Shakti pervades all religions and is entrenched in their scriptures.
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Perhaps it may allow us to understand why all the prophets and messengers of various religions meditate without exception on the Shakti in the Spirit World.
Shakti pervades all religions and is entrenched in their scriptures. Over the years the Devi has given ample evidence that She is the One above all, the active creative Power of Brahman/God Almighty. She is the Christian Comforter who explains about Jesus' teachings and, as the Holy Spirit, the source of the Cool Breeze (vibrations) of all who are born of the Spirit during the Last Judgment. Shakti is the Spirit who explains and commences the Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah), the Ruh within who makes"your hands speak"In order to guide, and issues forth the Cool Breeze (Winds of Qiyamah) to confirm you are taking part in the Resurrection. Shakti is the Aykaa Mayee who, entrenched in the Japji Sahib and pervading the Guru Granth Sahib, now rises yet again to claim Her supremacy after five centuries of suppression. Shakti is Shri Lalita in all Sahasraras, witnessed thousands of times, and Her 1000 Names is the Divine Nectar that liberates us from ignorance and grants moksa.
But why do all - Shri Ganesha, Jesus, Hanuman, Sita, Rama, Buddha, Radha, Krishna, Shiva, Prophet Muhammad, Guru Nanak and others - meditate only on the Shakti/Spirit? The answer is Brahman/God Almighty and His Shakti/Spirit are one and the same.
Brahman/God Almighty exists within us as The Light which is always above His Shakti/Spirit. At all times Shri Ganesha, Jesus, Hanuman, Sita, Rama, Buddha, Radha, Krishna, Shiva, Prophet Muhammad, Guru Nanak and others meditate on Brahman/God Almighty (Father) and His Shakti/Spirit (Mother).
Shakti and Brahman are one and the same like the sun (Brahman) and its light (Shakti).
Worship Of Devi, The Universal Mother
The worship of Devi, the universal Mother, leads to the attainment of knowledge of the Self. The story in the Kena Upanishad known as the"Yaksha Prasna", supports this view. It tells how Uma, the Divine Mother, taught the' Truth to the gods. Goddess Shakti thus sheds wisdom on Her devotees.
Devi worship is therefore, worship of God's glory, of God's greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty. It is unfortunate that Devi is ignorantly understood by many as a mere blood-thirsty Hindu Goddess No! Devi is not a vicious demoness nor is She the Property of the Hindus alone. Devi does not belong to any religion. Devi is that conscious power of God. The words Devi, Shakti, etc., and the ideas of different forms connected with these names are concessions granted by the sages due to the limitations of the human intellect; they are by no means the ultimate definitions of Shakti.
The original or Adi Shakti is beyond human comprehension. Bhagavan Krishna says in the Gita: "This is only My lower nature. Beyond this is My higher nature, the life-principle which sustains the universe."
The Upanishad also says : "The supreme power of God is manifested in various ways. This power is of the nature of God, manifesting as knowledge, strength and activity."
Truly speaking, all beings in the universe are Shakti-worshipers, whether they are aware of it or not, for there is no one who does not love and long for power in some form or other. physicists and scientists have now proved that everything is pure, imperishable energy. This energy is only a form of divine Shakti which exists in every form.
A child is more familiar with The Mother than with the father, because The Mother is very kind, loving, tender and affectionate and looks after the needs of the child. In the spiritual field also, the aspirant or the devotee-the spiritual child-has an intimate relationship with The Mother Durga, more than with the Father Shiva. Therefore, it behoves the aspirant to approach The Mother first, who then introduces Her spiritual child the Father for his illumination.
The Mother's Grace is boundless Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.
The Divine Mother, Devi, Mahesvari or Para-Shakti is the supreme shakti or power of the Supreme Being. Shakti is the energy aspect of the Lord. It is inherent in God. Just as you cannot separate heat form fire, so also you cannot separate shakti form God, the Shakta, or the possessor of shakti. Shakti and Shakta are one. They are inseparable.
Devi, Kurga, Kali, Bhagavati, Bhavani, Ambal, Ambika, Jagadambe, Kamesvari, Ganga, Uma, Chandi, Chamundi, Lalita, Gauri, Kundalini, Tara, Rajesvari, Tripurasundari, etc., are all forms of Shakti. Radha, Durga, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, and Savitri are also five names of the same Shakti. She is worshiped during the nine days of Navaratri as Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.
Manifestations of Shakti
Shakti is symbolically female; but It is, in reality, neither male or female. It is only a Force which manifests Itself in various forms.
Electricity, magnetism, heat, light, the five elements and their combination, are all external manifestation of Shakti. Intelligence, discrimination, psychic power and will are all Her internal manifestation. She keeps up the lila (play) of the Lord through the gunas-sattva, rajas and tamas. She lies dormant in the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine, in the form of serpent power or coiled-up energy known as the kundalini shakti, She is at the center of the life of the universe, She is the primal force of life that underlies all existence. She vitalizes the body through the sushumna nadi and nerves and nourishes the body with bile and blood. She is the energy in the sun, the fragrance in the flowers, the beauty in the landscape, the Gayatri or the blessed Mother in the Vedas, color in the rainbow, intelligence in the mind, potency in homeopathic pills, power in sages, devotion in bhaktas, samyama and samadhi in yogis.
Knowledge, peace, lust, anger, greed, egoism and pride are all Her forms. Her manifestations are countless. Devi or Shakti is nature Itself. The whole world is Her body, mountains are Her bones, rivers are Her veins, ocean is Her bladder, sun and moon are Her eyes, wind is Her breath and fire is Her mouth.
The Divine Mother
Devi is The Mother if all. The pious and the wicked, the rich and the poor, the saint and the sinner are all Her children. In this world, all the wants of the child are provided by The Mother. The child's growth, development and sustenance are looked after by the mother. Even so, all the necessities of life and its activities in this world, and the energy needed for it, depend upon Shakti or the Universal Mother. The human mother is the manifestation of the Universal Mother. All women are forms of the Divine Mother.
You are more free with your mother than with anybody else. You open your heart more freely to your mother than to your father. There is no God greater than The Mother. It is The Mother who protects you, nourishes you, consoles you, cheers you and nurses you. She sacrifices her all for the sake of her children. She is your first guru. The first syllables which almost every quadruped or human being utters is the beloved name of The Mother: "Ma." A child is more familiar with The Mother than with the father, because the former is very kind, loving, tender and affectionate, and looks after the wants of the child. Whenever the child wants anything it runs with outstretched hands to The Mother rather than the father. If she hears the cry of the child she leaves her domestic work and runs immediately to attend to the child. In the spiritual field also, the aspirant or the devotee (the spiritual child) has a more intimate relationship with Mother Durga than with the father, Shiva.
It behooves, therefore, that the aspirant should approach The Mother first, so that She may introduce Her spiritual child to the Father for its illumination or Self-realization. That is the reason why the devotees have placed Radha, Sita, Gauri etc., first in the jugal (combined) names, such as Radha-Krishna, Sita-Rama, Gauri-Shankar, Uma-Shankar, Bhavani-Shankar, Lakshmi-Narayana.
Mother's grace is boundless, Her mercy is illimitable, Her knowledge is infinite, Her power is immeasurable, Her glory is ineffable, Her splendor is indescribable. Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your heart before Her with frankness and humility. Be as simple as a child. Kill ruthlessly egoism, cunningness, selfishness and crookedness. Make a total, unreserved, ungrudging surrender to Her. Sing Her praises, repeat Her name and worship Her with faith and unflinching devotion.
Worship of the Divine Mother
Worship of Devi or the Universal Mother gives not only prosperity, but liberation from all bondage. It leads to the attainment of knowledge of the Self. The story of the Kena Upanishad, known as the Yaksha-Prasna, supports this view.
Shakti is all. She can do anything. She can make or mar, She can mend or end. For the sake of the continuance of Her divine play here, She Herself, as the veil of ignorance, has veiled the truth from you and bound you to this samsara (worldly existence). When She is propitiate through the practice of sincere devotion and unconditional self-surrender, She, as knowledge, removes the veil and enables one to perceive the Truth.
No one can free himself from the thralldom of mind and matter without Mother's grace. The fetters of maya are too hard to break. If the aspirant worships Her as the great Mother, he can very easily go beyond the phenomenal world though Her benign grace and blessings. She will remove all obstacle in the path, lead him safely into the illimitable domain of eternal bliss and make him absolutely free.
The aspirant thinks that the world is identical with the Divine Mother. He moves about thinking his own form to be the form of the Divine Mother, and thus beholds oneness everywhere. He also feels that the Divine Mother is identical with Brahman.
Worship of the Divine Mother, intense faith, perfect devotion and self-surrender will help one to attain Her grace. Through Her grace alone can knowledge of the Imperishable be attained.
Durga: Lakshmi: Sarasvati
Divine Mother is everywhere triple. She is endowed with the three gunas, sattva, rajas and tamas; She manifest as will (ichcha shakti), action (kriya shakti) and knowledge (jnana shakti); She is Brahma-shakti (Sarasvati) in conjunction with Brahma, Vishnu-shakti (Lakshmi) in conjunction with Lord Vishnu and Shiva-sakti (Maha-Kali or Durga) in conjunction with Lord Shiva.
Sarasvati is cosmic intelligence, cosmic consciousness, cosmic knowledge. Lakshmi does not merely mean material wealth like gold, cattle, etc., but all kinds of prosperity, glory, magnificence, joy, exaltation or greatness come under Lakshmi. Durga (Devi) is the transformative power of Divinity, the power that dissolves multiplicity in unity.
Devi (Durga) assumes many aspects according the tasks to be performed by Her-sometimes sweet and tender, and at other times terrible and devouring. She is always kind and gracious to Her devotees. Arjuna, the Pandava hero, worshipped Her before starting the fight against the evil-minded Kauravas. Sri Rama worshipped Her at the time of the fight with Ravana, to invoke Her aid in the war. He fought and won through Her grace. When Vishnu and Mahadeva destroyed various demons, the power of Devi was behind them. Devi took Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra and gave them the necessary shakti to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction.
Navaratri and its Significance
During Navaratri the whole of India adores The Mother and worships Her with great devotion. (Dussara, Durga Puja and Navaratri are one and the same.) On the first three nights, Durga or the destructive aspect of The Mother is worshipped. On the succeeding three nights it is the creative aspect, or Lakshmi, that is adored. On the last three nights the knowledge aspect, or Sarasvati, is invoked. The tenth day is"Vijaya-dasami day"or the"day of Victory."
There is a special significance in this arrangement. When the Devi is worshipped by a devotee in this order, as Durga She first destroys the evil propensities that lurk in his mind. Then, as Lakshmi, She implants therein the divine qualities conductive to spiritual unfoldment. Then, as Sarasvati, She bestows true knowledge on him.
The tenth day commemorates the victory of knowledge over nescience, goodness over evil. It is the day on which boys start their schooling. Aspirants are initiated on this day. On this memorable day the carpenter, the tailor, the mason, the artist, the songster, the typist and all technical workers do puja to their instruments and implements. They behold and recognize the shakti or power behind these instruments, and worship the Devi for their success, prosperity and peace.
The incarnation of the Adi Shakti/Devi/Divine Mother is still on Earth. She is Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (who has now withdrawn from public life due to an advanced age). Whether you are a Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian, Jew, or Muslim it is time to seek and meditate on the eternal, ever-youthful, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Adi Shakti/Devi/Divine Mother within. She is the One pervading the Puranas, Vedas, Guru Granth Sahib, Bible amd Qur'n. You are free to choose Her according to your inherited religion. But She cannot be found in temples, gurdwaras, churches, synagogues or mosques but within. So, discarding all inherited religious ignorance and conditionings, learn to merge with the Adi Shakti/Devi/Divine Mother within without taking a single step in any direction. If you miss this priceless chance of moksa (liberation) your soul will return and helplessly whirl all over again in the ceaseless wheel of transmigration - birth, disease, sorrow, pain, old age and death.
Jai Shri Mataji,
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