Namaste beloveds, I hope you are well.
Shiva and I are in Bali with my family, Mum and Dad, Gayatri and Ganesha, having a week of rest and connection prior to our annual Initiates Retreat. The theme for this year’s retreat is Durga Bhavan, and from all accounts, I think it is going to be a big retreat. Bhavan means arising. The source of that arising is from within, through our own Eternal souls.
The more awake our souls become the more the Divine is shining through them.
Imagine if the Divine really did just vest itself in all of us and Durga really arose in the hearts of everyone in attendance, well I think something along those lines is going to happen…
And if you are going to have a luminous explosion of Divine realization and radiance issuing forth from within, then it is likely that there will be a bit of discomfort in the ego before it happens, as the ego tries to gallop backwards away from this priceless opportunity. Every version of the story of disconnection, lack of confidence, acting out, feeling pressured, left out, abandoned, unloved and all the rest in all the colour and uniqueness that only our own karmic legacy could spit out, in our own private language of despair and defeat – all that is preparing to give up, to surrender and to allow a different experience to be had. The truth is beyond the polar opposite of suffering, it is endless joy, understanding and connection with Divine intelligence.
If you are going through any of that do not despair, just pray for help, connect with Guru, connect with the Divine and hold on. And keep praying!
It is fair to say therefore that there could be a bit of ‘poison’ to spit out before hand, and if that is how you might be feeling, then know you are not alone. And every bit of churning that you go through is another step closer to your own illumination, to the full re-membering of your being, you mind with your essence, your spirit with your soul and your real, Ageless strength all coming together. Durga arise!
Whether or not you are coming to the retreat, do tune in because the energy will be blazing. It is recommended that all initiates recite the Durga Gayatri daily for the most connection and ease with the process of evolution that is presently unfolding. Prepare for an experience of pure consciousness, arising like a million blissful shining all-knowing radiant moons from within. The words for Durga Gayatri are below.
Blessings and love
Om Katyayanaya Vidmahi
Kanya Kumari Dhimahi
Tanno Durga Prachodayat
Mantra is a kind of prayer. Prayer will be a feature of our retreat, and you are encouraged to spend a half hour per day in prayer during and –why not- after retreat as well. To the Eshwari of your heart, to your own personal vision or knowingness of the Infinite. Start a loving conversation that could last forever.