Kārtika Pūrṇimā – Wild-Pranic Shakti Moon melds with Calm-Warrior Shiva 🔥

Kārtik Pūrnimā full moon
This full moon may be the second most important day for your inner Yogi to connect to Śiva consciousness (rooted in Absolute stillness, master of Prana, easily generates full power), second to Mahā Mahāśivarātri (“The Great night of Shiva”).
A special full moon, Kārtika Pūrṇimā कार्तिक पूर्णिमा , occurs during the holiest month of the Vedic calendar, the month of Kārtika (November-December).
It is also known as “Deva Diwali” (Diwali for the Gods 🪔), as on this full moon, Soma (divine flow of consciousness), is emitting from the moon with such mother-divine-warrior, wild-pranic power that it allows the celestial Beings to return “home” to Mother (the baseline of consciousness).
It is the ṇight when a 3500kg ghee lamp is lit on the top of the Shiva Lingam mountain Aruṇācalam in Tamil Nadu, (see my blog post on this).
Legend has it that on this day Lord Shiva transformed and expressed himself as a tall phallus of fire, an endless column of light bright as a billion suns.
The merging of Shiva (divine masculine, Pure intelligence) and Shakti (divine feminine, exalted dynamic creativity) on this day offers people the opportunity to allow the column of light in their spine (suṣumṇa) to flow with kuṇḍalinī (dynamic creative pranic-energy).
THIS FULL MOON is a great time for Śiva consciousness practices like yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, honouring ancestors, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature - generate the power to reabsorb yourself into the Oneness you and I are.
Shiva Lingam

Greater cosmic detail about this full moon

The following is my slight adaptation of Yogini Shambhavi.

It occurs on Krittika Nakṣatra, which is the constellation where the fire aspect of Shakti/Durga (Skandamātā) prevails.
This fire form of Mother Divine did Tapasyā (penance) in order to attract Shiva (the ultimate ascetic so deep in meditation and not interested in progeny), as her husband.
She won him over, and after their unification, she gave birth to a boy named Skanda in the form of Agni 🔥.
Hence her name, Skandamātā (mātā = mother).
Skanda is the youthful form of Shiva (Dakṣiṇāmūrti दक्षिणामूर्ति) who sits beneath the vaṭa (banyan) tree and through mere silence enlightens those around him, even elderly great Rishis.
Krittika is the Pleiades open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, AKA “The Seven Sisters” in western astronomy.
Skandamātā
In this special area of the heavens stars are born.
These seven sisters in the Vedas are said to be the wives of the seven Rishis (seers) who are associated with the seven stars of the Big Dipper.
Vedic mythos share that the wives of the seven Rishis left their husbands and took refuge in Agni or the Fire God, with the exception of one – Arundhatī. the wife of Vasiṣṭha the most powerful of the Rishis.
She remained with her husband, which is why there are only six visible stars in the Pleiades.
The seventh star is said to be Alcor (Arundhatī), the dim companion of the second star in Big Dipper, Mizar, which correlates with Vasiṣṭha.
Krittika is a Nakshatra which imbues the energy of preparing food and represents the power of agni 🔥  fire to ripen, transform or cook food for proper nourishment.
It is located in the sign of Taurus, the sign of the bull.
But Taurus can express itself as a cow in its feminine aspect.
Krittika here enhances the nourishing power of the sacred cow. It also correlates with ghee, the essence of the cow’s milk and the prime nourishing and enhancing sustenance for Agni, or the sacred fire.
It is auspicious to make ghee offerings to the fire on Kārtika Pūrṇimā.
Krittika is governed by Sūrya (Sun ☀️) - the planet providing light, warmth and prana. 
Katrika Full Moon
Krittika also means armour and is a good Nakshatra to generate protection against negativity and burn that negativity in the sacred fire.
It also refers to a razor, and offers the capability to cut through (sharp discrimination) impulses from the intellect vs. impulses from the heart (buddhi puruṣa khyati).
Illustration of Durga Goddess
Krittika marks the point of exaltation for the Moon, so the full Moon in the Krittika represents the strongest lunar energy. But this is more a fiery, martial or warrior energy of the moon or Dūrga, Mother’s protective role.
The deity of Krittika, Skanda the Fire God, is also the overriding shining being of the planet Mars.
Mars has a martial energy and power of the warrior, giving strength and endurance.
Skanda is the second son of Shiva and Parvati after Ganesha.
While Ganesha holds the power of speech, Skanda holds a kind of spear weapon which destroys demons (negativity and destructive actions that bind).

As well as yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature, Kārtika Pūrṇimā is also a good time to honour our ancestors and departed souls, the seven rishis, light ghee lamps and propitiate the planet Mars to enhance these vibrations of Infinite Pranic Silence with the potential to win a war with an effortless yawn.

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 Its Regenerative Energy

An Illustration of the divine mother
"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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