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Nine Nights of Divine Mother 2014

Filed in News by on September 18, 2014 • views: 4548

Nine Nights of Divine Mother – 2014

At this time Hindus all over the world are celebrating Navratri, the nine nights of the Divine mother. We do not need to be Hindu to understand the powerful symbology of this festival. It is a festival that celebrates creativity in all its forms.

Nine Nights of Divine Mother – 2014  – VIDEO

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Nine Nights of Divine Mother
The first three nights are to the goddess Durga, she who destroys darkness, after the obstacles have been removed.

The second three nights are to Lakshmi, she who establishes happiness in our heart. This is only possible once the fear, anger and darkness is removed.

The final three nights are to Saraswati, she who establishes wisdom and pure love in our heart. This pure love is different than the “passionate love/enjoyment” experienced by Lakshmi. Although we may not realize it to be this way, all creation and creativity happens through this process.

First we imagine something that is not yet reality to us. For example, a gardener imagines a row of fruit trees. However, the ground he sees before him is full of weeds and it is untilled. First he needs to till the soil, add fertilizer, and destroy the obstacles to growth. Perhaps this also includes erecting a fence to protect it from animals trampling it or eating the fruits later, etc. (Durga – Tamasic – Protection)

After preparing the ground, and securing the site, his attention must be put on the ground. He must carefully plant the seeds, nurture and water the seedlings. These things require care and love (Lakshmi – Rajasic – Desire for Outcome)

Only after those two steps is actual growth and substance possible from the plant and the sweet fruits ready to eat. (Saraswati – Sattwic – Creativity and harmony)

Astrological Connections
Of course, this celebration coordinates with astrological considerations as well. It begins when the sun and moon come together (Pratipada) in the lunar month of Ashvin. This loosely corresponds with the beginning of autumn, happening around September or October each year.

 

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  1. mac says:

    Profound and to the essence. As if I heard it for the first time, although I’ve heard Navatri explained before. Thank you Sam for your inspired teaching.