Nora wrote : Again, the full pooja of these Devis 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 life. According to Sri Bhasurananda Natha : "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." [ See Khadgamala Devi Series ]
If this is the case, then why would anyone do the long form of the pooja(which I am told may take upto 3 hours)? Or is that the Khadgamala is like sitting in the economy compartment and the full pooja is like a first class seat ?
We are disciplining the mind. In this complicated day and age, many people -- even serious sadhaks -- occasionally find themselves sorely lacking in time. When the mundane demands of everyday life become too pressing, one's sadhana is too often the first thing to be sacrificed.
The Khadgamala Stotram is one solution to this dilemma. It's a way for us to do something of tremendous spritual significance and benefit in a relatively small amount of time -- maybe half an hour once you know it pretty well.
In a perfect world of unlimited time and concentration, there is a full and specific pooja for each of these devis. It can take more than three hours to complete the circuit. And when we have the time and knowledge, we should do it that way.
Because again, we are disciplining the mind. The mental impact of a full pooja is stronger though the spiritual impact is, it is said, equal. It's not economy vs first class. Why? Because we are still doing a complete circuit of Sri Chakra. It is a COMPLETE pooja for those with limited time; or those who is not yet ready to commit more time. That is why it's said that the KS will bring you what you need -- maybe that *is* more time; or maybe a deeper commitment to Devi's service. Or whatever. Maybe just a new washer and dryer, if that's where your head's at. We can't always read "Hamlet" in its entirety, though when we do its artistic and emotional impact can be simply tremendous. But when the time's just not there, maybe a good film adaption is an acceptable substitute. Maybe you're not up to tackling Joyce's 800-page magnum opus, "Ulysses" -- but you can still get a taste of his unique genius in the dozen pages of "Araby." Or on a more spiritual level, perhaps reading the Christian "New Testament" isn't something you feel like doing on a daily basis, but if that's what floats your boat you could do worse than re-skimming the gentle wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount (a practice that an awful lot of Christian missionaries and holy warriors ought to engage in more often).
The idea is to do something every day, rather than nothing. Eight Balas is better than no Balas, eh?
And because Srividya is such a concentrated and powerful form of Shakti sadhana, it is only natural that its sages would have discovered an unusually concentrated and powerful way to "do something rather than nothing" in just 30 minutes.
That's my take, anyway
Another very good reason to do longer pujas even if shorter versions are available is because one *enjoys* doing them.
I find long rituals and practices are only a burden when I dont have time for them. When I do, I don't think anything of sitting for a couple of hours because I really enjoy spiritual practice.
There is definitly a pleasure that comes from more full and robust practices.
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