Tonight is a very special date in the vedic calendar. It is the final night of Navaratri.
Sept. 25 – Oct. 3
During Navaratri, which literally means “nine nights,” Devi is worshipped in her three main forms as Sri Saraswati Devi, Sri Lakshmi Devi, and Sri Durga Devi, also known as Sri Mahishasura Mardini. Thus, any meritorious acts performed during Navaratri brings every kind of blessing, including true devotion, spiritual knowledge, divine protection, and radiant energy.
During the auspicious days of Navaratri, the Divine Mother is in Her most gloriously radiant and compassionate form. She is forgiveness personified and showers Her unconditional love and blessings to all who approach Her during this sacred time…
The final 3 days culminate in the worship of the goddess Sri Saraswati Devi.
Gods and Goddesses in the Vedic society are not literally meant as separate gods and goddesses. They are embodiments of laws of nature. All of creation has a strings of code consisting of light, sound & consciousness that create the material world. Just like strings of binary code in a computer make images and programs.
The rishis of ancient India, through a state of deep meditation, were able to perceive the strings of light and sound that make up this creation. The language of Sanskrit was revealed as were the vedas.
The vedas are made up of mantras. When chanted according to the rules of vedic chanting, we align with the subtle laws of nature. The gods and goddesses are embodiments of laws of nature that have been depicted according to their corresponding mantra.
This evening, as I chanted the Saraswati Mantra 108 times with a remarkable friend, I remembered my days in Choir. We started to harmonize with the mantra and I was moved once again by the power of sound and music.
The goddess Saraswati is that law of nature that aligns us with knowledge, wisdom, and flow. She teaches us how to access wisdom and flow with life. She is a river. Rivers don’t flow in a straight line. They flow with the environment. Like a current in a river, all we have to do is surrender and allow the water to carry us to our destination.
She plays an instrument called a vina… The long body of the instrument represents our spinal column. The seven strings that she plucks correspond to the 7 chakras in our body. The instrument also represents the power of music to heal and move us along our journey. She rides on a swan. A beautiful creature that floats above the muck of the world.
When we align with our purpose and surrender, we are able to tap into a beautiful flow of life. All we have to do is let go. All knowledge flows from this place.
Mozart was a beautiful example of this. When asked about how he wrote such incredible music, as Agnus Dei – being performed above by the Choir of New College Oxford… He said he found the music. It was already there. All he had to do was tune into it.
When we come from a place of wonder and awe, we are able to align with all of life and find the music we are here to make. The other thing I am reminded of is the power of a chorus of voices singing in harmony. It still moves me to tears.
Last weekend, I gave a workshop on Sanskrit. The power of the language to help us access deep levels of peace was moving. The group of us had the idea to share this with the world. We started a group called Flash Chants – www.facebook.com/flashchants . We plant seeds of peace with united voices rooted in the sacred knowledge of the vedas.
Why not? There seems to be plenty of darkness in the world… time for some concentrated light!
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
May there be peace, peace, perfect peace