Preserves the moral order in the universe As
mahishasura represents the ego, restlessness, desire, rage, and corrosive passion. Whenever The Divine Mother Attacks, he eludes Her Deadly Blows by using the protective shield of his changing forms. Until he reveals his true form, he remains elusive and seemingly unconquerable. In the same way, human delusion dons an array of guises to mask and protect ego, attachment, aversion, and deep-seated fear. mahisha’s unwillingness to reveal himself stems from a sense of self-preservation, and The Divine Mother Forces the revelation By Piercing him With Her Spear, Symbolizing the penetrating Light of the Higher Knowledge. When mahisha emerges in his true form, She Decapitates him With Her Sword, which is a metaphor for viveka, the ability to discern between the apparent and the real, the transient and the eternal.