Sadhguru speaks about the qualities which are associated with the different days of the Navratri festival and how they can be used for one’s spiritual wellbeing.
Sadhguru: Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are symbols of three dimensions of the feminine. They also represent the three basic qualities of existence – tamas, rajas, and sattva. Tamas means inertia. Rajas means activity, passion. Sattva, in a way, is the breaking of boundaries, dissolution, melting and merging. Among the three celestial objects, with which the very making of our bodies is very deeply connected – the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. Mother Earth is considered tamas, the Sun is rajas, the Moon is sattva.
Those who aspire for power, for immortality, for strength, will worship those forms of the feminine which are referred to as tamas, like Kali or Mother Earth. Those who aspire for wealth, for passion, for life and various other gifts that the material world has to offer, naturally aspire towards that form of the feminine which is referred to as Lakshmi or the Sun. Those who aspire for knowledge, knowing, and transcending the limitations of the mortal body, will aspire for that aspect of the feminine which is referred to as sattva – Saraswati is the representative of that – or the Moon.
Tamas is the nature of the Earth, and she is the one who gives birth. The gestation period that we spend in the womb is tamas; it is a state which is almost like hibernation, but we are growing. So tamas is the nature of the Earth and of your birth. You are sitting on the earth; you must just learn to simply be one with her. You are anyway a part of her. Only when she wishes she throws you out; when she wishes she sucks you back.
So this Navratri, there are certain things happening at the Linga Bhairavi. Enjoy the Navratri and make use of it. Because those of you who are on certain type of sadhana like brahmacharis and a few others, what day it is, it doesn't matter. But for all others it will matter. Making use of little-little supports that nature offers is good to make use of. Going on your own steam is not impossible, not many people made it, that's all. So make use of these nine days. If you’re here for these nine days, please make use of it for what it is. You should spend some time with the Devi; it’ll be very good to do that in these nine days.
Editor’s Note: Each day of Navratri includes the Navratri Pooja, a powerful opportunity to imbibe Devi’s Grace. The Navratri pooja includes an elaborate abhishekam of 11 offerings and a vibrant offering of music and dance thereby creating an explosion of energy with songs extoling Devi at her fullest glory.