Täna algab üheksapäevane sügisene Navaratri.
The Sublime Plan of Navaratri
"During Navaratri, the Nine Days of Mother Divine, the Divine Mother, or Goddess, or Devi, is worshipped for nine days and nights. Although the Divine Mother is One, she is adored in three aspects — Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
During the next three days of Navaratri, the same Devi is worshipped in Her constructive aspect as Goddess Lakshmi. Seated or standing on a lotus blossom and holding lotuses in many hands, Lakshmi symbolizes unfoldment. She is seen as the embodiment of gentleness, harmony and goodness, and an aspirant recognizes Her Grace through circumstances of material and spiritual success and glory.
After Durga has leveled and cleaned up the dilapidated old structure of personality, a constructive process can now begin. A plan is made, a foundation is laid down, a house is built and the gardens landscaped. As you see more and more beauty unfold, it fills your heart with joy. This represents the stage in spiritual movement characterized by the advent of Lakshmi.
Lakshmi is the Goddess of material and spiritual prosperity. She is symbolic of Divine Glory. This phase is marked by the development of divine qualities such as compassion, dispassion, purity, renunciation, charity, universal love, unity, magnanimity of heart, balance of mind, etc. Lakshmi brings steadiness of mind by enriching the spirit and removing the distraction.
The last three nights of Navaratri are devoted to the worship of Goddess Saraswati, the bestower of wisdom. Saraswati comes forth to enlighten you by revealing the latent powers and potential grandeur of the soul. Saraswati is described as having a complexion that is white like the Himalayan snows. She shines effulgent as all her garments and brilliant ornaments emit pure, snowy light.The implication is that the Goddess abounds with sattwa. When sattwa develops in the human personality, it brightens the intellect and leads to enlightenment.
By reflecting upon the glory of the Divine Mother during the nine nights of Navaratri, we see she has innumerable manifestations as she guides Her hind, the aspirant, in evolution, internal as well as external. The entire prakriti (nature) is Her sporting ground and all the manifestations of heaven and earth are Her glories. Her Divine ways of guiding the soul are mysterious, yet always deeply compassionate.
The climax of Devi worship – attainment of Self Realization – is symbolized by the celebration of Vijaya Dashami, the celebration of Devi’s final victory over all the demons on the tenth day of Navaratri."
/Andrew L Kerr/
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