13th April 2021 is a significant date in the Hindu calendar. It marks the onset of the Hindu New Year in many parts of the country and also heralds the onset of Chaitra Navratri. Let us understand the significance of these nine days. It is said that this divine window opens up a unique opportunity to detoxify, rectify imbalances, recalibrate and realign the harmony of our body through cleansing techniques that help one tap into the vital, abundant spiritual energy available all around.
All of us and everything around us is nothing but a manifestation of energy in different forms. Be it an earthworm or a human, any element of the nature or an object – a common denominator to all that we see and experience around us vibrates through this single unit called energy.
Out of all life forms on earth, only the human form has the privilege of consciously connecting with the Universal creative energies; thereby elevating life physically, mentally and emotionally.
With an awareness of the functioning of this Energy system, one can optimally unveil the innate potential and use it righteously.
The process to do so is called Sadhana.
All the festivals in the Indian lunar calendar are such moments when the interplanetary configurations are exceptionally surcharged with divine energies and vibrations, which can be accessed and assimilated by the individual human consciousness. Sadhana is the name given to those practices that help us get connected and aligned with the higher frequencies of Universal energy
A great opportunity to realign awaits us, the beginning of the Chaitra Navratri parva. Our sages had found through their seer vision that this is a special window of 9 days that appears twice a year (Chaitra & Ashwin) when the Universal energies shift and recalibrate. A little sadhana and disciplined lifestyle during these 9 days can be very useful to revamp the whole life system.
According to the Vedic scriptures, this nine-day period generates a tidal wave in the physical life force, which nullifies and expels the toxic elements that get accumulated in the body during the preceding six months on account of irregularities in food and lifestyle. Routine bodily imbalances like fever, cough, cold, etc. should be considered a natural symptom of this elimination process. Similarly, there is an enhanced flow of vital spiritual energy all around during the Navaratri period. Let us be mindful of this and optimize the opportunity.
The nine days of the Navaratri Parva (heralding the change of season) is believed to be the time surcharged with vibrations of divine energies. During this auspicious confluence of seasons, the subtle nature undergoes great changes. Navaratri symbolizes nine doors or sense organs, situated in the Ayodhya of the human body. Hence, it is recommended that through anusthana or ‘cleansing techniques’ one must reflect on all the doors (one door each night) with the objective of awakening the divine potencies latent in them. This is the main purpose of Navratri sadhana.
CHAITRA NAVRATRI SADHANA TECHNIQUES
All or any of the following can be adopted with consistency for all the nine days:
Chant Gayatri mahamantra or any other ishta mantra (minimum 3 rosaries)
Observe fasting by skipping one meal a day. This will help the system to recalibrate, remove unwanted accumulated toxins & save energy
Watch your thoughts & deeds
Speak less, observe more
Study some inspiring literature and take notes for personal upliftment
Seva, Sankeertan or Satsang – incorporate at least on every day consciously
As Pause n Learn family we could all sign up to following at least one of the above on each of the nine days.
Let us also try and join for Special Online Navratri webinars on ISHA VASYA UPANISHAD through zoom.us for one hour satsang every day: 6:00 AM IST
Some suggestions for good read (swadhyay)
God lived with them by Swami Chetananand
My Journey by APJ Abdul Kalam
Srimad Bhagwad Geeta
Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle