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During this Navaratri season, I have been contemplating the ways in which the qualities of the Devi, the great Goddess, have manifested in my own
. I think of the courage it took to embark on the spiritual path as a boon from Durga. I reflect upon the great bliss I have felt through chanting as a gift from Lakshmi. And I have experienced the presence of Saraswati as I have repeated the mantra.
This morning I chanted the
in celebration of Navaratri. I gave myself fully to the practice of chanting and I felt great joy for the day ahead. Filled with solemnity, I then visited the Navaratri 2014 Photo Gallery. How splendidly these images—the abundance of flowers, the beauty in the composition of colors, the precious fabrics, the golden leaves, and the golden rays of sunlight—illustrate the words of Jnaneshwar Maharaj's
as he invites us to "see what a golden day it is today."
Beholding Bade Baba's radiant form, I became completely still for a moment. From this stillness the words "This beauty
within you!" arose.
Thank you, Bade Baba, for your benevolent grace that makes me recognize inner beauty.
When I beheld the last photograph, showing Bada Baba's
in the Temple, seen from the outside, I immediately entered a space of deep, abiding peace. I feel enveloped in and permeated by this peace, which I experienced as "the space of flawless quietude."
My gratitude for the Guru's grace, and for how it is made available to us through the Siddha Yoga path website, knows no bounds.
in these images shines through like a radiant light. I find myself inspired to make my own home shine like this, with such purity. So beautiful! It goes beyond gleaming brass and gorgeous flowers. It is the fruit of the years of the grace of the Guru and the
performed by sevites in the Ashram.
Rugby, United Kingdom
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