Thursday, October 15, 2015

Navaratri Festival, Devi, Thurya, Advaitha

Happy Navaratri to one or all.

ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ನವರಾತ್ರಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು

Who is Devi? Excerpt from Lalithaa Sahasranaama:

ಧ್ಯಾನ ಧ್ಯಾತೃ ಧ್ಯೇಯರೂಪಾ ಧರ್ಮಾಧರ್ಮ ವಿವರ್ಜಿತಾ
ವಿಶ್ವರೂಪಾ ಜಾಗರಿಣೀ ಸ್ವಪಂತೀ ತೈಜಸಾತ್ಮಿಕಾ
ಸುಪ್ತಾ ಪ್ರಾಜ್ಞಾತ್ಮಿಕಾ ತುರ್ಯಾ ಸರ್ವಾವಸ್ಥಾ ವಿವರ್ಜಿತಾ

SHE who is all the three forms: the prayer, devotee and the object prayed upon
SHE who is BEYOND the difference between religiousness and heresy
SHE who takes up the form of UNIVERSE in the wake up state (of the observer)
SHE who is THE AURA of the soul in the dreaming state (of the observer)
SHE who is THE AWARENESS in the deep sleep (of the observer)
SHE who IS the fourth state called THURYAA, (here the observer is one with the observed), and
SHE who is beyond the differences perceived in the forms of existence

The fourth state thuryaa is nothing but sat-chit-aananada or the state of 'eternal bliss'.
Note the advaitha philosophy being upheld throughout Brahmanda Purana (of which Lalitha sahasranama is a part).

How to know / understand Devi?

ಅಂತರ್ಮುಖ ಸಮಾರಾಧ್ಯಾ ಬಹಿರ್ಮುಖ ಸುದುರ್ಲಭಾ

Devi can easily be understood/known if one looks/meditates inward, understands oneself, i.e. understands the process of self-realization. AND it is not easy to understand Devi by meditating upon the worldly objects of Maya.

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