NAVARATRI

Navratri is a festival that is celebrated for nine nights and dedicated to celebrate the Shakti or the dynamic aspect of our creation, Goddess Durga. For nine nights, nine various forms of Goddess Durga which are: Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, are acknowledged and worshipped through ways that pleases them. While one is offered ghee, the other is offered coconut.

For a spiritual seeker this festival has loads to teach. This practice of offering that which pleases the deity, so clearly proves that while dealing with people a spiritual person should adapt to the needs of the people he is with. One should be able to maneuver according to what the other person demands to keep them happy, especially the ones he love. As when they become happy, just like the blessings of the Goddess, the positive vibrations of our loved ones will pave way for our spiritual growth.

Another important point to note is that a true worshipper of Goddess Durga accepts all her nine forms and equally worships them all. Whether its Shailputri or Katyayani, they both are just Goddess Durga for her seeker. In every form the seeker feels that he is just being blessed by Goddess Durga. In the very same way, one should accept all aspects of his family members’ nature. Whether they get angry or irritate or love, one should never forget that it’s his family member and should accept all their aspects with equal respect. Just like for a seeker, the relation with his deity holds most importance, irrespective of the change in form of the Goddess, in the very same way our relationships should hold most importance in our life irrespective of how they seem to us.

One of the avatars of Goddess Durga is Goddess Kali. It is believed that after killing Mahishasura, Goddess Kali could not control her wrath. She got so carried away that she could’ve ended the entire creation with it. And then Lord Shiva, her consort, had to lie down under her feet to bring her back to her senses. Only after Goddess Kali stepped on Lord Shiva did she calm down. This incident very openly portrays what family does for one. Just like Lord Shiva was Goddess’ family and he went to the extent of laying himself at her feet, learning from this we should also lie down our wishes, priorities, desires and ego to make our family happy

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