sky began to be; So silent, so aloof and so alone, It changes not, nor fails, but touches all: Conceive it as The Mother of the world.
Before creation a presence existed, Self-contained, complete, Formless, voiceless, mateless, Changeless, Which yet pervaded itself With unending motherhood.
Before the universe was born there was something in the chaos of the heavens. It stands alone and empty, solitary and unchanging. It is ever present and secure. It may be regarded as The Mother of the universe.
There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, Which existed before heaven and earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered The Mother of the universe.
Something undifferentiated was born before heaven and earth; still and silent, standing alone and unchanging, going through cycles unending, able to be mother to the world.
Without Limit and Perfect, there is a Becoming beyond Heaven and Earth. It has nor motion nor Form; it is alone; it changes not; it extends all ways; it has no adversary. It is like the All-Mother.
There is a thing-kind made up of a mix. It emerges before the cosmos. Solitary! Inchoate! Self grounded and unchanging. Permeating all processes without extremity. We can deem it The Mother of the social world.
There was a chaotic something, yet lacking nothing born before Heaven and Earth. Alone. Still. Standing alone, unchanging. Revolving, endlessly. It can be thought of as Mother of the World.
There was something undefined and complete, coming into existence before Heaven and Earth. How still it was and formless, standing alone, and undergoing no change, reaching everywhere and in no danger (of being exhausted)! It may be regarded as The Mother of all things.
A presence of a thing mixed completely Before the birth of heavens and earth So lonely, so deserted Standing alone yet without deviating Working everywhere yet lacking danger Action of The Mother of the world can happen.
Before the Heaven and Earth existed There was something nebulous: Silent, isolated, Standing alone, changing not, Eternally revolving without fail, Worthy to be The Mother of All Things.
Before Heaven and Earth were born There was something undescribable. Perfectly still, having no form, It stands alone, and does not change. It acts perpetually, yet never tires. It could very well be The Mother of the Universe.
Before heaven and earth here was something nebulous, formless yet complete; without sound, without substance, isolated, free from all form; standing alone and depending on nothing, unchanging, operating everywhere, all pervading, revolving and without fail. One can think of it as The Mother of all.
There is a mystery, Beneath abstraction, Silent, depthless, Alone, unchanging, Ubiquitous and liquid, The Mother of nature.
There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born. It is serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. It is The Mother of the universe.
Which is born before Heaven and Earth. So silent and desolate! It establishes itself without renewal. Functions universally without lapse. We can regard it as The Mother of Everything.
Imagine a nebulous thing here before Heaven and Earth silent and elusive it stands alone not wavering it travels everywhere unharmed it could be The Mother of us all.
There is a thing inherent and natural, Which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless, It stands alone - and never changes; It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted. It may be regarded as The Mother of the Universe.
Something mysterious and perfect existed before even heaven and earth were born. Silent, immeasurable, standing alone and unchanging, moving without end or exhaustion, it is The Mother of the known and unknown universe.
There is a being, of unknown origin, which existed before heaven and earth; imperceptible and undefined, unique and immutable, omnipresent, The Mother of everything there is.
There was Something undefined and yet complete in itself, Born before Heaven-and-Earth. Silent and boundless, Standing alone without change, Yet pervading all without fail, It may be regarded as the Mother of the world.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama 1-200
1) Sri Mata
— Sacred Mother (feminine); the Seer, the Seen and the Seeing.
— The Knower; the Measurer (masculine)
—"For Whom all creatures are born.”Taittiriya Upanishad 3. 2
2) Sri Maharajni
— Great Empress
—"By Whom all creatures live.”Taittiriya Upanishad 3. 1
4) Sri Cidagni-Kunda-sambhuta
— Born from the Pit of the Fire of Consciousness.
— Burns out ignorance and confers Immortality.
5) Sri Deva-Karya-Samudyata.
— Emerges for a Divine Purpose.
— Appears to answer the prayer of Gods (Divine Beings) for help.
— Battles for the spiritual emancipation of Her devotee.
58) Sri Panca-Brahmasana-sthita
— Seated above the Five: Sri Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Isna and Sadasiva.
59) Sri Maha-padmatavi-samstha
— Dwells in the Great Lotus Forest.
61) Sri Sudha-sagara-madhyastha
— Ocean of Nectar.
— Abode of Bliss.
64) Sri Devarsi-gana-sanghata-stuyamanatma-vaibhava
— Gods and Seers perceived Her Cosmic Form.
— Seers realised unity of individual and Cosmic Selves.
65) Sri Bhandasura-vadhodyukta-sakti-sena-samanvita
— Confers powers to devotees to conquer their egos.
— Grants true realisation of Ultimate Reality.
68) Sri Chakra-raja-ratha-rudha-sarvayudha-pariskrta
— Mounted on Sri Chakra inside body with all weapons i.e. Powers.
— Enlightens mind to realise Ultimate Reality as an All Pervading-Consciousness.
70) Sri Chakra-ratharudha-dandanatha-puraskrta
— Mounted on Kiri Chakra, led by Sri Varahi, commander of Her armies.
— Controls forces inside body and marshals them towards God realization.
78) Sri Mahaganesa-nirbhinnavighna-yantra-praharsita
— Delighted at Sri Ganesha destroying obstacles of Her devotees.
— Enables devotee overcome impediments by Her presence in body and Cosmos.
80) Sri Karanguli-nakhotapanna-Narayana-dasakrtih
— 10 avataras of Sri Vishnu emerge from Her fingernails to fight Her battles against Forces of Darkness.
83) Sri Brahmopendra-Mahendradideva-samstuta-vaibhava
— Her splendour praised by Sri Brahma, Vishnu and Indra.
—"You are verily that which cannot be uttered.”Sri Brahmadeva (Devi Mahatmyam)
99) Sri Muladharaika-nilaya
— Dwells in Muladhara Chakra inside body.
101) Sri Manipuranta-rudita
— Appears then in Manipurna Chakra; devotee feels unreality of wakeful state.
102) Sri Visnu-granthi-vibhedini
— Cuts Knot of Sri Vishnu; devotee perceives unreality of individuality.
104) Sri Rudra-granthi-vibhedini
— Cuts Knot of Sri Rudra; devotee becomes one with Cosmic Consciousness.
105) Sri Sahasrarambujarudha
— Dwells in Sahasrara Chakra of liberated souls as Saksi or Witness.
110) Sri Kundalini
— She is coiled like a serpent. She is stated to assume 31/2 coils
- the form in which Sri Lalita resides in sacrum bone of every human as potential state.
112) Sri Bhavani
— Giver of Life to Universe.
114) Sri Bhavaranya-kutharika
— Confers moksa from samsara i.e. freedom from cycle of rebirths.
136) Sri Nitya
137) Sri Nirakara
143) Sri Nirupaplava
154) Sri Nirupadhih
155) Sri Nirisvara
167) Sri Papanasini
— Dispels all ignorance, or destroys sins.
—"By mere concentration on Her, sin becomes virtue.”Brahmanda Purana
173) Sri Samsayaghni
— Destroys doubts of devotees.
174) Sri Nirbhava
175) Sri Nirnasa
196) Sri Sarvajna
198) Sri Samanadhika-Varjita
— Supreme; none to equal or excel Her.
199) Sri Sarva-Sakti-Mayi
— The Mother of all Powers and Energies such as Mahakali, Mahlaksmi and Mahasaraswati.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
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Ch. 25 Sentence 2
I do not know its name; I call it the Way. If forced to define it, I shall call it supreme.
I do not know its name: A name for it is"Way"; Pressed for designation, I call it Great.
Though there can be no name for it, I have called it 'the way of life.' Perhaps I should have called it 'the fullness of life,'
Because I do not know its name, I call it the Tao. If forced to give it a name, I would call it 'Great'.
I do not know its name; I call it Tao. If forced to give it a name, I shall call it Great.
I do not know its name; I label it the Way. Imposing on it a name, I call it Great.
I do not know its Name, but I call it the Dao. Moreover, I exert myself, and call it Vastness.
I don't know its name. When put in characters we say dao. Forced to deem it as named, we say 'great.'
I do not know its name, one can call it 'Tao.' The name of its powerful presence: One can call it 'The Great One.'
I do not know its name, and I give it the designation of the Tao (the Way or Course). Making an effort (further) to give it a name I call it The Great.
I have no knowledge of its name Giving a word, I say tao. Stubbornly trying to name it I say great.
I do not know its name And address it as Tao. If forced to give it a name, I shall call it"Great.
I don't know its name, so I just call it the Tao. If forced to give it a name, I would call it Great.
I don't know its true name. I call it dao.”Way" is the by-name. If forced to give it a name I can call it great (ta).
It has no name, but I call it"The Way"; It has no limit, but I call it"limitless.”
For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao.
There is something that is perfect in its disorder I don't know its name. Hence, when forced to name it, I call it "Tao.” When forced to categorize it, I call it "great.”
Nnot knowing its name I call it the Tao forced to name it I name it Great
I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.
I don't know its name, so I call it by an alias: Tao. Forced to describe it, I only say," It is great.”
I do not know it by its own name. I designate it by the word Principle. If it were necessary to name it, one would call it the Great.
I do not know its name; I style it"Tao"; And, in the absence of a better word, call it"The Great.”
Sri Lalita Sahasranama 201-400
201) Sri Sadgati-Prada
— Leads devotee to Highest Truth or Reality which is Herself.
203) Sri Sarvamayi
— Immanent in All.
207) Sri Manonmani
— Highest state of Consciousness.
— Secret name of Sri Durga.
208) Sri Mahesvari
— One with Him, God Almighty.
209) Sri Mahadevi
— The Greatest Goddess.
212) Sri Maharupa
— The Supreme Form.
213) Sri Maha-Pujya
— Worshipped by the Highest i.e. Sri Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
214) Sri Maha-Pataka-Nasini
— Destroys the greatest of sins.
216) Sri Maha-Sattva
— Supreme Existence.
— Supreme Energy.
217) Sri Maha-Saktih
— The Greatest Power.
—"To the Devi who abides in All beings in the form of Power.” Sri Durga-Saptasati 32-34
218) Sri Maharatih
— The Greatest Bliss.
221) Sri Mahavirya
— The Greatest Might.
222) Sri Mahabala
— The Greatest Strength.
223) Sri Mahabuddhih
— The Greatest Intelligence.
—"To the Devi who abides in All beings in the form of Pure Intelligence.”Sri Durga-Saptasati 20-22
232) Sri Mahesvara-Maha-Kalpa-Maha-Tandava-Saksini
— Silent Witness to the dissolution of the Universe.
252) Sri Paramananda
— The Ultimate Bliss.
254) Sri Dhyana-Dhyatr-Dhyeya-Rupa
— In the form of meditation, meditator and meditated.
256) Sri Visvarupa
— Universe is Her From.
263) Sri Sarvavastha Vivarjita
— Beyond all states. She is one with those who are beyond all those states mentioned above.
265) Sri Brahmarupa
— Of the Form of Sri Brahma, the Creator.
267) Sri Govindarupini
— Of the form of Sri Vishnu, the Sustainer.
268) Sri Samharini
— Destroyer of Universe.
285) Sri Abrahma-Kita-Janani
— Mother of all Life.
296) Sri Anandinidhana
— Having neither Birth nor Death.
297) Sri Hari-Brahmendra-Sevita
— Served by Sri Vishnu, Brahma and Indra, being Their Overlord.
317) Sri Raksakari
— The Saviour.
325) Sri Jagatikanda
— Root of the Universe.
326) Sri Karunarasa-Sagara
— Ocean of Compassion.
329) Sri Kanta
— Ultimate Form of Reality.
338) Sri Veda-Janani
— Mother of the Vedas.
339) Sri Visnu-Maya
— Produces an illusion of limitation, even to Visnu who is limitless.
340) Sri Vilasini
— Universe is for Her Pleasure.
— Opens or closes way to Self-Realization.
358) Sri Taruni
— Ever Young
359) Sri Tapasaradhya
— Worshipped by Penance.
— Beyond those incapable of meditation and penance.
361) Sri Tamopaha
— The Remover of Ignorance.
366) Sri Para
— The Ultimate.
367) Sri Pratyak-Chiti-Rupa
— Inner Consciousness or Knowledge.
369) Sri Para Devata
— The Ultimate Godhead.
373) Sri Kamesvara-Prananadi
— Life-breath of Sri Shiva.
—"Without Her, He is unable to move.” Saundhara-Lahari 1.
374) Sri Krtajna
— Witness and Judge of all.
389) Sri Nirupama
390) Sri Nirvana-sukha-dayini
— Giver of the Bliss of Liberation.
396) Sri Paramesvari
— The Ultimate Ruler.
397) Sri Mulaprakrtih
— The Original Nature.
400) Sri Vyapini
— All Pervading.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
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Ch. 25 Sentence 3
Supreme means absolute. Absolute means extending everywhere. Extending everywhere means returning to itself.
Great means outgoing, Outgoing, far-reaching, Far-reaching, return.
Since fullness implies widening into space, Implies still further widening, Implies widening until the circle is whole.
Because it is Great means it is everywhere. Being everywhere means it is eternal. Being eternal means everything returns to it.
Now being great means functioning everywhere. Functioning everywhere means far-reaching. Being far-reaching means returning to the original point.
Greatness means it goes; going means reaching afar; reaching afar means return.
Vastness, the Becoming! Becoming, it flies afar. Afar, it draws near.
Being great, we say 'comprehensive.' Being comprehensive, we say 'far reaching.' Being far reaching, we say 'reverting.'
Great means going forth going forth means going far away going far away means turning back.
Great, it passes on (in constant flow). Passing on, it becomes remote. Having become remote, it returns.
Great, I say passing by Passing by, I say far-reaching Far-reaching, I say returning.
"Being great implies reaching out in space, Reaching out in space implies far-reaching, Far-reaching implies reversion to the original point.
Being Great, I call it eternal. Being eternal, I call it infinite. Being infinite, I call it Reconciliation.
Now such greatness implies reaching out in space, and also means functioning everywhere, or passing on; Space-yielding or functioning everywhere signifies far-reaching. And passing on means going far away, To go really far is to return to the original point. To reach far is a return. To go far away means to return.
Being limitless, it flows away forever; Flowing away forever, it returns to my self.
It flows through all things, inside and outside, and returns to the origin of all things.
Greatness entails transcendence. Transcendence entails going-far. Going-far entails return.
Great means ever-flowing ever-flowing means far-reaching far-reaching means returning.
Supreme means going on; Going on means going far; Going far means returning.
That which is great continues. That which continues goes far. That which goes far returns.
Great going forth, great distance, great return. (The principle of the great cyclic evolution of the cosmos, of the becoming and ending of all beings).
To be great is to go on, To go on is to be far, To be far is to return.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama 401-600
414) Sri Sva-prakasa
— Self-Illuminated; nothing illuminates Her as She is 'Svayam-jyoti'.
415) Sri Mano-vachamagochara
— Beyond grasp of mind and speech.
—"Where words turn back.” Annapurna Upanisad 2
419) Sri Jadatmika
— Entire Creation has no power of knowing Her.
423) Sri Dvija-Vrnda-nisevita
— Pacified by the twice-born.
442) Sri Kumara-gana-nathamba
— Mother of Sri Kumara and Sri Ganesha, Commanders-in-Chief of the Divine Forces.
457) Sri Mata
463) Sri Suranayika
— Leader of Gods.
470) Sri Vayovastha-vivarjita
528) Sri Sahasra-dala-padmastha
— Resides in the Thousand-Petalled Lotus.
543) Sri Punya-labhya
— Attained by the meritorious or righteous.
— Worshipped due to good actions in previous births.
552) Sri Agra-ganya
552) Sri Achintya-rupa
— Form inaccessible to thought.
555) Sri Kali-kalmasa-nasini
— Destroys sins in this Kali age.
563) Sri Mukhya
— The First One.
573) Sri Prajnana Ghana-rupini
— Supreme Wisdom
— State of Consciousness where nothing else is experienced except Self.
—"Like the taste of salt in the sea (It) is everywhere; Prajnana is All Pervasive.” Brahadaranyaka Upanisad
591) Sri Sirahsthita
— Dwells inside head near Brahmarandhra.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
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Ch. 25 Sentence 4
Thus the Way is supreme. Heaven is supreme. Earth is supreme. And the person is supreme. There are four supremes in the universe, and the person is one of them.
The Way is great, The sky is great, The earth is great, The king also is great. within the realm These four are great; The king but stands For one of them.
In this sense The way of life is fulfilled, Heaven is fulfilled, Earth fulfilled And a fit man also is fulfilled: These are the four amplitudes of the universe And a fit man is one of them.
Tao is great. Heaven is great. Earth is great. Humanity is great. within the universe, these are the four great things.
Therefore Tao is great Heaven is great. Earth is great. And the king is also great.
Therefore the Way is great, heaven is great, earth is great, and kingship is also great. Among domains are four greats, of which kingship is one.
Vast is this Dao; Heaven also is vast; and the Holy King is vast also. In the Universe are Four Vastnesses, and of these [one] is the Holy King.
So our dao is great; Nature (heaven) is great, Earth is great, and kings are also great. within a region are four 'greats.' And the King occupies one of those [lofty] statuses.
Yes: Tao is great Heaven is great Earth is great (the king is also great in the universe there are four great ones and the king takes his place as one of them).
Therefore the Tao is great; Heaven is great; Earth is great; and the (sage) king is also great. In the universe there are four that are great, and the (sage) king is one of them.
So tao is great, heavens are great, earth is great Kings are also great. In the center of the universe are four greatnesses Yet kings stand still, blending them into one.
Therefore: Tao is Great, The Heaven is great, The Earth is great, The King is also great. There are the Great Four in the universe, And the King is one of them.
Therefore, the Tao is Great. Heaven is Great. The Earth is Great. Humankind is Great. In the Universe there are these four things which are Great, And humankind is one of them.
So dao is great and far-reaching, and so is heaven, earth and the king. For just as dao, earth and heaven each has its subtle greatness, so does the ruler. There are four great things in the universe, and the king is one of them. So within the realm there are four portions of greatness", and one belongs to the king.
The Way is limitless, So nature is limitless, So the world is limitless, And so I am limitless.
The Tao is great. The universe is great. Earth is great. Man is great. These are the four great powers.
Hence, Tao is great, Heaven is great, the Earth is great And the human is also great. within our realm there are four greatnesses and the human being is one of them.
the Tao is great Heaven is great Earth is great the king is also great the realm contains four greats of these the king is one.
Therefore Tao is supreme; heaven is supreme; earth is supreme; and man is also supreme; There are in the universe four things supreme, and man is one of them.
Therefore Tao is great, heaven is great, earth is great, a person of Tao is great. These are the four greatnesses in the universe.
The name Great befits (proportionally) four (superimposed) beings: The emperor, the earth, heaven (the classical Chinese triad), and the Principle.
Hence," Tao is great, Heaven is great, Earth is great, King is great.”Thus, the king is one of the great four in the Universe.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama 601-800
603) Sri Gurumurtih
— Of the Form of Guru.
— Leads devotee to Highest state of Liberation
615) Sri Adi-Shaktih
— Primal Power.
— The First Cause.
616) Sri Ameya
618) Sri Atma
— The Ultimate Cosmic Soul.
620) Sri Aneka-koti-brahmanda-Janani
— Mother of all Universes.
— Her mind creates Universes at Will.
621) Sri Divya-vigraha
— Represents the Battle of the Divine Forces against Evil.
646) Sri Satyananda-svarupini
— Of the Nature of Truth and Bliss.
651) Sri Vijnatri
— Source of All Knowledge.
654) Sri Yogada
— One who gives Union of individual soul with Cosmic Spirit.
658) Sri Icchasakti-Jnana-Sakti-Kriya-Sakti- Svarupini
— The Power of Will, Knowledge and Action.
— The Force that Creates and Moves the Universe.
661) Sri Sadasad-rupadharini
— The Form of Existence and Non-existence.
— The Source of Reality and Unreality.
664) Sri Loka-yatra-vidhayini
— The One who determines the Life-Cycle of the Universe.
665) Sri Ekakini
668) Sri Dvaita-varjita
— The Ultimate Reality beyond All Duality.
673) Sri Brhati
— The Immense Truth.
678) Sri Bhasa-rupa
— In the Form of Languages.
681) Sri Sukharadhya
— Easily worshipped without putting body to strain.
— Internally worshipped.
683) Sri Sobhana-sulabha-gatih
— The Easiest Path to Self-Realization.
692) Sri Samrajya-dayini
— The Giver of Empires.
— Bestower of the Empire of Liberation.
700) Sri Saccidananda-rupini
— The Truth, Knowledge and Bliss unconditioned by Time and Space.
— The basic components of the Ultimate.
701) Sri Desa-kala-paricchinna
— The Truth unbroken by Time and Space.
— The All Pervading Eternal Truth.
702) Sri Sarvaga
— Present Everywhere and in Everything.
705) Sri Sastramayi
— The Mother of all Scriptures.
706) Sri Guhamba
— The Mother that dwells in the Heart.
707) Sri Guhya-rupini
— Beyond the Senses.
— Unseen and Secret.
713) Sri Guru-mandala-rupini
— The Unbroken Line of Divine Messengers.
— The Succession of Gurus that is She Herself.
718) Sri Mahi
— the Mother Earth.
— Giver of all Life and Food.
719) Sri Ganamba
— The Mother of Sri Ganesha.
725) Sri Daksinamurti-rupini
— The Form of Sri Daksinamurti, The Cosmic Guru.
— The Treasure-House of All Knowledge.
736) Sri Muktida
— The One who confers Liberation.
737) Sri Mukti-Rupini
— The Form of Liberation.
— The Supreme Knowledge of Liberation.
739) Sri Layakari
—The Fifth State beyond Turiya.
—The State where individual and Cosmic Consciousness merge.
742) Sri Bhava-Dava-Sudha-Vrstih
— Ambrosial rain which extinguishes the forest fire of Samsara.
— Ends the cycle of births and death.
755) Sri Candika
— Angry with evil forces.
757) Sri Ksara-Ksaratmika
— Eternal and Indestructible.
759) Sri Visva-Dharini
— The One who contains all Universes.
765) Sri Suddha
— Pure Knowledge.
768) Sri Dyuti-Dhara
— The Light.
777) Sri Viraradhya
— Worshipped by the valiant.
783) Sri Pranada
— The Giver of Life.
788) Sri Jayatsena
— Having victorious armies of Divine Forces.
800) Sri Rasa-sevadhih
— The Ocean of Bliss.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
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Ch. 25 Sentence 5
The person reflects the earth. The earth reflects heaven. Heaven reflects the Way. And the Way reflects its own nature.
Man conforms to the earth; The earth conforms to the sky; The sky conforms to the Way; The Way conforms to its own nature.
Man rounding the way of earth, Earth rounding the way of heaven, Heaven rounding the way of life Till the circle is full.
Humanity follows the earth. Earth follows Heaven. Heaven follows the Tao. The Tao follows only itself.
Man models himself after Earth. Earth models itself after Heaven. Heaven models itself after Tao. And Tao models itself after Nature.
Humanity emulates earth, earth emulates heaven, heaven emulates the Way, the Way emulates nature.
Man follows the formula of Earth; Earth follows that of Heaven, and Heaven that of the Dao. The Formula of the Dao is its own Nature.
Humans treat earth as a standard. Earth treats constant nature as a standard. Constant nature treats dao as a standard. Dao treats being so of itself as a standard.
Earth gives the rule for people Heaven gives the rule for Earth Tao gives the rule for Heaven the rule for Tao: things as they are.
Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.
Man is an offshoot of earth Earth is an offshoot of the heavens The heavens are an offshoot of tao Tao is an offshoot of the natural.
Man models himself after the Earth; The Earth models itself after Heaven; The Heaven models itself after Tao; Tao models itself after nature.
Humankind follows the Earth, The Earth follows Heaven, Heaven follows the Tao, And the Tao just acts like itself.
The ways of men are conditioned by those of earth. The ways of earth, by those of heaven. The ways of heaven by those of dao, and the ways of dao by the Self-so's Dao in turn models itself after Nature.
For I am abstracted from the world, The world from nature, Nature from the Way, And the Way from what is beneath abstraction.
Man follows the earth. Earth follows the universe. The universe follows the Tao. The Tao follows only itself.
Human beings follow the Earth. Earth follows Heaven Heaven follows the Tao The Tao follows the way things are.
Man imitates Earth Earth imitates Heaven Heaven imitates the Tao the Tao imitates itself.
Man follows the laws of earth; Earth follows the laws of heaven; Heaven follows the laws of Tao; Tao follows the laws of its intrinsic nature.
A person of Tao follows earth. Earth follows Heaven. Heaven follows Tao. Tao follows its own nature.
The emperor owes his greatness to the earth (his theater), earth owes its greatness to heaven (of which it is the fruit), heaven owes its greatness to the Principle (of which it is the principal agent). (Greatness borrowed, as one can see, whereas) the Principle owes its essential greatness to its underived, uncreated existence.
Man follows the ways of the Earth. The Earth follows the ways of Heaven, Heaven follows the ways of Tao, Tao follows its own ways.
Sri Lalita Sahasranama 801-1000
802) Sri Puratana
— The Primordial One.
— The Ancient One.
806) Sri Param-jyotih
— The Ultimate Light.
—"There (in the Great Lotus Forest) the sun, moon and stars do not shine because She illumines the mind that illumine all of them.”Kathopanisad 5.15
808) Sri Paramanuh
— The Ultimate Atom.
— The Minutest Atom.
809) Sri Parat-para
— The Ultimate of the Ultimate.
— The Ultimate beyond the Trimurti — Sri Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
814) Sri Amurta
— Beyond sense perception.
816) Sri Muni-manasa-hamsika
— Ever dwelling in the minds of Yogis.
— The Female Swan in the Lake of the Great Lotus Forest.
817) Sri Satya-vrata
— Dedicated to the Food of Truth.
819) Sri Sarvantaryamini
— The Spirit
822) Sri Brahma-janani
— The Ultimate Mother of All.
824) Sri Bahu-rupa
— Of Multiform Manifestations.
—"There are many forms of Her: the divine, human, animal, static and mobile. Hence She is known as Bahurupa.”Devi-Purana
826) Sri Prasavitri
— Entire Creation emanates from Her.
828) Sri Ajna
— The Command.
—"In the beginning from My Mouth, By My Command were born.”Linga Purana
831) Sri Pranesvari
—The Ruler of All Forms of Life.
—The Life of Life.
836) Sri Vira-mata
— The Mother of the Forces battling the forces of evil.
839) Sri Mukti-nilaya
— The Abode of Liberation.
840) Sri Mula-vigraha-rupini
— The Primordial Power.
841) Sri Bhavajna
— The Knower of All Thoughts.
845) Sri Sastra-sara
— The Power behind all Scriptures.
851) Sri Janma-mrtyu-tapta-jana-visranti-dayini
— Bestower of Peace and Solace on those consumed by evils of life, death and old age.
— Endows True Knowledge of their Selves.
852) Sri Sarvopanisadadudghusta
— Proclaimed by all the Upanisads.
854) Sri Gambhira
— The Bottomless Lake.
—"The Ultimate Mother is to be visualised as a great and deep lake of Consciousness, uncomprehended by Space and Time.”Siva Sutra 1.23
858) Sri Kalpana-rahita
— Pure Consciousness.
859) Sri Kastha
— The Final Truth.
—"She is the End and She is the Ultimate Path.” Kathopanisad 3.11
861) Sri Kantardha-vigraha
— Having half the form which is Female.
866) Sri Aja
— The Unborn One.
— The One without Birth.
870) Sri Antarmukha-samaradhya
— Worshipped by those with Inner Vision.
— Worshipped by those with introspection.
871) Sri Bahirmukha-sudurlabha
— To be sought within.
879) Sri Sudha-srutih
— Ambrosial Stream of Bliss.
880) Sri Samsara-panka-nirmagna- samuddharana-pandita
— Rescues those drowning in Samsara; cycle of births and death.
—"Just as the tusk of Sri Varahavatara rescued the submerged earth, so also She rescues those drowned in the Sea of Births.”Saundarya- Lahari 3
891) Sri Vidrumabha
— The Tree of Knowledge
893) Sri Visnurupini
— Sri Vishnu is one of Her Forms.
— The Primordial Power of Sri Mahesha has four different forms.
902) Sri Vijnana-Kalana
— The Knower.
— The Perceiver.
907) Sri Tattvamayi
— The Mother of the Ultimate State of Consciousness.
911) Sri Sadasiva-Kutumbini
— The Matriarch of His Family.
— The Matriarch of Creation.
920) Sri Sadodita
— Ever Present in minds of devotees.
925) Sri Kaulini-Kevala
— The Power behind Time.
940) Sri Paramoda
— The Form of the Ultimate Bliss of Realization.
952) Sri Sasvataisvarya
— Having the Eternal Kingdom
960) Sri Lokatita
— Seated above Sahasrara or Sadashiva
- Loka in body.
— Transcends all Universes.
965) Sri Bala
— The First Movement towards Creation.
980) Sri Jnanagamya
— Reached only by Knowledge.
995) Sri Sarvanullanghya Sasana
— Whose command none i.e., not even Trimurtis can transgress.
1000) Sri Lalitambika
— The Mother Sri Lalita.
—"Since The Mother transcends the universe She sports, She is said to be Sri Lalita.” (Padma Purana)
Sri Lalita Sahasranama
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