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INSPIRATION XI: NavRatri Celebration!

Sudhir Parikh


Jai Shri Ambe!  Jai Matadi!   

Why & How, we celebrate NavRatri !  Socially it has become Festivals filled with fun of Dancing (Garbaa- Raas, especially for Gujaraties and Jagran – Bhangada for Punjagies!! Rest of Hindus just join them!)  Dress beautifully! 

 This year 2017, NavRatri is starting from Sept 21st thru 30th.  I usually suggest fasting during Holidays.   Why fasting?  Usually fasting is referred to food intake.  Fasting is for Purification!  Blessed are Pure in their Heart for they shall see God.  – Jesus!  At least during our HOLY-DAYS, we should abstain from Non-Veg food, preferably including eggs, since eggs do not grow on trees.  Esp. for Kids.  I feel that they are so delicate and their system may NOT be really ready to take that kind of an abuse! Part of fasting, we should stay away from hard liquor (Alcoholic Drinks) too.  

We believe that the purpose of our life is to realize our true Potential – the manifestation of Divinity – Godhood! 

Major part of Purification is also to win over our six enemies to Spiritual Progress are – Kaam (Desires), Krodha (Anger), Lobh (Greed), Moha (Attraction & Attachment). Mad (Ego), Matsar (Jealosy).  So during these nine days, we can go after them, one at a time, starting with the weakest one. 

What I recall from Pavitraji of Chinamaya Mission:  that first three days-nights are dedicated in Sadhana (Spiritual Practices) of Maha Kali.  Mahakali represents destroying negative tendencies (tamas – lethargy, laziness, inertia).  Next three days-nights are dedicated in Sadhana of Mahalaxmi (representing Rajas – Activities, Dynamism), that ensues Prosperity.  Prosperity is referring to Physical, Mental and Spiritual.  Last three days-nights are dedicated to worshiping Maha Sarswati (The Satwik forces bringing Peace, Serenity, Bliss!). 

Sadhana may include Puja, Archan, Havan, Prayers, Singing Bhajan –Kirtan, Listening Spiritual Discourses – Katha, Japa – Chanting, and above all Dhyaan – Meditation.  By the way Sri Morari Bapu’s Katha on NavRatri starting to-day.  It is available LIVE on Aastha and recorded on youtube.com

MahaKali, representing Great Energy!. MahaLaxmi representing Prosperity and MahaSarswati representing Knowledge – Wisdom!  So the biggest celebration comes on Dasera known as Vijaya Dashami.  So that our Sadhana has successfully culminated in Victory. 

My Mantra for MahaKali is “OM Aeim Hrim Chamundai Vichchai OM!” 

My Mantra for MahaLaxmi is “OM Hrim Shreem Kleem, MahaLaxmai Namah OM!”

My Mantra for Maha Sarswati is ““OM Hrim Shreem Kleem, MahaSarswatyai Namah OM!”

Last one is Sri Gayatri Mantra:  “OM Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat-Sa Vitur Varenyam, Bharagau Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiyo Yo Naha, Prachodayaat OM”

One can do Japa Yagya (Chanting – Audibly or Mentally) during these days incessantly … with as many breath as possible, consciously.  One can do Havan (Deep Yagya – Dropping one Drop of Ghee or oil in Diya ending with Swaahaa following Mantra Chanting.

Plz take young ones to Garbaa as many nites as possible.  Have them join in some Sadhana. 

I am going to observe at least for these nine (10) days, strictly Satwik Diet, that too only ONCE a day.  May be a couple of times a day, I will take Gayatri parivar’s Pragya Peya which is a Good replacement for Tea.  Thanx to our Dada for introducing that in our life many many moons ago!  It is made from 12 Himalayan hurbs.  I plan to avoid all forms of Sugar during fasting period.  Also No Milk and Sweets.  Satwik diet is all Natural Food like Green Fruits, Dry Fruits – nuts, Vegetables (including Green Kathol, legumes) – natural, steamed or boiled (definitely not fried) ….

Another suggestion: We should have at least a couple of hours gap after Supper before we go to sleep.  Also there is a recommendation by ABC – Good morning America show that after eating, we should walk for about 10 Minutes, as per some 28 Medical studies.   Jains prefers to eat before dark falls.  I have been following that as much as practical.   


With Best wishes... Happy, Happy, Happy Shubh Navaratri!  May all Mothers bless us with great Spiritual Life!  OM Bliss OM!

OM Namah Shivay OM! - Niru - Sudhir 

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/tsmileys2/01.gifTongue Connected, Breath Slowly and Deeply. 
Mind Focused on Blissful Awareness with OM-Kaar. 




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