Sharada Navratri is observed as the most spiritual and auspicious occasion for almost every household in India. It is a devotion to the various forms of Goddess, the Adishakti Durga. The festival is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of the Ashwin.
Known as Durga Puja in Eastern and North eastern states of India, Ramlila and Dashhera in western and northern states, where as it is celebrated as the victory of different goddesses in south. Traditional rituals of puja, ghatsthapana, garbha etc. are performed with great spirit.
Devimahatmya (The glory of Goddess) is a dazzling verbal tapestry that remains even today the central text on the hindu goddess. Basically, it is a poem of 700 verses, originally in sanskrit recited daily at all temples. Some perceive it as a myth, some say philosophy, partly narrative-a spiritual classic that answers our perennial questions of our existence.
We often have these in mind: What is the origin of this universe, nature of mankind? How are they related? What is my purpose of life? How do we live a world of good and evil?
A journey towards self-satisfaction and inner peace, is the unconquered human goal. It all originates here……………….!
Navratri has the power to reawaken us to a sense of wonder with nature, the universe through a unique vision of reality. It’s the time to feel your soul! In a way, the festival pays physical tributes to female fertility and motherhood.
Spiritual health or health is life energy in abundance. We multiply and spread this energy to our fellow beings. Good vibes is whatever color you choose to give to your energy; it attracts the similar energy into your life.
To achieve this vast reservoir of energy, we simply need to attune ourselves properly. The mind draws energy from its surroundings, when it is still. Thus, a calm state of mind is achieved through increased awareness and better productivity.
Mythology revolves around the defeat of evil, demons. Human ego ruled by attachment, aversions, deep seated fear all resemble the same in today’s world. Transforming ourselves is travelling inwards through silence, chanting, fasting and meditation.
Mouna vrath (the deliberate act of not speaking) – is practiced by certain devotees. Rightly said, “The quite you become the more you hear!” Silence possesses its own impact, neutralizing attention from physical things, environment and focusing within our soul. Although the chaos continues in brain, one gives up the act of using voice and in way preserves energy to divert internally. Being a good listener, observer in silence, is a strategy we can adopt to set things right.
Chanting – Mantras are vibrated through chanting aloud or by listening to them as music therapy. These practiced on a regular basis; promote positivity, clarity, dynamism. It removes mental blocks. A composed and centered person has an elevated consciousness. Omkar, Gayatri mantra, various Sanskrit shlokas all have their own vibrational energy.
Fasting – Navratri fasting stands apart with a unique list of foods. Ideally, these are hypocaloric diets with the concept of Satvik Aahaar. The period of season change demands a change in diet too. The food choices provide mainly starch, fats and only some protein. The regular gluten rich diet is replaced with other gluten free foods and fruits. Thus boosting the anti-inflammatory effect for a healing body.
Meditation – Food for brain is meditation, imparting peace and content. It releases accumulated stress and improves health. Seven energy chakras are equally benefited in this daily sadhana of meditation. Emotional wellbeing thus achieved aligns the body towards optimum physical health.
Its right time to take some time off from daily activities, entanglements and focus on yourself!
“सर्वमंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सवार्थ साधिके
शरण्येत्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुते”
HAPPY NAVRATRI, HAPPY TRANSFORMING!