Vandana Shourie: contemporary Indian art

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TITLE
Inward Journey 12
SIZE
48" x 48"
YEAR
2008
MEDIUM
Acrylics on Canvas
DESCRIPTION
Nav Rathris

'Nav Ratri'- the literal word means-'nine nights'
Nine days and nights in honour of the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga.
The festival of Nav ratri is observed twice a year-once in the month of Chaitra and then in Aswayuja.
It lasts for nine days.
It is to vividly remind us of the higher power that maintains a constant watch over every act of ours on this earth-plane.The memory serves as a invisible check on one's conduct-a powerful inducement to keep oneself engaged in constantly doing good actions only.

- Eradicatin of Vices
The division of nine nights into sets of three days -epitomises the stages of evolution of man to God, from Jiva-hood to Shiva-hood. In its individual import it shows the course his spiritual Sadhana should take.
This process of Sadhana (first 3 days) where the Mother is adored as Power force is to be prayed to destroy all impurities, vices, defects to fight with and annihilate the basic animal qualities in the Sadhaka.--to set the mind apart for the worship of the Divine.

- Cultivation of Virtues
The accumalation of Divine Qualities (4th -6th day) Daivi Sampat is acquired through orderly, steady, calm and serene effort to develope purity --
Thus the worship of Goddess Lakshmi is performed during the second set of three days.

- Dawn Of Wisdom
Once the aspirant suceeds in routing out the evil prospensities and in developing Sattvic , pure, divine qualities, he becomes an Adhikari.---- to receive the Light of Supreme Wisdom.
At this stage Divine Knowedge comes with the devout worship of Sri Saraswati --the embodiment of Brahma Jnana--whose celestial Vina awakens the notes of the sublime Mahavakyas and the Pranava.
This is the third stage-- (6th - 9th days)

The whole journey from the Amavasya Night to the Full moon-
From Darkness to Light.--

'Asato ma Sat gamaya- Tamaso ma Jyotir gamaya-- Mrityo ma Amritam gamaya ' Om Shanti Shanti Shanti