Navratri: 9 nights of the Goddess

From October 1st – the 9th this year, 9 aspects of the Goddess or Devi are celebrated in dance, mantra and prayer. Let us remember and celebrate the Gaea Goddess on all nine nights, as the moon waxes to fullness.

Navratri is a celebration of the spirit or prana which alone can destroy mahishasura (inertia), shumbha-nishumbha (pride and shame) and madhu-kaitabh (extreme forms of craving and aversion). . Night is also called ratri because it brings rejuvenation. It gives relief at the three levels of our existence – physical, subtle and causal. ..The nine days of Navratri are also an opportunity to rejoice in the three primordial qualities that make up the universe.  tamas[earth element], rajas [sun element]and sattva ;moon element]. Whenever sattva dominates in life, victory follows. The essence of this knowledge is honored by celebrating the tenth day as Vijaydashmi.~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar [words in parentheses added in]

October 1-3
The first three nights of Navaratri honor Maha Durga, the form of the Devi that dissolves ignorance and limitations and strengthens our courage. She helps us overcome fear and ignorance so we can better perceive our true nature.
durga
Om Dum Durgayaia Namaha

October 4-6
The next three nights honor Maha Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, prosperity and beauty. She brings good fortune, nurturing us as we go about both our spiritual and worldly pursuits.
sarasvati
Om shreem Mahalakshmyai Namaha

October 7-9
The final three nights honor Maha Sarasvati, whose grace bestows knowledge, creativity, and artistic inspiration. She inspires noble thoughts and fluent, truthful speech, and is patron goddess of music.

lakshmi

Om Aim Saraswatyai Namaha

Let us sync every day, celebrating Prithvi Devi, or the Earth Goddess.

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Om Preem Prithivei Namaha

Share this message with all. Gaia is calling.

 

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