Tweet thread composed for Navratri by @mmpandit copy pasted here by @irudragaur

Verse 79 chapter 1 DS:
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥ ७९॥
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥ ७९॥
What is “Mohatratri”?
Moharatri is when the projection of man in perception of the outside world is seen through a prism of attachment (the first delusion)
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥ ७९॥
What is “Moharatri”:
Literal translation is “the delusion which terrifies”
This is true of most of human existence.
We view the world through goggles of attachments -Moha
The world is neither yellow, nor white nor black. But we view it as such. The humanity has a mind which is deluded with the attachment of Moha. There are others and we will speak of those later.
Similarly Divine Mother is neither yellow, nor black nor red:
But we see it like that
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥ ७९॥
Let us now come to the word “Maharatri”:
This Maharatri is the complete dissolving of the Universe.
Can it be experienced by the Sadhaka as a micro cosm?
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥
The day and night are now one. The dissolution of the impermanent body which can only last 3/7 or 21 days expected by any sadhaka.
Almost none can go beyond 21 days. Maharatri.
कालरात्रिर्महारात्रिर्मोहरात्रिश्च दारुणा ।
त्वं श्रीस्त्वमीश्वरी त्वं ह्रीस्त्वं बुद्धिर्बोधलक्षणा ॥ ७९॥
But why Ratri? Why not day? Why not Navdivas?
Because here the verse features the power of Mother’s Tamasic quality!
That Ratri!
The two verses prior to this verse explains part of the context:
तथा संहृतिरूपान्ते जगतोऽस्य जगन्मये ।
महाविद्या महामाया महामेधा महास्मृतिः ॥ ७७॥

महामोहा च भवती महादेवी महेश्वरी ।
प्रकृतिस्त्वं च सर्वस्य गुणत्रयविभाविनी ॥ ७८॥
Note here:
Mahavidya is that which liberates(vidya)
Mahavidya is the knowledge of liberation and reflects that Atma vidya: that which never changes. (It may be veiled however as I alluded to elsewhere on the Widow)
Mahamedha: that insight which pierces and reveals.
Mahasmriti is the knowledge of all past births:
Thus the Great Goddess is none other than the liberation (Mokshadatri), the wisdom of all knowledge too (nothing is beyond Her as She encompasses all) and now we come to the word “Mahamoha” which is perfectly attuned to Moharatri two verses later.
If we take one of the alternative meanings of the text by one of the commentators:
Then She is referred here to that which is beyond demonic (while She kills demons too and demonic qualities)
This comes out in chapter 3 of Durga Saptashati too.
Thus Mother is everything!

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