Entries by Brandy Williams

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Navaratri Day 10: The Journey Continues

Behold, the devi is leaving! The mountain daughter returns to her journey. Durga absorbs her avatars: Shailaputri and Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta and Kushmanda, Skandamata and Katyayani, Kaalaratri and Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, all return to the great mother as rivers to the sea. Maha Durga, you are the creator and the destroyer. You are the play of […]

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Navaratri Day 8: Purification

After the violence of battle and the finality of victory there is peace. Skin soaked with blood Mahagauri goes to the river to wash herself clean. She emerges covered with water drops sparkling in the brilliant sunlight. Mahagauri come to us on your white bull, wash away our transgressions and regrets, bring us the knowledge […]

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Navaratri Day 5: The Warrior

The lion mount carries the goddess gently. Other fierce devis bear sword, mace and noose but the weapon Skandamata brings is her son, Skanda, Murrugan, Kartikeya, his six heads spreading like a peacock’s tail. He was born to slay the invincible demon who turned the world from the way of balance. The gods could not […]

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Navaratri Day 3: Power

She comes on a tiger, brilliant as the moon, Chandraghanta, radiant with rage, sounding the terrible roar of her bell. Each ring destroys the thoughts that obsess us the fears that possess us the pains that oppress us, they flash and are gone. Only peace remains, radiant as the moon. Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah.

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Navaratri Day 2: The Guide

She comes quietly, serene in her focus, Charini, the female practitioner, Bramani, devoted to the knowledge of the cosmos, counting the beads, fixed on meditation, bearing the holy water which nourishes the world, the sacred amrita that sustains the tantrika. Brahmacharini guide us, lead us to the knowledge that frees us, grant us a sip […]