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Navratri – Aho Niranjana!


Navratri Ah!
Never ever i had such fascination of this festival, till i entered my eigth standard in high school.
I remember the first time i ever entered the “Garba” Zone 😉
I had never danced before, but choose to do so, just because some of my friends just pushed me onto it.
Within a couple of days, i found a fascinating thing.. Gosh! i love dancing 😉
I got so engrossed in learning each step.. that soon, i would wait to go on the dance floor 😛
With a wide variety of urban styles.. Garba seemed way lot cooler to me 🙂
So did i participate and continued to be amused by Garba 🙂
So till i did my YES!+, Navratri was equal to Garba 🙂 My bad!

I did my YES!+ in 2007, April.
and the same year though Navratri was held in Ashram, i wasnt quite made aware of its Grandeur, Magnifience and Importance!
How on earth, would then i go?
2008, Lucky me.. my mentors Shilpa Didi and Rohit Bhaiya and whole lot of cooler guys just said, that its going to be the best time and having attended the Mahashivratri at Surat earlier that year and the fact that Master was going to be there.. there was not even a little doubt that celebration would not be there 😀

I hopped in for this offer!
I enter the Ashram second time, this time for Navratri Celebrations and wow!
Ashram is THE THE place to see during this festival!

Vikram Bhaiya was saying once in a concert, there are two times, Mahashivratri and Navratri- when you can resolve to do something better and which is the time of Your Consciousness rising above all to Truth through all the Chantings and the Celebration!
Chetna Jagrut karti hai yeh Utsav.

Okay a Brief!
Navratri comprises of nine days:
First 3 day are Tamas days – its best to meditate during these days to remove this Tamas. Advance Course is perfectly kept by Guruji during this time of Navratri! Best time to invest in meditation and meditate a lot!
Next 3 day Rajas : Includes the last day of Advance course ends up in celebration! and usually the start of the Homas.
Last 3 day Sattvic : Homas continue over these days.

Homa:
Navratri is traditionally celebrated in honor of Devi, the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother is a form of energy, a manifestation of the Divine itself. Therefore, sometimes, the form taken by this Divine may be that of Ganesha, Chandi (Devi), Vishnu or Shiva. Each day of Navratri we honor specific qualities of divinity with different homas and with different intentions.

Sri Maha Ganapati Homa:

This homa is offered to that aspect of divinity which removes all obstacles to our growth and success. It is for clearing all impediments and attracting auspiciousness in our lives. Ganapati Homa is done before the start of any new project or venture.

Navgraha Homa:

Everything in creation is connected, and the all the various spheres in the universe mutually affect each other. Everything influences everything else. This homa is done to honor these influences; to reduce negative influences that enter our lives; and to increase positive influences.

Sri Maha Rudra Homa:

We invite all auspiciousness into our lives. This is one of the most ancient homas from the text of the Vedas. It is done to transform stagnancy and for overall prosperity, health, happiness, success and removal of obstructions. It is offered to the one who removes misery.

Sri Maha Sudarshan Homa:

This homa is offered to the sustainer of life, which blesses us with the right vision. It is to remove ignorance and usher in a new life overflowing with knowledge. It is especially for removing confusion and mental blocks and giving clarity. Chanting of Vishnu Sahasranama: Sahasranaam literally means “the thousand names”. This chanting is done for bringing success in life. It is offered to honor the sustaining energy in creation.

Guruji during Navratri 🙂

Sri Nava Chandi Homa:

The Chandi Homa marks the pinnacle of all the Navratri homas. It is performed to remove negative tendencies and obstacles to growth, both in ourselves and in the environment. Its purpose is also to increase strength, vigor and confidence. It is offered to that quality of Divinity that protects and us and nurtures creativity.

Rishi Homa:

This homa is done in gratitude to all the enlightened masters. It honors all the seers and sages of the past, present and future.

Yagya during Navratri

When many people get together and do something collectively, that is called ‘yagya’ or ‘yagna’. There are many types of ‘yagya’.

1. ‘Dravya Yagya’- In which a lot of substances are used. 108 types of different herbs, fruits etc are used.
2. ‘Gyaan Yagya’ – Discussing the knowledge.
3. ‘Japa Yagya’- Singing and chanting of mantras.

These bring purity, prosperity, peace and harmony to all. The whole environment becomes lively.
There are three types of miseries: one from outside world, other one from deep inside you, due to karma and the third one is due to the subtle mind.
So Navratri is that which gives you rest from all three types of miseries.
Mind works in action.
When you sleep, what happens? You get relief from the world, relief from the mind, and relief from everything.
That is why Navratri is called, the nine nights of complete self-referral activity.
Tenth day of the ‘yagya’ is the Victory Day, also known as ‘Dussera’.

NAVRATRI in ASHRAM is CELEBRATION of Life!
IT is the THE place to be on this PLANET during Navratri!

Navratri’s new definition is what i found.
It is Honoring the Goddess and Experiencing the Celebration within YOU!

Dont worry, ASHRAM is now not the only place to attend these Celebrations 😉
Now its happening in most parts of the country.

HOW Beautiful is each day of Navratri during the HOMAS..
Each day getting up, the sole target of mine is to reach the place where the Chantings would take place 🙂
Sitting comfortably with eyes closed and getting soaked, bathed in the Mantras!
Doing Nothing and reaping everything! How cooler can it get 😉

Mantras have a rejuvenating and a healing effect on the mind body and the consciousness.
And Every Homa has a meaning attached to it as explained earlier 🙂

The most important part is to meditate or just sit with eyes closed and let the Mantras do the work for you 🙂
With a close to an average of almost 2-3 hrs for every Homa. Whoa,Thats a whole lot to time.. 🙂 so make sure you have back rest on. If you require frequent breaks, please do avoid sitting in the middle 😉 Sit comfortably and at ease.

The experience of being feeling cleansed in the minds and feeling lighter is just a trailor of what you feel.. 🙂

I never missed the Navratri Celebrations thereafter.
Such a Celebration can only be experienced in presence of a Master, who can show you light in dark, who can show you peace in turmoil, who can show you stillness amidst the flow!

Only a Master can make you experience this true celebration!
You have to go to come to experience this!

You are invited to attend this Celebrations at Mumbai this year :
Venue : Bandra Reclamation Grounds, Nr Rangasharda Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai.
Dates : 28th Sept – 5th Oct. 2011.
for more details visit http://www.mumbainavratri.org

Heres the Schedule :

You are invited here on :

28th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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29th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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30th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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1st Oct,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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2 Oct, 2011 — MORNING
Ganapathi Homa — 9am – 1pm
Navgraha Homa — 9am – 1pm

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EVENING
Vaastu Shanti Homa — 5pm – 7pm

Lalitha Sahasranaam
Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm

Rudrabhishekam Puja
and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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3 Oct, 2011 — MORNING
Rudra Homa — 7am – 12:30pm

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EVENING
Sudarshan Homa — 5pm – 7pm

Lalitha Sahasranaam
Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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4 Oct, 2011 — MORNING

Chandi Homa — 7am – 1pm

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EVENING

Lalitha Sahasranaam — 6:30pm – 7pm
Chantings.
Satsang. — 7pm – 8:30pm.

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5th Oct, 2011 —
EVENING

Lalitha Sahasranaam — 6:30pm – 7pm
Chantings.

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Oh yeah this year Rishi Vidyadharji is gonna come to be there for the Navratri at Mumbai!

Rishi Vidyadharji 🙂


I would wait for your presence this year!
Please do come 🙂
It’s in west, so don’t let it go waste 😉

Love – Prayers – Blessings,
JaiGurudeva!
Swapnil 🙂

PS : a quick list :
a.Wear traditional clothes ( would be best if you can wear them )
b.Each day of the Homas it best to wear particular colored clothes – considered to have maximum effect of Homa chantings then. ( its alright, if you cannot get them )
c.Carry Water in case you are not accustomed to drinking water from outside. although water will be available there.
d. Prasadams will be there each day – You can say meals of course in the afternoon as well as evening on the day of homas and the chantings.
e.Carry Back rest since Homas are for longer duration.
f.Avoid sitting in middle in case you require frequent breaks.
g.Keep your phones on silent mode, most appreciated!
h.Listening to the Mantras is more important. So practise to just listen to them. Anyways you can’t make out of most of the mantras. and the Effect of the Homas will be best when you just listen to the mantra chanting.
i.This venue at Mumbai is pretty close to station. takes around 15 min walking to the venue.
Tough to say for any transport at the evening though. So be a little prepared, just in case, transport is not available.Make sure, you have pre decided all odds and made arrangements for a hassle free travel of yours. Please don’t complain. Be responsible and co-operate.

A glimpse of Ashram Navratri :


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Ref:
http://www.artofliving.org/navratri-celebrations-2011-live-webcasts
http://www.artofliving.org/navratri-celebrations-2011-significance-poojas
http://www.artofliving.org/navratri-celebrations-2011-faq
http://www.artofliving.org/navratri-celebrations-2011-homas
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AkVJJkpDktgtLfGT70Ggfw

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