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Navaratri – Navdurga – All

In Navaratri on 08/10/2013 at 19:38

NINE DAYS OF NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS:
Navaratri is separated into sets of three days i.e. into three sets. These sets are made in order to adore different facets of the supreme goddess. On the initial three days, the Goddess is invoked as the supreme powerful force called Durga. Goddess Durga is meant to all our contaminations, evils and defects. On the next three days, she is worshipped as the mother of spiritual wealth, Goddess Lakshmi, She is the one who is considered to have the power of showering on her devotees with the blessings of never-ending wealth. In the final set of three days, the Goddess is worshipped as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. The one is responsible for spiritual enlightenment and overall success in life.

She is also worshipped under nine different names for the nine days in Navratri. Every day, she assumes a new character, a new look and a new duty. She is worshipped as Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. For the initial six the Pooja celebrations are limited to home. The celebrations acquire a festive form since the seventh day when the festivities of Navratri surround the atmosphere

QA with SriSri – Meaning of Victory

In Navaratri, QA on 18/10/2011 at 10:50

Today is called the victory day, victory of the good over the evil because life has always been a struggle between the good and evil forces. And these nine days of celebration of Navaratri culminates on this tenth day which is called the victory day. That victory has been achieved over the negativity; negative forces make life a celebration.

The divine energy (shakti) inside alone can destroy all the cravings, aversions, dullness, lack of clarity and all these negative impulses, negative traits.

*Q: Guruji, today is Dashehra. Although we celebrate this festival of victory of good over evil every year, what should we do so that this victory is truly feasible? *
*SriSri:* First one has to have confidence that this victory is possible. If we think that this is kaliyuga, and it is not possible for good to gain victory over evil and only the reverse happens, evil wins over good here then this kind of mind-set is most dangerous. That is why first conquer your mind. Observe what your mind-set is. If your mind has pessimistic tendencies, they have to be removed first and enthusiasm has to be awakened. This is the first victory.

After nine days of battle, Vijayadashmi is not for only one day. What was there in nine days?

Tamo guna, rajo guna, and at the end sato guna also had to be conquered.

What was first? Madhu Kaitab, “Madhu” means raag (attachment) , “Kaitab” means dvesh (aversion).Victory over attachment and aversion is the first victory of the mind.

Next is “Dhoomra Lochan” and then “Mahishasura”.  Mahishasura is tamo guna, laziness, inertia. In that we say, “oh, everything goes, everything happens, everything is okay, corruption is okay, without that life will not go on. Things will not work, one has to be corrupt” – This kind of attitude, and mind-set is wrong, this is Mahishasura. This Mahishasura has to be conquered.

Next is Sumbha Nishumbha and then Raktabeeja. Raktabeeja means in our lives we have certain habits, some sanskaars (impressions) . As they say, it is in our blood, meaning it is so deeply ingrained, the impression is so deeply imprinted that is called Raktabeejasura. Wherever a drop of blood falls, it appears. You try to destroy one, and a hundred others are born. So this thing that we have in our genes, in our DNA, we need to get rid of it. How? Through meditation, prayer, devotion and divine grace. The sanskaras that are embedded deep within need to be uprooted and thrown out. All this is victory and it will not work if we say, “first I need to gain victory over the self and then I will go out and serve society” They both have to be done together.

Your sight should be directed inward as well as outwards. Promote cleanliness, hygiene, and resist dirt and filth.

Maintain a clean environment inside as well as outside. The leaders of society should also be such. Sometimes people do something wrong and all the good people stand back with their hands tied. Society has not been ruined on account of bad people, but due to the indifference of those who are good. This earth is being destroyed due to the carelessness and inaction of good individuals. So be dynamic. This is what is implied by the destruction of Mahishasura, getting rid of tamo guna. So victory will happen, believe in it first then work for it. And even if we experience failure a hundred times, we have to keep fighting. It is through devotion that the task gets done easily without any obstruction.

Bhagavad Gita -1-1-2- Be part of the Divine Song from the Beginning

In Bhagavad Gita, Deepavali, Knowledge digest, Navaratri on 06/10/2011 at 17:32

Happy Dussehra – Shantirastu, Pushtirastu, Tushtirastu – May there be Peace, Good Health and Prosperity for you! Love and Blessings to all!!  ~SriSri~

Today is the last day of Navaratri – Day of Victory, Vijaya Dashami –

Victory of good over evil.

 

Shall we begin the Bhagavad Gita on this auspicious day..

From a clear knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita all the goals of human existence become fulfilled. Bhagavad Gita is the manifest quintessence of all the teachings of the Vedic scriptures – Adi Shankaracharya.

Chapter 1. Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra

sloka 1
” dhrtarastra uvaca
dharma-ksetre kuru-ksetre
samaveta yuyutsavah
mamakah pandavas caiva
kim akurvata sanjaya “

Translation: Dhrtarastra said, O Sanjaya, after assembling in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do, being desirous to fight?

Listen to this verse at http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-01-01.html

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Sloka 2

” sanjaya uvaca
drstva tu pandavanikam
vyudham duryodhanas tada
acaryam upasangamya
raja vacanam abravit “

Translation:

Sanjaya said: At the time king Duryodhana after seeing the army of the pandavas arranged in military phalanx approaching near his respected preceptor Dronacarya spoke these words.

Listen to this verse at http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-01-01.html