Jai Ma mantra translation:
”Praise to the Divine Mother who offers her protection.”
This is a powerful Sanskrit mantra, that is used to invoke the Divine Mother energy within, and offer sincere thanks to Mother Earth.
Goddess Durga, through all Her forms, encompasses the essence of sacrifice and salvation. The Goddess is the mother of wealth and bounty, as also of knowledge and beauty. Her daughters are Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati (Hindu goddesses of wealth and knowledge, respectively). In addition, She is a multi-dimensional Goddess, with many personas, many names, and many facets.
Moreover, Goddess Durga is also equated with Mahamaya – the supreme creator of attachment and illusions – the one whose spell even the gods cannot elude.
“Durga” in Sanskrit literally translates as ”a fort that is hard to conquer.” The Divine Mother is also known as Durgatinashini, “the one who eliminates all suffering and difficulties.” The Goddess steers the ship of our minds through the troubled waters of samsara, the illusory world of Maya. The Goddess as the sublime Mother Goddess protects Her devotees from the turmoil of life and alleviates the most severe sufferings.
The origin of the Divine Mother can be, very strangely, traced back to the Mesopotamian culture. The illustrations and form of goddess Ishtar, revered in Mesopotamia, hold a striking resemblance to those of Divine Mother in Hindu sacred texts.
Additionally, She represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves righteousness and moral order in the creation. The Goddess is the energy aspect of Lord Shiva. Without Goddess Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga has no existence.
Like Lord Shiva, She has three eyes. Her right eye (sun) signifies transformative action. Her left eye (moon) signifies Divine love, and Her central eye (fire) signifies discriminating knowledge, the 3 aspects of the universal light.
Goddess Durga’s vehicle is the regal lion, representing determination, executive power, and will. The Goddess riding the lion represents Shakti’s mastery over all the forces of life, reminding the practitioner that one must possess unwavering strength to maneuver through the dualistic realm of the ego.