During this time of Navratri Celebrations, Renooji (Renoo Nirula), has enabled us with knowledge and mantras to connect to, understand, and invoke the energies of Devi. It is a Journey that the Guru Invites You to take with Surrender and Devotion. (Below are extracts from Renooji’s lectures on Devi, Shakti, Durga and her many forms to empower you further)
“The Goddess who is born in the Ashram of the Sage Katyayan, she who is the virgin and chaste warrior descended on Earth to vanquish the demon Mahikhasura (Mahishasura) – from her we learn Penance and Austerity.”
‘As the 9 Nights and 10 Days of Worshipping and Glorifying the Feminine Divine begin, with the Sixth Form of the Navdurgas – and let us journey deeper into the Shiva and Shakti within us – where does all creation come from, what or rather who are these Nav-Durgas?
They are the key-expansions of the Feminine Divine in Hindu Folklore, our Myths, Legends and Vedic Hymns describe them as Warriors, Mothers, Progenitors, Protectors, and Keepers of ALL Human endeavour -be it in the spiritual or then material realms.
For many, these adjectives will never be enough, and hence they refer to her in her energy form – as SHAKTI! As all that is movement, kinetic and frenetic in this world and the next. She is the Masculine Divine in motion – she is that combustible nuclear energy ACTIVATED! That is what Shakti is, and to know her, touch her, taste her and see her, we must first begin by inviting her, and approaching her with love in our hearts. The best way to do this is through Mantra, and so, we are sharing here core mantras from the Navratri Chanting on 6th of October, 2016 – led by Renooji. As we begin the mantra and meditation for the sixth Form of Durga – KATYAYANI, we connect to her fierce form as warrior. She who has come to destroy the Demon MAHIKHASURA (MAHISHASURA). The One who shall strengthen the devout. As we connect to Her form, this we chant the sound she made when annihilating this evil, ‘HUM-HUM-HUM’ – so that all the evil in our lives may too be vanquished in the same way. With her grace, let us chant :
II HUM-HUM-HUM II
II Kaali Kaali Mahakaali Kaalike Paapharini
Dharma Kaam Prade Devi Narayani Namostute II
‘In the tradition of Shaktism – the worship of Devi in all her forms, Mata Katyayani is depicted as a Warrior Goddess having three eyes and 4 arms. She is astride a lion as she approaches the demons and her devotees. In one hand she is holding a lotus and in the other, she holds a sword, the third hand is always in a gesture of blessing whilst the fourth hand is in a gesture of warding off evil – defending her Bhaktas (Devotees). She radiates a golden glow, representing all that is opulent in spiritual nature. She descends on Planet Earth during these 9 nights of worship – the Navratris in a form of protector. As she grants boons, her golden form emits crescent-shaped yellow energies that touch humanity with the feeling of satisfaction. This energy of satiation is emitted through Maa Katyayani’s eyes, entering the eyes of Humanity, and then spreading and touching all that we see.’
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