Sixth Night of Navratri (Goddess-celebration of Nine Nights in Hindu and Tantrik Traditions), night of Goddess Katyayani – “the One who cuts through”. She is the “awareness” that transforms our demons (anger, fear, grief, hate, jealousy, narcissism, etc..) and demi-gods (runaway desires, aspirations, and hopes that consume us) into dew-drops in the garden of our consciousness, so we can become whole.
“It is wonderful you demons came today.
You must come again tomorrow.
From time to time, we should converse.” ~ Milarepa
“Milarepa returned to his cave after gathering firewood, only to find it filled with demons. They were cooking his food, reading his books, sleeping in his bed. They had taken over the joint. He knew about the teaching of the nonduality between self and other, but he still didn’t quite know how to get these guys out of his cave. Even though he had the sense that they were a projection of his own mind- all the unwanted parts of himself- he didn’t know how to get rid of them.
So first he taught them the dharma. He sat on this seat that was higher than they were and said things to them about how we all are one. He talked about compassion and emptiness and other key Buddhist teachings. Nothing happened. The demons were still there. Then he lost his patience and got angry and ran at them. They just laughed at him. Finally he gave up and just sat down on the floor saying, “I’m not going away and it looks like you’re not either, so let’s just live here together.”
At that point, all of them left except one. Milarepa said “This one is particularly vicious.” (We all know that one. Sometimes we have lots of them like that. Sometimes we feel that’s all we’ve got.) He didn’t know what to do, so he surrendered himself even further. He walked over and put himself right into the mouth of the demon and said, “Just eat me up if you want to.” Then that demon left too. The moral of the story is, when the resistance is gone, so are the demons.” ~ Pema Chodron
“I’d rather be whole, than good.” ~ Carl Jung