The story of the decision to invoke Mother Katyayani as the
sankalpa for the three-year Sannyasa Training begins with
the establishment of sannyasa Peeth.
Sannyasa Peeth was established on 6th December 2010,
the first anniversary of the maha samadhi of our guru, Sri
Swami Satyananda. At that time, we were all in Rikhia and
engaged in the program there. Upon returning to Munger,
the inspiration came to invoke the power of Durga in order
to commence the activities of Sannyasa Peeth and to per-
sonally seek the grace and blessings of the Cosmic Mother.
Therefore, for the first year, commencing on 2nd January
2011 and concluding on 2nd January 2012, I conducted the
Durga invocation as my sankalpa and sadhana.
When the Sannyasa Training started, I was thinking, 'How
can we receive the benedictions and blessings of the divine,
and what should be the aspiration of the Sannyasa Training?'
Thus, keeping in mind the aspirations of the Sannyasa Training and the energy or shakti that sannyasins would require
to do the future seva, I chose the form of Katyayani and took
the sankalpa of her invocation for three years.
What is the significance of Durga and what is the significance of Katyayani? The cosmic creative power is known as
Adi Shakti, the primordial energy, the first form of shakti
pervading the entire cosmos. To recognize the existence of
this shakti, an identity is given: that of Durga. Durga is a generic name, just as 'yoga' is a generic name. 'Yoga' by itself
indicates something which is vast and broad. However, if
you say hatha yoga, raja yoga, kriya yoga or kundalini yoga,
a specific branch of yoga is identified and the term is clear.
In the same manner, Durga is the broad name of the cosmic
power, which means 'the power that removes distress from
life'. Using the terms Durga and Katyayani is like saying yoga
and raja yoga, Durga being the overall cosmic identity and
Katyayani being one form of that cosmic identity. Last year,
the invocation was that of Durga, the complete shakti. This
year, the form of Durga being invoked is Katyayani.
Through your sadhanas, you come to the realization of a
higher nature within you and gain the ability to express that
higher quality. The moment you gain the ability for such expression, you are connected with your spirit. In normal life you
are connected with your mind and the senses; in spiritual life
you are connected with your shakti. That shakti can manifest
in life. It can become tangible, touchable, recognizable and
perceivable as the manifestation of a higher force.
This cosmic shakti is recognized by different names in
both the tantric and vedic traditions. In general terms, the
vedic tradition recognizes nine forms of Durga and the tantric
tradition recognizes ten forms of Shakti.
Parvati, the consort of Shiva, was one of the preceptors of
tantra and the Shakti tantras emanated from her. She had attained mastery over the tantric concepts of consciousness and
energy. Due to her mastery, she was able to manifest the qualities or powers to help people, the devotees and the sadhakas
of the time. During her life, she encountered many negative,
destructive and restrictive situations which would not allow the
spiritual nature of a person to flourish. Thus, her manifestation
as divine shakti would occur whenever there was a conflict or
struggle with the negative, destructive powers.
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