Goddess Durga Eradicating Evil,  Truth Consciousness


 
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ATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI
© 2004 TRUTH CONSCIOUSNESS

WE DO ARADHANA TO THE DEVI, INVOCATION TO THE GODDESS, SO THAT SHE
AWAKENS IN US, SO THAT OUR EVIL AND DEFICIENCIES CAN BE TRANSCENDED.
SHE GIVES US VICTORY, NOT DOMINATION OVER OTHERS BUT VICTORY THAT
WILL MAKE US VIRTUOUS AND STRONG TO OVERCOME OUR WEAKNESSES.

 


S OME UNDERSTAND DIVINE MOTHER as the Goddess or personal Consort of God; some others as shakti, the energy, the strength of God—not that both are different. One is with form and the other is, as if, without form. But both are the same because Divine Mother with form is also the embodiment of shakti, without which nothing could exist. Shakti is the power aspect of God that creates, maintains and transforms. In all these three aspects, Divine Mother is not only required but without Her nothing would be possible as far as the creation is concerned.

      When the Almighty Supreme wills to create or manifest phenomena, maya, then the aspect of Divine Mother is needed. She is not separate from the Almighty. Within the Truth, within the Spirit, within the Absolute is this inherent potential of energy. That manifests. Dynamically shakti projects from Him or It, as you might put it, because before shakti is created or manifested, there is no “He.” “He” is only relative to “She.” Sometimes therefore in Vedanta the Supreme is called It or Tat—That. From the theological and grammatical point of view, if we say that before creation God existed alone, “Himself” has to have “Herself”—the energy or some counter-aspect, which is shakti. It is hard to put this into language.

 



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