Anima Devi



The first Devi of the Khadgamala is called Anima.

Looking at Srichakra, Anima sits to the right side of the gate closest to you on the square, outermost enclosure wall (i.e., No 1, Blue, On the white line).

Anima Siddhe (in the Khadgamala) means,
O Siddhi named Anima (or ATOMIC power).

She is the first "stop" on our journey to the center of Srichakra. But first I will offer a brief explanatory note, for those of you who are new to this: If you examine The Sri Chakra, you'll notice that it consists of nine enclosures surrounding the central point.

The enclosures consist of the layers within the innerwheel (containing the familiar design of interlocking triangles),then two rings of lotuses, then a square gated wall, three layersdeep. There is one gate on each side of this wall.The walls are generally shown in the Srichakra as three concentriclines, collectively forming the first of the nine enclosures.

The three lines to be visualized respectively as white, red and yellowin color. The yellow is not bright yellow, but pIta, the yellow of butter. Nor is the red a deep blood red; it is aruna, the color ofrising sun.

Looking at Srichakra, Anima sits on the right side of the gate closest to you on the outermost wall (i.e., the white line). It should be noted that all of the Khadgamala Devis are facing outward, away from the centre of the Srichakra.
Anima's mantra is: aIM hrIM shrIM animA siddhi shrI pAdukAM poojayaami.

In fact, the ten Siddhis are all worshipped by this mantras aIM hrIM shrIM [insert name of siddhi]srI pAdukAm poojayami.

It may be noted that the bija mantra Om or Aum is *never* used within Sriyantra; or within Srividya for that matter -- with occasional exceptions that only serve to prove the rule.

So how do you worship Anima?

Well, the full-form ritual can get complicated: As you recite the mantra, You offer a flower with your right hand and a drop of brandy with a small spoon with the left hand [actually Visheshaarghya, consisting of 2/3 brandy; and 1/3water mixed with honey, saffron, natural food-grade camphor, sandal, and musk in small quantities; and prepared where the kalas of sun, moon, etc., are worshipped and made present).

It's also worth observing that this is the only pooja where both hands are used simultaneously; normally the left hand is not used for poojas. But before you decide that all of this is too complex and ingredient-intensive for your busy lifestyle, please note that the beauty ofthis technique is that NOTHING is really required for the pooja except for your concentration: You can just sit and recite the mantras, while *visualizing* yourself putting the flowers and nectarat the feet of the Devi.

Once again, it is important to note that the Devis representing the Siddhis are *outside* the Sriyantra proper. Metaphorically, of course, this denotes that you must get past the Siddhis (powerful and/or attractive side effects of Srividya sadhana) before you can enter the Sriyantra (the higher benefits of sadhana) and reach Devi(the goal of Sadhana; even though each of these Siddhis are themselves aspects of Devi).

As noted above, the power represented by Amina is ATOMIC. This means that Anima is the siddhi by which you can become as small as an atom. It is important to understand, however, that this does *not* meanphysically becoming as small as an atom (as some suppose); butrather the ability to see and manipulate things on the microscopicand sub-microscopic level.

(With sincere thanks and appreciation to Sri Amritananda Natha and Sri Bhasurananda Natha, who kindly provided detailed and substantive content for this commentary.)