In India, in the Fall of every year, usually October, much of the month is devoted to the worship of the Divine Feminine, Mahashakti, the Divine Creative Power. This worship is simply called Durga Puja, the Worship of the Goddess Durga, Mahamaya.
In the East the criterion is very different than in the West. If a thing spiritually harms the individual then it is wrong; if something spiritually benefits the individual then it is right.
Our friend Jonathan Mahoney, who has hosted a number of podcasts with Swami Nirmalananda, has gathered a large number of quotes from his writings and podcasts which he found valuable. So we are sharing them with you.
At our monthly online Satsangs there are many more questions that can be answered in an hour. So we are going to be regularly posting answers to the extra questions. Here are Swami Nirmalananda’s answers to the questions left over after the September Satsang.
To be born again is to be born in the spirit, which is our higher Self. It takes place when we cease living or being aware only in our physical body, our external life in this material world, and begin to experience our true, higher life as the immortal, divine Self in the greater life and being of God.
It is not just our mistaken perceptions that prevent our escape from bondage. Rather, they give rise to another ingredient in the stew of our samsaric misery: wrong intention. Our whole purpose is wrong. What should it be?