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Happy Navaratri: Celebrate the Goddess in you!
Yay, I'm happy, because from the 21st to the 29th of September. my very favorite Hindu festival called Navaratri takes place. Navaratri means “nine night” and is the festival in which different forms of the Devi (goddess) are worshiped for nine nights.
Navaratri is celebrated once in the spring and then again in the fall. In spring Rama is in the foreground of the festivities and in autumn the energy of the universal mother. The festivities in autumn are among the most important Hindu festivals and thus the feminine principle is worshiped for nine days not only in India, but all over the world.
The celebrations have a very deep spiritual meaning and represent our own path to the light. In the 9 days, 3 days of Kali & Durga, 3 days of Lakshmi and 3 days of Saraswati are worshiped. The 10th day is called Vijaya Dashami and is the day of victory. On this day, thanks to all our sadhana, we can face our everyday life with new energy.
As musical accompaniment and for the right vibrations, I have created a playlist for you to match the respective energies of the days. It's mixed with old-school Indian with a western kirtan sound that runs up and down at my house. But this playlist is not a mix in the usual sense that you listen to in one go. Rather, it is about focusing on the respective song each day and reflecting on the current aspect of the day. So that it can develop inside you.
>> Click here and listen to the playlist on Spotify! <<
Ready for the Devi-Bliss?
Day 1 to 3: Kali & Durga
The opener is Kali Durge namo namah. This is a kirtan that helps to release blockages and clears up internally. This is wonderfully implemented by Dave Stringer, who, as always, lets the right energy flow into the song.
Ya devi sarva bhuteshuis a hymn to Durga from the 5th chapter of the Devi Mahtmya, one of the most important writings of the devotees of the Devi. The hymn is intended to remind us that the Devi not only exists outside, but is inherent in everything.
Sri Argala Stotram / Show me love by the one and only Krishna Das combines a wonderful hymn addressed to Durga Devi with the rock ballad "I wanna know what love is". This is currently one of my all-time favorite songs.
Day 4 to 6: Lakshmi
The Lakshmi Gayatri mantra. Gayatri is the name for a meter, but it also means light. Swami Sivananda says: “The Gayatri is the divine power that transforms man into the divine and blesses him with the shining light of the highest spiritual enlightenment.” The Lakshmi-Gayatri mantra is extremely powerfull and the more often you chant it, the more abundance and beauty flows into one's life.
Jai Ma of wah! ran in a loop for a long time. Ma also means mother, among other things, and thus the motherly aspect of unconditional love is placed in the foreground in this song.
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata is usually sung during an arati. An arati is a small fire ceremony in which at the end of a ritual a light is waved clockwise in front of the deity (deity) - in this case in front of Lakshmi. It symbolizes burning our ego thoughts and inviting light into our own life.
Day 7 to 9: Saraswati
Saraswathi Namastubyam is a bhajan that I have just heard excessively in the last few weeks. Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and the arts and not necessarily the one who directly fulfills our desires for wealth and health. In return, however, it gives us the wisdom that we need to achieve our goals.
Mata Rani means divine mother and is sung in this case by the Devi herself: Amma. Anyone who has ever attended one of Amma's programs knows that this bhajan means pure enthusiasm and a good mood that make our light shine
Shakti Om by Satya & Pari is a wonderful hymn that takes up all aspects of the Devi again and is therefore a wonderful end to the nine Devi nights. (Unfortunately this track is not in the playlist as it is not available on Spotify. You can listen to it on YouTube.)
Day 10 Vijaya Dashami - Victory Day
Jai Jagdeesh is one of my all time favorite mantra singers. With her enchanting voice she sings “I am the one. I am it all. I am the light of love.”And thus completes this Navaratri playlist.
I wish happy Navaratri & send you devi-blessings
Your Maria Ma
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