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Diving Deep into the Devi Mahatmyam: Awakening the Goddess

Mondays

March 8, 2021 to April 12, 2021

6.00pm to 7.30pm PST

Instructor

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Swami Harinamananda

Session 1

Devi Mahatmyam as Spiritual Map

March 08, 2021, 6pm PST

Who is the Devi? How do we create a relationship with her? In this orientation to the Chandi, we use the three stories to create a spiritual map - a map of the soul’s journey from it’s cave of ignorance to ultimate union with the Divine.

Session 2

Tamas: What are the gunas?

March 15, 2021, 6pm PST

We will explore the stories of the noxious demons of tamasic inertia, Madhu and Kaitabha, and learn to recognize them within ourselves and in our lives. In them we find the qualities that bind the ego into the heaviness of depression, fear, and avoidance. We then learn how to invite Devi to destroy those demons and set us free.

Session 3

Rajas: The Arrival of Mahishasura

March 22, 2021, 6pm PST

We explore the powers of Mahishasura, our powerful rajasic ego, which distracts us with strong desires and need for worldly power and control. We then invoke MahaLakshmi to transform these negative energies into divine treasures.

Session 4

Sattva: The Final Battle

March 29, 2021, 6pm PST

We now meet Shumbha and Nishumbha, the most powerful demons of the Devi Mahatmyam, who represent the subtlest of the egoic elements, that spiritual pride within our own minds, which weaves that last veil separating us from true Self-Realization.

Session 5

Worship

April 05, 2021, 6pm PST

We now meet Shumbha and Nishumbha, the most powerful demons of the Devi Mahatmyam, who represent the subtlest of the egoic elements, that spiritual pride within our own minds, which weaves that last veil separating us from true Self-Realization.

Session 6

Durga Puja

April 12, 2021, 6pm PST

We now examine how these stories fit into the bigger picture of our celebration of Durga Puja, Navaratri - the Nine Nights of the Goddess - in which we awaken the divinity within us, worship her in a variety of forms, and pray to her for the destruction of our past karma and release from all bondage.