Celebration of Feminine Power - (Celebration series - Part 1)16, Oct, 2012, by Seema Bhatnagar
With the culmination of Pitra paksh, here a spirit of celebration gets enliven everywhere.
Today, 16th Oct, 2012, it has started a nine days celebration of Navratras which means 9(Nav), nights(ratras). For these nine days, many people observe fast and eat special food or satvic food and abstain from consuming alcoholic drinks, non-vegetarian food which includes meat, egg and fish. The preparation of food is done in a simplest way without adding regular spices and other condiments. This is to enhance the experience of subtleness residing inside. The simplicity of food actually helps to cleanse body systems and helps one to get rid of any impure thoughts. The underlying emphasis is on the simplicity and non-violence in action and thoughts. It becomes a kind of meditation for 9 days, throughout which devotee may pay attention to different aspects and qualities of life.
Hindu culture, (I am not calling it as a religion because it is not founded by any one particular person) places great reverence and respect for feminine power. According to Hindu theory of creation of universe, the creation of all forms of universe could have been possible because of the presence of feminine power. Navratras celebration is fundamentally about worshiping the feminine side of divine power. The first three days is a celebration of the importance of Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali, who symbolizes emotions, power and strength, the next three days are for Goddess Lakshmi , who symbolizes wealth and the last three days is a celebration of Goddess Saraswati, who symbolizes wisdom and spirituality aspect of life. The feminine power is manifested in different forms in our daily life and all of us are knowingly or unknowingly worshipping her.
How come it is related to Personal development?
Personal development is all about focusing inside and bringing the best out of self. Emotional balance, strength, wealth and wisdom are three vital aspects of life and one cannot afford to remain ignorant of these. I suggest you to utilize these nine days to deeply contemplate about these vital areas of life and see what are your goals and plans to reach the best of your potential.
Those of you, who are overweight and struggling day and night to remove excess baggage, take this as an opportunity to practice restraint in eating and feel a better You.
Those of you who are having eating disorders, practise satvic diet for these nine days.
Those of you who are on your spiritual journey, have simple food and pay more attention to your thoughts and practice non-violence in thoughts and action which means showing love and respect towards others and abstaining from thinking of harming others either through thoughts or physically.
Last but not the least, consider yourself fortunate and blessed if you have a physical presence of feminine power in your life be it in the form of mother, sister, daughter or wife. Respect them as a symbol of divine power always spreading divinity around you.
Wishing you happy navratras. May it onset the flow of abundance and prosperity in your life.With lots of wishes and love.
Bhai-Dooj - Celebration of Sister-Brother Relationship (Celebration Series - Part 6)
Diwali - Celebration of life. (Celebration Series - Part 5)
Ahoi Ashtami - Celebration of Motherhood (Celebration Series - Part 4)
Karva Chauth - Celebration of love (Celebration Series - Part 3)
Dusshera Celebration for victory of good over evil.(Celebration Series - Part 2)