By the Grace of God and Guru,
The Maha Shodashi Mantra & The Dasha Maha Vidya Maha Shodashi, are expansions of bija mantras of the Panchadashi & Shodashi Mantra of Shri Devi is presented below from www.vi1.org documents.
http://www.devipuram.com/downloads/catalog1.html -MahaSodahsi.doc by Ramesh Kutticad
This is the info. 1) Dhyan; 2) Maha Shodashi Mantra with its 3 Interpretations of the Bijas ( a, b & c) ; 4) Dasha Maha Vidya Maha Shodashi Dhyan 5) Dasha Maha Vidya Maha Shodashi Mantra
I re-structured His presentation below to make it more understandable, but you can download the entire document from the above web.
In service of God and Guru,
Maha Shodashi Mantra Dhyana :
Cha panche kshumayam parshuna visikan pashan kusau pushta kam
Maniki yaksha sraja varam manimayim vinam saroja dwaye
Panibuyam abatiyam varam cha dadatim brama di seviyam param
Sindur aruna vigraham bagavatim tam shodashim ashraye
‘ Let Us Meditate and Take Refuge in Shri Queen Shodashi Devi
Her Red Splendor Form,
attended by Lord Brahma and Other Gods,
She, Holding in Her Eight Lotus Hands
The Sugarcane Bow
The Flowery Arrows
The Rosary of Red Ruby Gems
The Mudra of Dispelling fear and
The Mudra Granting Boons in Her Lotus Hands.’
Maha Shodashi Mantra:
Srim Hrim Klim Aim Sauh
Om Hrim Shrim
Ka E I La Hrim
Ha Sa Ka Ha La Hrim
Sa Ka La Hrim
Sauh Aim Klim Hrim Shrim
a.The traditional view - version 1
The following is found in olden texts wherein the sequence of bijas is explained:
‘Shrim’ denotes the Parasiva sate wherein the prakasa and vimarsa are inherent.
‘hrim’ denotes the creative urge in the un-manifested.
‘klim’ denotes the start of the process of creation with the maya tatva by parabrahman
‘aim’ the Parabrahman with the Ego- consciousness.
‘sauh’ The ardhanarisvara, ‘sa’ denotes the active male principle – the siva which creates and the fourteenth vowel (au) denotes the sakti which causes this creation and visraga(:) denotes the created universe.
‘om’ the divine couple parvati paramesavara
‘hrim’ the divine couple vani and brahma
‘shrim’ the divine couple lakshmi and narayana
‘ka e i la hrim’ is the prayer to remove the ignorance
‘ha sa ka ha la hrim ’ is the emergence of the identity with Brahman
‘sa ka ha la hrim ‘is the attainment of the undivided consciousness after removal of all stains
(See pancadasakahsri article for a more detailed explanation)
‘sauh aim’ the universe in the form of fire, Sun and moon
‘klim hrim’ the five elements which make up this universe ( k- water, l – earth, h- space and r the fire, air is inferred)
‘shrim’ the bija denotes the individual who enjoys this universe, he prays to the Universal consciousness as above and realises that he is not different from the Brahman.
b. A new view - version 2
The new view was revealed by Brahmasri G Venkata Narasaiah of Guhanada Mandali.
The meditation of the mantra will follow the path of kamakala of which is creation, sustenance, prayer of the aspirant and final dissolution into the Parabrahman.
Following is whatsoever was grasped by the mind due to the grace of Sri Guru:
‘shrim’ the first bija will represent the Parabrahman after a cycle of creation, sustenance and dissolution, so this is after dissolution of time .which can be likened to a wave less sea.
‘hrim’ now the spanda-movement for creation starts, this is the primordial urge to create, which can be called the iccha sakti.
‘klim’ this will represent creation of thirty five tatvas from sakthi symbolized by ‘k’ to prthvi symbolized by ‘l’ by the Kamakala ‘I’. This is subtle creation, the gynana sakti
‘aim’ – this will be the first gross element space, which is characterized by sound – the vowel ‘aim’ is the creative force. This is kriya sakti.
‘sauh’- this tells us the reason for this creation. This bija is called the hrdaya –heart bija of Sri Devi, which is full of compassion without expectations (avyaja karuNa) and Leela of devi to create a stage as before (yatha pUravamakalpayan) for the jivas in the previous cycle of creation to enjoy their merit and de-merit (papa / puNya) and finally try to get salvation from this cycle of birth and re-birth.
‘om’ will symbolize the Parvati paramesvara couple. Since they were the last to dissolve into the parabrahman during dissolution, they will emerge first during creation.
‘hrim’ will symbolize the Vani Brahma couple, the creator.
‘shrim’ will symbolize the Lakshmi- Vishnu couple, the controller of the world drama. This also signifies the heart knot (hrdaya granthi) which is the cause for the individual to be tied to this body consciousness.
This individual who is in the ocean of samsara, on search of eternal bliss will surrender to the guru who takes him step by step to the final destination of universal bliss. This path of srividya is shown by the Sri Guru. The first kuta is a prayer by the aspirant ‘ka-5’ – Oh! Parabrahma svarupini~ please remove the veil of duality; ‘ha-6’ please grant the knowledge that the whole world is Siva sakti swarupa; ‘sa-4’ please let me remain in this state always and remove this state of knowing to permanent bliss. (Please see article on panacadasi mantra meaning)
‘sauh’ will signify the grace of Sri Guru as said above
‘aim’ denotes the four Maha vakyas instructed by him ( see nivasatu hrdi Bala article)
‘klim’ As seen before this will denote the tatvas, here the tatvasodhana in the navavarana puja as instructed by the Sri Guru.
‘hrim’ will signify the first spanda as said already, here this will be the experience of this spanda by the aspirant on continuous tatva sodhana in the pujas.
‘shrim’ is the parabrahman as indicated above , here is the merging of the aspirant into the parabrahma and continuous experience of universal bliss
c. Meditative Technique - version 3
The meditative technique was revealed by Sri Amritanadanata (Sri Prahlada sastriji) of Devipuram Andhra Pradesh (www.vi1.org), which follows the above meaning.
Although revealed by two different Gurus, the similarities in both are astounding, thus we find that all gurus are reflection of the Initial preceptor (Adinatha). Following is whatsoever was grasped by the mind due to the grace of Sri Guru:
‘shrim’- Meditate on the a immoveable golden hue engulfing the whole world.
‘hrim’- Meditate on a small motion like liquefaction in this golden hue and its movement.
‘klim’- the molten gold will now condense into a red ball in the sodasantha( six inch above the head orifice – the crown)
‘aim’- this red ball will now transform into a pure white light and will start to descend on to the top of the head.
‘sauh’- this white light takes the form of Sri Guru at the dvadasanta (two spaces above the crown), this is the place of the Sri Gurupaduka
‘om’ – The guru now pierces the orifice on the crown and descends into the body of the disciple
‘hrim’- The Guru now will reach the mid-eyebrow centre (agyna cakra) and activate it. This will signify the thought process and deep inner meditation by the disciple on the grace of Sri Guru
‘shrim’- The Guru will reach the heart centre (anahata cakra) and will untie a knot there. This knot can be visualized as akin to the shoe lace knot which is opened by pulling at the ends. The removal of illusion (beda buddhi) by the Supreme grace is indicated here.
‘ka e i la hrim’ Thus when knot is untied, visualize a cover which was over the body being dropped from the head, so the Face is uncovered now, which is the face of Sri Lalita Devi (Ref: Parasurama sutra: sairIrakancuko siva eva jivah; and Lalitha sahasranama ‘ srimatvagbhavakutaika………….katyadhobhagadhriNi)
‘ha sa ka ha la hrim’ The cover further drops down from neck to navel visualize the body being transformed into that of Sri Lalitha devi, the four hand holding the noose, goad, sugarcane bow and five flowers as arrows.
‘sa ka ha la hrim’- Further the cover drops to below the feet, that part also gets transformed into that of Sri Lalitha Devi
‘sauh’- Now the inner Guru who has graced this transformation will merge with this body of the deity Sri Lalitha devi and will pick up the cover which has fallen down, this will signify the Individual ego –the cause of this cover.
‘aim’- visualize this cover being transferred on to a white light, while being hurled out.
‘klim’- Let this white light hit the sodasanta and get transformed into a red hue
‘hrim’ – Let this red hue disperse into the world after being transformed into a molted golden hue
‘shrim’- Let this golden hue engulf the whole world including this body of SriLalitha/Sri Guru ( which was previously the individual) and remain so for ever.
This is a very powerful meditation technique, so please try this very slowly. Only once per day visualization at the initial level is recommended
Dasha Maha Vidya Maha Shodashi Mantra Dhyana Sloka:
‘Chandrar kanala koti ni rada rucham pasan kusam ashugan
Mundam khadga mabayam ikshwari varam hastam buje rash tabihi
Kamesana shivo paristi tasadam trayaksham vahantim param
Shri cintamani mantra bija vapushim dhyaye maha shodashim
‘Let Us Meditate on Shri Maha Shodasi Devi
Her Physical Form of the Shri Chinta Mani Mantra
The Highest Consciousness
She, with Three Eyes
Seated on Top of Lord Shiva Kameshwara in Eternal Union,
Holding in Her Eight Lotus Hands -
The Sugarcane Bow
The Severed Head
The Mudra of Dispelling Fear and
The Mudra of Granting Boons
She, Of The Color of Firey - Red
With the Brilliance of Crores of Suns
Yet soothing as Crores of Moon Light
Along with the Hue
A Shade of Black
Like the Rain bearing Clouds’…
Dasha Maha Vidya Maha Shodashi Mantra:
Srim Hrim Klim
Shrim Hrim Klim Aim Sauh Om
Shrim Ka E I La Hrim
Ha Sa Ka Ha La Hrim
Sa Ka La Hrim
Sauh Aim Klim Hrim Shrim
Dasa Maha Vidya in Maha Shodasi
On deeper meditation, for a simple question- what is the difference between Shodasi or Sundari,
the third of Dasha Maha Vidyas and this Maha Shodasi, it was revealed that these sequence of bijas are also representative of the Dasa Maha Vidyas Itself.
Thus being the complete unison of powers of the Dasa Maha Vidyas, this Maha Sodasi is indeed very powerful in granting all wishes, while taking the aspirant to experience the highest Brahman.
Let us see an individual correspondence of the bijas:
‘shrim hrim klim’ – the first three bijas are found in the beginning of Maha Ganapati mantra and hence a benevolent and obstacle removing power of this mantra is unfolded
‘shrim hrim klim aim’ – these bijas are the beginning of the Parchanda chandika, the Chinamasta mantra, which is the sixth Maha Vidya which runs as ‘srim hrim klim ai vajra vairochaniye hum hum phat swaha’
‘sauh’ will relate to highest and pre-creative power expressed as Dumavati, the seventh Maha Vidya
‘om” called as taraka mantra or pranava will relate to Tara , the second Maha Vidya ‘hrim’ will relate to the maya or Buvaneshi bija, thus the fourth Mahavidya Buvaneshi
‘shrim ka e i la hrim ha sa ka ha la hrim sa ka la hrim’ will relate to the third Maha Vidya the Shodasi or Sundari, the positioning of the shodashi bija (shrim) at the beginning is there in certain sampradaya. Also we can look at the three kutas, shorter version of this is in the form of Bala Maha mantra, which is the seed for the Tripura Bairavi the fifth Maha Vidya
‘sauh’ , the second Para bija will relate to the mighty Para Batarika, the Supreme Goddess of Universal Consciousness
‘aim’ – the vowel will relate to Matangi, the ninth Maha Vidya, who represents the sound force
‘klim’ – tantric dictionaries say ‘ra’ / ‘la’ is interchangeable. So substituting ‘ra; in the kama bija will see the emergence of Dakshina Kalika, the Adya – the first of All Maha Vidya
‘hrim’- taking the ‘la’ from the above bija we can see the emergence of Bagala Mukhi, the eighth Maha Vidya with Her bija ‘hlrim’
‘shrim’ – this will relate to the last (tenth)of Maha Vidyas the Kamalatmika.
In certain traditions the above mantra is called Shodasi and another mantra is imparted which is called Maha Shodasi. This mantra can be found in Trailokiya Mohana Kavacha as revered (revealed) by Maha Deva (Lord Shiva) as:
klim hrim shrim aim klim sauh
ka e i la hrim
ha sa ka ha la hrim
sa ka la hrim shrim
strim aim krom krim im hum
This mantra also has a correspondence with the Dasha Maha Vidyas.
‘klim’- ‘k’ represents Brahman, which is also represented by ‘h’. So substituting this we will find this to be Bagala Mukhi the eighth Maha Vidya as ‘hlim’. The ‘r’ deficient bija of Bagala is also accepted by tantras.
hrim ’- the Maya bija will represent Buvaneshi, the fourth Maha Vidya
‘aim klim sauh’ will correspond to the fifth Tripura Bhairavi Maha Vidya since Her seed lies in the Bala mantra, which is seen here.
‘ka e I la hrim ha sa ka ha la hrim sa ka la hrim ’ will correspond to the Sundari the third Maha Vidya and also the Shodashi by adding the third bija ‘shrim’.
‘strim’ is the special bija of Tara the second Maha Vidya
‘aim’ will represent the matangi the ninth Maha Vidya
‘krom’ will symbolize ‘Kroda Bhairava’ the consort of the sixth Maha Vidya , Chinamasta.
‘krim’ directly refers to the Adya dakshina kalika
‘im’ – this is the last Maha Vidya Kamakatmika, Shri Suktam unfolds her as ‘tam padminim im saranamaham prapadye’
‘hum’ is the seventh Maha Vidya, Dumavati Her seed sound ‘u’ is there.