Vedic vacation: Navaratri – October 15-23rd Journey to Enlightenment
A particular time of the yr begins on Sunday, October 15e with the brand new moon in Virgo, Navaratri. These 9 days and nights start from the primary day of the brand new moon’s journey to its fullness. Daily the juice of our power rises chakra by chakra to succeed in the crown. Emotionally, I discover that the primary three days of Navaratri result in a variety of emotional cleaning and psychological noise, and it’s good to concentrate on that and do your religious practices and go to the temple if that’s a part of your custom. I discover a serious transformation going down in the course of the first three days.
On the primary day, October 15, we invoke Durga as “Mom Shailaputri.” She is the daughter of the nice Himalaya. She has determined to ascend from the nice earth beneath to the heaven above. She is invincible and immovable, like the nice Himalaya itself.
Under is a gorgeous description of the Navaratri Vacation by one in every of my lecturers, Komilla Sutton:
“In keeping with the Puranas, Durga additionally fought the demon Mahishaasura in her type as goddess Chamundeshwari, and on the tenth day she emerged victorious. For a religious aspirant, these wars are the wars we wage with our internal demons in order that we will progress on the trail of self-realization. The 9 days are 9 steps to moksha and the goddesses give us the ability to search out our larger self.
Rahu represents the demon in our horoscope. For many who need to appease Rahu; that is the most effective time. Though this pageant is well known on a grand scale, individuals neglect its religious side and its reference to our religious improvement. To fight the fears of Rahu and the rejections of Ketu, you will need to observe daytime fasting for these 9 days with the mindset of overcoming our internal fears and the dedication to face and overcome our weaknesses.
The divine moms are representations of Shakti and solely they offer their devotees the ability to beat all. These divine moms are referred to as the Nava Durga (9 names of Durga). Every day honors a side of the Divine Mom and step-by-step the aspirant.”
The times are additionally divided into 3 units of three days:
Kali: The primary three days are devoted 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 every thing that’s not good to your life, in order that the guts is obvious to just accept the brand new power of the divine. That is additionally a time to regulate the demon Rahu: the needs, wants and fears that preserve us tied to the world and provides rise to increasingly more needs and subsequently disappointments in life. (October 15-17)
Lakshmi: The second three days are devoted to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. She is the spouse of Vishnu. It’s a time of preserving your good nature and what’s good in your life and of buying new issues – ethically talking – that make your life wealthy and affluent. Take into consideration protecting and buying religious wealth. (October 18-20)
Saraswati: The final three days are devoted to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, data and artwork. She is the spouse of Brahma. That is the time when you’ll obtain divine steering on correctly use all assets.
With every set of three days you get nearer to your religious targets. Goddess Kali helps to purify your thoughts and free it for brand new prospects. The thoughts have to be freed from its previous obsessions and needs, solely then will or not it’s prepared to soak up new info.
Within the second set, Goddess Lakshmi lets you protect what’s already good and to take constructive steps to make your self wealthy, each materially and spiritually. ()
Lastly, Goddess Saraswati offers the data and knowledge to embrace the trail of Brahman and overcome all obstacles on the trail to moksha. If we do that ritual yearly, we’ll slowly however absolutely discover the best way to realization (Oct 21-23)
This vacation is about Durga, who rides her lion and dares to combat worry and conquer Rahu, the demon of worry, dependancy and sensual obsession, as she embarks on her 10-day journey from victory over ignorance to the upper crown chakra. (Particular because of Sarabani Rath for her photograph of Durga)
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