धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat

The Fifth Navratra- Symbolism

By Aparna Sharma

The Fifth Navartara is to honour the Sister. Whether older or younger, a sister is the first friend you would have, your first Confidante in life, your first experience of innocent love. Did you know that the female deity Subhadra in the Triad at Puri is the younger sister of Lord Jaganaatha?

The Fifth Navaratra is also the second day of Maha Lakshmi. Ma Lakshmi is the manifestation of Ichchaa Shakti, the energy of desire or will. This is the period when all our higher desires will receive support. Nisargadatta Maharaj has said – “The higher your aims and vaster your desires, the more energy you will have for their fulfilment. Desire the good of all and the universe will work with you.”

Ma Skandmata, mother of Skanda(also known as the Chieftain of the Gods Kartikeya), is the Durga for this day. She represents self -love, courage and compassion. Remember without self-love the other qualities cannot manifest. You cannot give what you do not have!

Ma Skandmata is the Goddess of the Vishuddhi Chakra or the throat centre. The name of the Chakra is derived from this particular function. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind. This Chakra is the centre for higher creativity. Ether or Space or Akaash is the element of this chakra which suggests this space should be filled with energy. The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. The suppression of energy at this centre causes diseases like Thyroid.
The related mantra is HAM and the divinity of the Vishuddhi Chakra is Brahma, the Creator, the symbol of Consciousness. In this Chakra our consciousness reaches the fifth level. , 

A person with a vibrant Vishuddhi Chakra is likely to be more prone to decadent behaviour and needs to be vigilant. Revisiting your priorities as you sit down to meditate is a good way to remain on track. Discover your true voice in the meditative silence. Blow the conch, ring the bell, beat the drum, dance the garbha, sing a bhajan, chant a mantra, recite a poem, narrate a story or only listen to these…whatever works for you to feel at ease and ensure that the upward movement of the energy continues.

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