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When Habits Became Identity - 2

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The teacher explained the man a lot, but the man was not ready to understand. In the end the teacher had to accept his defeat and accept the man's offer. The teacher asked the man to come after ten days. That man was not happy, he would pass by the school everyday and would be happy that my donkey would also return to me as a man. Similarly, ten days have passed.   Finally, the day arrived when his donkey was about to come in front of him as a man. He arrives at the school wondering how he will treat her, how she will treat him. He even brought fresh grass for his beloved donkey that if he had forgotten, he would miss seeing the grass.   In the same confusion, he reached out to the teacher and asked about his donkey. Sir, did my donkey become a man? Can i meet him, where is he, please tell me soon? The teacher asked him to be patient, and told him, "Your donkey was not a normal donkey, it was very intelligent, I made him not only a man by my intelligence, but also a teacher.&qu…

When Habits Became Identity - 1

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Once upon a time, a man lived in a small village. He was very innocent. He was unskilled and had few donkeys. His profession was transportation of goods with the help of his donkeys. He was also very unlucky and even after several years of marriage he has no children. He lived in a mourning. One day as he was passing through school, he heard the teacher's shout at his student, "In such a time I would have made a donkey a man."   On hearing this, he was very happy. He ran to his house and told the story to his wife. He told her how the teacher can be helpful in getting our happiness back. Her wife said to him that this is impossible, but the man was not agreed, saying that,"I heard that with my own ears." You must have faith on the teacher, he is a wise man and educated also. He is respected by all, he can't speaks a lie. It is possible, that's why he had spoken this.  He gave a lot of examples and eventually, his wife had to agree to do whatever. The man…

Vijay Dashmi/ Dussehra -20

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The festivals celebrated in India give the message of the victory of good over evil in one way or the other but the festival which is known for this message is Dussehra. Exactly twenty days before Diwali. According to the Panchag, the Dashami of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month is celebrated all over the country as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. Dussehra is one of the major festivals of Hindus. This festival tells the story of Lord Shri Rama, who, after 9 days of continuous war in Lanka, killed Ahkari Ravana and freed Mother Sita from her captivity.  On this day, Mother Durga also killed Mahishasura, hence it is also celebrated as Vijayadashami and mother Durga is also worshiped. It is believed that Lord Rama also invoked the power by worshiping Mother Durga, after examining Lord Rama, one of the lotus flowers kept for worship disappeared. Since Shri Ram was called Rajivayanan i.e. the lotus with eyes, he decided to offer one of his eyes to the mother as soon as he started removing his eyes, …

Shard Navratra –Day -9 Siddidatri

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The ninth power of Maa Durga is named Siddhidatri. She is going to give all kinds of siddis to her devotees and seekers. According to Devi Purana, Lord Shiva achieved these achievements only from her grace. Due to his compassion, half of Lord Shiva's body was made of Goddess. That is why he became famous as Ardhanarishwar in the world. Mother Siddhidatri is of four arms. The lion is his conveyance. They are also offered on lotus flowers. His right hand has a circle in the lower hand, mace in the upper hand and a lotus flower in the upper hand and a lotus flower in the upper hand. Navratri-pooja is performed on the day of Navami. On this day, all attainment of a spiritual healer is done with classical method and with full devotion. Nothing in the world is possible for him.  Mother Siddhidatri is the last incarnation of the new Durga. The worshipers worship the other eight goddesses in a ritualistic manner and worship them on the ninth day. After completing the worship of Mother Sidd…

Shard Navratra –Day -8 Mahagauri

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The eighth power of Maa Durga is named Mahagauri. Their color is fully noticed. It is also likened to conch, moon and kunda flowers. All their clothing and jewelery is also white. They have four arms. They ride bulls. His upper right hand is in abhaya mudra and lower hand has trident. The top left hand is Damru and the lower hand is in Vara mudra. She is sitting on a bull and is the most calm of all of Maa Durga’s avatars. She symbolizes purity, serenity and tranquility. A lot of devotees consider this an auspicious day and worship their tools. The significance behind this is that Maa Durga’s weapons are worshipped as symbols of female strength. It is believed that Goddess Mahagauri can fulfil all the desires of her devotees. If you worship her, you can be relived from all the sufferings of life. His previously accumulated sins are also destroyed. Sin will never come in the future, it will never be sad. He possesses all types of holy and inexhaustible virtues. Maa Mahagauri's attent…

Shard Navratra –Day -7 Kalratri

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Kalratri form of Durga Maa is worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri. Mother Durga's seventh form is that of Mother Kalratri Devi. The seventh day of worship of Goddess Durga is also very important during the Navratri days. They are also called auspicious because of always giving auspicious results. It is said that by worshiping Maa Kalratri, Kaal is destroyed.  Navratri seventh day observes the worship of Goddess Kalaratri as well as Goddess Saraswati. This day people also arrange the Utsava Puja and the worship of nine planet. Maa Kalaratri is considered to be the most ferocious avatar of NavDurga and is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe. This form of mother is considered a symbol of valor and courage. It is believed that with the grace of Maa Kalratri, the devotees remain always fearless. They do not have any fear from fire, water, enemies etc.  This incarnation is depicted as a destructive form of the goddess. She can be seen riding a dark …

Shard Navratra –Day -6 Katyayani

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The sixth form of Maa Durga is named Katyayani. The story of his name being Katyayani is as follows - There was a famous Maharishi named Kat, whose son a sage was named Katya. The world famous Maharishi Katyayan was born in the tribe of these katyas. He did very hard penance of Bhagwati Para Amba for years. He wished that Maa Bhagwati was born as a daughter to his house. Mother Bhagwati accepted his prayer.  After some time, when the tyranny of the demon Mahishasura greatly increased on the earth, then Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, after giving their share of power and generated a goddess for the destruction of Mahishasura. Maharishi Katyayan first worshiped him. For this reason, it was called Katyayani.  Mother Katyayani gives unfailfull results. He is revered as the presiding deity of Vrajmandal. His form is very grand and divine. Her colour is a bright phosphor like gold. She has four arms. Her right upper hand is in Abhayamudra and lower is in Vara mudra. The sword in the upper le…

Shard Navratra - Day- 5 Skandamata

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The fifth form of Maa Durga is that of Skandamata. Being the mother of Lord Skanda, she is known as Skandmata. They are worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri-puja. On this day, the mind of the seeker is situated in the 'pure' cycle. Lord Skanda sits on his lap in child form. Skandamata has four arms. This right hand is holding Lord Skanda in the lap and the lotus flower in the other. Her one left arm is in boon form and the other arm also has lotus flower.  Her colour is completely white. She sits on the lotus seat. For that reason, she is also known as Padmasana Devi. She rides a lion. After meditating on the mother, the seeker moves towards a pure conscious form. Her mind is completely engrossed as Padmasana Maa Skandamata, freed from all cosmic, worldly, mystic bonds. At this time, the seeker should move towards worship with full caution. He should continue on the path of cultivation while keeping all his meditations focused. Worshiping Maa Skandamati fulfills all the wishe…

Shard Navratra - Day- 4 Kushmanda

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The fourth form of Maa Durga is named Kushmanda. Due to its light, light cube, which produces the universe, it has been named as Kushmanda Devi. When there was no existence of the universe, there was darkness all around, then these Goddesses created the universe with their humor. Only the ability and power to reside in Suryaloka is in him; his body's radiance and brilliance are as resplendent and phosphor as that of the Sun.  She has eight arms. Hence, she is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi. His seven hands have Kamandalu, Dhanush, Arms, Lotus-flower, Amritpurna Kalash, Chakra and Mace respectively. In the eighth hands, there is a garland of chanting of all the siddhis and funds. The lion is his conveyance. On the fourth day of Navratri-worship, the form of Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped.  On this day, the mind of the seeker is situated in the 'Anahata' cycle. Therefore, on this day, one should be engaged in the work of worship, keeping in mind the nature of Goddess Kushmanda,…

Sharad Navratri - Day- 3 Chandraghanta

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The third power of Maa Durga is "Chandraghanta". On the third day, in the worship of Navratri, this form is worshiped. This form of them is extremely peaceful and well-being. Her forehead has half-moon shaped like a bell, for this reason she is called Chandraghanta Devi. Their body color is bright like gold. He has ten hands. Her hands are decorated with weapons like swords and arrows. The lion is his conveyance. She always seems to be ready for war. The tyrannical demon-monster-demons are always shaken by her terrible sound.  The worship of the third day in Navratri Durga worship is of great importance. On this day, the seeker's mind enters the 'Manipur' cycle. Due to the blessings of Mother Chandraghanta, supernatural things are seen. Divine fragrances are experienced and a wide variety of divine sounds are heard. These symptoms are for the seeker to be very careful. She quickly resolves the sufferings of the devotees. His vehicle is a lion, so his worshiper bec…

Sharad Navratri - Day- 2 Brahmacharini

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The second form of Mother Durga's new power is that of Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini means follower of Tenacity. The form of Brahmacharini Devi is fully lit and very magnificent. The garland of chanting in her right hand “Kamandalu” remains in the left hand. In her former birth, she was born as a daughter of the Himalayas, and through Narada's sermon, she did extremely difficult penance to get Lord Shankar as her husband. Due to this arduous austerity, he was named as Tapashcharini i.e. Brahmacharini.   She spent a thousand years eating only fruits and roots. Had to subsist for hundred years only on herbs. Having a hard fast for a few days, under the open sky, suffered terrible sufferings of rain and sunlight. Due to this difficult austerity of several thousand years, the body of the former birth of Brahmacharini Devi became completely degraded. She had become very agrarian. Her mother Maina became very sad to see her condition. He gave them a voice to overcome that difficult au…

Sharad Navratri- Day -1 Shailputri

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The Sharad Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, who killed the demon king Mahishasura. This gives us a lesson about victory over evil. However, evil may remain for some time, but is ultimately defeated by good. It is also a big lesson for us to live life. It teaches us that everything in this world is mortal, we should not be enamored of anyone. Just as in the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, the emphasis is on “doings” itself, not on the desire for its fruit, because man's downfall starts from where the desires begin to happen. The Goddess Mahatmya presents the story of a majestic king, a businessman who was betrayed by his family, and a saint whose teachings take him beyond existential misery. This Mahatmya is going to remove a man from sorrows. Those who listen to it and worship it, get unlimited love of Goddess Durga and blessed by Durga Devi. In this, nine different forms of Maa Durga are worshiped. Today is the first day of Navratri and Goddess Shailputri is worshiped on this day.  “…