Navratra - A Journey to Source & Wisdom

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Navratra - A Journey to Source & Wisdom

  • 14/10/2021
  • By: Rubina Tully
  • Topic: A Journey to Source & Wisdom

In the beginning of Ashwin (fall) and the beginning of Chatira, the festival of Navratri is celebrated with prayers and joy (spring). This is a moment for self-reflection and returning to the Source. Nature loses the old and is renewed at this season of transition; animals hibernate and life rises again in the spring. Matter, according to Vedic science, reverts to its primordial form in order to reproduce itself over and over. Everything is recycled by nature - a continual process of renewal - and the creation is circular, not linear. The human intellect, on the other hand, lags behind in the creative cycle. Navratri is a holiday that helps people reconnects with their inner selves. The Mother Divine is known not just for her intellectual brilliance (buddhi), but also for her bewilderment (bhranti); she is not only abundance (Lakshmi), but also hunger (shudha) and thirst (shudha) (trishna). Realizing the Mother Divine's aspect in all of creation leads to a profound state of Samadhi. This provides a solution to the Occident's age-old religious conflict. Advaita siddhi, or perfection in non-dual awareness, can be attained via wisdom, dedication, and nishkama karma. Kali is Nature's most heinous expression. Nature is a symbol of beauty, but it also has a terrible side. Recognizing the duality instils complete acceptance in the mind and puts it at peace. Despite the fact that Navratri is commemorated as the triumph of good over evil, the actual battle is not between good and evil. The victory of ultimate reality over seeming duality is seen as a Vedantic success. It is the wretched wave, in Ashtavakra's words, that tries but fails to preserve its individuality apart from the ocean. Our wonderful universe's feminine energy is represented by the three primal gunas. We harmonise the three gunas and promote sattva in the environment by adoring the Mother Divine during Navratri. 

Our bad karmas are nullified through the inside journey. Navratri is a festival honouring the spirit or prana, which is the only force capable of destroying mahishasura (inertia), shumbha-nishumbha (pride and humiliation), and madhu-kaitabh (madness) (extreme forms of craving and aversion). They are diametrically opposed but complimentary. Only through increasing the amount of prana and shakti, the life-force energy, can inertia, deeply entrenched negativities and obsessions (raktabeejasura), illogical logics (chanda-munda), and clouded eyesight (dhoomralochan) be overcome.The nine days of Navratri are also a chance to celebrate the universe's three fundamental characteristics. We seldom notice or dwell on the three gunas, despite the fact that they control our lives. Tamo guna is associated with the first three days of Navratri, rajo guna with the following three days, and sattva guna with the last three days. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijaydashmi to commemorate the core of this knowledge. Despite the fact that the microcosm is perfectly integrated with the macrocosm, its apparent separation is the source of conflict. The entire creation comes alive for a gyani (wise), and he perceives life in everything in the same way that children do. The Mother Divine, or Pure Consciousness, exists in all forms and takes on all names. The festival of Navratri is about recognising the one Divinity in all of its forms and names. As a result, over the last three days, elaborate pujas celebrating all elements of life and nature are performed.


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