“There are many stories on how the Divine Mother appeared to restore peace and order by slaying the asuras,demons. These asuras are symbols of the negative forces that can overtake us anytime. Navaratri is the celebration of prana, spirit, which alone can destroy these asuras.”- Sri Sri Ravi Shanker.
Hello friends, I wish you all a very happy Navratri! Today is the first day of Goddess Durga’s ten days stay, in her paternal abode, that is the earth. Every year She comes down to bless us with health, happiness and prosperity. The coming nine days we offer her prayers and indulge in lots of festivities and celebrations and give her a grand sendoff on tenth day, when she returns back to her husband, Lord Shiva. During this time all the Hindus, try to reache home, to celebrate the festivities with their parents and relatives. So in a way it’s time for bonding and reconnecting with one’s root.
I pray to Goddess, the epitome of women power, to give each and every woman of the earth the voice to express herself freely, the ability to protest and defend herself from the atrocities done to her and capacity to protect and care for her family to the the best of her abilities. A woman must realise her true worth and act accordingly to achieve her dreams.
Women, as a mother, sister, daughter, wife and of course as a friend, can make men respect and love them. If a boy from a young age, learns to put a woman in higher esteem, he’s gonna do so as an adult too. As we all know, a child is the father of a man! He will think twice before disrespecting a woman in any capacity. It’s indeed the prerogative of the mother to instill good moral principles in her children.
If in every household, a woman is respected and revered than the violence and humiliation afflicted to them will reduce drastically. She could learn to be free, to take her life decisions and fly high without any discrimination or interference and go on to live a happy life with their men, side by side.
Power to the woman doesn’t mean she should disregard her duties and responsibilities towards her family. Beacause she is the ultimate homemaker. With added perseverance and tact she has the potential to be as powerful as Goddess Durga, herself.
Vivekananda, the famous social reformer and saint, told us ages ago, that, only those nations who respect and give importance to women can only truly progress and prosper.
So friends in this auspicious day I wish more power to the women and they use it judiciously to maintain peace and harmony in the society they belong to. Happy living!
I convey my season’s greetings to you all.
Adieu for now.
Cover pic ctsy. – My daughter Riya, check out her arts on her Instagram: https://instagram.com/reflections_of_mind_?utm_medium=copy_link