Transformation - Navratri 2017
Today it's the start of Navaratri ! 9 Days of immersing in the Shakti. Goddess. Spiritual energy of Brahman.....
"Navratri, or the festival of nine nights, is celebrated to worship the various forms of the Mother Divine through prayers, chants, meditation, fasting and other spiritual practices. It is also the time of the year to turn inward and nurture, rejuvenate and replenish our soul."
One of my favourite times of the year. Time for offering up all limitations and negativities to the Shakti/Godess, for transformation. It's powerful time for increased meditation, mantra and practice.
First three days is focused some more on Kali - transformation.
2nd three days is focused more on Lakshmi - abundance and grace.
3:rd three days is focused more on Saraswati the inflow of wisdom.
Great time for meditation.
The Collective force of millions of people doing this simultaneously have an impact for invocing the spiritial force (Shakti).
For me generally one of the favourite times of the year. It's autumn season of transformation in nature. It getting darker. Lights are lit and mantras are sung.
Here Krishna Das is chanting sweetly to the Shakti;
Goddess pictures are getting the headlead on the puja table:
From eminent wise vedic astrologer Julia Swansons blog today.
Good omen as Venus (shukra) the planet of love turns up with the powerful star Regulus. It bodes well for this Navratri. The love of the Shakti aspect will perhaps be more potent.
Shakti, a mass of bliss, leaps out in manifestion as the creation out of love....
From the Upanishads....;
"The creation comes out of bliss..is upheld by bliss...return to bliss....!
Wishing you all a joyous and fulfilling Navratri.
Om Namah Shivaya
Happy Navratri Necromancer and all !
Equinox today as well. Adding to the transition of energies at this point...
The first three days of Navratri is dedicated to Durga/kali the slayer of negativities and obstacles.
First day I felt excited. Then typically comes up a lot of negativities and issues to deal with. 2nd day of Navratri yesterday was for me filled of negativies and depression. This was actually expected as I felt it before during other years when the Shakti stirs up things in you for elimination.
Today it's gone and feeling upbeat...
Tomorrow starts focus on Lakshmi...
A great book by Swami Chidananda about Shakti and Navratri:
Prakasha-Vimarsha, The Light of Consciousness: The Core of Tantrik Spiritual Philosophy
By Christopher Tompkins and Christopher Wallis
I will tell you the whole story now about that Mantra I posted above and about Swami Chidananda in regards.
My ex-husband was/is a member (now a fully-fledged Swami) of the Divine Life Society, whilst I preferred to have no 'Guru' even though, according to Hindu tradition, my husband already was.
Swami Chidananda visited Australia in 2002 and as he was my husband's Guru, he was totally ecstatic; over the moon that he got to have the last opportunity to receive personal darshan and pay his respects. My husband invited me along, but I did not want to go...I had absolutely no interest in going.
Well, with that, my husband reminded me of my dharma and basically said "if I want you to go, you will go...that's all there is to it" and so, because I followed dharma to the letter, I reluctantly went along and tried to appear interested. Swami Chidananda just didn't 'do it' for me...but on to the story.
Whilst I was at the host's residence, my husband said to me; "I have arranged for you to receive 'mantra diksha' from Swami Chidananda"...and inside, I was like "oh great...just what I did not want...I'm only here to observe..." but seeing as the arrangements were made, what choice did I have really?
So, I approached Swami Chidananda, not really feeling anything whatsoever...not knowing what to do beyond respectfully going up and touching his feet as I saw others do...he just seemed like this plain old 'Indian guy'...very quiet, totally unassuming...and then he spoke:
"So, you wish to receive Mantra diksha from me, do you?"
All I could do was nod my head and try to avert my gaze because I had heard that it was disrespectful for me to look at him directly.
Then he said "okay then, this Mantra is for you" and he then spoke the Mantra above and said it was a Mantra for worshiping the Divine Goddess.
With that, I sorta said..."excuse me, Swami, Sir, but I am a devotee of Lord Shiva, can't I have a Shiva mantra instead?...please?"
With that, he laughed and said "I know what you are! but also understand one thing, the way to Lord Shiva is through Shakti only"
I sorta grumbled with "why does God need a 'broker' in every religion out there?...why can't I just approach Him directly?".
Swami Chidananda replied "by worshiping Shakti, you already are!"
I was still rather miffed, but got him to write down that mantra so I wouldn't forget it and then I bowed again and thanked him.
I chanted the mantra he gave me for a few months, but then reverted back to chanting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra because that made me 'feel stuff' where the Devi mantra did not.
Now, with all that has happened today, I can see the 'Divine hand' at work here and I never miss such things....so thank you.
Om Klim Kalikaye Namah
Om Namah Shivaya
In Navratri in my city people gather around Mother Durga and plays Ras Garba and Dandiya Ras (both folk dance of Gujrat).
Thanks a lot !
Great article and mantra story....
I actually are waiting for Christopher Wallis new book to arrive in the mail.
A commentary on Pratyabhijna-hrdaya.
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