Navaratri will be celebrated from the dates of September 25 to October 3 in 2014, and will culminate with Vijayadashami on October 3. These nine nights celebrate the Divine Feminine, and are a time of great festivity in India. Sadhguru looks at the significance of the festival and the many ways in which it is celebrated in India.

Sadhguru has also created a special sadhana for this period to help a devotee become more receptive to Devi’s grace.

Sadhguru: In the yogic culture, the summer solstice which falls in the month of June marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky, the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Similarly, the winter solstice which falls in the month of December marks the beginning of Uttarayana or the northern run of the Sun. The half of the year from the beginning of Uttarayana in December to the beginning of Dakshinayana in June is known as gnana pada. The other half of the year from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the sadhana pada.

The southern run is the phase of intimacy or the feminine. The earth is acting out her role as a woman. Festivals concerned with the feminine energy are celebrated only in these six months. The whole culture of this land was attuned to this. Every month, there is a festival of some kind.

In this feminine half of the year, September 23rd marks the autumnal equinox, and the first Amavasya or new moon after this is known as Mahalaya Amavasya. Mahalaya Amavasya is a special day dedicated to making an offering (shraadh) to express our gratitude to all the previous generations of people who have contributed to our life.

Mahalaya Amavasya is also the beginning of Devi’s time. The quarter from the Amavasya to the beginning of Uttarayana in December is known as the Devi pada. In this quarter, the northern hemisphere of the planet becomes “gentle” because it is the quarter where the northern hemisphere receives the least amount of sunlight in the year. So everything becomes subdued; it is not “on” in a big way.

Worship of the feminine

The day after Mahalaya Amavasya marks the first day of Navaratri and Dussehra, which is all about the goddess.

The nine days of Navaratri are classified as per the three basic qualities of tamas, rajas and sattva. The first three days are tamas, where the goddess is fierce, like Durga and Kali. The next three days are Lakshmi related – gentle but materially-oriented goddesses. The last three days are dedicated to Saraswati, which is sattva. It is related to knowledge and enlightenment.

To approach these nine days, and every other aspect of life in a celebratory way is most important.

Tamas means inertia. Rajas means activity, passion. Sattva, in a way, is the breaking of boundaries, dissolution, melting and merging. Among the three celestial objects with which the very making of our bodies is very deeply connected – the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon – Mother Earth is considered tamas. The Sun is rajas. The Moon is sattva.

Tamas is the nature of the Earth, and she is the one who gives birth. The gestation period that we spend in the womb is tamas. It is a state that is almost like hibernation, but we are growing. So tamas is the nature of the Earth and of your birth. The moment you come out, you start activity – rajas begins. And if you are aware enough or fortunate enough, sattva will touch you.

Those who aspire for power, for immortality, for strength, will worship those forms of the feminine which are referred to as tamas, like Kali or Mother Earth. Those who aspire for wealth, for passion, for life and various other gifts that the material world has to offer, naturally aspire towards that form of the feminine which is referred to as Lakshmi or the Sun. Those who aspire for knowledge, knowing, and transcending the limitations of the mortal body, will aspire for that aspect of the feminine which is referred to as sattva – Saraswati is the representative of that – or the Moon.

These nine days are arranged in this way because it is after all from the earth that we arise, and we could live an active life which is rajas – the second nature of the Devi. The third one may come your way or may not. If you have to bring her down into you, you have to strive. Otherwise she will not get down to you. Kali is on the ground. Lakshmi is sitting on a flower. Saraswati is riding a peacock.

To approach these nine days, and every other aspect of life in a celebratory way is most important. If you approach everything in a celebratory way, you learn to be non-serious about life but absolutely involved. The problem with most human beings right now is if they think something is important, they will become dead serious about it. If they think it is not so important, they will become lax about it – they don’t show the necessary involvement. The secret of life is in seeing everything with a non-serious eye but absolutely involved, like a game.

Celebrate Navaratri with us at the Isha Yoga Center from September 25 – October 3, 2014. Each day of Navaratri includes special abhishekams, poojas, Maha Aratis followed by classical dance, folk and music performances every night.

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Navaratri Sadhana

Celebrations at Linga Bhairavi ensure that everyone is able to make use of the support that nature offers. For those who wish to connect with Devi, Sadhguru has offered a simple but powerful Navaratri sadhana for all, to experience Devi’s Grace at home. The sadhana is to be practiced on each of the days starting from September 25 till October 3, by doing the following:

The sadhana can be done at any time of the day or night and can be done by all. There are no dietary restrictions, though it is preferable to have sattvic food as is customary during the festival. The sadhana can be done along with other traditional celebrations. For enquiries, contact info@lingabhairavi.org.

Linga Bhairavi Stuthi

These are the 33 auspicious names of Devi. When chanted with devotion, one becomes available to receive Her grace.

Jai Bhairavi Devi Gurubhyo Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Swayambho Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Swa dhārinī Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Mahā Kalyāni Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Mahā Bhadrāni Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Maheshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Nāgeshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Vishweshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Someshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Dukha Samhāri Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Hiranya Garbhini Namah Shri

Jai Bhairavi Devi Amrita Varshini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Bhakta Rakshini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Saubhāgya Dāyini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Sarva Janani Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Garbha Dāyini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Shoonya Vāsini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Mahā Nandini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Vāmeshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Karma Pālini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Yonīshwari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Linga Roopini Namah Shri

Jai Bhairavi Devi Shyāma Sundari Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Trinetrini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Sarva Mangali Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Mahā Yogini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Klesha Nāshini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Ugra Roopini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Divya Kāmini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Kāla Roopini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Trishoola Dhārini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Yaksha Kāmini Namah Shri
Jai Bhairavi Devi Mukti Dāyini Namah Shri

Aum Mahā Devi Linga Bhairavi Namah Shri
Aum Shri Shāmbhavi Linga Bhairavi Namah Shri
Aum Mahā Shakti Linga Bhairavi Namah Shri Namah Shri Namah Shri Devi Namah Shri





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  • PR

    Guruji – Is it 24th or 25th tht we should start the Sadana?

    • http://blog.ishafoundation.org Isha Blog Moderator

      Navaratri sadhana starts from September 25, continue the sadhana until October 3.

  • JV

    I don’t have a picture but I have the Linga Bhairavi lamp with her image on it. Is it okay to just do the sadhana infront of the lamp and make an offering.

    • http://blog.ishafoundation.org Isha Blog Moderator

      Yes, you can do the sadhana in front of the lamp or you can just take print of Devi photo from the lingabhairavi.org site also.

      • SS

        Could you please a provide a decent resolution photo of Devi for download, that we could take print of. The photos currently given are very small in size, not suitable for print. Thanks

  • Prasanna S

    Namaskaram.
    Is the same article posted in Tamil blog, if so please provide the link.

  • Christian

    There is a place where I can listen to the chant?

  • http://blog.ishafoundation.org Isha Blog Moderator

    You can recite Devi Stuthi out loud or chant silently, which ever way is convenient.

  • http://blog.ishafoundation.org Isha Blog Moderator

    There are no such restrictions to do the Navaratri Sadhana.

  • http://blog.ishafoundation.org Isha Blog Moderator

    No. Men also can do the Navaratri Sadhana.

  • Iswari S

    With this Navratri, let The Game begin.

  • Iswari S

    Temples at Isha and Linga Bhairavi forms(Gudi or Lamp or Yantra) are consecrated in a very powerful way called prana prathistha. Such energy structures and forms aren’t disturbed in any way, if a woman makes use of it during her menstrual cycle. On the other hand, other temples that aren’t consecrated through prana prathistha, tend to lose their vibrancy. That’s why, we were advised so by our elders. For more on this subject, you can read Sadhguru’s book “Mystic’s Musings”.
    Thus, for this Navratri Sadhana, this doesn’t matter and you can certainly go on with the process without a break. So, have a happy Navratri and a wonderful Dussehra!!!

  • Jinesh Parekh

    What can be made as an offer. Should it be prasadam or something else

    • Iswari S

      You can offer anything to Devi. And the best, of course, is yourself. According to me, ‘anything’ here is anything that you may wish for yourself. Isn’t that the best way to identify what one can offer Devi? You may offer her clothing(a saree), food (its wise to be satvic and thus, devoid of negative pranic stuff such as garlic, green chillies, onion, asafoetida and brinjal), flowers and everything else you wish to adorn her with (bangles, anklets, ear-rings). Sounds fanatic to some, but its got to be a great time with the Goddess. Just treat her this Dussehra. I heard that Bhairavi’s Grace can be enjoyed the most by offfering her: rice, green gram and sesame. You can also make a dish out of any of these and offer her as prasadham.I used to make one using all these three ingredients. Later, I learnt there are ways to bring together ingredients. So, I’m not sure if the recipe is right and worth-sharing. So, I would suggest you create a traditional recipe from each ingredient. For a Navratri, I identified “nava-dhanyas” and on each day, a prasadham was made out of one. Some ideas are mine and some were passed on by friends. Now, its time you triggerred your imagination and made it big and beautiful for Maa Devi Bhairavi…

      • Jinesh Parekh

        Thank you very much. I will definitely offer out of the 3 ingredients something special on dussera.

        Thanks once again and pranams.

  • MP

    Do I need to remember Stuthi or i can read n chant?

    • Iswari S

      You can read it from a ‘print’-copy or from a digital copy, until you get it memorized. What is most important is you chant it with utmost awareness. From my experience, the chant certainly brings intense awareness, as I start off. Yet, the best thing is to remember to do it the right way with absolute awareness, so you become one with Her.

  • Iswari S

    Sorry for the delayed reply. I hope you’re into the Navratri Sadhana. Even otherwise, I feel you can offer yourself to Devi in ways said above even now. Navratri isn’t over. And, of course, whenever possible in future. I mean Devi can be celebrated even after Navratri. So, no regrets, if any.
    What I told you will hold true, for your plan of using Devi’s picture. Simply put, if your cycle begins, just have a head bath every day, as you start your Sadhana. Hope you’re used to it on all days of the process. So, nothing notable really. What I learnt from Mystic’s Musings is that once a woman has a head-bath during such a time, her aura gets cleansed, and that’s enough. And, the use of a picture is the source of your another doubt. Once, I heard Sadhguru talk on a video about pictures and reverberations from them, which can actually be known by the use of Rudraksh-mala. Wish you get to see it once. Now, I’ll give you the gist of the matter. Pics of Sadhguru, Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi are sure to reverberate positive energy, which is very much as what one knows in their presence. So, you can go on with the process with Devi’s picture.
    Sadhguru says if you’re willing, the Existence answers. It has been very true for me, as many things I knew from Him. Just be willing, open and receptive, and you’ll be transported to the Lap of Grace. Effortlessly, things will unfurl. Jai Bhairavi Devi! Shambho’s Shambhavi will take care. I wish you His Grace and Her Boundless Love…