April 07, 2018
Three weeks ago I traveled north to go on a yearly traditional Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain. A month of preparation including a special fast with focus on readying myself to make my approach with respect, alignment, and a full heart, emptied me of my usual preoccupations and made me more open— more sensitive to my surroundings. As I drove North through the verdant California hills, a Krishna Das chant to Durga began to play.
In that moment, the music reached in and unlocked my awareness to the Great Mother Living and Loving. Everything. Every Being. As far as I could see. Nothing was left out of this Great Love. It was everywhere.
In that moment I received the gift of perceiving in overwhelming clarity what Is. Always. Our Earth as Mother and all of the beings in existence living in relationship to Her. Being nourished by Her, held by Her. With conscious awareness. Our Mother Earth— and all living beings in this realm— know and feel a kind of innate, ever present, conscious devotion to Each-other. The Mother to Her children, and the children to their Mother. From the smallest insect to the largest mountain, the Natural World is in constant loving relationship with Her. The plant beings, animal beings, the birds, the waters, even the Weather Beings in the form of clouds, and rain, are not separate from this field of Love and Loving. Their life—Our Life— is given by Her. There is Grace and Love ever present all around us. Always. How could I ever not feel this, when it is so so so great?
This time of year is honored as a time to recognize the Mothers in our lives. I want to remember that the Great Mother is all around us, and that without Her, we simply wouldn’t be. I want all of us to remember. Devotion to Her is a door opening into great love and infinite blessings. This devotion does not have a special time. But now we are reminded. Make it a part of who you are, a part of your daily practice and honor Her always.
Honor the Divine Mother in your Life.
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Pictured Durga on Rudrani
Durga is one of the most powerful goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. A warrior incarnation of fierce compassion, it is she we invoke for fearlessness and patience. She is also known as "The Keeper of the Flame". Her name in Sanskrit means Invincible.
Durga has 8 arms, and in each hand she holds a different weapon. Each of her weapons were given to her by a different god to be used to conquer the various demons of the Ego. As an incarnation of Devi or the Divine Mother, she is a unified symbol of all the divine forces, and her power contains the combined energies of all the gods.
Like the Hindu God Shiva, Ma Durga is also referred to as "Triyambake" meaning the three-eyed Goddess. Her left eye represents desire (the moon), her right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye represents knowledge (fire). Durga's many arms symbolize her protecting her devotees from all directions, and her vehicle— the tiger—represents power, will and determination. Durga riding the tiger symbolizes her mastery over all these qualities.
Durga’s mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha is on the back with coral.
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Thought of as the female counterpart to the male Rudraksha seed, the rare and precious Rudrani is a sacred seed born of the Rudraksha tree. When the tree is in full blossom, the Rudrani seeds are shed from it’s blossoms and collected for their blessings.
In India the Rudrani is often kept in places of worship alongside the Rudraksha to symbolize the union of Siva and Shakti—the divine meeting of male and female principles.