Simon Cyrene, the Bearer of the Cross, follows Jesus Christ for my Father is unwilling to take the cup from me. My discipleship is predestined by the Sovereign Grace and not by my belief or disbelief, or free will.
In Physics, Power/Energy/Force is not associated with gender. But, when living things exist as male and female, description of Power/Energy/Force may have gender association. In the Indian tradition, ‘Deva’ means God and ‘Devi’ means Goddess. Devi in the Indian tradition is the personification of God’s Supreme Power/Force/ Energy or ‘SHAKTI’. To fully account for the human existence, the man needs two distinct or separate Principles that come together to produce the harmonious singular identity of the man. The issue is not about God’s gender. The Father Principle is called the Originating Principle. The Mother Principle is called the Source Principle, for Mother is the Source of Matter, Energy, and Knowledge to establish Life. Father provides Identity to human form, Mother provides Substance, the structural and functional basis of the human form.
During 2022, Indians celebrate ‘DEVI NAVRATRI’ or ‘CHAITRA NAVRATRI’ that begins on Saturday, April 02, and ends on the tenth day, Monday, April 11. The term ‘Nav’ or ‘Nava’ means Nine. ‘Ratri’ means night. This celebration happens in the first lunar month called ‘CHAITRA’ ( March-April), during Shukla Paksha or the Waxing Phase of Moon following the New Moon Day.
Devi or Shakti is often called ‘DURGA’ for She is the embodiment of great strength. She is also called BHADRAKALI, JAGADAMBA, ANNAPURNA, SARVA MANGALA, BHAIRAVI, CHANDIKA, LALITA, BHAVANI, AND MOOKAMBIKA. During the 9-Night or Navratri festival, Indians worship nine different forms of Goddess Durga with 1,000 names. She is simply adored as Divine Mother and often addressed as ‘MOTHER’ (“MATA” or “MAA”) whatever may be the name or form She assumed on different occasions.
Goddess Shakti has three Supreme Forms called DURGA, SARASVATI, and LAKSHMI. In India, traditions vary from region to region. First 3 – days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, following 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and concluding 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati or Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Speech.
NINE DAYS OF CHAITRA NAVRATRI 2022
Day 1, Saturday, April 02, 2022 (Pratipada)- Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshana Shailputri Puja
Day 2, Sunday, April 03, 2021 (Dwitiya)- Brahmacharini Puja
Day 3, Monday, April 04, 2022 (Tritiya)- Gauri Puja, Saubhagya Teej Chandraghanta Puja
Day 4, Tuesday, April 05, 2022 (Chaturthi)- Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi
Day 5, Wednesday, April 06, 2022 (Panchami)- Naag Puja, Lakshmi Panchami Skandamata Puja
Day 6, Thursday, April 07, 2022 (Shasthi)- Skanda Sashti, Yamuna Chhath Katyayani Puja
Day 7, Friday, April 08, 2022 (Saptami)- Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
Day 8, Saturday, April 09, 2022 (Ashtami)- Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja Annapurna Ashtami, Sandhi Puja
Day 9, Sunday, April 10, 2022 (Navami)- Rama Navami
Day 10, Monday, April 11, 2022 (Dashami)- Navratri Parana