Durga puja 

In this age of artificial intelligence where distinguishing between information and data is next to impossible, celebrating an age old tradition with rituals, believing in goodness and also believing in the win of truth over lies, good over bad, is a breath back into humanity. These celebrations are and have always been strong markers of human faith and values that have held us together as humans, as people, throughout our lives since birth. Dipped in strong cultural and traditional aesthetics, Durga Puja, marks the prime acknowledgment of the divine power or Shakti that manifests in form of life, in each and every living soul. 
The grandeur of the celebrations, starting with the Ma Durga idol, forms one of the starting points of our journey into spirituality; journey into the self, journey into understanding and practicing impermanence. Ma, the Shakti, is both wild and tamed; she is both a fierce warrior and a serenely peacefully mother. She is an embodiment of the truth and the lies that we are all made of. The Shakti never differentiates, it never has through the history of time. It propagates through the gates of honesty, truth and kindness, just like a mother; it teaches but then it also punishes. 

A handful of days with Ma, feeds deeply into our soul. Each of us connect to her in more ways than that’s ever known. To me, Durga Puja is a very personal journey and with each passing year, I keep an eye on my check list of things to learn and to cultivate. Given the times that we are in, where humanity is at stake, let us take a moment to pause our lives and to pray! To remember our own soul journey that has got us here and to promise to live in gratitude throughout the rest of the year. 

Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shaktirupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shaktirupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shaktirupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah
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