Divine Creative Energy (Shakti) & Accessing Mother Divine (Devi) | Yashoda Devi Ma {Podcast #046}

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Mother Divine (Devi) - the creative aspect of the Absolute field of Pure Unbounded Consciousness.

Creative feminine energy (shakti) contains the mechanisms that make the unmanifest manifest.

Awakening shakti will enliven your consciousness while increasing the amount of bliss you feel in your daily life, the willpower you have at your disposal and your capacity to act in accordance with the need of the time.

The sacred feminine is the source of creation. That which is responsible for all that is continuously being created.

About Yashoda Devi Ma

Yashoda Devi Ma is a Vedic Meditation teacher with a passion for helping students reduce stress, cultivate a clear mind and live from the heart. She is the founder of YDM Meditation, a boutique style wellness studio in Boulder, Colorado, which is the base of a thriving community of local and global meditators.

Yashoda has dedicated two decades to Vedic Meditation and Himalayan Yogic practices after the teachings transformed her life and lifted her out of severe depression. She also has a deep insight into the science of Jyotish (Vedic astrology).

Yashoda teaches from direct experience and the initiations gained while studying with two masters of meditation and tantric yoga coupled with extensive travels to the sacred lands of India. It is her greatest joy to share these powerful techniques in the most embodied and relatable way possible.


In This Episode We Discuss

  • Mother Divine (Devi)
  • "Navaratri" - The nine nights of mother divine.
  • "The rising of the feminine", awakening shakti and what that actually means.
  • Siva/Shakti Energy - the interplay of masculine and feminine.
  • Durga (courageously removing irrelevant impurities from ones life).
  • Laksmi (abundance, high value of all areas of life, expression of love).
  • Saraswati (pure knowledge)
  • Ways to invoke Mother Divine in you and truly awaken that shakti energy.

Japa

Japa - a practice we use with clear intention and focused effort to help correct the mistaken intellect, refine our contemplative thinking spectrum and enhance specific fields of awareness/consciousness. On the other hand, Vedic Meditation is designed to be effortless and expand the mind beyond thought all together. Two techniques that compliment each other quite powerfully, but are not interchangeable.

Japa is an active meditation. We can look at Japa as our strength training outside of a daily deep meditation.

Japa means “rotate” and in this practice we move our fingers over a string of beads (called a mala) to focus awareness + concentration as we repeat the mantra. Every time we complete a repetition of the japa mantra, we move to the next bead. A full mala has 108 beads and a full Japa is 108 cycles of the mantra.

Japa Meditation counters the mind’s tendency to become overwhelmed by the continuous stream of inner chatter. As one slowly moves along the mala with the mantra, the mind becomes rooted in that same unhurried, calm movement.

Japa Meditation directs awareness into a clear focus, both objectively and subjectively.

Japa is very helpful for awakening shakti and enlivening their own state of consciousness.

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The Power of Mother Divine and Navaratri and How to Access It's Regenerative Energy


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The Power of Mother Divine and “Navaratri” and How to Access Its Regenerative Energy

"Divinity blossoms where woman are respected."
Manu Smriti (ancient Ayurvedic text on gynaecology)

In the Vedic calendar there are a few times in the year when the collective invokes the Mother Divine aspects of consciousness.

Mother Divine or Universal Mother is commonly referred to in the Vedas as "Durga" (remover of miseries), "Devi" (goddess) or "Shakti" (feminine energy or infinite power)

There are many ways to invoke the Mother Divine in us and in the collective.

Aspects of Mother Divine

  • Gracefulness, elegance.
  • Invincibility, capability.
  • Feminine counterpart of the "destruction operator" in nature. - Like a stern mother ensuring we are following the laws of nature, or else, some destruction will occur to shake us up.
  • The Divine personality known as 'Durga' (pictured) sits on her tiger with infinite arms holding shining weapons ready to slay the demons. This is expressive of the capability of pure Being (infinite arms) to dissolve (slay) negativity, stress and disease (demons).

These aspects of consciousness are referred to as Durga in the Veda.

  • Abundance.
  • Increase of flow.
  • Choosing the higher value of behaviour over the lower value of behaviour.
  • Having every resource at the tip of your fingers. Because they align to the value of which nature is desiring for you and the universe.
  • It is our natural-born heritage to be abundant. If mother nature is abundant, then we are.

These aspects of consciousness are referred to as Lakshmi in the Veda.

  • Music, arts, culture.
  • Feminine aspect of creation - the force of Natural Law (prakriti) that creates all expressed values on the basis of pure intelligence (Purusha).
  • Education and knowledge. Personification of divine knowledge.

These aspects of consciousness are referred to as Saraswati in the Veda.

  • Infinite adaptability and infinite organising power. (Shakti)
  • Nourishing, nurturing, protecting. (Devi)

Navaratri: Times of the Year to Access Infinite Regenerative Energy

Every year, a special Vedic celebration is honoured called Navaratri. 

"Nav(a)" = Nine.
"Ratri" = Night.

The festival "Navratri" is the 9 Nights of Mother Divine. This is an opportunity to join masses all over the world in invoking the energy aspect of mother divine.

When is Navaratri: Seasonal & Astrological Significance

There are actually 4x Navaratris each year. They come in the midst of seasonal transition (rtu sandhi) , giving us the opportunity to reset, let go, purify, rejuvenate, and move into the next phase of our life with greater lightness and ease.

There are two main Navratris to counter-balance the seasons that are associated with sickness and death:
Vasanta (Spring) and Sarat (Autumn) in India.

These seasons are called "Death's Teeth" (Yama Danta) because it is when the world is unstable. Spring is detoxifying what accumulated in the winter and autumn is purifying the accumulations and acid from the rainy season.

Furthermore, these two Navratris come at thresholds of the northern solstice (Uttarayana, Agneya) and southern solstice (Dakshinayana, Saumya).

It is at these times that us as a society have special need for grace, and so the Devi’s Navaratri, the Vasanta (spring) and Sarat (autumn) Navratri, are observed as times for special prayer and regeneration.

The "main" Navratri that is most celebrated and auspicious is Sarat Navarati, which takes place after the autumn monsoon and the autumn harvest (which in Australia is our Spring). It begins on the first day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwini.

It is around September / October each year and changes according to the lunar calendar and the planetary alignments to align with Nature's powerful, rejuvenating and evolutionary cycles, rhythms and energies.

Ways to Invoke the Mother Divine:

(for both females, males and all gender-identifications to invoke)

  • Place your awareness on the aspects of mother divine in you, people you know and that which permeates throughout the world. This is good to practice while you are in your most de-excited state (after meditation and yoga for example).
  • When spending time with the people in your life, especially the women that are close to you, immerse in relationships with more honour, gratitude and love for the feminine divinity that emanates through that individual. Whatever you place your attention on grows. Allow that divinity to blossom and permeate! (This "Shakti" also certainly emanates through males).
  • Chant or listen to mantras specific to mother divine.
  • Attend ceremonies, celebrations and pujas with a specific focus on the mother divine.
  • Perform the more specific rituals and rites that are outlined by the Rishi's (seers), gurus and in the ancient texts. Check your local Hindu temple, vedic community or pundit (Vedic Priest). In Sydney, I attend ceremonies with Pundit Sudheer Sharma and all over the world - online with Pundit Baskaran.
  • Make the nine days a little retreat - honour yourself with more self-care and time by doing more dinacharya (Ayurvedic daily routine), sadhana (practice to attune yourself with nature), yoga,  extended meditation programs (according to your meditation technique/program).
  • For Navarati October 17th-25th - sponsor special Vedic fire ceremonies, known as 'Yagya', that take place in India over the 9 nights.
Vedic fire ceremonies (Yagya) in one popular way to commune with and invoke Mother Divine.

Ayurveda's View on Woman's Wellbeing

In Ayurveda, the woman's health and wellbeing is pivotal for not only the health and happiness of the family, but to the whole society and even the nation at large. Their wellbeing is a core influence that ripples throughout their (larger than you think) vicinity.

Woman's healthcare is a priority. From menarche (start of menstrual cycle) to pre-conception, to pregnancy, to menopause - the woman's health plays a major influence on the health of the people around her.

The destiny of the world lies in the hands of women. Women is the creator. She has beauty, charm, grace and wisdom. She has her hand in the hand of God. Woman is at the top of creation. This is her place and her Dharma, and this she must never loose, for if she does, there will be wars, suffering and cruelty, because she is the opposite of all these things. The nervous system of a woman is by nature more refined and much more delicate. She is the first to sense the good, the pure, the beautiful, the divine. By nature, man is more gross. His position is to deal with the world, so he must be able to deal with stress. Woman is balance, a balance of all nature. She takes in all the stress of her husband and children and does not pass it on. Must not pass it on. Healing is in the lap of the mother; she heals the child's soul. Her place is to see that man goes for higher consciousness. The love of mother that comes through the hands of every woman is Mother Divine. A woman should not get so tired. Her structure is for finger things.
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

A Time For Transformation

The 9-days of Navrati represent the 9 months a baby spends in a mother’s womb. During Navratri, our consciousness evolves everyday from tamas (inertia, delusion) to sattva (purity, awakening).

  • The initial step is to get rid of all the countless impurities (Kali).
  • Then acquire virtues and auspicious and divine qualities (Lakshmi).
  • Thus purified, knowledge flashes upon you like the brilliant rays of the sun in crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake (Saraswati).

This process can take a lifetime or more. It can also be fast tracked and experienced in a big hit during these 9 days, Navratri, by allowing the Divine Mother to operate though us.

Night provides rest and rejuvenation. During the night, you turn inwards through sleep, and you wake up feeling refreshed and rested in the morning. In the same way, Navaratri or the ‘nine nights’ is that time of the year when you get the chance to experience deep rest. This deep rest brings freedom from all kinds of bothers, and brings deep relaxation and creativity.
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mother is the creative aspect of the Absolute and all that which is continuously being created.


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Living the High Value of Life with Abundance & Affluence (Laksmi) + Guru Relationships | Yashoda Devi Ma #020

About Yashoda Devi Ma

Yashoda Devi Ma is the founder of 'The Subtle Mind' meditation + co-creative studio in Boulder, Co.  Her primary focus is mind health through the vedic meditation technique, healing, vedic astrology + activating the subtle mind/body with the yogic technologies of sattva yoga.  Her deepest passion is to create an empowered, peaceful mind, awaken one's heart and transform individuals in full value living elegantly. Yashoda teaches worldwide public + private retreats, yoga festivals, conferences, corporate speaking engagements, courses and workshops.


In This Episode We Discuss

Yashoda’s Story

Having many “births” in this lifetime.

Being adopted, searching for birth parents and reuniting with her birth mother.

Depression, suicide.

The paradox of people looking like they got it all - good looks, money, famous, brought up in a good family, but feeling miserable on the inside. 

Ture Fulfilment

Your life can change in any moment.

Yashoda’s spontaneous introduction into Vedic Meditation (VM).

Rapid healing from insomnia, depression and ADHD from VM.

Guru / Shishya (Student) Relationship

Fluctuating between various gurus and practices vs. maintaining a common thread and uniting all aspects of Yoga.

Generally it is advised to only have one guru since it is better to stay on one path to get to a destination (enlightenment) rather then moving between various paths (since all the paths lead to the same outcome).

Not mixing two different lineages, like a “fish milkshake,” but layering them.

Yashoda having two lineages and two gurus, which is unusual.

Yashoda’s 2 Main Gurus in her life:

  1. Maharishi Thom Knoles - Like the sun, feeds you knowledge, corrects through knowledge.
  2. Anand Mehrotra -  Sharp like a sword that’s cutting through you, calls your out, corrects your intellect, slaps in your face.

Living with a Guru as a quantum leap in evolution. 

Vedic parenting.

Observing Guru, nature and states of consciousness for evolution.

Laksmi / Abundance & Affluence

Living full value in life without “lack mentality”.

  • Laksmi sister is Saraswati (knowledge). You can’t have wealth and abundance without knowledge. 
  • Choosing the higher value of behaviour over the lower value of behaviour. 
  • Punya - our spiritual bank account.
  • Having every resource at the tip of your fingers. Because they align to the value of which nature is desiring for you and the universe.
Drops you into the highest value of being a human: universal compassion, universal friendliness, unshakable universal happiness and a grace and a power that we are able to move through life no matter what anybody is doing, we are still in our grace. That is Laksmi...In that, then the resources come.
Yashoda Devi Ma

Fundamental of Nature: What You Give you Will Receive
Experiment and play with the laws of nature.

“You Deserve the best…” You are worthy. 

“You are worthy. It s our natural-born heritage to be abundant. If mother nature is abundant, then we are.”

Saying yes and not closing ourselves off.

Everything is energy. Whatever we give value to will have value. 

Embody fearlessness. Laksmi is a non-stop moving river.

Sattva Yoga - Himalayan Tantra

Radical aliveness. Using the whole body to come alive in this pranic level. 


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