How many aspects are there to God? Given that God is infinite, there might understandably be many. Religious teachers and spiritual seekers throughout time have tried to convey and relate their inward experience of God's many holy aspects with familiar comparisons. Many encountered the Divine energy representing as female and motherly, giving way to descriptions of the Divine Mother. But going deeper still, we find that there are many different aspects to that Divine Mother energy as well.
Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi, is a deep and powerful aspect of the Divine Mother. She presents as a Goddess with a male lion head and a female body. Her energy is a balance between the masculine and the feminine, Shiva-Shakti. This energy has been recognized in a few other traditions from ancient Egypt to Tibet. Pratyangira Devi is the embodiment of Dharma (righteousness), Satya (truth) and impeccable justice. This Mother devours the negative karmas and answers prayers swiftly for a sadhaka or devotee that holds pure intentions and is walking the path of Dharma. She fills up the cup of a person's unwanted or negative energy and transforms that energy, purifying it. Through Her Grace, a faithful devotee becomes a pure refined soul.
To best receive the Pratyangira energy, it's helpful to have some understanding. Pratyangira comes from a deep, deep place within the Divine Mother; an area simply known as the Void. In the Void there are no thoughts of fear, pain, loss, want, or of time, or even space… just the warmth of the Mother's love.
Mother Pratyangira teaches us by removing fear and pain from our lives. She shows us that these circumstances of fear or anguish are caused by our attachments to certain aspects of our lives. A refusal to let go, is refusing to release the attachment which causes our pain. If there is pain or fear in one's life, there is something to be released, and something to be learned. This release is possible through meditative contemplation and Her Grace. Once there is release, there is Void. The experience of this Void for the first time is like a journey home. There has always been this comfort, there has always been this Mother. Throughout the Ages, She has been patiently and gracefully waiting to reveal herself, with her heart ready receive us. It is our choice to take hold of her hand, She has been waiting to embrace us.
Mother Pratyangira gives totally and fully, She is an ocean of Grace. She is also called Atharvana Bhadrakali, bhadra meaning auspiciousness. She asks of us only our devotion, and in return she gives infinitely, revealing to us our own True Nature. Wherever there is sincere devotion, Mother Pratyangira will reveal Herself. This is the Mother of Moksha, liberation -- She frees devotees of their samskaras, the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
In 1997, Sri Maha Pratyangira revealed herself to Swami and Amma. She blessed them with a pure open-eye Darshan. They observed her energetic expression and speak about Her with great bhakti (devotion). She showed herself with 1008 heads spreading in all four directions. Her laughter was of pure ksham (pure bliss), and it shot out like fireworks that rained onto Swamiji and Amma. Each of her 2016 hands carried weapon or item, representing all of the attributes that a perfected Soul carries. Seated on a chariot pulled by four lions, it was revealed that the number four was of crucial importance to the Mother's Teachings.
The four lions represent: the four Yugas; the four stages of one’s life- baby, child, adult, elder; the four objectives of human birth - Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha; the four stages of spiritual evolution - Sariyai, Kriyai, Yogam, Gnanam; and honored the four divine presences – Mata, Pita, Guru, Deivam (Mother, Father, Guru, God). Beneath this chariot was an eight petal lotus, revealing the path to becoming free from life and birth is the Eight Fold Path. This experience was a Maha Vishwaroopa darshan of the mother – she showed Herself in full form.
Swami and Amma, in tears, had a great awakening with the realization that this Mother exists within all of us. We are Divine, each soul carries these qualities and it is only in apparent duality that we recognize each other as the material, physical self. Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi has merged fully with Swamiji and Amma. She is their Guru, She is their Breath. She is them, they are Her. It is Swami and Amma's mission to awaken this Consciousness within humanity.
Mata Pratyangira is said to take form only when there is much to be brought into balance. Because of what we're encountering in this current Age, it is written in the ancient texts that Her energy will be here to help all of creation at this time.