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The Devi’s Sword of Knowledge Slays asura symbolizing ‘ego’

“The Devi’s Battle Sequence with the asura brothers is the inner conflict between The Boundless Self and the limited sense of self or the subjective and limited notion of identity.”

As The Goddess (Self) penetrates the ten thousand armed monster’s (Abhinivesha’s) heart, the demon’s essence appears one final time, pleading for The Goddess to stop, indicating how unrelentingly one clings because of this klesha. However no upadhi can last truly till the end before The Devi’s Sword Of Knowledge (Gnana). Finally as She Slays him, only shumbha is left all alone, stripped of all the false things that he has identified himself with all along. With no other support shumbha, the false self has to battle it out alone.