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Durga Puja w/ Pundit Mani-Sharma

Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ (PDT) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT

Free – $540

Join us for Durga Puja

a celebration of victory over negative thoughts and tendencies.

Mother Durga is symbolic of intelligence, mercy and beauty in all things.

In this Durga Puja we will offer water, scented powders, flowers, mantras, the ringing of a bell, and sweet foods; symbolically we offer up our negative tendencies and self arrogating principle which is responsible for suffering as the sense of separation.


**Your offerings of monetary donation, flowers and fruits may be given to one of the volunteers on Sunday (preferably before 6pm)**



Durga represents the Divine Mother. She is the energy aspect of the Lord. Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no existence. Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva. Lord Shiva is only the silent witness. He is motionless, absolutely changeless. He is not affected by the cosmic play. It is Durga who does everything.

Shakti is the omnipotent power of the Lord, or the Cosmic Energy. The Divine Mother is represented as having ten different weapons in Her hands. She sits on a lion. She keeps up the play of the Lord through the three attributes of Nature, namely, Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas. Knowledge, peace, lust, anger, greed, egoism and pride, are all Her forms.

The Mother’s Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.

Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your heart to Her with frankness and humility. Be as simple as a child. Kill ruthlessly the enemies of egoism, cunningness, selfishness and crookedness. Make a total, unreserved, and ungrudging self-surrender to Her. Sing Her praise. Repeat Her Name. Worship Her with faith and unflinching devotion. Perform special worship on the Navaratri days. Navaratri is the most suitable occasion for doing intense spiritual practices. These nine days are very sacred to the Divine Mother. Plunge yourself in Her worship.

Pundit Mani-Sharma

Pundit Mani-Sharma

Vedic Priest

Pandit Mani Sharma had Upanayanam (initiation into study) in 1989 as a 7-year old and started his study in a Gurukulam for 10 years until 1999. He went on to study further until 2002. After studying he had a 2-year apprentship as a Hindu Preist until 2004. He has been a professional Pundit (Vedic Priest) since 2004.


Sunday, April 7, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Free – $540


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Los Angeles
3741 West 27th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
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