Oct 6


The days of Rajas are at an end, and the 3 days of Satva have started. Your meditations will be especially deep these 3 days… go inwards… do Yoga and chanting, do your Kriya and meditation for longer than normal… Enjoy yourself! (pun intended) πŸ™‚

Three portfolios have been given to Devi. Defense, Finance and Education and fine arts. The symbolism is absolutely brilliant!

Durga Maa is the fearsome aspect of the Mother Divine. She represents the ferocity of the love that a mother has for her child and the way a mother would protect her child from danger. She represents valour.

She rides a lion. The lion is a savage predator, awesome and magnificient. But also perhaps the laziest of all the wild beasts. If the lion was not lazy, no other species would get any chance at life. He would kill them all. His fecocity, coupled with his laziness makes him the perfect example of how the defences of any country should be. For sure you should have defence capability, and it should be top of the line. But it should be used very, very sparingly, almost lazily! Like the Lion.

Laxmi Maa is wealth, abundance, prosperity. She represents virtues and skill.

Any mother would love to shower her child with these. But she sits on a lotus which is in water. Meaning that wealth and prosperity can be very fleeting. Any moment they could sink! Also the lotus signifies a fully blossomed consiousness and that only such a person is really capable of handling wealth effectively. The finances of a country (or a family for that matter) need to be managed by extremely capable hands, other wise, the wealth (and the country) could go under very fast… (America… You listening to this?! :))

Saraswati Maa is Knowledge. She holds a Veena in one hand and a book in the other, and she sits on a firm rock. This means that Knowledge should be complete and rounded, with the fundamentals and concepts as hard as rock. The book represents the logical aspect and the Veena the musical, emotional aspect of Knowledge, both have to be given for a person’s mind to really bloom. Education needs to be like this, rock solid basics and fundamentals along with logic and reason, tempered with music and emotion. Then learning and education become truly effective. Like in an Art of Living course! πŸ™‚

She rides a swan. A swan is supposed to be able to separate milk from water. Meaning when you have the finnese in the mind and intellect that good education can give you, you are able to discriminate with ease… you gain the ability to make good decisions. Also when you have the Knowledge, then like the swan you can leave the earth and water and soar in the skies of infinity…

Knowledge and education in any country have to be given utmost importance. All the problems that our beautiful planet is facing are simply because of lack of education or wrong education… Saraswati Maa’s benign presence is sorely needed…

This is the way that a child needs to be bought up. Valour, virtues, skills, abundance and Knowledge. This is the way a country can become truly great. Awesome defenses used extremely sparingly. Wealth managed capably so that bountiful prosperity dawns on it’s citizens. And Education and fine arts given the highest priority. This brings out the discriminatory powers in its citizens and that country then would be virtually crime free!

The nine days and nights of Navaratri celebrate the Mother Divine in all Her awesome, ferocious, loving, benign, abundant, magnificent, brilliant glory. And nowhere is that more evident than in the Bangalore Ashram where we the devotees get to bask in the all enveloping presence of our beloved Guruji who effortlessly becomes (is?!) the very embodiment of Devi…

Jai Gurudeva


ps The Big Poojas, grand and elaborate started on Sunday. Dinesh and I may not have time to post anything until Vijaya Dashami, 4 days from today… But keep coming back and checking, we will put some photos up now and then…

pps For exact Pooja timings, other details AND to watch the live webcast of Navaratri Poojas and celebrations at the Bangalore Ashram, log onto http://navaratri.esatsang.net/

ppss It’s just possible that dinesh might be narrating… he is definitely narrating the TV bites!

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13 Responses to “Devi”

  1. Vivek says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ JGD!

  2. Vishal says:

    Awesome… Simply Awesome!!

  3. Radhika says:

    Tht gav a lotta knowledge bau….n i’ve heaard ki ganesh ji had cum into guruji’s body..is it really true(stupid ques,bt it really amazes me)..n wat happens whn gods cum in his body…???wud really lyk 2 knw,if u can reply tht fr me…
    n whn n which channels r dese pooja’s telecasted..wanna hear dinesh’s voice…!!!Enjoy

  4. sakshi says:

    Oh BAU!!!!!!!!!
    How BEAUTIFUL… The interpretation and symbolism of each and every aspect of Devi has been very very minutely and circumstantialy described. I simply loved it…somehow these hidden treasures about the Gods and Godessess , their, postures, pictures..just sweep me off the floor. They are mind-blowing! Thank you soo much Bau for sharing this treasure with us.
    Jai Gurudev
    P.S. Thanks a tonne for the Navaratri link:)

  5. Sudha says:

    Brilliant! What is so amazing is that spirituality is presented to us in a manner that is so simple and yet so profound!. Guruji’s gyan get us connected to our roots so beautifully and yet make us aware of the modern relevance.Ofcourse, your inimitable style and sense of humor pep it up all the more.Great! πŸ™‚

    Have a blissful time at the Ashram…Tracking the events at the Ashram via your blog plus some wonderful friends who are spending Navrathri with Guruji!Take care. Jgd!


  6. Rajmohan babu says:

    Jai gurudev,

    Its an awesome post, now only i come to the true meanings. Thanks lot

    with lots of love

  7. Excellent post Bau, I had general idea, never given thought about the details like vahan of Devi.

    Really beautiful photos, I should take a color printout and keep in my room!

  8. rupal says:

    …had a wonderful experience of meditation in Sudarshan Homa…infact the bestest so far…
    when guruji was playing veena…truly bau(is?!)…the very embodiment of Devi…
    and the ‘Hari Narayan’ song….it made me so vulnerable…any amount of love and gratitude is so less…….

  9. Keerthana says:

    Jai Gurudev! Bawa I have alwayed enjoyed reading your blog, but its especially this time I feel a special gratitude. You updates in Navaratri are so alive, I feel like so connected and like I am physically there myself πŸ˜‰

  10. Aditi says:

    thanku so much bau for all the knowledge… i dint know that every single thing-object n beings- have such great sinificance!!!
    thanx a tonne!!!

  11. ketut suarmini says:

    thanks for the knowledge,
    i hope more people can read it

  12. sandeep k chitale says:

    its life caring keep it on. GOD IS LOVE

  13. Oma Ram says:

    Really our rishis were so brilliant . Such a great knowledge is hidden in indian mythology. Knowledge is reqd 4 creation, wealth for bringing up & weapons for destruction that is why Maa Saraswati is wife of Brahma (the creator) & so on. jgd. Plz keep sharing. Thanx. love Om

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