Message from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda — Vijaya Dashami, the Day of Victory 2017
Loving and Divine One,
Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you and send my best wishes on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, the Day of Victory, which falls on September 30 this year. It is the end of nine days of worshiping the Divine Mother.
We need strength and ability. In Sanskrit this is called shakti.
A helpless baby on a mother's lap gradually becomes strong and capable. A person's strength and capability rest on the foundation laid by a loving mother. Mother's milk and appropriate food at different stages of growth are administered by caring and compassionate mothers. In addition, mothers convey their words into the mouths of children so they can speak and communicate.
All our expertise and excellence is developed by teachers from primary school to the university. The teachings and guidance of spiritual teachers can also be perceived as a loving, motherly nature present in such personalities. Patience and perseverance for inculcating values and virtues in others is the grace of the Mother.
Our hearts and minds can be opened by the impact of Mother Nature's presence. The change of seasons, the colorful sky, the sunrise and sunset, the twinkling stars and the beaming moon, butterflies playing with flowers, rainbows, towering mountains, a lush green forest, and murmuring tributaries can all make our minds and hearts throb with new creative spirit. Above all, prayer, places of worship, and seeking divine grace and forgiveness all are ways to worship the Divine Mother (shakti upasana) as the source of strength, energy, and power. When we develop strength and power, ability and creativity, what is the result? Do we create motherly love, kindness, compassion, and service, or are we overpowered with ego, pride, and arrogance?
Those who have accepted the spiritual path have achieved success. Let us understand it a little more. The word shakti (strength and power) is derived from the root verb shak, which means "to be able," "to be competent," "to have power," "to be powerful," "to bear and endure," "to learn," and "to give." Thus shakti (strength) not only implies competence and power, it is associated with our ability to learn and give. Our strength, power, creativity, or capability in any field must be associated with giving and sharing. While ordinary people with a little power or strength do not hesitate to display it, or torture and exploit, a truly powerful person is always eager to share and care.
The first group of people described in the Vedic literature is the asuras (demonic people), and the second group is called the devas (divine ones). The Divine Mother destroys asuras and protects devas. We all have both these qualities within us. We should try to eliminate ego, anger, pride, selfishness, greed, and possessiveness, and we should cultivate kindness, compassion, love, purity, and perfection in our minds and hearts, in our lives and activities.
On the occasion of the Day of Victory, let us try to overcome weakness in our bodies, minds, hearts, and lives, and cultivate strength during our every step of life. Let us be worthy children of the Divine Mother who live to love and serve.
I seek the blessings of the Divine Mother for the entire creation so that peace and prosperity will be prevalent everywhere.