Dancing With Love…

I don’t follow a religion as such, but I wouldn’t say I’m not spiritual. I do follow a spiritual path… it is just unlike the religions of the world in that we don’t have rituals and customs or traditions that we follow.

It is kind of a universal type path, the teachings of which come from all holy texts (not just one) and from all the great saints of the past.

One Light, Many LampsPersonally I believe in all Gods, I go to Hindu Temples, Buddhist Temples, Churches and I’d even venture off into a mosque if they’d allow women… For me it’s all ONE. Many Lamps, One Light.

My heritage is Indian- Gujarati, so more often than not, it is the Indian traditions and festivals that I get to be a part of.

Last night was the first night of Navaratri- Nine Nights of Worship of Shakti (Power). During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

Durga MaaNavaratri represents celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Shakti [Energy or Power] in the form of a Deity. Navaratri is actually celebrated four times a year. This navaratri during September/October is known as Maha Navratri (Big navaratri)

The nine deities of power (Durga Maa- the Invincible) are:

Bhadrakāli Maa– the auspicious and fortunate form of Kali (Primeval Force of the Universe)

Amba Maa– Mother of the Universe

Annapurna Maa– Goddess of Nourishment

Sarvamangala Maa– Giver of Joy

Bhairavi Maa– Fierce & Terrifying Aspect of Devi, Virtually indistinguishable from Kali

Chandi Maa– the Supreme Reality who is a combination of Maha Kali (Primeval Force of the Universe), Maha Lakshmi (Wealth) and Maha Saraswati(Wisdom)

Lalita Maa– the Extremely Merciful who leads a Devotee to Liberation

Bhavani Maa– Giver of Life

Mookambika Maa– <if you have info about this one, please let me know!>

For the 1st three days of Navratri:

The goddess is separated as a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our impurities.

For the 2nd three days of Navratri:

The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth.

For the final three days of Navratri:

We worship the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.

In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship.

But this not at all what my post is really about. (lol)

GarbaIt is a very Guajarati thing to dance the devotional dance called Garba during navaratri- basically we dance in a circular formation around an idol of one of the forms of Durga Maa.

The dance itself never seems to be perfect yet it is perfect in so many ways that are beyond our perceptions.

The circles of people moving to the same beat are all in flow- no resistance. You can never tell where or how 1 circle has flowed into another; it is as though it was simply meant to go as it does…. Yet people are consciously creating the circles.

And so it is in life. There are those that take action and create what they want… and there are others that simply follow the flow of the people around them.

There are people that dance with the beat and others are slightly off beat… In rhythm or out of rhythm… and many that simply watch… Age has no place. Young or Old, it doesn’t matter when it comes to God, Devotion, Love.

Some are 100% present, completely in the moment, showing up as who they are, completely… and others that are only half heartedly there…

There are those that leave early and those that choose to stay to the very end…

You never know which circle (season) you are going to be in and when… I think that if you’re dancing with love it won’t matter- you’ll be where you’re meant to be at exactly the right time…

Are you dancing the dance that is your life with Love?

(you wont believe the images that come up when you google images “dance of love” ; ) lol)



(Photo’s courtsey: Pic 1- jentytharian.blogspot.com ; Pic 2- india-forums.com ; Pic 3- sangita.rohan.org.uk )


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amusperspective
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 22:24:37

    Hey there! I just stumbled across your site through a comment you left on today’s freshly pressed post on education. I wanted to say that I found what you said really inspiring and to thank you for that insight. It was definitely a fresh way of looking at the world for me, 🙂

    Also, they DO let women into mosques in pretty much any country, with the exception of horrible countries like Saudi Arabia. If you live in America, I don’t know that there’s such a thing as a men’s only mosque here. Just wanted to clarify that.

    Take care, and keep being spiritual 🙂


    • Shil Rani
      Oct 12, 2011 @ 10:50:05

      Wow! Glad i have inspired!

      Here in South Africa I haven’t ever heard of women going to the mosque…. I might be wrong, but I dont think that we are allowed. (they have allowed girl children to go in but not women….)

      Thanks 🙂 You too take care! And I think I will never cease being spiritual, it is what I am… a spirit!


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