Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chinnamasta Shathanama Stotram Audio

Devi Chinnamasta is the sixth Dasha Mahavidya and is misunderstood by many people due to heavy misinformation. Wikipedia article can be found at : .
Most problems in the world created by man can generally be linked to ahankaaram – ego ! One tries to prove his or her superiority over others either in status of wealth, position in society, ranking in a corporate setting, etc, etc. It is this desire to pump up one’s ego that causes problems. This egotism does not always appear clearly and is many times subtle. Subtle ego is actually more problematic than gross and apparent ego. Rishis and munis have stated clearly that unless ego is kept contained, one cannot make spiritual progress.

Even apparently positive actions like charitable activities need to be cleansed of ego and name recognition and need to be performed without desire for pomp and praise. Devi Chinnamasta represents this cleansing process of getting rid of ego; ego is connected to the head and hence the severing of the head.

Another aspect of Devi Chinnamasta is the nurturing nature and selfless sacrifice that one needs to perform for others. Legend has it that the two assistants on either side of the Devi were hungry and begged the Divine Mother for food at which point, the Devi severed Her own head to make sure that the devotees are well nourished; this is depicted by the blood stream reaching them; this is similar to the motherly instinct of all beings be it human or animal to take care of those that depend upon you.
Once a devotee starts to worship Devi Chinnamasta, feelings of helping those in distress start becoming stronger and one starts to really work on subduing ego and pride.

I must give credit to Kishore, my brother-in-law for providing me this stotram. It gives me joy to listen to it and hopefully you will enjoy it too!

And now the audio: 4 minutes and 18 seconds long.
( Mobile devices: click download; then play.)

I have made a pdf copy of the shloka in Sanskrit and it can be found below:

Om Shree Chinnamasta Devi Namo Namaha !

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