Today is auspicious Vijayadashami, the conclusion (samapti) of the sacred Navaratri festival. On this sacred and holy occasion I desire that each one of you take an oath to discover and give up all vices that you know are present within you!

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Durga is not to be understood as a ferocious goddess. She is the Goddess Supreme who protects you. Lakshmi is the embodiment of all wealth. Saraswati is the goddess of speech. Good thoughts, good words and good actions represent the tatwa (essence) of these three goddesses. 

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Every human being in this world has to perform some kind of karma (action). The presiding deity or the driving force behind these actions is Devi (also known as Durga), who is the personification of energy. She is the bestower of all kinds of energy to perform various kinds of karma.

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On this sacred occasion of Navarathri, you must also revere Nature. Natural resources like water, air, power and minerals must be used economically, without misuse, abuse or waste.

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Observe Navratri to get rid of the darkness within you, by cultivating the triple purity of thought, word and deed. 

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When a reference is made to Devi, it signifies the unified form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Lakshmi, who is the embodiment of all prosperity, is represented by the heart. The mouth represents Saraswathi. Purity in action (Kriya Shuddhi) is represented by Durga.

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Good thoughts, good words and good actions represent the tatwa (essence) of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. These Goddesses are installed in your own heart. They exhort you to lead the life of a human being by putting good thoughts into practice. 

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‘Navaratri’ means nine nights. Darkness is associated with night. What is this darkness? It is the darkness of ignorance. The purpose of the Navaratri celebrations is to enable you to win over darkness which has enveloped you.

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There is no greater quality in an individual than selfless love, which expresses itself in service to others.

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Pure Love for God will dispel ignorance and conceit of man as the Sun dispels the morning mist.

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