Hrīṁkārī ह्रींकारी (301)

She is in the form of māyā bīja hrīṁHrīṁ is also called śākta praṇava or śaktī praṇava, which means that the worshippers of śaktī, call hrīṁ as praṇava bīja of Śaktī.  This is also known as Bhuvaneśvarī bījā (Nāma 294 is Bhuvaneśvarī).  Praṇava is the supreme ॐ.   The power of hrīṁ bīja is as powerful as ॐ.   That is why in Pañcadaśī mantra every kūṭa or group ends with the bīja hrīṁHrīṁ is the combination of ha (ह) + ra (र) + ī (ई) + ma (म) + bindu (').  Ha refers to manifestation, ra indicates involution (action of enfolding, the action of māyā), ī indicates perfection and the bindu, a dot on top of the bīja controls all the three.  Therefore hrīṁ means manifestation, involution and perfection.  The appearance of the bodily form enfolded by perfection is the literal meaning of the bīja hrīṁ.  This means that māyā or illusion is causing a veil around the Brahman and this veil can be removed only if one realizes the Supreme Consciousness of Śaktī.  Unless the kinetic energy (Śaktī) is fully realized, it is not possible to feel the pulsation of Śiva, the static energy.  In fact this bīja can also be called as Śiva-Śaktī bīja as ha stands for Śiva bījā and kāmakalā - īṁ (ईं) stands for Śaktī bīja.  The bīja ra (र) conjoins these two bīja-s to form a single Śiva-Śaktī bīja.  The role of ra in any bīja is significant.  The sound of ra is the chief of all the sounds.  Whenever hrīṁ is chanted, it endues peace and auspiciousness. 

In any bīja the bindu is important and most of the bīja-s have bindu.  For example take the letter ha (ह).  When a dot is placed at the top of this ha it becomes haṁ (हं).  Without bindu an alphabet remains as an alphabet and becomes a bījā only if a ‘dot’ is placed above the alphabet.  The bindu though tiny, is yet very powerful.  There are three major sub divisions in a bindu leading to the union of Śiva and Śaktī, from where the three exclusive actions of the Brahman viz. creation, sustenance and destruction originate.  The three major sub divisions are bindu representing Śiva, bīja representing Śaktī and nāda representing their union.  A bindu above ha, one of the alphabets of hrīṁ spells like haṁ.  This bīja haṁ, a component of hrīṁ represents creation (h), sustenance (a) and destruction () the three functions of the Brahman. 

The bindu undergoes subtle changes from its origin to delivery.  It originates as Parā Śaktī and gets modified as paśyantī, madhyamā and delivered at vaikari, (Please refer nāma 299 for additional details.)  At the time of delivery it undergoes modifications through eight stages) by deriving power from five basic elements and gets blessed by Brahma, Viṣṇu and Rudra.  It begins its journey from the heart cakra with the letter ‘a’ (अ), moves to the throat cakra and conjoins with ‘u’(उ) and further goes up to palate where it conjoins with ‘ṁ’ (मं), the three components of OM (a + u + ).  From the palate it moves to forehead where it derives its cosmic energy received through the crown cakra, enters the world of śūnya (cosmic vacuum) where no energy operates, moves further up  towards the top of the skull establishing a link through brahmarandhra with mahā śūnya (the great cosmic vacuum), where the Creation takes place.  When it moves further, the creation becomes transcendental energy and the life begins to exist out of the Self illuminating cosmic brilliance.  That is why bindu is said to be in the form of a luminous dot like the sun, born out of the union of Śiva and Śaktī

There is no differentiation between the bīja hrīṁ and Śiva-Śaktī combine, the point of origin and the point of annihilation of this universe.