Navratri

Celebrating your janma tithi…

Read the previous part here… What does a birthday mean to you? When you are born…you aren’t aware of it, and so it really doesn’t mean anything. You are more preoccupied with trying to understand why you have been pushed out of the ‘comfort zone’ in your mother’s womb – into a world of sensory …

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Of births and positions…

Someone makes a wonderful dish. It is right up there with the best you’ve ever tasted, and you can’t have enough of it. “Give me the recipe!”, you say. “I want to make it at home, just this way…” In science, an experiment consists of a set of inputs, acted upon to result in a …

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of pots and fourth days…

Read the Navratri series here… There are rituals, and there are customs. Rituals are usually a set of rites, usually performed in an exact sequence, with rules governing them, and possible implications if performed wrongly. Satyanarayana Puja, or Durga Puja for instance. Customs or traditions are part of our culture that evolved internally, and passed …

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An experience of fasting…

Read the Navratri series here… I fasted the whole nine days of Navratri. Fruits during the day when hungry, and a simple sābudana khichdi or alu jeera around 8 pm. None of the fried stuff that usually goes into Navratri thālis. No rice, no wheat, no lentils. Mediation and mantra japa in the mornings and …

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The granting of blessings…

Read the previous part here… Suratha said “Oh revered Rishi! we are grieving. I lost my kingdom, yet I feel attached to everything that is associated with it. My elephant, my people, my treasury…And this is Samādhi. He was disowned by his family, and yet he feels affectionate towards them. He still thinks about their …

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Victory over Āvarana…

Read the previous part here… They fought in the skies, toe to toe, until the Devi lifted him, whirled him around and threw him to the ground. As he tried to get up, she grabbed her spear and pierced his chest with it, thus bringing him to his end. Śumba died, and the devas rejoiced. …

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Śumba and Niśumba…

Read the previous part here… The Devi then struck Raktabīja with her spear, and the fierce Kālī drank up all his blood before it could spill to the ground. Raktabīja struck back, but failed to even touch the Devi. As she kept striking him with her spear, and her swords, Kālī kept drinking the blood …

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The terror of Raktabija…

Read the previous part here… Seeing Chanda and Munda vanquished, the remaining asura army panicked and fled in all directions. And Kāli, holding the heads of Chanda and Munda in her hands, approached Chandika and said, “In this sacrifice of battle, here I have brought you the heads of Chanda and Munda.” The mighty Śumba …

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The coming of Chamunda…

Read the previous part here… The Devi smiled again. “Yes, it is true. They are very strong. But what can I do since I took that ill-considered vow, even though it was long ago? Go back and tell them what I said, and let them do what they think is proper in this situation.” Hearing …

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