Prayer, in whatever form of divine, we believe in, is an unparalleled form of self love. Not only do we derive our power from prayer, but faith can give our life a purpose and meaning.

Today, as I sit in my studio at 10:45pm, meditating on my divine, Durga, I felt the urge to share this with all my readers. In Feng Shui, I talk about intentions, and I feel I derive my strong intentions and manifestations from my “Devi” Durga!

Durga is one of the goddesses in Hinduism and is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. In Bengal, she is said to be the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya as well of Saraswatiand Lakshmi. She is considered a divine mother, a guardian, and a warrior who protects divine law and righteousness.

Durga is most often seen as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with eight or ten hands carrying weapons and assuming mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This way, the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).

According to the narrative from the Devi Mahatmya of the Markandeya Purana, Durga was made by the gods as a warrior goddess to fight a demon. The demon’s father, Rambha, king of the demons, once fell in love with a water buffalo, and Mahishasur was born from this union. He is therefore able to change between human and buffalo form at will (mahisha means “buffalo”). Through intense prayers to Brahma, Mahishasura was given the boon that he could not be defeated by any man or god. He unleashed a reign of terror on earth, heaven and the nether worlds. The gods, realizing that only a woman or goddess could defeat the buffalo demon, gave forth all of their creative energy and created Durga. Durga, holding many weapons, went to battle with Mahishasur and won, saving the gods and men from destruction!

Devi is the word for “goddess” in Hinduism. The male equivalent is Deva, the female aspect of the divine. Devi is synonymous with Shakti, the female aspect of the divine. She has many different incarnations. Among these incarnations are Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, Kali, and Parvati.

What is your form of self love? Does He/She have a name or form, or is it a form of energy? Do you find solace in your self love? Remember, your intentions and faith can move mountains.

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