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The divine child within

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

Know yourself, know both your lion and lamb and then set about merging these two.  Be aware of the deep churning within, the turbulent river, and set out each day, anchored to the deep Presence Within.

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The divine child within

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:52 am

Each human being has their own pain – a pain and ‘wound’ that is unique to them because of their own unique experiences.  These wounds were received by the inner child.  You very seldom truly connect with and live with cognisence of the inner child and the inner child remains mostly unknown to you.  You mainly act from the inner ‘parent’, the assertive, self-assured self and therefore very few people and experiences truly touch you deeply within your inner child.  And those who did touch you deeply, in this most open place, the dwelling of the Christ self, became part of your identity – you believed that you needed them, that you are dependent on them (mainly in early childhood) and when they betray you or abandon you, you identify with that loss.  This may also happen later in life again, when you open yourself completely up to another, in trust and faith, looking for nurturing or even spiritual guidance and when someone does, you are overwhelmed by the experience of becoming aware of this incredibly vulnerable self which is also pure love.  But it is precisely these experiences that will call you back to your deepest centre and make you aware of your inner child, the divine Christ child within.

The inner child, symbolically seen as the lamb, is often denied or rejected, as it holds the pain of the wounding.  And so we live from the lion self – the parent, or the assertive, powerful self.  The art of spiritual living is to let your lion and lamb lie together.  To stand strong in your vulnerability and to live from the depths of God’s Presence within yourself.

Know yourself, know both your lion and lamb and then set about merging these two.  Be aware of the deep churning within, the turbulent river, and set out each day, anchored to the deep Presence Within.

Nine Divine nights of Goddess – continued

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

The second day – continued

On the second day it is the worship of the divine form of the Mother Goddess as Bharmacharini. She is the one who practices devout austerity. She enlightens us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace. She holds a rosary in her right hand and a water utensil in her left hand. She is blissful and endows happiness, peace, prosperity and grace upon all devotees who worship her. Filled with bliss and happiness, she is the way to freedom and moksha.

The third aspect of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri. She is the manifestation of peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or bell. That is why she is called ‘Chandraghanta’. She is charming, has a golden bright complexion and rides a lion. She has ten hands, three eyes and holds weapons in her hands. She is the apostle of bravery and possesses great strength to fight in the battle against demons.

On the fourth day the goddess Kushmanda is worshipped, She is the creator of the Universe, she is the one with the cosmic egg. The universe was no more than a void full of darkness, until her light spread in all directions like rays from the sun. Often she is depicted as having eight or ten hands. She holds weapons, glitter, and a rosary., in her hands, and she rides a lion.

On day five Skanda Mata’ – the mother of Skanda – is worshipped. She is accompanied by the Lord Skanda in his infant form. Skanda Mata has four arms and three eyes, holds the infant Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards. The left arm is in pose to grant boons with grace and in left lower hand which is raised also holds a lotus. She has a bright complexion and is often depicted as seated on a lotus.

The sixth form of Mother Durga is known as ‘Katyayani’, who is worshipped on the six day of Navaratri. The legend behind her name goes thus: Once upon a time, there was a great sage called Kata, who had a son named Katya. Kata was very famous and renowned in the lineage of saints. He underwent long austerities and penance in order to receive the grace of the Mother Goddess. He wished to have a daughter in the form of a goddess. According to his wish and desire the Mother Goddess granted his request. Katyayani was born to Kata as an avatar of Durga.

The seventh form of Mother Durga is known as Kaal Ratri and is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She has a dark complexion, disheveled hair and a fearlessness posture. A necklace flashing lightning adorns her neck. She has three eyes that shine bright and terrible flames emanate from her breath. Her vehicle is the donkey. Her raised right hand always seems to grant boons to all worshippers and all her right lower hand is in the pose of allaying fears. Her left upper hand holds a thorn-like weapon, made of iron and there is a dragger in the lower left hand. She is black like Goddess Kali and holds a sparkling sword in her right hand battle all evil. Her gesture of protection assures us of freedom from fear and troubles.

So she is also known as ‘Shubhamkari’ – one who does good. She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. As a result of her worship, all sins of past, present and future get washed away and devotees get purified in all aspects of life. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm. Due to her long austerities in the deep forests of the Himalayas, she developed a dark complexion. When Lord Shiva cleaned her with the water of the Ganges, her body regained its beauty and she came to be known as Maha Gauri, which mean extremely white. She wears white clothes, has four arms, and rides on a bull. Her right hand is in the pose of allaying fear and her right lower hand holds a trident. The left upper hand holds a ‘damaru’ (a small rattle drum) and the lower one is in the pose of granting boons to her devotees.

Siddhidatri is the ninth form of the Goddess. She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. She has four arms and she is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose. She rides on the lion as her vehicle. She blesses all Gods, saints, yogis, tantrics and all devotees as a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. In ‘Devi Bhagvata Purana’ it is mentioned that Lord Shiva worshipped her and was blessed with all Siddhis (supernatural powers). By her blessings his half body became female and other half body male in the avatar of Ardhnarishvara.

The nine divine nights of Goddess

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Namo namo durge sukha karani – namo namo ambe  duhkha harani My adorations to Mother Durga, who  bestows all happiness. My adorations to Goddess Durga,  who ends all miseries. – Durga Chalisa

This week is the start of Navratri, the nine divine nights, celebrating the Divine Mother India. Navratri in October are celebrated in different forms, ritual, and is also known as Navadurga. Navadurga is also often referred to as dhusera, as it has spread into a ten day festival in some regions.
Navadurga celebrates the nine aspects of Devi Durga as Shakty, the Great Mother, Devi or Goddess. She whom is our life force, the Divine Feminine manifesting into the physical as your instinctual self, your creativity, your Divine Wellspring of energy and vibration.
Navadurga means the nine forms of Durga and nava also means ‘new’.
The nine divine nights of worship and devotion is divided into three sections : the first three days are dedicated to Kali Ma, the next three days to MahaLakshimi and the final three days to Saraswati.
The first three days that are devoted to Kali, the Goddess of Destruction, Death and Rebirth, is a time of purification, a time to let go of all that is not “on purpose” for your life. It is the time for ‘spring cleaning’ in order to make way for new things.The second three days are devoted to MahaLakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, Wealth and Good Health. This is a time of preservation and taking care of things or acquiring what is necessary to fill your life with prosperity and fulfillment. This is a time to focus on what you need to attract into your life. The last three days are devoted to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom, Knowledge and the Arts. This is a time of receiving Divine Guidance on how to properly use all resources sent your way. The focus should be on how to make efficiently and purposefully use of all the blessings and resources that flow into your life.Traditionally these days are spent fasting and puja is performed on certain days, culminating in beautiful, larger than life statues of Durga Ma processionally taken down to the Ganges – even if this means walking or driving for great distances!!Navadurga is a time of introspection, purification, cleaning out and preparing for new beginnings. It is an auspicious time for starting new ventures! Time is spent fasting and in prayers and meditation.
At home a lamp is lit which is placed in a pot. This lamp or light is kept lit for the full nine days – symbolising Adishakty, the Supreme Mother, present in the flame as Durga Ma.
Traditional Ways in which you can devote yourself to theDivine Mother during Navaratri:
Usually, certain “sacrifices” or personal offerings are made during these nine days, such as giving up some certain foods. This is an ideal time to go vegetarian! You can also sacrifice something that is always a part of your daily routine, or something that is important to you. Some people restrict themselves to only one meal per day throughout the nine days. Some give up their favorite beverage, like coffee or tea; in the West, some give up watching TV or some other daily ritual they usually engage in. You could also add something you don’t usually do, such as reading sacred scriptures or literatures for 20 to 30 minutes each of the nine days. You can increase your meditation time and devote your contemplation and daily ritual to the aspect of the goddess of the day.
Whatever it is you choose, the idea is that each time you think of this thing you are doing, you offer up that thought and say a prayer to the Divine Mother to increase your devotion to Her. If you can continue your sadhana for the full 9 days, there is a special reward from Divine Mother that happens on either the 9th or 10th day. She promises “a personal physical experience” of Her. This is an individual experience and only you will know what it is and when it has happened. It is up to you if you want to share it with anyone else after it happens. For some people it makes it more “real” to share, for some it is more powerful to keep silent about it.
The fifth day is considered to be the “turning point” day, when the cleansing/purification aspects are complete. The energy of each day is building so that by the end of the Navaratri there is much energy generated, each Fire Ceremony becoming more filled with Shakti (Divine Energy). This requires some personal commitment.
Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the triple power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction. Since time immemorial she has been worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being and has been mentioned in many scriptures – Yajur Veda, Vajasaneyi Samhita and Taittareya Brahman.
The Meaning of “Durga”
The word “Durga” in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun. Another meaning of “Durga” is “Durgatinashini,” which literally translates into “the one who eliminates suffering”.
Durga’s Many Arms
Durga is depicted as having eight or ten arms each carrying a weapon or symbol of her power and might.
Durga’s Three Eyes
Mother Durga is also referred to as “Triyambake” meaning the three eyed Goddess. The left eye represents desire (the moon), the right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye knowledge (fire)
Durga’s Vehicle – the Lion
The lion represents power, will and determination. Mother Durga riding the lion symbolises her mastery over all these qualities.
Durga’s Many Weapons
The conch shell in Durga’s hand symbolizes the ‘Pranava’ or the mystic word ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’, which indicates her holding on to God in the form of sound.
The bow and arrows represent energy. By holding both the bow and arrows in one hand “Mother Durga” is indicating her control over both aspects of energy – potential and kinetic.
The thunderbolt signifies firmness. The devotee of Durga must be firm like thunderbolt in his or her convictions. Like the thunderbolt that can break anything against which it strikes, without being affected itself, the devotee needs to face and confront a challenge without loss of confidence.
The lotus in Durga’s hand is not in fully opened, It symbolizing certainty of success but success has not been achieved yet.. The lotus in Sanskrit is called “pankaja” which means born of mud. Thus, lotus stands for the continuous evolution of the spiritual quality of devotees amidst the worldly mud of lust and greed.
The “Sudarshan-Chakra” or beautiful discus, which spins around the index finger of the Goddess, without touching it, signifies that the entire world is subservient to the will of Durga and is at her command. She uses this unfailing weapon to destroy evil and produce an environment conducive to the growth of righteousness.
The sword that Durga holds in one of her hands symbolizes knowledge, which has the sharpness of a sword. Knowledge which is free from all doubts, is symbolized by the brightness of the sword.
Durga’s trident or “trishul” is a symbol of three qualities – Satwa (inactivity), Rajas (activity) and Tamas (non-activity) – and she is remover of the three types of miseries – physical, mental and spiritual.
Devi Durga stands on a lion in a fearless pose of “Abhay Mudra”, signifying overcoming of fear. The universal mother seems to be saying to all her devotees: “Surrender all actions and duties onto me and I shall release thee from all fears”.
On the first day of Navadurga, on 8 October, Shailaputri is worshipped. Her name means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). Shila means a rock, a stone. SHAILA is the derivative of the word SHILA. It is the rock of spiritual standing and the whole world gets strength from the Shaila-Putri aspect of Purna Prakriti DURGA. She is also worshipped as Sati Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati, the daughter of Hemavana – the king of the Himalayas. She rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her two hands and she is the embodiment of power.
From the Yogic point of view, the First Navaratra is considered to be a very auspicious day. The aspiration of a devotee is to reach deeper into the spiritual realms of the Self and to strive for the attainment of peace and bliss.
jvala mearh hai jyothi tumhari – tumhearh sada pujeam nara nari
You are the divine light in fire. Men and women shall revere you for ever.
– Durga Chalica
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