HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 3-6.
3. Durga Puja or Navaratri-6.
Devi worship is, therefore, worship of God’s glory, of God’s greatness and supremacy.
It is adoration of the Almighty.
It is unfortunate that Devi is ignorantly understood by many as a mere blood-thirsty Hindu Goddess.
No! Devi is not a vicious demoness nor is She the property of the Hindus alone.
Devi does not belong to any religion.
Devi is that conscious power of God.
The words Devi, Shakti, etc., and the ideas of different forms connected with these names are concessions granted by the sages due to the limitations of the human intellect; they are by no means the ultimate definitions of Shakti.
The original or Adi Shakti is beyond human comprehension.
Bhagavan Krishna says in the Gita :
“This is only My lower nature. Beyond this is My higher nature, the life-principle which sustains the universe”.
The Upanishad also says :
“The supreme power of God is manifested in various ways. This power is of the nature of God, manifesting as knowledge, strength and activity”.
To be continued ....