धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat

The First Navratra- Symbolism

By Aparna Sharma

13th April, 2021—and the beginning of the new lunar year– Samvatsara 2078, the day Lord Bhrama is said to have begun his creation. Add to that it is also the beginning of one of the four transformative periods of Navartaras we experience every year, this day is truly powerful.

The 1st Navaratra is to celebrate Dharti Ma, our mother Earth. She not only houses our bodies but teaches us the very essence of being a nurturer, providing for us all we need. The ancient seers gave us the ritual of khetri beejna to honour this sacredness by bringing soil in a container and making it a part of our puja-room and altar. We could make gardening or a meditation involving the Mooladhar chakra or any other way that honours our connection to the Mother Earth our unique way to celebrate this day.

The red colored first chakra, symbolizes the awakeing of the sleeping consciousness. Its corresponding mantra is LAM. The Muladhara Chakra forms the border between animal and human consciousness. It is linked to the unconscious mind, where our actions and experience from past lives are stored, and it, thus, contains the course of our future destiny. It’s positive attributes are vitality, vigour and growth and the negative ones are laziness, inertia, self-centredness and domination of  physical desires.

The first three navratras are dedicated to the Kriya Shakti Mahakali. The Navadurga form for this day called Ma Shailaputri represents faith and commitment.

Let this become the day we commit ourselves to creating a unique ritual that will support our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

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