Navratri is a time to gear yourself for no matter what life puts forth. Good, bad or ugly. There are crests and troughs in everyone’s ocean of life. Some times the happiness is short lived and of course the tough times last long. You should be prepared for the battles which life offers you with. Expected,unexpected,known and unknown and anticipated. It also takes a huge preparation to contain the happiness which life has to offer.
Finally you have to handle the situation dynamically and approach it with your presence of mind. But constantly keeping yourself prepared for ‘Life’ is no harm. It is making yourself equipped and ready. It makes you confident and you feel no guilt of not being thoughtful.
Life often catches you unarmed. But the meticulous preparedness can make you think wisely at the time when you need it the most.I am talking about physical,mental,emotional,financial and spiritual preparedness. Have you ever met a situation in life for which you were nearly prepared for? How did you feel then?
Navratri- 9 days of this festival point to this preparation of the selves. Preparation of your body for the next season(physiologically) which is winter. Nothing great is achieved without sacrifice. These 9 days people abstain from food without which living is not easy. The world is going ga-ga over the intermittent fasting.Indians have been following this practice of fasting under the name of religion.Trends change, beliefs change but the truth always remains strong and stands tall.
It is believed that Lord Vishnu has taken his 9 forms (Dasavataram) across various ages/yugas in order to establish the righteousness. He has appeared to save his devotees from their enemies. Human form of Indian God/Goddess reinforces the fact that the life of a human being is the same for all. There were numerous difficulties when Lord Shri Ram and Lord Shri Krishna lived as a human. And they too had to fight the demons. Their stories inspire us to give a big fight. Come what may!And the life -stories of various saints and legends are testimony to the fact that with great devotion towards Almighty, you can definitely surpass the difficulties with great ease.
It is thus said in ‘Manache Shlok’ by one of the saints that’Mana sajjana bhakti panthechi jave’.मना सज्जना भक्तिपंथेचि जावें!!Here,#RamdasSwami Shri Ramdas Swami asks the mind to get surrendered and subdued in the religion called ‘devotion’. I speak about the three reincarnations of Lord Vishnu today:-
Lord Shri Lakshmi Narsimhan- He is the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He took the form of Half lion – half man to save his Devotee Bhakt Prahlad from atrocities of self proclaimed God -his own father. He is the most fierce avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Shri Ramar:- He is the seventh reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. He stands for being highly ethical and for all the highest morales with which a human being should live by. His devotee Shri Hanuman is prayed for his devotion/pure bhakti for his Lord Rama.In the picture Shri Ramar is seen embracing Shri Hanuman. One such incidence In Ramayana when Hanumana was praised for his wit and strength by his Lord.
Lord Shri Krishna: He is the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is also known as Jagadguru- which means his preaching in the form of Bhagwad Geeta are for the entire world and is relevant to all the ages/yuga. He symbolizes the ultimate truth and the knowledge of the same. Radha and Meera are the two great devotees of Shri Krishna. Krishna is incomplete without Radha.
It is very clear from this that “God is omnipresent”. If we don’t see God then it is just because of our blurred internal vision.