Śrī Bālātripurasundarī mantra is one of the most powerful mantras in Śrī Vidyā cult. As a rule, one is initiated by a guru only with this mantra when an aspirant expresses his desire to pursue Śaktī upāsana, which is also known as Śrī Vidyā upāsana. This mantra is commonly known as Bālā mantra.
There are three types of Bālā mantra-s and they are known by different names.
1. Bālā mantra consists of three bījākṣara-s – ॐ - ऐं - क्लीं – सौः (om - aiṁ - klīṁ - sauḥ)
2. Bālātripurasundarī mantra consists of six bījākṣara-s - ॐ - ऐं - क्लीं - सौः -- सौः - क्लीं – ऐं (om - aiṁ - klīṁ - sauḥ -- sauḥ - klīṁ - aiṁ)
3. Bālā navākṣarī mantra - ॐ - ऐं - क्लीं - सौः -- सौः - क्लीं - ऐं -- ऐं - क्लीं – सौः (om - aiṁ - klīṁ - sauḥ -- sauḥ - klīṁ - aiṁ -- aiṁ - klīṁ - sauḥ)
The most powerful mantra of the three is Bālā navākṣarī mantra, because the reverse order of Bālā mantra is encased by Bālā mantra itself. Encasement is known as sampuṭīkaraṇa, where the power, vibration and energy of a mantra are encased between two bījākṣara-s. When a mantra is recited in the reverse order, the power of a mantra increases several folds. When a mantra is recited with absolute concentration, it generates intent energy within the body and gets diffused through the body. In order to prevent the diffusion of the energy and to hold the energy thus generated within the body, a mantra is encased between two bījākṣara-s. These bījākṣara-s are either in the same order, like the one in Bālā navākṣarī mantra or the beginning bījākṣara/s could be in the right order and the end bījākṣara/s could be in an inverted order as in the case of ṣoḍaśī mahā mantra.
The three bījākṣara-s of Bālā mantra are known by different names. Bīja ऐं (aiṁ) is known as vāgbhavabīja. This bīja helps in perfecting knowledge. The second bīja क्लीं (klīṁ) is known as kāmabīja. Kāma generally means desire and here it is the desire to attain Her feet. The third bīja isसौः (sauḥ). This is called seed mantra, also known as parabīja, or piṇḍanātha. This mantra is also known as mantra of Goddess Parāśaktī. This bīja gives power to the aspirant the full potency (known as mantravīrya) to realize the Self.
सौः (sauḥ) consists of three letters s + au + ḥ. S stands for the Being. au is the Powers of Will, Knowledge and Action.The last letter ḥ is known as visarga because it “inwardly” projects the universe through the letter au. सौः (sauḥ) also makes the kuṇḍalinī of a true spiritual aspirant to ascend and can be explained from tantric point of view. To attain sidhhi of this mantra, one has to recite 300,000 times.
There are four dhyāna verses for Bālā mantra and any one of them can be chosen. Normally, the guru who initiates this mantra decides, as to which is the suitable one, for an aspirant. All the mantras have curses and each of these mantras have different mantras for removing such curses. These curses are made by sages, gods, goddesses, etc. Bālā mantra too is cursed by Devi, which can be removed by reciting Tripura Bhairavi mantra 100 times.
Tripura Bhairavi mantra: हसैं हसकरीं हसैं hasaiṁ hasakarīṁ hasaiṁ.
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