A skilled yogi blossoms even while living in the three gunas, just as a lotus flower blossoms in muddy waters.

Navaratri is a very important 9-day festival for Hindus, today being the 1st day. We celebrate these 9 days in honour of Divine Mother Durga, the Creative and Protective aspects of Consciousness. The spiritual mantra for Durga is 'Om Dum Durgayei Namaha'. During these special days I chant this mantra a few times every night before going to bed, with an attitude of gratefulness for Her love and protection. I find that chanting this mantra, whenever I feel the need for help and protection, gives me the courage and strength to face difficult situations in life. For those of you who...