Here the seven hundred mantra story describes the victory of the Goddess over the Asuras (Madhu-Kaitabha, Mahishasura and Shambha-Nishumbha) - representing the conquest and freedom from the tamsik Mahakali (Chapter 1), rajsik Mahalakshmi (Chapters 2-4) and satvik Mahasaraswati (Chapters 5-13) forces. Her adversaries represent the all-too-human impulses arising from the pursuit of power, possessions, pleasure and from the illusions of self-importance. The Devi, personified as one supreme Goddess and many goddesses, confronts the demons within us - representing the field of human consciousness within each person.
Totally powerless by themselves certainly;
They require power to function in actuality,
That source of power Brahman or Self be;
It Supreme Reality on which all rests surely,
It the hub of wheel - causing rolling to be;
Our wisdom lies in realizing that Power truly,
This sense world is not real - but a dream be;