Date: October 5th 2011

Om Sri Durgayai Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

Namaste!

The holy nine day worship of the Divine Mother concludes today (6th Oct). This is the greatest Hindu festival in which God is adored as Mother. Sri Swami Sivanandaji has written about the significance of this festival in the book "Hindu Fasts and Festivals": http://www.dlshq.org/religions/navaratri.htm

In addition we uploaded Sri Swami Sivanandaji's Dussera Message that was delivered in 1942. This article is at:
http://www.dlshq.org/religions/navaratri-1942.htm

You may view live broadcast and recorded videos of the celebration at Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh at: http://sivanandaonline.org/newsupdates/?p=836

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam


Book Synopsis

The Devi Mahatmya
By Swami Sivananda

The Devi Mahatmya or the Durga Saptasati is a unique book in this world. It is the base and the root of the religion of the Saktas. It is a Kamadhenu for one and all; it gives whatever man wants. It gives Bhakti in this world and Mukti afterwards. It is a powerful reservoir of Mantras from the beginning to the end. Every verse of this text is a dynamic force which acts powerfully in overhauling the nature of man.

The conception of the Infinite as Mother is not an altogether meaningless one. The Rigveda bears testimony to the fact that even in such ancient times, there was the persistent belief that the Ruler is the All-compassionate Mother. Further, Mother is the personality that appeals most to the human heart, not so much the Father who is considered a hard taskmaster. Moreover the conception of the Divinity as Devi, Durga or Sri, is not merely a theory but a practical way of life. It is a particular view which cannot be set aside. It is as important as any school of religious belief, and is one of the most important reigning branches of Hindu religion--Vaishnavism, Saivism and Saktaism. Even a subtle philosopher cannot dispense with the conception of Sakti, for he is essentially an embodiment of Power, and he has love for power. The highest Intelligence and the most speculative metaphysics is only a manifestation of Jnana-Sakti and is not outside the range of Saktaism. Let us therefore adore and worship the Glorious Mother for the purpose of attaining Wisdom or Selfrealisations.

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http://www.dlshq.org/books/es30.htm


OVERCOMING HATE: A lady disciple had great love and respect for another aspirant and spoke very highly of her. When this aspirant came to the Ashram she began to listen to gossip and commenced scandalising the disciple. This upset and irritated the disciple greatly.

The Master, who always knew the hearts of all, came to know the whole situation. On his way to his cottage one day, he turned to the disciple and asked her, "Will you do some service?"

"Yes, Swamiji," answered the disciple.

"You see, this lady (referring to the aspirant mentioned above) has backache. Take her to your room, put her on your own bed and massage her back."

The disciple was shocked but could not disobey the Master's instructions. So she said, "Yes, Swamiji."

She took the lady to her room and, while massaging, commenced conversing with her. She instantly found her tension and irritation subsiding. Both hearts melted and friendship sprang up once again!


"Mother's grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable. Her knowledge is infinite. Her power is immeasurable. Her glory is ineffable. Her splendour is indescribable. She gives you Bhukti or material prosperity and Mukti also (liberation)." - Swami Sivananda


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