Tomorrow marks the beginning Navratri – The Great Nine nights of Goddess!
If you happen to live around the Tropic of Cancer you might observe exquisiteness of autumn’s colors. This radiant beauty does not hide the facts that nature is dying and amount of sunshine is shortening day by day.
In India, The Tropic of Cancer passes through its middle, i.e. through the states of Gujarat, Central State and Bengal and is here the navratri (nine nights) is celebrated most deeply. Like death and dying, autumn is the season of transformation and to pay respect to Mother Earth in the form Great Goddess. These nine nights are dedicated in remembering the purpose of why we are here. What is the nature of suffering and how do we transform it? Suffering (Skt. Dukha) is not an illness. We cannot go to a herbalist or a pharmacy and get a herb or pill to get rid of suffering. We can escape from it for a while by numbing your mind but cannot purge it. The only way to get rid of suffering is by transforming it, or as Rumi says, by residing in the field which is out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing.
“Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is the dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere.” – Joseph Campbell
May all beings be happy!