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Respect Nature ?
To receive the permission (anumathi) from nature, we need to have the grace of the Lord (anugraha) too. If you forget the grace of God and want to experience and benefit from nature alone, our lives would become like that of Ravana. What fate did Ravana go through by forgetting Paramathma (Lord Rama) and wanting to experience Prakruti (Mother Sita)? If only he could have earned the grace of Rama, he could have got Sita’s grace easily. So one must worship Nature, in order to earn the grace of the Lord.
Lakshmi, who is the embodiment of all prosperity, is represented by the heart. The spoken word represents Saraswathi. Kriyaa Shakthi (action) is represented by Durga. That is why it is said, a person who has the unity of thought, word and deed is a Mahatma or a Noble man. Therefore, for inspiring this unity of thought, word and deed, and to enable man to lead a life as a human, and to dispel ignorance, the observance of this festival of Devi Navaratri was begun.
[Prashanthi Mandir, 27 Sep 1992]
What is Dasara ?!~It is now Dasara festival time. What is Dasara? The celebration of Dasara festival is meant to purify the actions performed by the dasendriyas (5 senses of action and 5 senses of perception). Every human being in this world has to perform some kind of karma (action). The presiding deity or the driving force behind these actions is Devi (also known as Durga), who is the personification of energy. She is the bestower of all kinds of energy to perform various kinds of karma by the human beings. [SSS-vol-41-Disc-16]
The Day of the Wordly ?
“The six enemies of man are eating into his vitals, embedded in his own inner consciousness. They are the demons to be killed. They are lust (Kama), anger (Krodha), greed (Lobha), attachment (Moha), pride (Mada), and malice (Matsarya). They reduce man to the level of a demon. They have to be overpowered and transmuted, by the Supreme Alchemy of the Divine Urge. Then, the nine (Nava) nights (Ratri) of struggle will become new (Nava), a new type of night, devoted to the purification of the mind, illumination of the soul – the night described in the Gita as “the day of the worldly”. What is clear and attractive to the ordinary man is uninteresting and unknown to the Yogi. What is clear and attractive to the Yogi is uninteresting and unknown to the worldly man. This is the nature of this topsy-turvy world.”
[Sai Baba, SSS, Vol. VIII, dis dtd 12-10-69, p. 107]
Purpose of Devi Worship ?
“Ichcha-Shakti (the Will Power) arises from thoughts. This ‘Iccha-Shakti’ is the source of several other potencies like intellectual power, the discriminating capacity and others. To develop this ‘Ichcha-Shakti’ (Will Power), one has to worship Devi. This calls for the cultivation of renunciation or detachment. For instance, if one has a desire for various drinks, he can bring the desire under control by giving up, to begin with, the desire for some of them. Thereby the Will Power (Ichcha-Shakti) is developed, and in due course, it becomes easier to give up other desires. In Vedantic parlance, this is described as ‘Vairaagya’ (renouncing all attachments). Vairaagya is not abandonment of hearth and home and retiring to a forest. It means developing godly thoughts and reducing worldly feelings. It is when this balanced development takes place that one acquire-control over the powers of nature (Praakrita Shakti). When these powers are got, the mental power in a person increases.”
[Sai Baba, SS, 12/92, pp. 304 & 305]
“The Devi Puja performed during Navaratri is intended to get rid of worldly attachments and divert-the mind towards God.”
[Sai Baba, SS, 12/92, p. 305]
Significance of Anga-Arpana Puja ?
“During Navaratri there is a form of worship called Angaarpana Puja. In this form of worship, all the limbs of the body are offered to the Divine in a spirit of surrender (Sharanagati). Surrender means offering everything to the Divine and giving up the idea of separation between oneself and the Divine. There can be no true surrender if there is a sense of separation. There must be conviction that it is the same Divine who dwells in all beings (Ekam Vasi Sarvabhuta-antaraatma). In the performance of Anga-Arpana Puja, there is a form of self-deception. When a devotee says: “Netram Samarpayaami”(I offer my eyes to the Lord) and offers only a flower to the Lord, he is indulging in a kind of deception. The proper thing would be to say that he is offering a flower. Actually Mantras like “Netram Samarpayaami” arc intended to indicate that one is using his eyes only to see God. The real significance of the Mantra is that you think of the Divine whatever you see or do. Therefore, the true meaning of Anga-arpana puja is to declare that you offer all your limbs in the service of the Lord. This means that whatever work you do should be done as an offering to God. Now-a-days selfishness is rampant among devotees and they love God, not for God’s sake but to get their selfish desires fulfilled. As long as selfishness prevails, the Divine cannot be understood”.
[Sai Baba, SS, 11/92. p. 271]
Significance of Aayudha Puja ?
“The Navaratri festival is observed by contemplating on God for ten days, cleansing one’s self of all the impurities to experience the Divinity within. The penultimate day of the festival is dedicated to what is termed ‘Aayudha Puja’ (worship of weapons). The weapons to be worshipped are the divine powers in man. When the Divine is worshipped in this way, one is bound to progress spiritually.”
[Sai Baba, SS, 11/94, p. 291]
“Today is Ashtami. Ayudha Puja is performed on this day. What is the significance of this Ayudha Puja? After Mahishasura and other demons were slain by Chamundeshwari, there was no more use other weapons. So, the weapons were kept aside and worshipped. The Ayudha Puja is being celebrated since ancient times. But of what use arc such weapons to us? In fact, our weapons are Sathya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema. Prema is more powerful than hydrogen and atom bombs of today. Why worry when such power is within us.”
[Sai Baba, SS, 6/2001. p. 191]
Significance of Using Kumkum For Worship ?
“During the Navaratri festival, for the purpose of eradicating one’s demonic tendencies, the deities are worshipped with Kumkum (sacred red powder). The red powder is a symbol of blood. The meaning of this worship is offering one’s blood to the Lord and receiving in return the gift of peace from the Lord.”
[Sai Baba, SS, 11/94. p. 290]
How to Celebrate Navaratri ?
“The Navaratri festival should be used as an occasion to examine one’s own nature whether it is human, animal, or demonic, and strive to transform the animal nature into the human, and divinise the human nature. Wisdom cannot be acquired from outside. It has to be got through inward Sadhana”.
[Sai Baba, SS, 11/92, p. 271]
“Go” refers to the cows and “Pala” means protect. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura to Vasudeva and Devaki but was brought up by his foster parents, mother Yashoda and father Nanda who belonged to the cowherd clan of Brindavan. As Krishna grew up along with other boys of his age, he too tended lovingly to the cows, took them for grazing in the pastures and so on. Thus Gopala means the Lord who played the role of a cowherd. While this is the literal meaning, Baba has explained that Go means beings or souls or individuals.
So Gopala is he who tends the souls who fosters individuals, who keeps them away from harm, who strives to ensure that they remain in peace and happiness. He is the one who protects and provides. He is the one who enacted the role of a cowherd in the Dwapara age, the one who is constantly engaged in the welfare of individuals.
“Go” DENOTES COWS. SWAMI REVEALS GOVINDA IS ONE WHO CONTROLS THE ANIMAL NATURE IN MAN. THE LORD WHO TRANSFORMS THE BEASTIAL TENDENCIES IN MAN TO HIGHERAND NOBLER ASPECTS OF LIFE
SAI KRISHNA ?
SAI: Sa means Divine. Sai is the one who is divinity himself. One who possesses SAKALA AISHWARYA i.e. All forms of wealth and prosperity, beauty and wisdom.
KRISHNA: The name Krishna comes from the root word “Karsh” which means to attract or to draw towards as in Akarshana. The Lord by his divine grace and miracles, and amazing powers and by his love, attracts and captivates every heart and draws the mind away from the sensory impulses. Baba says this attribute of attraction is characteristic of divinity. And He adds that the divine attracts with the sole purpose of transforming us, reconstructing us and reforming us. The name Krishna also comes from the root word “Krish” which means to cultivate as a field, for growing crops. The name therefore means He who removes the weeds of negative tendencies from our heart and sows the seeds of positive traits. Krishna cultivates the harvest of joys in the hearts of his devotees.