No one of the limbs of the Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ is capable of conveying the entire secret of the Glory of the Goddess. But the Siddha Kuñjika Stotram is capable of granting the fruits of the Chaṇḍī once we understand it. The Siddha Kuñjika Stotram is the Song That Gives the Key to Perfection.
It is extremely secretive – we have to go deeply inside and understand the meaning of these mantras.
On chanting in general, Swamiji says, “The more we recite, the more we listen, and the more we attune ourselves to the vibration of what is being said, then the more we will inculcate that attitude. Our intention amplifies the attitude.”
We have to ask the question, “Is this sadhana a hobby or a compelling desire?”
Swamiji says, “A compelling desire is something that makes us get up and to the fullest capacity assert ourselves to the furtherance of the goal. The key is to focus on the mantras.”
Questions and Answers About the Siddha Kunjika Stotram
What is the significance of the Siddha Kunjika Stotram?
This is the essence of the Chandi, the Navarna Mantra, the constant reminder that change She will, change She must, because change is Her intrinsic Nature.
What is the meaning of ‘Kunjika’ in the Siddha Kunjika Stotram?
Kunjika literally means “something overgrown or hidden by growth or growing things.” Siddha means perfection. Stotram is the song. The Song of Perfection which is no longer hidden because of growth. That is, our spiritual growth and understanding of the Chandi exposes the hidden meanings of the bija mantras in the Song.
In reference to the Siddha Kunjika Stotram, what is the junction of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat?
Draw a line through the Sahasrara. At the junction where the eyes, ears, nose and mouth unite on that axis, that is the location of intensity in this meditation.
Would Stambhana (the siddhi in Siddha Kunjika Stotram) be the same as pratyahara?
No. Pratyahara means to bring the senses inside. That is, closing off external perception. Stambhana fixes the perception inside by holding the thought still as well as the sense.
When doing slow japa with breathing from the siddha kunjika stotram, what are the best mudras to use for the long version from verse 4? What is the proper name to honor the mantra of this stotram? What is the best visualization or form of the goddess to accompany this mantra?
For mudra, either folded hands, or jnan mudra. The mantra is referred to as the Navarna Mantra. For visualization, the entire Cosmic Altar.