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Divya Darshan Durga Puja Issue 2017
The nine days’ worship is divided into three days worship for each of the three goddesses
1. Kali, the goddess of strength for protection and valour.
2. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
3. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.

Three days are allotted to indicate the discipline and training to be practised at the three levels of personality namely physical, mental and intellectual to achieve the goal set for each type of worship. The nine days of spiritual discipline and training are only symbolical. In actual practice, the time required to achieve such discipline will run into many months if not a few years.

Vijayadashami
The tenth day, Vijayadashmi, is the day of victory, representing the day of enlightenment when all vasanas are destroyed and the knowledge of the Self has dawned in the individual.

The individual is said to have attained God-realisation. The triumph of having moved from the ignorant state of JIVAHOOD (embodied soul) to the enlightened state of SHIVAHOOD. This day marks the triumph of spirit over matter, of victory of divine qualities over evil qualities, of the removal of ignorance by the light of wisdom and knowledge.The victory of Durga is the triumph of the aggressive good over evil, the destruction of vasanas / subtle impressions, desires, and the realisation of the divine Self.
In modern language, Saraswati represents pure science and Lakshmi represents applied science. Thus Lakshmi flows from Saraswati. First comes the worship of Saraswati through scientific research and then acquisition, assimilation and distribution of knowledge.

This is followed by the worship of Lakshmi through the application of knowledge in all fields of human development and welfare.
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Divya Darshan Guru Purnima Issue 2017.

SAB DHARTI KAGAZ KARU, LEKHAN BAN RAYESATH

SAB MUNDRA KI MASI KARU GURU GUN LIKHA NA JAYE.

Meaning:

“Even if the whole earth is transformed into paper with all the big trees made into pens and if the entire water in the seven oceans are transformed into writing ink, even then the glories of the Guru cannot be written. So much is the greatness of the Guru.

”न गुरोरधिकं तत्त्वं न गुरोरधिकं तपः । तत्त्वज्ञानात् परं नास्ति तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥

NA GURORADHIKAM TATTVAM NA GURORADHIKAM TAPAH TATTVAJNYAANAAT PARAM NAASTI TASMAI SHRI GURAVE NAMAH

|| Salutations to the Guru, Neither is there any notion Beyond the Guru, Nor is there any Austerity Higher than the Guru, there is nothing beyond self knowledge which teaches Guru.Guru means a teacher, master, mentor etc. “Gu” means the dark and “Ru” means preventing.

Thus the literary meaning of “Guru” is preventing the dark. It means showing the path which leads to the light.Shri Lalita Sahastra Naam Archana on Guru Purnima day(link this title to Guru Purnima Program,  HHS Annual Guru Poojan v3.3-final)Goddess Maa Tripura Sundari – “Beautiful (Goddess) of the Three Cities) or Maha-Tripurasundari (Great Beautiful (Goddess) of the Three Cities) who is also known as Shodashi, Shree Vidhya, Lalita and Rajarajeswari (Queen of Queens-Supreme Ruler) is depicted as a sixteen year old Goddess having extreme beauty as well as Powers of arousing the senses, possessing 16 type of desires, enhancing the intellectual and emotional aspects in the three worlds of Aakash, Paatal and Dharti. The name Shodashi is associated to her since she is sixteen years old and remains the same as well as she also possesses Sixteen Supernatural Powers.

She is considered as one of the most important Das Mahavidhyas and as per Ancient Vedic Texts, all other Mahavidhyas converse in her vidhya that is Shree Vidhya. Her consort is Maha Kameswar Shiva and she is considered to be highest aspect of Goddess Adi Shakti. Benefits of Maa Tripur Sundari Puja :• This puja bestows Beauty, Good Fortune, Wealth and all the worldly pleasures.•

An all round Financial Prosperity and Stability• An increased Business as well as Name & Fame• This puja is highly beneficial in instances of Delay in Marriage• For getting a right Life Partner• A Blissful Marital Life• The adverse results of planet Mercury are nullified by this puja as per Ancient Vedic Texts.• Infertility (problem in conceiving child).• Disharmony between couple and DivorceRead more about Aadi Shakti Lalitambika.

Divya Darshan Guru Purnima Issue 2017

January – April 2014 Saraswati Puja Issue

Salutations to the Supreme Goddess Saraswati, whose face is fair as a jasmine flower, luminescent like the moon and delicate as a snow flake; who is dressed in brilliant white (shubhra-) garments (vastraa-). She holds the musical instrument (vina-) in her hands to bestow boons (varada.nda-) to her disciples as she sits on her white (shveta-) lotus (padma-) throne (aasana-). She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattva Guna or purity and discrimination.

Read more about Saraswati Puja  and other interesting articles January – April 2014 Saraswati Puja Issue

April – July 2014 Guru Purnima Issue

Sab Dharti Kagaz Karu, Lekhan Ban Raye
Sath Samundra Ki Mas Karu Guru Gun Likha Na Jaye

This beautiful doha (couplet) is by the great saint Kabir.

The meaning of this doha is

“Even if the whole earth is transformed into paper with all the big trees made into pens and if the entire water in the seven oceans are transformed into writing ink, even then the glories of the Guru cannot be written. So much is the greatness of the Guru.”

Guru means a teacher, master, mentor etc. “Gu” means the dark and “Ru” means preventing. Thus the literary meaning of “Guru” is preventing the dark. It means showing the path which leads to the light.

Therefore, Kabir again, expresses his feelings for Guru as follows:

Guru Govind donou khade, kake lagav paay
Balihari guru apne, jin Govind diyo dikhay

And meaning of this doha is

“Guru and Govind (God) stand together, to whose feet should Ibow. I will bow to my Guru as he guided the way to reach the Govind (God)”.

Read more April – July 2014 Guru purnima issue

February – April 2013 Saraswati Puja Issue

Salutations to the Supreme Goddess Saraswati, whose face is fair as a jasmine flower, luminescent like the moon and delicate as a snow flake; who is dressed in brilliant white (shubhra-) garments (vastraa-). She holds the musical instrument (vina-) in her hands to bestow boons (varada.nda-) to her disciples as she sits on her white (shveta-) lotus (padma-) throne (aasana-). She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattva Guna or purity and discrimination.

Read more about Saraswati Puja  and other interesting articles February 2013 – April 2013 Saraswati Puja Issue

November 2012 -January 2013 Deepawali Issue

The Lord is knowledge (Chaitanya), who is the source and illuminator of all knowledge Light removes darkness, just as knowledge removes ignorance.  The ghee in the lamp symbolizes our vasanas or negative thoughts and the wick, the ego.  When lit by spiritual knowledge, like the wick our negative thoughts get burnt away slowly and our ego perishes too.  The flame of a diya always burns upwards, signifiying that we should acquire knowledge that takes us towards higher ideals.

When lighting the diya, we pray:

Shubham karoti kalyanam, Arogyam Dhana Sampadah
Shatru Budhi Vinashay, Dipa Jyotir Namostute.

 

Let us all fill our lives with knowledge and wisdom, and just as the diya gives light to many more diyas, may we also share our knowledge and wisdom with each other.
Deepavali is a festival of joy, lights, color, and indulgence. The festival is celebrated to mark the homecoming of Shri Ram to His kingdom, Ayodhya. It marks the victory of Shri Ram over Ravan and signifies the triumph of good over evil.  Diwali or Deepavali also means an arrangement of diyas or lamps. ‘Deepa’ means deep, diya or lamp and ‘vali’ means an array or arrangement.
Read more about Deepawali and other interesting articles November 2012 – January 2013 Deepawali Issue

July-October 2012 Durga Puja Issue

The nine days’ worship is divided into three days worship for each of the three goddesses

1. Kali, the goddess of strength for protection and valour.

2. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

3. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.

Three days are allotted to indicate the discipline and training to be practised at the three levels of personality namely physical, mental and intellectual to achieve the goal set for each type of worship. The nine days of spiritual discipline and training are only symbolical. In actual practice, the time required to achieve such discipline will run into many months if not a few years.

Vijayadashami

The tenth day, Vijayadashmi, is the day of victory, representing the day of enlightenment when all vasanas are destroyed and the knowledge of the Self has dawned in the individual. The individual is said to have attained God-realisation. The triumph of having moved from the ignorant state of JIVAHOOD (embodied soul) to the enlightened state of SHIVAHOOD. This day marks the triumph of spirit over matter, of victory of divine qualities over evil qualities, of the removal of ignorance by the light of wisdom and knowledge.The victory of Durga is the triumph of the aggressive good over evil, the destruction of vasanas / subtle impressions, desires, and the realisation of the divine Self.

In modern language, Saraswati represents pure science and Lakshmi represents applied science. Thus Lakshmi flows from Saraswati. First comes the worship of Saraswati through scientific research and then acquisition, assimilation and distribution of knowledge. This is followed by the worship of Lakshmi through the application of knowledge in all fields of human development and welfare.

Read more July-October 2012 Durga Puja Issue

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