Prakamya Devi

The sixth Devi of the Khadgamala is called PRAKAMYA.

Continuing to circumambulate counterclockwise around the corner, you move past the next gate, and find Prakamya sitting at the next corner (on a flat yantra) the upper lower left corner of the outer enclosing wall. [ No 6, blue ]

Prakamya Siddhe (the recitation in the Khadgamala) means, "O Siddhi named Prakamya" She is the sixth stop on our journey to the center of Srichakra.

Prakamya's mantra is:

aIM hrIM shrIM prakamYA siddhi shrI pAdukAM poojayaami

Please note, however, that the beauty of the Khadgamala Stotram is that NOTHING is really required for the recitation except for your concentration: You simply sit and recite the Stotram. (The mantra given just above is not part of the stotram; it is offered merely for informational purposes.

The entire stotram is self-contained, as explained in earlier posts.

The full pooja takes hours, because at each point we pause and do smaller, detailed poojas. Hence the sages of yore created an ALTERNATIVE, SHORT-FORM recitation known as the Khadgamala Stotram more suitable for the demands of modern living.

According to Sri Bhasurananda Natha, an accomplished Srividya Upasakas well as a member of and advisor to this group: "All of the sadhana of Srividya can be achieved by the recitation of the Khadgamala. Hours of long ritual compressed to less than half an hour of intense meditation that will give you a ticket on the same plane as the great Srividya Upasakas. Whatever your developmental stage, this is IT."

Even those who have not been initiated into Srividya can benefit from the Khadgamala.

Once again, it is important to note that the Devis presenting the Siddhis are *outside* the Sriyantra proper. Metaphorically, of course, this denotes that you must get past the Siddhis (powerfuland/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).

Again, the power represented by Prakamya is ACHIEVEMENT, which can also be understood as the power of irresistible willpower, or of sovereignty over one's own mind and impulses. It is a force to be found to some degree in every sadhak, the power by which you bring your plans into fruition, attain your desires, complete your intentions, achieve your goals. By assimilating Prakamya into yourself, you create the conditions for this power to develop beyond your wildest dreams.

As always, however, there is an essential caveat concerning this siddhi: Prakamya is the driving power behind both black and the white magic which are essentially the same thing, the only difference between how you choose the ground the energy generated; i.e. for the good of the world (in which case the power expands outward from you and blossoms), or for your own personal gain and satisfaction (in which case the power turns back in upon itself, essentially creating a black hole with you at its center).

The sadhak who chooses black magic has essentially allowed her- or himself to become ensnared by Prakamya, and will advance no further into SriChakra. However, the sadhak who surrenders to Devi's will shall absorb Prakamya with the other siddhis and shall use the resultant power only to fulfill Her will. All of the elements shall obey the will of the siddha of Prakamya.

As stated before in this series, each Siddhi represents only one preliminary component of Devi's infinite totality. And so we must not fall in love with Prakamya, or with any Siddhi, as an object outside ourselves. Instead we must absorb Her; we must become Her. That way we become infused ourselves with Devi's own willpower; and Prakamya ceases to be an attractive snare in the path of our sadhana, and becomes instead our internal guide, leading us yet another step closer to Devi's essence at the center of Srichakra.

As noted in previous posts of this series, each Devi of the Khadgamala each Devi of the Srichakra merges into the next as we progress in slow, methodical, counterclockwise circles toward the center. Each Devi is internalized from Her place, and carried with us to the next Devi, and merged with Her. So when we reach Prakamya, we are actually worshiping Her together with the powers of Her predecessors, Anima, Laghima and Mahima, Isitva, and Vasitva. Thus we have, in essence, destroyed or overcome these five siddhis by merging Them into Prakamya; and it will continue thus, through the Siddhis and other Devis of the Khadgamala.

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