Monday, September 21, 2009

Mother Durga: The Ocean of Grace

Is anyone in the universe more forgiving and benevolent than Mother Goddess Durga? Actually, this is a trick question. If you worship a different form of God or belong to a different faith, you may argue that your favorite form or concept of the Divine has more compassion. But once you try to understand who Para Shakti is, your assumption of calling anyone else more merciful may not be reasonable, though your favorite form of God can be equally compassionate. Let me try to explain why.

When the worshippers of Shakti remember her for being compassionate, they use prayers like, “We bow to the Mother who is present as forgiveness in all beings.1 We bow to the Mother who is kindness in all beings.2 We bow to the Mother who is Power in all beings.3” Accordingly, through such mantras, devotees of Shakti do not worship a superhuman being who is extremely compassionate, but they offer their reverence to the sum total of all mercy, power, knowledge, and consciousness in the universe and the source of all divine qualities — personified as their Mother.


Happy Navaratri!

[1]Ya devi sarvabhuteshu kshanti rupen samsthitah. Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah.
[2]Ya devi sarvabhuteshu daya rupen samsthitah. Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah.
[3]Ya devi sarvabhuteshu shakti rupen samsthitah. Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah.


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