Grab a Goddess and Go!

I stumbled upon a great article in Yoga Journal Magazine today called Superpowered: Summon the spirit to make positive change by calling on Durga, warrior Goddess of Strength and Protection. Oddly enough, last night after watching Djengo Unchained, I told my husband that I wish I could find a strong female heroine to help inspire me and to guide my actions. I wanted someone to look up to and emulate. Then, boom! this article ends up in my mailbox today. Thank you Law of Attraction!

Goddess power is a real thing. I am not Christian so I remain open to all sources of inspiration and guidance that resonate with me, but for those of you who are worried about connecting with a “goddess”, never fear! We are not talking about worship, what we are talking about is accessing the archetypal qualities of these sacred feminine deities. I like the way the author in the article puts it,

“you may wonder why, as a contemporary yogi, you’d find it worthwhile to invite the energy of mythic beings into your meditation practice. The short answer is that these archetypal energies are catalysts. Meditating on deities like Durga, Hanuman, Shiva and Lakshmi can call forth specific powers and qualities within you. These sacred powers come to you from beyond our limited ego and can help you meet challenges, open your heart, and transcend the ordinary…Goddesses are especially potent, since they personify Shakti, the subtle feminine force that enlivens the world, often considered the power behind spiritual growth. So practicing with the stories and mantras of one f these scared figures can literally invite transformative energies into your life.” – Sally Kempton

If this intrigues you I encourage you to checkout this article as well: Goddess Power. If Durga feels like she might help you too I encourage you to read about her and try this meditation with me. I plan on giving it a shot this week! Namaste and good luck fellow Goddesses!

CALL ON DURGA

Try this practice when you want to channel the fierce, protective energy of the goddess.

1. Sit in a quiet place with a journal and something to write with.

2. Become aware of the Durga Shakti as a shimmering presence around you. You can visualize her seated on her lion (though sometimes she rides a tiger – see which animal feels right to you!). Her dark hair streams over her shoulders. She wears a golden crown, a scarlet silk sari, and golden necklaces, rings and bracelets. See her magnificent arms, strong and bristling with weapons: bow, sword, trident, mace, discus. See also the lotus she carries.

3. Offer your salutations to her. Ask her, “What is the major inner obstacle I have to face now? What do I need to let go of? What should I be paying more attention to?” Or, ask her for guidance in a decision or for the strength to stand up for something you know is right. Close your eyes and ask the question in your heart.

4. Begin to write. Let the writing come naturally, without thought. Keep writing until you feel there is no more to say. Look over what you have written.

5. Offer the obstacles to Durga, saying, “I offer this to the Durga Shakti, asking that your grace dissolve all obstacles, inner and outer.” Now, with an inhalation, feel that you breathe in the goddess’s energy. Exhaling, feel that you breath it through your body and into the world. When you come out of meditation, see if you can move with the feeling that you are walking or moving with the power of the Durga energy. Walk with the sense that Durga is walking. Speak with the sense that Durga’s power comes through your words. Notice how you feel when you let yourself be filled by the energy of Durga.

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2 responses to “Grab a Goddess and Go!

  1. A Tale of Two Demons
    – Sally Kempton, Yoga Journal Article

    Shumbha and Nishumbha were demon brothers who worked hard to earn a boon (or benefit) from their cosmic grandfather, Brahma. The boon made them unconquerable by men or gods, but Brahma is clever and he was careful to make sure the boon contained a loophole. It saidnothing about the brothers being unconquerable by a goddess.
    The two demons soon became masters of the Universe. They overthrew the gods from the celestial palaces and enslaved the inhabitants of Earth. The gods were reduced to hiding in caves, and there they began planning their revenge. Finally, a sage alerted them to the loophole. Shumbha and Nishumbha could not be defeated by anyone male, but they might be vulnerable to a female warrior. So the gods travelled to the mountain of Durga’s hidden dwelling to ask her for help.
    The gods called out to Durga with prayers and hymns of praise. She soon emerged out of the clouds, clothed in robes whose colors shift and slip, revealing and concealing the beauty of her breasts and the curve of her belly. An erotic perfume surrounds her. She rides a lion.
    In a voice like the low rumble of distant thunder she agrees to intervene and restore balance. She magically transported herself to the demon kings’ garden. Flowers drip from her fingers, and clouds form and dissolve in her hair. She is beauty personified, allurement clothed in form, enchantment itself.
    Within moments the demon kings have come to their windows to gaze upon her. Connoisseurs of feminine beauty they, of course, want her in their harem. When the palace majordomo brings the demons’ proposal to Durga she smiles coyly and says, “There is just one difficulty..In my girlhood, I took a silly vow that I would only marry a man strong enough to defeat me in battle. You know how girls are – full of fantasy and romantic notions. But a vow is a vow. If your masters really want me, they’ll have to fight with me.”
    “But no one has ever defeated my masters!” said the majordomo. “you must be mad or suicidal!”
    “Nonetheless, that is my condition.” Durga said, giving him such a languorous look that the majordomo feels a stirring of lust in every inch of his body. “And if your masters are afraid to do battle, I am happy to take on their army.”
    Which she did. In an intense battle, she defeated battalion after battalion. At one point, a host of goddesses emerge from her body, including the fearsome Kali. Together, the goddesses destroyed the entire demon army, leaving only the brothers.
    As Shumbha advanced on Durga he shouted, “You said that you would fight my army single-handed! You had helpers. Your challenge is forfeit.”
    “Not so” roared the Goddess, ” These goddesses are parts of myself.” The other goddesses melted back into her form, leaving just Durga, shining with an almost blinding light.
    The goddess’s eight-armed form swells until it fills the sky. Twirling her great sword like a baton in one hand and her axes, maces, spears and crossbows in the others, she flew through the are and slayed the demon kings.
    “Ma,” says Shumbha with his dying breath, and then a smile spread over his face as the ecstasy of the goddess fills his being. In that instant , both demons are transfigured, dissolving into Durga’s body and dying into the mystery. When the ego dissolves, even the most demonic soul comes home, back to the heart of the mother. Durga returned to her mountain home, promising to return when there is a need for her help.

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