Navaratri

The Divine Mother stands for the Godly virtue – Forgiveness. We all know the adage – ‘to err is human, to forgive is Divine’. Forgiving – which means to disregard and forget the wrongs done to us – is the most difficult of the five Divine virtues. The memory of the wrongs done by others is usually so strong that they trigger the feelings of anger, hatred and revenge as soon as we remember the person. We need to beseech the Divine Mother to inculcate in us this great virtue of forgiveness. The nine days of celebrations also represent the fight between us and the inner nine foes of sedation viz., lust, anger, greed, passion, pride, jealousy, egoism, egotism and suspicion. Sri Guruji has eloquently described how a devotee needs to submit to the Divine Mother on all these nine days. When the devotee succeeds in offering all the inner dirt at the feet of the Mother, then the tenth day – VijayaDashami – heralds the true victory of the Divine over the evil forces. All these days we need to pray the Divine Mother – called by various names like Lalita, Durga, Kali, Saraswati, Lakshmi and so on – for forgiveness for all our mistakes done knowingly or unknowingly. Likewise, we also need to develop forgiveness within.

At Divine Park temple, Jaganmata is offered special kumkumarchana on the Sunday among the nine days of Navaratri. Afternoon pooja includes offering of flowers along with the chanting of various hymns like Sri LalitaSahasaranama, Sri KaaliSahasranama, Sri DurgaAshtottaraShataNamavali and Bhajans. Sri Guruji also elaborates the ill-effects of the ‘nine foes’ and the various spiritual practices through which one can offer them to the Divine Mother. Sri Guruji has often repeated that among the five Divine virtues forgiveness alone accounts for 50% to attract God’s grace. Forgiveness not only gets us the bumper grace of the Lord, but also transforms the person who might have done wrong.