Vedic Vacation: Navaratri –Oct 15-23rd Journey towards Enlightenment
A particular time of yr begins on Sunday, Oct 15th with the brand new moon in Virgo, Navaratri. These 9 days and nights start from the primary day of the journey of the brand new moon in direction of its fullness. Every day the sap of our power rises chakra by chakra to achieve the crown. Emotionally, I discover the primary 3 days of Navaratri to result in numerous emotional purification and psychological noise, and it’s good to concentrate on it and do your religious practices and go to the Temple if that’s a part of your custom. I discover that nice transformation occurs throughout the first 3 days.
On the primary day, Oct 15 we invoke Durga as “Ma Shailaputri.” She is the daughter of the nice Himalayas. She has made up her thoughts to rise from the nice earth under to the heavens above. She is invincible and immovable like the nice Himalayas itself.
Under is a lovely description of the Navaratri Vacation by certainly one of my academics, Komilla Sutton:
“In keeping with the Puranas, Durga additionally fought the demon Mahishaasura in her kind as Goddess Chamundeshwari, and on the tenth day, she emerged victorious. These wars, for a religious aspirant, are the wars we battle with our internal demons in order that we are able to progress on the trail of self-realization. The 9 days are 9 steps to moksha and the goddesses give us energy to search out our greater self.
Rahu represents the demon in our chart. For many who wish to pacify Rahu; that is one of the best time. Though this competition is widely known in an enormous manner, individuals neglect the religious side of it and its connection to our religious growth. To battle the fears of Rahu, and the rejections of Ketu, you will need to quick throughout the day throughout these 9 days with the mindset to beat our internal fears and the resolve to confront and overcome our weaknesses.
The divine moms are representations of Shakti and so they alone give the facility to their devotees to beat all. These divine moms are often known as the Nava Durga (9 Names of Durga). Every of the times honors a facet of Divine Mom and step-by-step the aspirant.”
The times are additionally subdivided into 3 units of three days:
Kali: The primary three days are dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of Destruction and Restoration. She is the spouse of Shiva. It’s a time of purification, a time to let go of all that isn’t proper in your life in order that the center is evident to simply accept the brand new power from the divine. That is additionally a time to manage the demon of Rahu: the wishes, the wants, and the fears that preserve us tied to the world and provides rise to increasingly wishes and due to this fact, disappointments in life. (Oct 15-17)
Lakshmi: The second three days are dedicated to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth. She is the spouse of Vishnu. It’s a time of preservation of your good nature and what’s good in your life and buying new issues — ethically — that make your life rich and affluent. Take into consideration preserving and buying religious wealth. (Oct 18-20)
Saraswati: The final three days are dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, Information, and the Arts. She is the spouse of Brahma. That is the time of receiving Divine Steering on tips on how to correctly use all assets.
With every set of three days, you progress nearer to your religious objectives. Goddess Kali helps to purify your thoughts and free it up for brand new prospects. The thoughts needs to be freed from its outdated obsessions and wishes, solely then it is able to tackle new data.
Within the second set, Goddess Lakshmi lets you protect what is nice already and take constructive steps in direction of making your self rich, each materially and spiritually. ()
Lastly, Goddess Saraswati provides the data and knowledge to embrace the trail of Brahman and overcome any obstacles on the trail to moksha. If we do that ritual yearly then we are going to slowly however certainly discover the trail to realization (Oct 21-23)
This vacation is about Durga, who rides on her lion and dares to battle worry and overcome Rahu, the demon of worry, dependancy, and sensual obsession as she heads on her 10-day journey of victory over ignorance to the upper crown chakra. ( Particular due to Sarabani Rath for her image of Durga)
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