MA Center Chicago (MACC)

Navaratri

Devi on a lion with an MA Center Chicago graphic featuring a diya
Sep 25, 2022 6:00pm to Oct 4, 2022 9:30am (ended)

OBSERVANCE OF NAVARATRI AT MA CENTER CHICAGO

Navaratri, or the nine nights of Devi, will be observed at MA Center Chicago Sunday, Sept. 25th through Tuesday, Oct. 4th (note specific dates and times below). The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit. Navaratri is a time of sadhana, of conquering our inner negativities to gain greater will power and self-control, of awakening the right knowledge from within. Vijayadasami, 'the tenth day of victory', marks the successful completion of this occasion. During these nine nights and ten days, three days each are devoted to honoring or celebrating the different aspects of the divine mother, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Vijayadashami day, (the tenth day) is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures. Read Amma's 2016 Navaratri message.

Sunday Sept 25, Monday, Sept. 26, Tuesday, Sept. 27:   
                
Daily Evening Program:
6:00-6:30 pm – White Flower Meditation
6:30-7:30 pm - Durga Ashtotharam and Durga Bhajans

Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 30:    

Daily Evening Program:
6:00-6:30 pm – White Flower Meditation
6:30-7:30 pm - Lakshmi Ashtotharam and Lakshmi Bhajans

Thursday, Sept. 29:

6:00-6:30 pm – White Flower Meditation
6:30-7:00 pm - Lakshmi Ashtotharam
7:00-8:30 pm - Gita class w/Swamiji

Seva Day and Navaratri Satsang Saturday, Oct. 1:

9:00-4:00 pm - MACC Farm Seva: Learn more here.
4:00-5:00 pm – Archana
5:00-5:50 pm – Satsang Talk by Swami Shantamritananda Puri
5:50-6:00 pm - Saraswati Ashtotharam
6:00-7:30 pm - Bhajans

7:30-8:00 pm - Arati, Meditation and Prasad

Sunday Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 3:           

Daily Evening Program:
6:00-6:30 pm – White Flower Meditation
6:30-7:30 pm - Saraswati Ashtotharam and Bhajans

Monday Oct. 3: Ayudha Puja

Bring a tool (eyeglasses, paintbrushes, a pen, a camera, etc), or a musical instrument you are studying, or a book you wish to gain wisdom from and place it on the altar to invoke the blessings of Saraswati (please wrap in paper and write your name on the outside). You can retrieve the item and start afresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as 'Vijayadasami'. You may bring your item earlier than Monday if more convenient.

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

8:00-9:00 am - Vijayadashami* led by Swamiji

*Vijaya Dashami means victory on the 10th day. On this day, we celebrate the victory of good over evil and of one's higher nature over one's mundane indriyas (senses). Vijayadasami is known also as Dussehra or Dasara and marks the culmination of the nine-nights-long festival of Navaratri. The root sentiment of Vijaya Dashmi is victory; of good over evil and of self over one's mundane indriyas (senses). The scriptures advise us to attain victory over the mind. One who has not conquered the mind has not conquered anything at all. Swamiji will conduct a special puja in the morning and return the tools blessed at the altar.

The significance of each stage of worship parallels the different stages of sadhana (spiritual practices): first, negative tendencies need to be controlled; second, virtues need to be ingrained; third, after gaining the necessary mental purity, spiritual knowledge needs to be acquired. Only then will the spiritual aspirant attain spiritual illumination.

Navaratri is not only important for spiritual aspirants; it has a message for those who lead a worldly life as well. They should invoke Durga's help to surmount obstacles, pray to Lakshmi to bestow peace and prosperity, and contemplate upon Saraswati in order to gain knowledge. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are not different entities, but different facets of the singular Divinity.''

 

 

Saturday
Dec
03
A Multi-Day Event
Amma says that we have a responsibility towards all those suffering from illness and poverty and that it's our duty to provide them with food, care, and the light of knowledge.  In that spirit, please support this year's MACC and AYUDH Chicago Holiday Food/Supply Drive. As in years past, the you... more ›
Tuesday
Dec
06
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Saturdays) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://... more ›
Wednesday
Dec
07
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Saturdays) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://... more ›
Thursday
Dec
08
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Saturdays) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://... more ›
Thursday
Dec
08
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. This class is generally held weekly on Thursdays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm CT when Swamiji is here at MA Center Chicago, and class is followed by a short guided meditation. The class is held live in the MA Center Chicago... more ›
Friday
Dec
09
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Saturdays) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://... more ›
Saturday
Dec
10
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Amma says, "Bhajans are prayers in the form of songs, rich in meaning and full of devotional content." The MACC Bhajan Class meets virtually on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 2:30 to 3:45 pm. This class is offered for those who wish to learn bhajans and study devotional songs and... more ›
Saturday
Dec
10
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Amrita Bala Kendra (ABK) passes on Amma’s teachings to children through fun and engaging activities such as stories, bhajans, arts and crafts, celebration of festivals and service projects. ABK focuses on values, multi cultural traditions, and spiritual practices.  ABK is held in-person in the MA... more ›
Saturday
Dec
10
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Join us Saturday for satsang, starting with group archana at 5PM CT, followed by bhajans, arati, and meditation.  Masking is now optional in group gatherings and spaces at MA Center Chicago. Keeping the health and safety of all who wish to attend uppermost in our minds, please abide by the... more ›
Saturday
Dec
10
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Amma requests everyone to regularly practice this meditation once or twice a day for the benefit of the entire world. Join us every evening (except Saturdays) for Amma's White Flower Meditation via Zoom: https://... more ›

Our daily spiritual practices include:

WHITE FLOWER MEDITATION
Daily* at 6:00 pm

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 6:30 pm

  • Guru Stotram Chanting
  • Bhajans (devotional singing)
  • Closing prayers and Arati

*Note: On Thursdays, we have a Bhagavad Gita class with Swami Shantamritananda Puri instead of daily bhajans. On Saturdays, bhajans and group meditation are part of the regular Saturday program.