April 17, 2016

Children’s Program Highlights:

Surya Ayalasomayajula – Chapter 18 Summary

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Chaitra Navratri/Ram Navami

Moti Aunty’s discourse

Aum comprises of three monosyllables ( ‘A’ + ‘U” + ‘M”) : They stand respectively for “Aacharan- our behavior, Uccharan – our speech/pronunciation and Manan – our contemplation). If these three are good then God manifests to us.
In Navratri we do devi puja. The symbolism of the eight hands of devi are the eight elements of material creation. The five gross elements of earth, air, fire, ether and water and then mind, intellect and ego.
The nine days of puja are to celebrate the nine forms of devi starting from a young girl to the glorious form. The names are:

  • Shailaputri
  • Brahmacharini
  • Chandraghanta
  • Kushmanda
  • Skandamata
  • Katyayini
  • Kaalratri
  • Maha Gauri
  • Sidhi datri
  • Devi was the killer of Madhu-Kaitabh who were demons. However the spiritual meaning of Madhu and kiatabh are respectively Madhu (honey-sweetness/pleasures of the world) and Kiatabh (thorns- the pains of the world)

    Ram Navami : In Ramcharit manas Tulsidaas says our heart should be saral (simple), character should be sabal (strong) as a result of which are mind will be safal (clear and successful).

    Kabir das praised the Nirakar (formless God). Surdas praised the sakaar (God with attributes). However Tulsidaas praised God in both forms. Tulsidaas says Ramayan is the bridge which helps us cross the oceans of pain, ignorance etc to walk towards God.

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