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Navaratri, A Time to Deepen our Sadhana
March 18 marks the beginning of Spring Navaratri, a 9-day Hindu holiday that honors the power and grace of Mother Divine. While it is predominately celebrated in India, Sai Maa speaks to the universal significance of Navaratri as a time to deepen our experience of the Divine Feminine principle that is so active during these days.
Every Navaratri, Sai Maa works with the energies of Mother Divine to perform powerful planetary work to serve in the upliftment of humanity. We are invited to use the time of Navaratri, which occurs twice a year in the Spring and Fall, to focus on our sadhana (spiritual practice). Through this focus we immerse ourselves in the infinite love of Mother Divine and receive the full blessings of this sacred holiday.
How Navaratri is Celebrated
In the Hindu tradition, the nine days of Navaratri are dedicated to sadhana and worship of Shakti, the supreme divine feminine creative power. In particular, Shakti is honored in her manifestations as the Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.
On the first three days of Navaratri, Mother Divine is invoked in her form as the Goddess Durga/Kali. Kali represents the force of fierce compassion that removes all impurities or ego distortion to unveil the light and beauty within us. The next three days are dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi, who embodies the qualities of abundance, prosperity, and infinite beauty. Once we are purified through the power of Kali, Lakshmi is invoked to fill us with the spiritual wealth and divine abundance that is our birthright. The final three days of Navaratri are dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati, who bestows the blessings of wisdom, creativity, and purity. The tenth day, at the completion of Navaratri, is celebrated as Victory Day, when we honor the victory of these sublime qualities of Mother Divine over any darkness or fear within us.
Navaratri Sadhana Program:
Join Sai Maa’s Brahmacharis (nuns and monks) for a ten-day self-guided sadhana program to bring discipline and devotion into your personal practice. The program is offered in four modules, each including writing by Sai Maa, an audio meditation, mantra practice, and self-reflection questions. Click on the links below to access each module of the program for the corresponding date.