Hymn to Durga
HYMN TO DURGA
By Sri Aurobindo
MOTHER DURGA!Rider on the lion, giver of all strength, Mother, beloved of Siva!We, born from thy parts of Power, we the youth of India, are seated here in thy temple.Listen, O Mother, descend upon earth, make thyself manifest in this land of India.
MOTHER DURGA!From age to age, in life after life, we come down into the human body, do thy work and return to the Home of Delight.Now too we are born, dedicated to thy work.Listen, O Mother, descend upon earth, come to our help.
MOTHER DURGA!Rider on the lion, trident in hand, thy body of beauty armour-clad, Mother, giver of victory.India awaits thee, eager to see the gracious form of thine.Listen, O Mother, descend upon earth, make thyself manifest in this land of India.
MOTHER DURGA!Giver of force and love and knowledge, terrible art thou in thy own self of might, Mother beautiful and fierce.In the battle of life, in India's battle, we are warriors commissioned by thee;Mother, give to our heart and mind a titan's strength, a titan's energy, to our soul and intelligence god's character and knowledge.
MOTHER DURGA!India, world's noblest race, lay whelmed in darkness.Mother, thou risest on the eastern horizon, the dawn comes with the glow of thy divine limbs scattering the darkness.Spread thy light, Mother, destroy the darkness.
MOTHER DURGA!We are thy children, through thy grace, by thy influence may we become fit for the great work, for the great Ideal.Mother, destroy our smallness, our selfishness, our fear.
MOTHER DURGA!Thou art Kali, naked, garlanded with human heads, sword in hand, thou slayest the Asura.Goddess, do thou slay with thy pitiless cry the enemies who dwell within us, may none remain alive there, not one.May we become pure and spotless, this is our prayer.O Mother, make thyself manifest.
MOTHER DURGA!India lies low in selfishness and fearfulness and littleness.Make us great, make our efforts great, our hearts vast, make us true to our resolve.May we no desire along the small, void of energy, given to laziness, stricken with fear.
MOTHER DURGA!Extend wide the power of Yoga.We are thy Aryan children, develop in us again the lost teaching, character, strength of intellect, faith and devotion, strength of austerity, power of chastity and true knowledge, bestow all that upon the world.To help mankind, appear, O Mother of the world, dispel all ills.
MOTHER DURGA!Slay the enemy within, then root out all obstacles outside.May the noble heroic mighty Indian race, supreme in love and unity, truth and strength, arts and letters, strength and knowledge ever dwell in its holy woodlands, its fertile fields, under its sky-scraping hills, along the banks of its pure-streaming rivers.This is our prayer at the feet of the Mother.Make thyself manifest.
MOTHER DURGA!Enter our bodies in thy Yogic strength.We shall become thy instruments, thy sword slaying all evil, thy lamp dispelling all ignorance.Fulfil this yearning of thy young children, O Mother.Be the master and drive the instrument, wield thy sword and slay the evil, hold up the lamp and spread the light of knowledge.Make thyself manifest.
MOTHER DURGA!When We possess thee, we shall cast no follow thee away; we shall bind thee to us with the tie of love and devotion. Come, Mother, manifest thyself in our mind and life and body.
Come, Revealer of the hero-path.We shall no longer cast thee away.May our entire life become a ceaseless worship of the Mother, all our acts continuous services to the Mother, full of love, full of energy.This is our prayer, O Mother, descend upon earth, make thyself manifest in this land of India.
(In Bengali: "Durga Stotra"
Translated from Bengali by Nolini Kanta Gupta
Translation seen and slightly revised by Sri Aurobindo)
About Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch
The Mother had once called the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry a veritable laboratory to work out the future society. Its counterpart in the capital of India, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch, can best be understood as an extension of the centre of sadhana at Pondicherry. What is being done in this spiritual endeavour is the overcoming of the ascetic phase of the Indian tradition, which in a lopsided way equated spirituality with outer renunciation. In the Vedic times, integral life, prosperity, equality of sexes and a life-affirming attitude were cultivated by spiritual seekers. This integral approach was lost in later epochs when Mayavada (Illusionism) prevailed.
According to Sri Aurobindo “all life is Yoga.” In the Integral Yoga, the integral life down to the smallest detail has to be divinised : an inner illumination that does not change the outer life leaves the world as it is. The object of our Yoga is self-perfection and world-perfection.
From an early age the Mother had dreamed of a place where seekers of the Divine could completely dedicate themselves to spiritual life. “Earth needs a place where men can live away from…social conventions, self-contradictory moralities and contending religions, a place where human beings, freed from all slavery to the past, can devote themselves wholly to the discovery and practice of the divine consciousness that is seeking to manifest itself.” By providing a congenial environment and field of activities the Ashram seeks to be such a place. With the needs of the body provided, each one takes his work in the spirit of service and unselfishness, in the spirit of Karma Yoga — as an offering to the Divine.
The Delhi Branch was officially inaugurated on 12 February, 1956, with the Blessings of the Mother. To the great joy and gratitude of spiritual seekers in Northern India, the Mother graciously granted the very first Sacred Relics of Sri Aurobindo to be enshrined here on 5 December, 1957. Since then the Ashram has been growing at a steady pace. The shrine and the Meditation Hall continue to be the centre of life and the teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother the guiding light. The Love and Blessings of the Master and the Mother and their Grace are always available to their disciples living here.
All live and work here as equals. No distinctions of sex, creed, religion, race, caste or national origin are observed: all are looked upon as souls and children of the Mother. There is no hierarchy of officials and subordinates. All work in association and as a unit under the general supervision of one or more sadhaks.
The doors of the Ashram are open for those who aspire for a higher life, with the trust that their aspiration will not stop merely at having a pious wish for a higher and nobler aim, but will manifest increasingly in the thoughts, the life movements and the physical expressions—which will all be progressively and integrally consecrated to the Divine.