Chanting Kali Durge

You are warmly invited to chant Kali Durge with Gurumayi in honor of Navaratri.

Navaratri is a joyful festival in which we honor the supreme Goddess. In India, and on the Siddha Yoga path, it is traditional to celebrate Navaratri by playing music, performing sacred dance, reciting hymns and mantras, and chanting namasankirtanas.

Many different forms of the Goddess are worshipped during Navaratri. Each of these forms represents an aspect of Kundalini Shakti, the cosmic power that creates, sustains, and dissolves the universe, and that lies dormant within us until it is awakened by the grace of the Guru.

Kali and Durga, the names of the Goddess invoked in this namasankirtana, represent the liberating and purifying aspects of Kundalini Shakti. Through the grace of Kundalini Shakti and our own self-effort, we gradually let go of the ideas, concepts, and behaviors that prevent us from experiencing the Truth: that we and the supreme Shakti are one and the same.

When we chant the words kali durge namo namah, we honor and welcome the liberating power of the supreme Shakti. This namasankirtana is set in the Mand raga, whose characteristic melodic turns often appear in devotional songs and dances of North India. This raga conveys the rasas, or qualities, of love and light-heartedness.

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