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The Cosmic Connection

Man and the Universe are magnetic forces of Energy and Life-force attracting each other. Knowledge of this is philosophical and intellectual for most. Cosmic Connection is existential and must be experienced personally.

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Wisdom comes from transformation through making a Cosmic Connection.

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  1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Mahakali the Compassionate Companion of All Seekers

    There are three stages of transformation sought by seekers of Oneness with the Whole, through Yoga.

    In the first one Shakti awakens the sleeping Vishnu within to destroy latent but active nonetheless: demoniacal forces, Madhu and Kaitabha. They are shadowy demons that steal Knowledge with intangible darkness and shadows: passion and ignorance. They are of form and image of rajas (passion) and tamas (ignorance).

    Rajas the dynamic principle exhibits passion, as a manufacturing factor. Tamas is darkness and ignorance which veils the eternal truth and allows Rajas to dance its dance of want and unquenchable desires.

    These two poles of being ate the core psycho-dynamics that prevent enlightenment. Shadows, demons and darkness characterize our passions and ignorance which forever put out of sight, the eternal truth (Vedas) of the supreme Self (Purusha).

    The second stage is where the same Shakti who manifests Herself as Maha-Lakshmi to overcome the indwelling Mahishasura (buffalo demon) and Raktabija (blood drops/seeds). Have you therefore wondered why seekers find change is difficult?

    From an early age, parents and peers teach us what we must achieve in order to be happy. Like mirages in a desert, these desired goals keep shifting.

    Our operating system is a tightly-wound ball of ‘self’-beliefs that re-assert: “I am the body,” “I am fat,” “I am a heart patient,” “I am a successful entrepreneur,” “I am a spiritual seeker,” and so on.

    These deeply treasured concepts of “I am” drive our actions, habits and destiny. All beliefs ultimately hinder the discovery of our eternal peace and joy, as to who “I” really am – “Existence-Consciousness-Happiness” or Sat-Chit-Anand!

    Unknown to us this happens because of the ‘pull’ of the gunas.

    Tamas in us is the cunning as Mahishasura. The buffalo in is symbolic of the immensity and vast dullness of tamas. In the human it represents the ability to think, but in a distorted way. With these his qualities, Mahishasura in us, takes many forms of self-deception to evade its own destruction.

    Tamas is what makes us make excuses for everything we can’t seem to do. It keeps us bound in inertia through distorted mental reasoning that keeps a particular nonserving behavior intact. We fail miserably to be good stewards of Shakti’s varied graces.

    This is what makes us justify being unkind to someone, subtly conning others into our ways of thinking, manipulating situations to get our way, and falsely enhancing our own qualities to look good.

    Under the influence of tamas, we end up like hamsters on a wheel, unable to step out of our binding habits of self-deception

    Spiritual evolution through the grace of Maha-Kali, Maha-Lakshmi and Maha-Sarasvati move us from tamas to rajas to sattva in the Devi Mahamya.

    The Impenetrable Import of the Devi Mahatmya

    Our secret longing for an untainted life of a spiritual living is profound and bottomless. For those who have even a rudimentary Knowledge of the Supreme are not contented with commonplace adjustment of superficial state of affairs.

    Our requests are intense, but our thirst makes no sense in our day by day life. The ‘want’ has deep roots in our Universal Divinity, far from our regular perception of and about our humankind.

    Such deep desires naturally and automatically transform the soul towards self-determination. We seek freedom away from the everyday humdrum of living.

    There is spontaneous inner growth and the soul not only wants to discovers itself, but longs for self-government. Little do we know that such longings dissipate through a ‘wanting mind’ and also through activities of the senses and organs of action.

    When the soul -‘self’ sheds all these preoccupations with wants and desires, it longs for liberation through domination over mind and the senses.

    The Devi-Mahatmya is about this very path: the soul seeking liberation and freedom through and with the help of the Divine Cosmic Mother – Durga Devi or Shakti.

    While and during making efforts towards “The Cosmic Connection,’ every seeker addresses demons: Madhu and Kaitabh who are all about want and greed!

    The Power or Shakti of Devi-Mahatmya is shown to manifests in Her many forms. The Battles described in the Devi Mahatmya are a march of the human soul towards its destination, free from lust, desire, anger, greed, covetousness, pride, jealousy, and egotism. An ‘awareness of this freedom’ is the spectacular quality to be attained in the worship of the Divine Mother.

    Humanity in the East commemorate this skirmishes of the Cosmic Mother with our demons (gunas) during nine days of Navaratri or Dassehra.

    The walk of a sincere soul over these nine or ten days is impressive. The chastening results brings to focus a sharp understanding of what a sincere disciple should undergo to shed the influence of our tendencies (gunas). When he or she separate the ‘seed from the chaff’ as the days pass, grace is sought for sincere courage to reach the Self.

    The Cosmic Connection

    The Devi-Mahatmya contains thirteen chapters grouped into three sections: The march of a soul is graduated into three major steps: having an awareness of our ‘Compulsions’ imposed on our behavior towards oneself and others: also known as Gunas!

    The journey is about climbing up a ladder of evolution by understanding the influence of these gunas or tendencies, on our life.

    At each stop, the practitioner gradually understands the Power of Gunas and how one undergoes self-inflicted harm. It triggers changes for transformation in one’s personal perspective, attitude by changing fundamentals of our being.

    Three deities preside over this time-capsule of Navaratri for the adoration of Mother Nature as the: Parvati/Kali-Lakshmi-Saraswati. They are the three supervisory Forces of Durga, the Mother who encompasses the worlds, and also invites each of us into Her embrace.

    During observations of the Mantras, the powers of the Spirit of Shakti within, is on an upward ascent towards spiritual freedom, enabling the soul to march towards karmic freedom.

    The difference between this spiritual march and our worldly march is that one walks alone without companionship of other subconscious wants and relationships in our infraconscious wakeful state.

    Unknown to us we enter the super-conscious state in deep sleep but remain oblivious that it seeks Oneness with the Self!. Here there is Unity of all Life despite difference and diversity experienced in other levels of consciousness.

    The experience of Oneness is where the soul is marching towards. In the Devi-Mahatmya, one is psychologically and spiritually walking towards a destination of the ultimate realisation.

    Devi Mahatmya and Guna Tendencies

    For attainment of victory over Nature’s tendencies or Gunas, a seeker is expected to understand by self-introspection on the ‘how’ and why of successful joining (yuj or yoga) with Durga – also called Chandi. Goddess Durga is the Female Form of the Supreme Being, also known as Devi and Shakti or Cosmic Energy. She represents the combined power of all the gods put together.

    Gunas have always been around and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world. Krishna tells His student Arjuna about the qualities of the three gunas in the Bhagavad-Gita 14:5. “Sattva, rajas, and tamas are the gunas originating due to interaction with prakriti. They firmly bind to the body the immortal indweller of it, O mighty-armed.” Guna-ascension is about dealing with states of habitual consciousness of a person. Guna-states are consistent with being ‘human!’

    Their parting from the body decides the destiny of sincere meditating practitioners – many have labored for ‘hundreds of years’ to reach Existence-Consciousness-Happiness: sat-chit-anand.

    The first guna is tamas: its Nature is of darkness, stupidity, and ignorance. It is impossible to bypass tamo-guna without Knowledge of tendencies of want, anger and greed.

    The second guna is rajas, the creative or active process which grows as the warrior-‘self’ of actions and life’s inventiveness, but often away from Self. It is impossible to bypass the rajas guna, without mustering the energy and power self-discipline and abandoning covetousness.

    The third guna is sattva, of purity, harmony, bliss, and happiness attained through following the dharma of life and living. Pride and jealousy needs transcending to transcending sattva.

    The Devi Mahatmya are about Durga’s encounters with Natures qualities. Gunas have to be mastered sequentially by seekers of spirituality.

    Every changing person has to move up by these gunas-steps and then go higher into the Divine states. It is impossible to bypass the sattva guna without the help of the Nature Herself.

    There are three stages of transformation while on a self-imposed committed path for a soul-awakening while reading and understanding the Chandi.

    In the first section the power of Shakti awakens the sleeping Vishnu to destroy demoniacal forces: Madhu and Kaitabha who drowned the Vedas in the Ocean.

    They are shadowy demons of lust/desire, anger and greed, that steal human awareness and replace it with darkness and shadows of passion and ignorance.

    Tamas is darkness and ignorance which veils the everlasting truth. These two poles of being form core psychodynamics that prevent enlightenment.

    Their shadows hide the eternal truth (Vedas) of the supreme Self (Purusha).

    In the second stage Shakti manifests overcomes Mahishasura (buffalo demon) and Raktabija (blood drops/seeds of tendencies).

    In the third stage, humanity that is already sattvic cannot transcend their tendencies without the help of Shakti, in person!

    Have you wondered why change away from the gunas is so difficult?

    From an early age, parents and peers teach us what we must achieve to be happy. Like mirages in a desert, these needed goals keep shifting in focus.

    Our working system is a tightly-wound ball of ‘self’-beliefs, hyphenated with: “I am this body,” “I am fat,” “I am a spiritual seeker,” and so on! Here the “I” is the ‘self’-ego. These deeply treasured concepts of ‘I’ drive our actions, habits and destiny.

    All beliefs eventually hinder the discovery of eternal peace and joy, because of the ‘pull’ of the gunas.

    Tamas in us is as cunning as Mahishasura. The buffalo in us is symbolic of the heaviness and dullness of tamas .

    Even though the human mind has the capacity to think, but it does so in a distorted way. With these qualities, Mahishasura in us takes many forms of self-deception to evade its own destruction.

    Tamas is Raktabij who makes us make excuses for everything we can’t do. It keeps us bound in inertia through distorted mental reasoning that keeps a particular non-serving behavior intact.

    This is what makes us justify being unkind to someone, subtly conning others into our ways of thinking, manipulating to get our way, and falsely improving our own qualities to look good. Under the influence of tamas, we end like hamsters on a wheel, unable to step out of our binding habits of self-deception; but, Spiritual evolution moves us from tamas to rajas to sattva.

    The stories of the Devi Mahatmyam point to this inner journey of transformation, where the form that Shakti take on particular asuras that she destroys.

    She represents our own inherent wisdom destroying the obstructive qualities that keep us from recognizing our own divine nature. The battle is a bloody one.

    Mahishasura is not only powerful but a gifted warrior and holds Durga at bay through his skills in warfare. He has the uncanny capacity to change forms at will and continues to evade her weapons by turning into various beasts. Finally, Durga’s spear finds its mark just as he turning into a buffalo. He dies in his original half-human, half-beast form.

    In the third section, Shumbha and Nisumbha are destroyed by Durga.

    Through the nine days of worship, some understand these three stages of adoration in many three-day intervals – each a guna-erasing worship.

    The final victory is called Vijaya-Dshami, for the tenth day. That is the day of Victory, where the practitioner hopes to become masters to transcend the forces of Nature.

    When you step over the ninth day, you hope to enter Infinity.

    The lower powers of Nature are like dirt. The demons Madhu and Kaitabha, come out of the dirt of Vishnu’s ears.

    From the point of the seeking soul, this dirt is of Kama, Krodha and Lobha. It is desire, anger and greed born of Rajas. These three gates of hell therefore should be abandoned. These ‘dirts’ are clouds that cover the glass mirror of Consciousness. Even if the dirt is removed (kama,krodha, lobh), there are subtler invisible enemies more difficult to overcome than the visible ones.

    We get into the clutches of Mahishasura (tamasic) and Raktabij (rajoguna) of the careless tossing mind. Every minute the mind changes its forms which multiply in millions. The tamasic Mahishasura changes his form from elephant, to buffalo, to a new ‘something’ else, every time he is hit.

    Tamas is an inexhaustible opponent like the creative demon Raktabija, whose drops of blood become seeds of thousands of demons like himself.

    When the Devi separates the heads of seven and more demons, the roots of remains and needs is digging out.

    Like all seekers ‘stuck’ on the Spiritual Path, contact the Ferocious looking Kali whose melting maternal soul reaches out with help!

    Durga also asks Kali to help. The war starts by beheading them and drinking their blood so not a drop falls on the ground. Seekers similarly, must devise a technique of inhaling and digesting every root of wants and wishes. Failing that the Mahishasura (desire) returns in a million forms to attack the Divine Mother. Every soul of all desires need destroying by its roots. Because, it is a ‘tendency of the mind’ or a guna, the mental wanderings rise as distractions of want. Thus Mala (Mahishasura) and Vikshepa (Raktabeej) are the primary oppositions in our spiritual pursuit.

    Mala or dirt in any personality has a psychological structure that can be removed by Karma Yoga, by unselfish and dedicated service. Vikshepa as Raktabeej or distraction of the mind can be removed only by upasana or worship of God.

    Karma removes Mala, Upasana removes Vikshepa.

    While Mala might have gone and Vikshepa is not there, we may have a third trouble: an oblivion of consciousness. Agyana or Ignorance of the Vedas is a subtler opposing power.

    Sensuous wants are the outer expressions of Ignorance of Truth. When the Soul or Atman is covered by Ignorance of its Nature, the Desires raise their heads and Nature becomes preoccupied with rash and uncontrollable wants. How does one subdue Nature?.

    The Devi-Mahatmya sketches how to overcome and transform tamas to an Energy recovery of cosmic Nature in the form of Tamas, to Rajas and to Sattva. Sattva is also a Guna, unfortunately.

    Sattva is like a glass-wall, through which you can see Reality, but you cannot make contact. Sattva is also an obstacle Most humans who have a smattering understanding of gunas, view sattva with an achieved complacency.

    These two aspects of Sattva point towards two personalities of lecherous Sumbha and Nisumbha. They have to be dispelled by the power of higher wisdom – by Maha-Sarasvati.

    Having killed Nishumbha and his army it left just Shumbha.

    When Shumbha realized that he has been outnumbered, he taunted the Goddess that she alone cannot defeat him and needed the help.

    The Goddess got infuriated and merged all the seven Shaktis into herself and single-handedly killed Shumbha thus freeing the world of evil.

    Three Stages to Unveil Prakriti:

    Action, deliberation and knowledge are the three stages to pierce the Mayavic shadowy veil of Prakriti and Her three Gunas. It is all about walking the Path from ‘self’ to Self. Such rescue and recovery is universal. Arrive at to the Self and become the Universal Self.

    The path of Sadhana is a cosmic effort of the soul. When entering this path of the spirit we are seeking a cosmic relationship.

    The spiritual practitioner must confronting of the three forces of Tamas, Rajas and Sattva, stage by stage. We are all pilgrims who has lost his way in this wilderness of life’s gunas. The warmth of the spiritual sun is always energizing our personality. We are never cut off from that source of Nature’s energy.

  2. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Goddess Durga: Mother India as the World Mother
    The present name of the country “India” refers to ancient “Bharatavarsha” or the Land of Bharata of mythological fame. Various Muslim nations to the west of India prefer to call it, Hind or Hindustan. There are diverse elements of Indian culture, but there is the eternal flow of unity, which is the fundamental characteristic of the Indian culture.
    Since ancient Vedic times, India’s people call India a ‘sacred land’ or the land of the Goddess or Divine Mother, in nature, shaped like a woman with Kashmir as her head and Sri Lanka at her feet. She holds in her bosom, the impressive Himalayas in the north, from which flow the planet’s largest great rivers in the world that flow from the mountains to the sea.
    Even after centuries, India is defined historically not by conquests but by her spiritual teachings: as a land of Yoga and meditation. This theme pervades every Indian Epic, but especially the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It has produced the most powerful abundance of prayer through many religious and spiritual paths. India’s civilization is not just about human inventions, of which there are many, but through many historical revelations. The concept of ‘dharma,’ for the wise and knowledgeable, is with a recognition there is a Cosmic Law of Karma, as the prime factor that determines life for each of us. India is fast becoming a Land of Corporations but in the Caves of the Himalayas, she remains a land of both nature and the spirit: Bharat is a land of God, gods and the yogis. She is not just a place of human migration and habitation, or a place for worldly progress.
    In classical India, Goddess Durga, is the martial form of Shiva’s consort. Owing to the need to defend the land from the many outside invaders, and there have been many over the last two thousand years, Durga is the protective form of the Mother Goddess. She saves her children from danger. She slays demons of negative forces, outwardly and inwardly that assail the body and soul. Hindus worship Mother India in the form of Goddess Durga.
    Dressed in red, she rides a lion. She is has the royal sanction and power to declare war against human frailties (want, anger, greed, covetousness, pride, jealousy, ego) and deploy Her armed forces with royal power of the godly mothers (Kali, Sarasvati, Lakshmi)- the true ruling power in the world.
    She represents the forces needed to deter inner and outer conflicts and to protect the security and for the defense of Dharma. We are facing aggressive greedy forces of worldly expansion. This, during the current information age, needs intellectual and spiritual defenses with the help of the image of Goddess Durga.
    Why has Durga, the image of feminine and maternal power, come to symbolize India? Because India is the land of Shakti, the Divine evolutionary and transformative force, that embodies higher feminine qualities of patience, tolerance and synthesis.
    It is because India is “karma bhumi”, the land of spiritual work for the soul, which is also the land of the spiritual battle, Kurukshetra, where humanity’s spiritual aspiration is both developed and tested.
    Yet Mother India, has many names. She is Bharata Bharati, the solar voice (Bharati) that carries the Divine fire. She is Bharata Bhavani, Mother India as the source of life. She is Sita, the Goddess of fertile rivers and fields, humble before the Divine solar light of Rama. She is Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas, wedded to Shiva, the transcendent. She is Lakshmi, the beauty and fertility that is wedded to Vishnu, the Divine force that sustains life.
    To understand India, we must first recognize the Goddess that is her personification in different forms.
    India as World Mother
    India is like Mother Earth, for profusion and abundance: She carryies her secret will for the evolution of consciousness. For India the Divine Mother holds the world with Shakti to uplift humanity. The culture affords Her with highest reverence as the mother of humanity, the mother of civilization, and the mother who encourages spiritual and yogic life. The traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism arose from the power of this land of India, its sages, her culture and her peoples. These sages left their imprint on the country by the power of their austerities (tapas.)
    Their yogic force is still fell in the many temples, river banks and sacred crossings (tirthas) of the region, giving them a palpable spiritual presence. India’s monks, both men and women, have preserved and continue to preserve, India’s spiritual civilization from caves of the Himalyas. Such spiritual richness once dominated the ancient world from Egypt to China, Indochina, and from Peru to Mexico.
    In these lands, many indigenous tribes continue the ancient traditions of temple worship and practice the old solar religion of enlightenment and self-realization, that link each of us to the ancient spiritual humanity from which we have all digressed. The Divine Mother is the source all evolutionary transformations, of all life and creation itself. It is not we human beings who determine or guide history, progress or evolution. We are pawns in the hands of divine forces of the many gods Hindus are ‘held responsible” for: earth, water, fire, air, space, and many, many more! We that we do not even see them, but reach out for them, unknowingly.
    India with its yogic culture holds the key to human transformations for the better: if we would but only know and recognize and honor her cultural potential, for all humanity and for all time.

  3. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Ego is Never Justified
    Durga, the great Warrior Goddess of this materialistic Humanity, represents the lethal Energy of He Divine Anger when humans turn to malevolence.
    The world today is under attack by an obstinate Mahishasura-the Ego, the most evil demon in the world, who took and continues to take many different forms, including that of a threatening power-hungry opinionated buffalo.
    Navratri comes repeatedly every year. As a rule, it sketches the struggle of man’s humanity and draws a response from Chhandi, the divine energy that shatters all feelings, thoughts and opinions.
    She is necessary to work In the Great Plan for Human Evolution which starts with tackling the Ego in all its thought-facets. Ego is most difficult to destroy, but with the help of
    Chhandi-who-destrys-thoughts, even that is possible.
    An unenlightened chitta (mind-ego-causal body) in each of us takes the form
    of thoughts, as moods and its fanciful feelings..
    The chitta-personality has ‘conspicuous thoughts’ that monkey around for self-justification for ego self-preservation: sometimes taking the shape of confusion (chakshura).
    At other times as anger (krodha), and then again as fickleness (chamara), or even haughtiness (udagra.)
    When met with head-on, Ego’s response is absolute disbelief (karaala) and the response is of arrogance (uddhata).
    Past memories from previous causal existences provoke ego to react viciously (bhashkala), but with fearful deep anxiety (taamara). Because it is but illogically filled with blindness (andhaka), the fight back is of uncontrolled temper (ugrasya), and a passionate desire (ugravirya), to overcome Chhandi with deceit (mahahaanu).
    Filled with thoughts of duplicity (bidaala), and temptation (duradhara) to kill righteousness, abusive thoughts mouth off obcenity.
    All such thoughts pour out of the foul-mouthing (durmukha) demon.
    Such negative thoughts are common and growing exponitentially in todays’s power-hungry materialistic humanity who self-serve for purposes of separateness, self-ishness, disunion,
    and shattering disruption.
    Durga, the ruler of the universe seeking after higher emotions in humankind struggles back against passions of want, greed, anger, possessiveness, pride and jealousy.
    Every sincere devotee needs Chhandi to subdue old habits, ideas, opinions, and likes-dislikes.
    United with intuitive intelligence in meditation brings about a union of Awareness with
    These ten days of Navratri is about the ascent of Man’s spirit through human evolution.

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