From the Back of the Book
Ratna MA Navaratnam, well known educationist and scholar, was born in a pious family noted for Hindu culture, in Jaffna, Ceylon. She was educated in Presidency College, Madras, the Annamali University and the institute of Education, London. She has had a brilliant academic record, obtaining First Class in the English Honours, Degree, M. Litt, Philosophy and M.A. Education, London with distinctions and Gold Medals. She was a delegated at Geneva Conference for International Understanding in 1951, and continues to be an active member in many cultural and women's organization, a past President of the Royal Asiatic Society, President of the national Education Society and on the Editorial Board of the Tamil Culture, Madras. For over ten years, she was head of Ramanathan College, a premier Hindu Institution in Ceylon and joined the Educational Service in 1944.
She has written several books for children, book on poetry and appreciation of Indian Classics and her popular book on New Frontiers in East-West Philosophies of Education has been acclaimed as a bridge builder between East and West in Educational Thought and practice. She has traveled widely in India, Western Europe and the United Kingdom.
Her inherited spiritual associations, her personal contacts with great religious mystics, thinkers and writers of East and West and coming under the potential influences of the great Guru, Maha Yogar Swamigal of Columbuturai, enabled her to pursue relentlessly the search into the mystic fountains of the Saiva Siddhanta seers. In this task, she was guided by well known philosopher and scholar like Prof. K. Subramaniam Pillai, Prof. K. Swaminathan, Prof. T.P. Meenakshi Sundaram.
Ratna MA Navaratnam passed away in 1993 at the age of 82.
This book on Mother Sakti aspires to release an in-depth under-
standing of the modem man's spiritual awakening, revolutionising the
nuclear world of today. In the quantum leap in human evolution, the
sad music of humanity can only be stilled by making each one of us
turn within, and begin an inner search to know one's own self, and
only thereafter to unravel the secrets of the macrocosm, as they affect
the nucleus of each one's consciousness. It is only then that man can
discover his role in the fast evolving universe, and develop insights
to participate actively in the cosmic drama taking place in and around
Maha Sakti, symbolically represented as Mother, embodies both
nuclear energy and that consciousness in man. Hence a penetrating
insight seems necessary to expand our awareness of the impending
crisis, and resolve it in an effective way, by transforming the subtle
and invisible aspects of nuclear energy to reflect and correlate the
spiritual super-powers of Maha Sakti. A nuclear explosion in some part
of our world can only be a reflection of what has occurred in the human
mind, at a particular point of time, in a certain part of the world. It
is our submission that "Mother Mine" can so transform the human mind
and soul divine, to conform in harmony with the essence of life, and
thus decipher the ultimate Truth inwardly and outwardly, that shall
make man forever free from the rigor mortis of matter, overpowering
The Vedagamas have testified to the essential unity of the
macrocosm and the microcosm. Chit Sakti activates the human
consciousness to interact with the material manifestation of Mother
Earth. "As around me, so within me" is a metaphysical truth, based
on the unity of consciousness and matter. Human Awareness and
matter are only dual aspects of the divine Maha Sakti, who as the focal
energizing Mother projects the transcendent spiritual Reality of 'Tal
Tvam Asi' - Thou Art That. Subjective experience reflects the
objective perspective 'of Maha Sakti. We have surveyed the concept
of Maha Sakti both from the outside as well as from the inside, and
correlated dynamic spiritual values as attested in our Hindu Puranas,
Tirumurais and Tantras, and continued in unbroken observance and
valid worship from the Indus Valley Civilization, some five thousand
years B.C., right up to modem times.
Maha Sakti works in myriad ways. The transformation of matter
into energy, though intuitively perceived by the Sapta Rishis of India
and utilised by them, has escaped the physical plane by its very nature,
and awaited a scientist of the calibre of Einstein to formulate his
famous equation, and make known to the West, the dynamic universe
with its nuclear radiation and electro-magnetic radiation. However,
many forms of electromagnetic radiation exist, which are beyond our
ken of perception. Sight. hearing, touch, smell and taste which form
our five sensations, give us only a partial experience of the universe.
There is also the sixth sense called the E.S.P., which can know or
experience something without external data. It helps man to understand
the universe and also our perception of our own inner universe in a
subjective way, with a remarkable degree of consistency. It was used
with positive results by our Seers from the Vedic period onwards, to
interpret with insight. the symbols and the mystic formulas and the
Chakras dealt with, in the expositions in Devi Bhagavatam and Devi
Maahaaunyam. they are expressions of fundamental and unifying spirit
of Maha Sakti, who reveals a central core of meaning, and unrelated
by the law of cause and effect. Maha Sakti gives us a new experience,
a holistic perspective of Reality.
As you read into the dynamic reality of Mother Sakti, you will not
only be attracted to Her, by the logical rational approach, but also
appreciate and utilize Her intuitive and aesthetic aspects. Sakti shall
impel you to embrace Her rather than view Her from an analytic angle.
We shall look upon 'Mother Mine' with a balanced and subjective
view, and experience Her Sakti in its entirety. The chapters that follow
unfold the holistic appeal of Mother Sakti, as a luminous symbol of
the divine' Savitur' , who needs to be wooed, in order that she bequeaths
Her Grace to Her children, by their surrender, sacrifice and service.
"Images, symbols and myths are not irresponsible creations of the
psyche. They respond to a need and fulfil a function, that of bringing
to light the most hidden modalities of being", states Mircea Eliade in
"Images and Symbols".
Just as a powerful transformation of matter into energy is the goal
of nuclear detonation, and internal transformation of the human being
is the goal of spiritual practices, which are designed to refine and
expand human consciousness. This enlightening insight, characteristic
of the transformation of the mental state, brings the mind closer to
a state of purity. The state of pure light is pure mind and pure
consciousness. Consciousness or awareness is the 'inside' of the
universe, just as energy is the inside of the atom.
In addition to the enlightenment associated with spiritual growth,
another characteristic of the spiritual development is the release of
energy. This energy is the healing power behind psychic and spiritual
healing. It is the energy that comes from directly experiencing Truth.
That Maha Sakti regulates the power of positive thought and action,
is echoed in the Vedic prayer of the heart: "Lead me from the unreal
to the Real, and from darkners to Light."
The human body in check vast amounts of spiritual consciousness.
When awakened, this consciousness arises in the forms of insight and
energy, and is essentially transformative in nature. The more we allow
this transformation to take place within ourselves, the more light we
will manifest with the support of the Divine Mother Sakti. Spiritual
growth brings an individual to the point of self-regulation, as he
.. controls his behaviour, attitudes, speech and emotion. This is the
characteristic of the free flow of Kundalini energy, as it brings about
the inevitable personality transformation,
We have come on an interesting journey together. We shall view
Mother Sakti from various angles, as the Vedagamas and the Sapta
Rishis have testified, that the dynamic power of Sakti has a direct,
symbolic correlation with. the process of spiritual growth, and the
transformation of the human psyche. We shall witness a vision of Maha
Sakti with Her incredible spiritual energy, arising from deep within
the human consciousness as well as in the macrocosm. Such an
evolutionary leap in human awareness will certainly revolutionize
human values and social systems, and hopefully mitigate human
suffering. May Mother Sakti give the readers a penetrating insight, an
awakening and a realization of Sat-Chit-Anandam.
Divine Mother Sakti, Thou Art Jyothi Aham - The Luminous Self.
Purify our mind, vak, body and deeds.
"Mano Yak Kaya Karmanime Sudhyantam Jyothi Aham
Viraja Vipapma Bhujasam Svaha:"
We have heard and read of your glorious splendour down the ages.
We have touched the fringe of your mythic grab; we have witnessed
the magnificent rituals and pujas done in your great Temples at
Benares, Sri nagar, Dakshineswar, Thillai, Kanchi, Madura and Cape
Comorin. We have relished the symphony of your cosmic Leela, and
overflowing Grace so sublime and luminous, as revealed in Devi
Maahaatmyam, magnifying Your deeds of valour in vanquishing the
asuric forces, and uplifting the downtrodden and the oppressed. Deign
Thy glance on Thy famished children who seek Thy' Anugraha and
Anubhuthi'. In meek surrender, we lisp our incantation of yearning
adoration to our Mother of millions, Maha Siva-Sakti.
"Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Sakti rupena Samsthitha - Namo Namaha
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Santi rupena Samsthitha - Namo Namaha
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Matru rupena Samsthitha
Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namo Namaha:"
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