Navadurga: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga

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Though most of the limitless divine qualities of the Mother Goddess — like her grace — remain unapparent to human beings, the list below attempts to associate at least one characteristic to each of the nine forms of Mother Parvati, the spouse of Lord Shiva.

Shailaputri

establishes spiritual aspiration (faith; shraddha) in our minds

Brahmacharini

guides us towards meditation and vairagya

Chandraghanta

provides inner peace to devotees and liberation

Kushmanda

propagates divine light through the universe

Skandamata

propagates her affection (vatsalya) through the world

Katyayani

blesses us with bhakti

Kalaratri

controls time and the karmic cycle

Mahagauri

provides well-being and spiritual knowledge

Siddhidatri

grants mystical powers (siddhis)

Happy Navaratri!

God lives in our hearts and homes as well

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Which is the best place to start our search for God? Because there is no single correct answer, the workable answer depends on our disposition. We can search for God in churches, mosques, and temples — which are all traditional and established places for spiritual connectivity. These places can transfer positive energies as well as blessings from priests and saints who regularly visit them. We can also search for God in our homes. In fact, while we pray, we can request God to meet us in person one day.

Among all beings in the universe, God, the Supreme Being, is the most accessible to all. Because God is omnipresent, we can even remember Him periodically at our workplace and say a word or two to Him whenever we feel like. We can talk to Him while assuming that He lives in our own hearts and always listens.

Some saints believe that the power of God is present not only in every living being but also in every object. In one of his poems, Saint Kabirdasa says that humans often “forget that just like scent, which resides in flowers, it is the Divine who pervades every object and being” [1]. Along these lines, we can start our search for God by appreciating that God is the nourisher of every soul. At the same time, we should remember that God, being transcendental, is beyond every object and living being.

[1] I have mentioned this previously in a blog post.

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