Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.– Maya Angelou
Once Upon A Time
there was an invincible buffalo demon named Mahishasura. High on a power trip, the fierce demon waged war on the three worlds.
The gods fought Mahishasura with all their might, but could not defeat him. After consulting Lord Vishnu, the gods decided to combine their collective energy to create a warrior goddess more potent than any of the male deities.
And so, the goddess Durga was born with 10 arms, each armed with a different weapon. Her auric glow was so luminous that the gods had to close their eyes.
Right out of the womb, Durga set off on her lion to slay Mahishasura. For fifteen days, the tricky demon kept shapeshifting into different beasts, until he finally transformed into his true buffalo form. The warrior goddess then stabbed him with her trident and that was the end of the buffalo demon.
Durga calls on us to find the courage to unleash our authentic voices. What do you believe in? And how can you use your gifts to help others?
We all have a blazing force of love rising from our hearts. When you fight your inner fears from a place of love, you stand tall in your power. Despite the surrounding storm, you take courageous strides in service of humanity.
Seed bija: Dum, representing strength
Mantra: Om Dum Durgaye Namaha, meaning Om and Salutations to the feminine energy, which protects from all manners of negative influences and for dum which is the seed (Translation by Bill Mahony).
When to Use: Use this mantra when you’re ready to embark on a great endeavour or during times of anxiety. It helps you feel less afraid, while bringing protection and courage to rise in your power with a fully awakened heart.