HAVAN SPEECHES – ASHWIN NAVARATRI 2016

 

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Day 1

Welcome Ladies and Gentleman, Brothers and Sisters to the celebrations of Ashwin Navaratri at Anandpuri asham. According to the Vedic calendar, it is the year 2073. Our Samaj chairman, Shri Alok Banerjee will now open a 9 day yagna with the first havan dedicated to the magnificent Divine Mother Durga and to our celebrated guide and Guru, Shri shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya will be reciting the havan mantra’s and sloka’s to invite the various aspects of the Divine to collect our offerings. The name of the Divine Mother is Durga Devi. She has divided Herself again and again in many different form and names. At Navaratri, we honor every day another form of Durga Devi. Today, we dedicate to Shailputri. At first it seems confusing all these different Goddesses. It is however a very deep knowledge written thousands of years back in this form so humanity thru all the bygone ages would be able to understand something which deeply imbedded in our human nature. At 16.00 in the afternoon Shri Mayapatti will narrate beautiful tales from the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam to explain some of this knowledge. As we may be aware, it is not all lovey dovey what rules our human nature and therefor there are demonic forces also part of the explanations to spice up the stories. In reality, these forces are greed, anger, jealousy, pride and all sorts of aspects of our egoic human nature. babajiThe eternal quest of humanity of giving in to our higher or lower nature. Due to our ignorance, we are hardly aware of the forces playing this continuous battle inside of us and mostly focused of what we perceive in others. Here at Navaratri, we invoke the Divine who gives us enormous support to be aware and overcome this lower nature. By the various puja’s, hearts are opening and our awareness is growing. The more you are able to give, the more you will receive. Giving is with concentrated attention on the Divine by speaking, eating and sleeping less, being present at all the programs here and repeating your mantra all the time. With these practices we grind the depth of our inner world to make the nectar rise which we have covered with many layers of illusions. May you all have a Divine Navaratri. Durga Maya ki Jai, Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

Day 2

Blessings upon you brothers and sisters for being present here at Anandpuri ashram on the second day of Ashwin Navaratri. Now Shri Alok Banerjee will lead us into the second havan of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the compassionate Divine Mother Durga and to the Lord who has guided you here at His feet, Shri Shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya are reciting the Sanskrit mantra’s and sloka’s. Compassion is a Divine but also a human virtue. We however need to work on it and develop this in our actions. It requires humility and being aware how we ourselves are filled with flaws in front of the Divine. Practicing compassion is opening our hearts and is taking steps within ourselves to make the world a better world. Any improvement for the world we wish to see starts with us making changes in our inner world. We cannot change another person, at best we can inspire others with our own actions. Shri Muniraj is a great example of how he has inspired so many of us to live our lives according to Babaji’s teachings. This beautiful ashram is a monument of his devotion for Babaji. Because of his selfless dedication, we are allbabamuniraj now enjoying here the Divine vibrations at Navaratri. Here, all the tools for advancing on the spiritual path are for you to take up. With doing practice, karma yoga and selfless service we do make this world a better place little by little. Here now at Navaratri with the greatest force in the universe, The Divine Mother is the best opportunity to start or deepen such practice. Do take this chance brothers and sisters, advance on your spiritual path
and helping our world to be a better world. Jagdambe Mata ki Jai , Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

Day 3

Dear brothers and sisters, gathering again at this holy fire place on the third day of this Navaratri. Soon Shri Alok Banerjee will initiate the third havan of of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the splendorous Divine Mother Durga and to the Guru of guru’s Shri Shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. This well balanced mixture of ingredients we are offering is prescribed by the rishis in ancient times. The Sanskrit mantra’s recited by Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya are created and assembled by Babaji, Shri Mahendra Maharaj and Vishnu Datt Acharya. The havankund is build according to the rules by Shri Maha Muniraj. All of this, mixed with our devotion makes this a sacred fire which transforms everything in Divine vibrations. These vibrations are healing and nurturing the creation that we are also part of at it’s very core. It may not always be experienced as peaceful and Divine at first. These powerful vibrations are stirring up also negative energies we may have collected in our ignorance in this or previous lives. yagya2All of the rituals we are doing here at Navaratri are purifying and lifting us up and of all this sacred fire may hold the most transformative power. It can burn the veil between the Divine and that what we perceive as ourselves. In this process most probably our karma’s do not magically disappear but it does make us stronger inside to handle that what is on our path. It sheds Divine light which offers us the chance not to make the same mistakes over and over again separating us from the Divine nature in our hearts. There is no real importance whether you are offering these ingredients or sit somewhere behind. It is important that we are concentrated and put our busy mind to rest. What a great blessing brothers and sisters that we are here now making this offering and enjoying these healing and purifying vibrations together. Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

Day 4

We have reached the 4th day brothers and sisters of Ashwin Navaratri at Anandpuri ashram. Shortly, Shri Alok Banerjee will guide us into the 4th havan of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the source of all, the Divine Mother Durga and to the benevolent Lord, Shri shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. With alternating voice Shri Maya Patti and Shri Vinod Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantra’s and sloka’s. Clouds can obscure the sun but the sun is always there. Similarly our thoughts can obscure the Divine experience in our life but the divine is always present in us. There are many different yoga’s to control our thoughts and enhance our awareness of the Divine in the world as well as in our lives. Shri Babaji has given us very simple practices to follow. Simple but not always easy to do. Desires, laziness etc. are arising from our unconsciousness as obstacles on our path. Here at Navaratri, we may find the inspiration by Divine grace to be always aware how the Divine loves you and is waiting with lots of patience for you to take the steps to come home, home to itself buried in our very own hearts. Phuro, Be inspired !

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Day 5

Good morning brothers and sisters assembled here around the sacred fireplace on the 5th day of Navaratri. In a minute or two, Shri Alok Banerjee will start the 5th havan of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the all pervading Divine Mother Durga and to the Sathguru, Shri Shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya will be reciting the Sanskrit mantra’s and sloka’s. Babaji, the Sathguru, the true guru in His last manifestation as Bhole Baba has given us Truth, Simplicity and Love as a guide on our spiritual path. As we mature our consciousness through the years, our vision of truth also evolves. We each evolve at our own speed directed by our actions. In this rapidly changing world of appearances, our personal vision of truth does often not match with that of others. It offers however a great possibility in satsang to learn from each others visions rather than fighting each other with the ideas we presently may hold. Pushing our vision and imposing it on others creates a false truth for others as well as our selves. Living your truth is creating simplicity. The advaitha school and many great saints refer to the truth as, That what Is. To surrender to that what is, is not easy but makes life very simple and creates peace. In living life in this way, Love will arise by itself. Love is nothing personal. Our whole creation is teeming with love and is at the very base of existence. Love is the reason why Bhole Baba has an interest in us and our upliftment. So brothers and sisters, let us renew our commitment to truth here at this sacred fire today. Let each of us for himself contemplate on how to practice this in our lives to connect with that unconditional Divine Love permeating our whole existence. Now in Kaliyuga it seems so very far away in the world today but exactly therefor it is also so very close by. The steps to take are ours and ours alone. Let us now rejoice in Bhole Baba and be grateful for His message of Truth, Simplicity and Love. Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

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We have arrived at the 6th day of Navaratri brothers and sisters at
Anandpuri Ashram.
Gathered here at the sacred fireplace Sri Alok Banerjee will now lead us into the 6th havan of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the illustrious Divine Mother Durga and to the Guru who resides in our heart, Shri shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya will call on the Divine by reciting the havan mantra’s and sloka’s to appear in this fire of transformation. Our offerings transform in purifying vibrations that reach far and wide beyond us being present here. The whole universe started with a very big fiery explosion. We are born out of the fire of love and passion of our parents, the digestive fire transforms the food we eat in energy for our bodies to function. The element fire has an elemental role throughout the whole creation. When there is a forest fire, all beings flee in every direction. Similarly with this sacred fire, all impurities in our consciousness are shaken up. In one way this feels wonderful but since we deluded beings have the tendency to hold on to our impurities as if it is our very life, it is not always a smooth process. The vibrations here with Divine power at Navaratri can create difficult challenges but here at Navaratri we have a great opportunity to let go of things which are obstacles on our spiritual path. After all these days, you may feel tired, hungry or troubled thoughts keeping you from your peace. Keep your focus brothers and sisters for your peace and harmony is very close. Let burn what needs to be burned and do what needs to be done to experience your Divine bliss here at Babaji’s ashram. Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

Day 7

Phuro, brothers and sisters, be inspired by the Divine vibrations having reached the 7th day of Ashwin Navaratri at Anandpuri ashram. The chairman of the Haidakhandi Samaj, Shri Alok Banerjee will will now conduct the 7th havan of the 9 day yagna dedicated to the force of life itself, the Divine Mother Durga and to the Lord who inspired us to be here now, Shri Shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya will recite the Sanskrit mantra’s and sloka’s to inspire the Divine to collect our offerings and bless us. All these Divine vibrations we can feel here at Navaratri are inspiring us to come here again and again to celebrate these blessed days all over the world. Inspirational teachings in various ways are presented to us, hearts are opening and it feels great. Whatever we do or understand is entitling us to nothing else than serving Babaji and His mission of uplifting humanity. We have ample opportunity to do so in our lives. Here at Navaratri, it is mostly joy and celebration while we help out to keep this festival going but true service extends to 365 days a year to have Him close by and inspiring our day to day life. Doing puja’s, saptasati reading, havan etc. is giving peace and sharpness to the mind. Seva to Babaji is taking care so others may be inspired by His Divine presence. logoIn the various Samaj’s, there is really only one Samaj, The Haidiyakhandi Samaj, and in Babaji’s ashrams around the world are great opportunities to give your service so other may be inspired to and receive these blessings. Shri Muniraj has been a great inspiration in expanding Babaji’s mission and ashrams worldwide. Now he has passed on, it is up to us brothers and sisters to do this, and we can only pick up this big responsibility together. Many of us here will gratefully receive the blessings pooring out here at Navaratri but some of you may be inspired and hungry for more of Babaji in your life. Selfless service in the name of the Divine fills your life with the Divine. Babaji’s door is always open. Phuro, be inspired ! Bhole Baba ki Jai!

 

Day 8

Welcome brothers and sisters to astami, the 8th day of Navaratri at Babaji’s ashram, Anandpuri Dham. Sweetly but firm, Shri Alok Banerjee is leading this colorful Babaji family and will now conduct the 8th havan of the 9 day yagna to commemorate the glory of the omnipotent Divine Mother Durga and to celebrate the Guru of guru’s, Shri Shri 1008 Haidakhan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya are reciting the havan mantra’s and sloka’s for the Divine to dwell amongst us and collect the offerings. In the oldest history books like Ramayana, Maha Bharat, Bible, Koran etc. there is lots of talk of war. Great empires and kingdoms have come and gone. While ideals and motives changes, the eternal fight continues. Humanity is at war with itself. Also between political groups within countries, between sports clubs, between families and within families. And no exception for spiritual organizations like our own, the fight in one way or the other continues. We may conclude, war is us ! In the vedic scriptures these external wars are so well explained how this fight is true happening within our own consciousness. We can hear Shri Mayapatti everyday in the temple explaining such stories from the Shrimad Devi Bhagvatam which may be the best example where the outer wars are a reflection of our inner struggle. This sacred book also offers solutions on how to confront this seemingly eternal battle that each one of us is suffering inside. It is up to us to take what is being offered and only then the real work, the true karma yoga begins. It is of greatest importance to add awareness on our daily actions next to our spiritual practice. Being aware of who we truly are in the hidden corners of our mind and how we behave towards others is very crucial for our progress on the path. Since none of us here are world leaders, it is the only way we can add to world peace by making peace with ourselves. The omnipotent power of the Divine Mother adds enormously in this inner struggle but it does take sincere effort from us in the first place. Today Shri Durga Devi slays the demon of demons, Mahi Shashura which represents our ego. No puja or havan can do this for you but the power arising out of these practices will support and guide you to do the work. Phuro, Be inspired. Shri Durga Maya ki Jai ! Bhole Baba ki Jai!

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Day 9

Blessings for us all brothers and sisters being here at naumi, the last day of Navaratri. Shortly our chairman Shri Alok Banerjee will finalize the 9th day Yagna with the 9th and last havan followed with the poornahooti. These glorious days are dedicated to the omnipresent Divine Mother Durga and to our beloved Babaji, Shri Shri 1008 Haidhakan whale Baba. Shri Mayapatti and Shri Vinod Acharya are also concluding their recitals of the Sanskrit mantra’s. This day is dedicated to Siddhidatri, the boongiving form of the Divine Mother where She blesses those who have done sadhana and fulfill the desires in our hearts. Be conscious of what desires may linger there unconsciously for Babaji has told us, “I have come to give, but you do not know what to ask for”. Special thanks to those who have come and did a whole 9 days sadhana here at Anandpuri ashram. May Durga Devi bless you. A very big thank you for those who have come early and stay behind to do all the work to make all this possible for everybody else. May Babaji always keep you close and you feel His unconditional love. The turbulent times our world is going thru seems to be increasing and increasing. Babaji said that Om Namaha Shivay s stronger than the atom bomb. Not easy to comprehend this but let it be an incentive to increase the repletion of Om Namaha Shivay ! This what we have done here in these days is the way to bring God on earth. Increase your practice and direct your focus brothers and sisters and it will protect you from what is coming. Let us now focus on the last havan of this Navaratri and receive the blessing. For those who are travelling, travel safely, for those who are staying and enjoying the Divine vibrations longer be blessed. Share Babaji’s spirit and message everywhere you go, be well and abide in peace. Bhole Baba ki Jai ! Shri Durga Devi ki jai ! Shri Muniraj Maharaj ki Jai ! Bhole Baba ki Jai !

 

by Raghuvir

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