Dear Devotees and my dear children
Aum Namo Narayanaya!
|| Sarvamangala maangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike Sharanye trayambake Gaurii Naaraayani namostute ||
O Narayani, the Effulgent, the Three-eyed, the Refuge, the Auspicious, the Bestower of all wishes, the Blessedness that is in all that is blessed! Prostration be to Thee!
On this auspicious occasion, brother Swami Saradaprabhanandaji, officials and devotees from the Durban headquarters join me in wishing every one of you a very happy Navaratri celebration!
What is Navaratri? The word just means “Nine Nights”. The celebration of manifestation of Divine Mother in three forms for nine nights is called Navaratri. On these days we, Hindus worship Divine Mother in three aspects namely in the form of Mahaakaali, Mahaalakshmi and Mahaasaraswati.
There is only ONE God which is the unifying force of Existence. This is called Shakti or Energy and when it is made understandable for the humans that Shakti is termed as Devi. She projects this Universe, sustains it and finally dissolves into Her and hence called the Divine Mother.
Devi-worship or Shakti-worship is, therefore, worship of God’s glory, of God’s greatness, of God’s supremacy as manifested in this Universe. It is called ‘adoration of the Almighty”!
Sri Ramakrishna, our Master performed the Mother Worship day in and day out and he realized in short span of his 50 years that She as Mother has pervaded everything. It is Her Will that alone makes this Universe grow, maintain and destroyed. Surrendering to Her all our actions and also the fruits of our actions is the way to gain peace and harmony in this world. Master used to sing a song with great devotion. It says that “tomaar kormo tumi koro maa, loke bole aami kori” You do your work, people say “I do”!
Spiritual life is nothing but slowly effacing this ‘I’ and bringing an awareness of the Mother’s doing. When the feeling of “not I, but Thou’” comes in our core of our heart, we are, though living in the body yet liberated in this very life.
Many of you are fasting, reciting Devi hymns, doing charity, observing other types of rituals too. Do whatever you do, do it as surrender to Her omnipotent Will. Please make the children learn Sri Durga Saptashloki during this holy time.
May the Divine Mother who embodied for our sake in the form of Mother Sarada, energise all of us, awaken us to our spiritual worth and make us reach our goal of God realization is my earnest prayer!
“not I, but Thou”