The most popular work describing the supernatural elemental powers of the Universal Mother (Durga) is “Durga Saptashati” a collection of 700 verses singing Her glory and how to take Her refuge? It is found in the Markendeya Purana comprising the 13 chapters from 81-93.
However, the root of Saptashati is Vaidika in that it purports to be a commentary on the two Rig Vaidika hymns included at its beginning and end: “The Ratri Sukta, Praise of the Night of Duality” and “The Devi Sukta, Praise of the Goddess Who is Unity.”
When I came to Canada in 1964 as a student at Queen’s University, I had no vision of the future. After graduation and marriage in 1967, I was caught in the paradox of working to survive and surviving to work. Somehow a sense of boredom, frustration and futility had taken over my entire being.