Hritpundarika madhyasham prataha Surya samaprabham Pashankushadharam saumyam varadabhaya hastakam Trinetram raktavasanam bhaktakamadugham bhaje

Standing in the centre of the lotus of the heart, shining like a thousand suns, Holding noose and goad, gentle and pleasing, fulfilling boons and giving fearlessness with the hands,

1 praise that Three-eyed, Red-clothed Devi who fulfils the desires of Her devotees.

Namami twam maha-devim mahâ-bhaya-vinâshinïm, Maha-durga pra-shamanïm mahâ-kârunya-rûpinïm. (23)

I bow to You, O Great Goddess, Destroyer of even the greatest offears, The Great Tearer-apart and the Calming Night, being Compassion personified.

Yasyaha swarüpam brahmadayo na jananti tasmad-uchyate agñyeya, Yasya anto na labhyate tasmad-uchyate ananta, Yasya lakshyam n-opa-lakshyate tasmad-uchyate alakshya, Yasya jananam n-opa-labhyate tasmad-uchyate aja, Ek-aiva sarvatra vartate tasmad-uchyate eka, Ek-aiva vishva-rûpinï tasmad-uchyate naika, Ata ev-ochyate agñyey-anant-alakshy-aj-aika-naik-eti. (24)

Whose Form even Lord Brahma cannot comprehend, She is called 'Unknowable ', Whose end cannot be found, She is called 'Eternal',

Whose distinguishing marks cannot be perceived, She is called 'Imperceptible', Whose births cannot be observed, She is called 'Unborn'. Being indeed one whichever way She turns, She is called 'One', Being indeed one with the Form of the Universe, She is called 'Many', She is ever called'Unknowable', 'Eternal', 'Imperceptible', 'Unborn', 'One' and 'Many'.

Mantranam matrika Devï shabdânâm gñyana-rüpim, Gñyananam chin-may-atïta shünyanam shünya-sakshini, Yasyaha parataram nasti, saisha Durga prakïrtita. (25)

The Supreme Devi is the root syllables of the mantras and the sacred knowledge of sound, She is the Knowledge that is beyond thought and the Solitary Witness of the Emptiness. There is nothing beyond Her, thus is the description of Shri Durga.

Tam durgam durgamam devïm dura-chara vighatinïm, Namami bhava-bhïtô-ham samsar-arna-vatarinïm. (26)

0 Goddess Durga who is inaccessible, who completely removes our misfortunes,

1 bow to You who carries us across the flood of this worldly existence and removes all fear and illusion.

Phala Shruti (listening to the results)

Idam-a'harva-shTrsha yo-dhite, Sa pancha a'harva-shTrsha japa-phalam-apnoti, Idam-a'harva-shTrsham agnyatva yorcham s'hapayati, r

Shata-laksham pra-japtvapi sorcha shuddhim na vindati, Shatam-asht,ottara ch-asya purash-charya-vidhihi smritaha, Dasha-varam pa'het yas-tu sadyaha papaihi pra-muchyate, Maha-durgani tarati maha-devyaha pra-sadataha (27)

Whoever learns this Atharva Sheersha, Gains the rewards of reciting *five Atharva Sheershas, Whoever establishes worship without knowing this Afharva Shirsha Though reciting ten million mantras, his worship will not become purified. This is to be performed a hundred and eight times according to the traditional rules, Whoever says this ten times, gets all wickedness completely destroyed He is carried across the greatest of difficulties and attains serenity, happiness and well-being through the assistance of the Great Divine Power.

Sayam-adhTyano divasa-kritam papam nashyati, Pratar-adhT-yano ratra-kritam papam nashayati, Sayam-prataha pra-yunjano-papo bhavati, NishT'he turTya-sam-dhyayam japtva vak-siddhir-bhavati, Nutanayam prati-mayam japtva devata-sam-nidhyam bhavati, Bhaum-ashvinyam maha-devT-sam-nidhau japtva maha-mrityum tarati, Sa maha-mrityum tarati. (28)

Recited in the evening, any wickedness performed in the day is destroyed Recited at dawn, any sins done in the night are destroyed, Reciting morning and evening, he becomes free from all sins He attains the fourth state of being (pure spirit) and his mutterings become powerful mantras.

Whoever worships an idol reciting this praise, becomes united with that Deity, Being connected to the Great Goddess, the reciter is carried across Final Death, He is carried across even the Final Death.

Ya evam veda, Iti-upanishat.

Thus is the sacred knowledge, in this manner is the divine mystery.

Iti DevT-a'harva-shTrsham sam-purnam.

Here ends the Devi Atharva Sheersha.

* the five Atharva Sheershas traditionally recited are the Ganesha, Devi, Surya, Vishnu and Shiva.

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