4 murtisHanumanGanapathi Shakti

I just finished reciting mantras and chanting to several statues of Gods and Goddesses in my home, four of which just arrived from Ft. Myers where I was during my visit to Naples two weeks ago (Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Hanuman). I just unpacked them and couldn’t wait to honor their presence and addition to this sacred space that is available for anyone who wishes to visit. By the way, I highly recommend Mogul Interior owned by Era Chandok who devotes herself to filling the store with living and breathing statues (murtis) who are waiting for you to invite them to your homes to share their energies and blessings. I can attest to the power of what they offer.

I decided to write this blog while I’m vibrating with the Shakti activated during my practice, and to encourage you to also spend time devoting yourselves to create states that are available to us all through our practice. Offer yourselves to your favorite deities, masters, light beings, those divine energies and qualities that are instantly energized within you when you breathe, focus, meditate, recite mantras, chant. Put another way, take time to honor yourselves and all of your inner dimensions.

I’ll now take you on a little voyage of my rounds among the deities a few minutes ago. This followed my practice of centering, Anuloma Viloma breathing, guided and silent meditation, Sai Maa Diksha, and Sai Maa Aarti.

First, I sat before my long-time favorite among favorites, Ganapathi Shakti, the large murti of Ganesh with 10 arms and his mother, Parvati/Shakti sitting in his lap. I recited a mantra I offered you in my previous blog:      OM SHRI VALLABOMBA SHAKTI MAHA GANAPATHAYAY NAMAHA. I then recited to the two Vishnu murti the personal mantra given to me by Sai Maa and Maharaji (Sri Satuwa Baba Maharaj) during Guru Diksha at the Kumbha Mela a few years ago. The new statue of Vishnu is called Vishwaroop, and it shows the many forms of Krishna, the entire cosmos, shown by him to Arjuna on the battlefield as described in the Bhagavad Gita.

Next I recited OM NAMAH SHIVAYA to the newly arrived meditating Shiva, who has many serpents and the form of Mata Ganga at the top of his head, as legend says that the Ganges River came to Earth through the hair of Shiva. I followed this with a mantra to Goddess Durga: OM DHUM MAHA DURGAYAY NAMAHA. The new statue of Durga is called Mahishasura Mardini, as it depicts Victory Day of Maha Shivaratri when Goddess Durga slays the demon Mahishasura, representing the victory of the light over the darkness of our ego.

During my visit to Era’s store in Florida she showed me a statue of Hanuman, the monkey God who represents devotion (to Rama and Sita), sacrifice, and strength. Unlike before, I was greatly attracted to this meditating form of Hanuman, and Era and I joined together in deep meditation as we stood before him. In addition to the other three new statues, you can see Hanuman atop a new table in the photos above. I first recited a mantra to Hanuman: OM REENG HREEM MARKATA MARKATAYA SWAHA. Then I played Krishna Das chanting the SHREE HANUMAN CHALISA sloka (prayer) which I highly recommend. I remember when Maa asked the Brahmacharis during a visit to Puttaparthi to chant this sloka, activating our own devotion.

Finally, I chanted OM MANI PADME HUM, the Buddhist mantra of compassion, to three statues of a Boddhisatva (enlightened being), Goddess Tara who takes many loving forms, and Avalokiteshvara (compassion of all the Buddhas).

No matter what form we choose, whatever statue, image, sounds, words, we are devoting ourselves to our own divinity. This devotion moves throughout our heart, expands its electromagnetic field, and raises our vibration because devotion is formed in love that is the highest vibration of all.