Amriteswari Society, Singapore

Sunday, 20th May 2018

 

‘Like waves appearing and disappearing in the ocean,

we appear and disappear in the infinite ocean of Pure Consciousness’

~ Amma

 

Photo: facebook@MataAmritanandamayi

 

Aum Amriteswaryai Namah

The destruction of the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha that refer to “I” and “Mine”, was the focus of Brahmachari Shraddhamrita Chaitanya’s concluding session of his discourse series in Singapore this month, on the Symbolism of the Devi Mahatmyam.

Held on Sunday 20th May at Amrita Centre Singapore, Br. Sharaddhamrita opened the session with a succinct and lucid summary of his previous discourses delivered to the Satsang on the subject. Touching first on Pratama Charitram that dealt with the destruction of the demons Madhu and Kaitabha, he reminded us that this symbolic obliteration of strong likes and dislikes within the individual, is a crucial step for spiritual progress. Br. Shraddhamrita stressed on the importance of Karma Yoga in achieving this state, as well as on the perfect opportunities that Amma provides Her children in carrying out these activities.

We then revisited the vanquishing of the demon Mahishasura, that represents the stilling of the restless mind. To achieve this difficult goal, Br. Shraddhamrita emphasised the importance of Abhyasa (repeated spiritual practice such as chanting, singing of bhajans and meditation) and Vairagya (detachment from everything born out of understanding).

At each point. Br. Shraddhamrita made us aware of the various gunas (qualities) within us to be overcome through the invocation of the appropriate Shaktis.

Br. Shraddhamrita 
at Amrita Centre Singapore

The Satsang was then led to the final level – the destruction of Shumbha (“I”) and Nishumbha (“Mine”), which Br. Shraddhamrita described as “the most subtle spiritual obstacle in life.” He underscored the importance of surrendering to a Guru to gain the Gnana Shakti (knowledge) for these obstacles to be removed. As Br. Shraddhamrita reminds us, nothing is truly ours. Instead of focussing on the transient body and mind, he nudges us into shifting our focus to our permanent nature – the Atman or Soul.

Br. Shraddhamrita’s concluding discourse on the Devi Mahatmyam stressed on the need for suppression of control and ego in order to move into a greater awareness of the Self. “This power of consciousness within us is the Presence of Jagadamba,” says Br. Shraddhamrita, who consistently reminded us of how fortunate we are to be walking in Amma’s guiding light.

Aum Namah Shivaya



 

 

Amriteswari Society, Singapore

Sunday, 13th May 2018

 

“The idea of worshipping Devi is so that you can see the Devi in every person”

~ Amma

Amma at Her Singapore Programme in March 2018

 

Aum Amriteswaryai Namah

On the special occasion of Mother’s Day, Br. Shraddhamrita Chaitanya graced our Sunday Satsang at Amrita Centre, delivering a powerful and thought-provoking discourse on the Symbolism of the Devi Mahatyam (Glory of the Goddess). Telling us that one layer of Devi Mahatyam comprises the stories, Br. Shraddhamrita went on to ​explain another layer that carries symbolic meanings that emphasise that “these stories are not external events. Rather, they are taking place everyday within us.”

Br. Shraddhamrita focussed on the Uttama Charitram that is attributed to Goddess Maha Saraswati, as a continuation to two earlier sessions he had delivered to us on the subject. The Satsang listened with rapt attention as Br. Shraddhamrita related the tale of the emergence of the beautiful Maha Saraswati from the body of Goddess Parvathi, in order to ultimately vanquish two powerful demons – Shumbha and Nishumbha. As the story unfolded we learnt of how Dhumra Lochana, Chanda, Munda and Raktabija were destroyed.

As Br. Shraddhamrita guided us into the profound teachings embedded in the narrative, he held up before us another lens through which to view the story – as the process of unveiling of our Atman or True Self. He stressed on the importance of developing spiritual vision, through selfless action and worship, reminding us of Amma’s words:

“The idea of worshipping Devi, who is symbolised in a picture or stone, is so that you can see the Devi in every person.”

A beautiful guided meditation conducted by Br. Shraddhamrita invited us to journey inwards with a clear, calm and focussed mind. Satsang ended with Arati, symbolising surrender of the ego to God, an offering of the self to the Divine Mother of the World (Jagad Janani) who awakens divine love in our hearts.

“I am always ever grateful whenever I am able to attend spiritual satsangs as there are always nuggets conveyed to us by our Mother through Her disciples. In this instance it is Her constant reminder to see God in every living atom,” said a member of the Satsang.

 

Aum Namah Shivaya