M.A.Center, Washington DC

Navaratri Celebrations 2018

Navaratri Celebrations at MA Center DC
Navaratri Celebrations at MA Center DC
(Daily event) Oct 10, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018 (ended)

M.A. Center welcomes you to join us for the Navaratri Celebrations from October 10th thru October 19th, 2018, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Durga Pooja - Oct 10 thru Oct 12 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

The first three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in the form of Goddess Durga

The evening prayers will include:

  • Guru Stotram
  • Durga Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Durga Arati
  • Amma Arati

Lakshmi Pooja - Oct 13 thru Oct 15 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

The second three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in form of Goddess Lakshmi

On October 13th, we will follow the regular Saturday Satsang schedule with Archana at 4:30pm.

The evening prayer will include:

  • Guru Stotram 
  • Lakshmi Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Lakshmi Arati
  • Amma Arati

Saraswati Pooja - Oct 16 thru Oct 18 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

The third three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in the form of Goddess Saraswati

The evening prayers will include:

  • Guru Stotram
  • Saraswati Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Saraswati Arati
  • Amma Arati

Ayudha Pooja - October 18

Where everyone gives their tools of the trade (Ayudha)-pens, machinery, laptops, stethescopes, automobiles etc a rest and ritually worships them. Those involved in artistic and scholarly pursuits (students) may bring their instruments and books to be placed at the altar. They start afresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as 'Vijaya Dasami'.     

Vijaya Dashami - October 19 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

Vijaya Dashami means victory on the 10th day. 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.

The evening prayers will include:

  • Amma Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardhini Stotram
  • Vidyarambham (fresh beginning of acquiring knowledge)
  • Bhajans
  • Amma Arati

 

What is Navaratri?

Navratri is a nine-day festival, rich in meaning, focused on the different forms of the Goddess. At one level, Navaratri signifies the progress of a spiritual aspirant.
During this spiritual journey, the aspirant has to pass three stages personified by Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Then, he/she enters into the realm of the infinite, wherein one realizes one's Self.
Navaratri, which literally means 'nine nights,' dedicates three days each to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
The tenth day, though, is the most important; it is known as Vijayadashami, the 'tenth day of victory.'
The significance of each stage of worship has clear parallels in 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 sadhak (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. These three ingredients are just as necessary for a full and complete worldly life. In reality, when we pray like this, we are but invoking the Shakti (energy/force) that is within ourselves.
Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are not different entities, but different facets of the singular Divinity.

Saturday
Nov
17
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Nov
20
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Thursday
Nov
22
7:00pm - 8:00pm
A monthly birthday is traditionally observed in India that is based on the moon’s position in addition to the annual birthday observed in the West, which is based on the sun’s position. According to the Indian calendar, Karthika is the nakshatram (star constellation) in which the moon was... more ›
Saturday
Nov
24
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Nov
27
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Dec
01
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Dec
04
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Dec
08
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›
Tuesday
Dec
11
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Scriptural discussion is led by Br. Ramanand. We are currently discussing the text - Lalita Sahasranama (1000 names of the Divine Mother) The discussion, every Tuesday (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) after the evening Arati, includes pronunciation, word-by-word meaning, commentary, followed by group... more ›
Saturday
Dec
15
4:30pm - 8:00pm
(sat = betterment/a good cause | sang = gathering) The main gathering at the M.A. Center DC happens every Saturday. We gather to do spiritual practices, or satsang, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. The evening consists of meditation, chanting, spiritual talk/discussion... more ›