In the contemporary times, there is a dire need for positive change. The 21st century woman engaged in finding her identity needs to look back in time at the role models of empowerment where empowerment just didn’t mean taking up male roles but to find the human inside. The definition of holistic growth of women with a set of educational, social, economic, and political empowerments remains incomplete until it is complemented by spiritual empowerment.
Educating the women does not mean qualifying them only in mere degree courses, but also revolutionizing their inner self. In other words, providing them spiritual learning – the art of knowing and living one’s true identity- is the need of the hour. Revival of such glorious culture of respect for women is possible even today; the only condition being the woman explores her unexplored dimension that is her third (divine) eye, which is the seat of self (soul) situated at the forehead, and lives her full potential.
In order to make the audience aware about the divine messages, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (“DJJS”) conducted seven days Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Katha at Guwahati, Assam. The Katha was organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Assam from 22nd to 28th June, 2019 to further the celebrations of the yearly Ambubachi Mela. Hundreds of people under the divine roof got drenched under divine shower. A series of devotional bhajans and inspirational songs elevated audience’s thoughts and directed them towards the positive change which is yet to be realized.
The orator of the program Sadhvi Aditi Bharti Ji (disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji) explained that Devi Durga is the creator; she is the mother, a mother who has all the powers to decide well for herself and her progeny. By killing the demon Mahishasur, Goddess Durga not only protected self and dignity of women but also acted as a change agent inspiring women over the ages. The goddess is all powerful to take different roles at different times. To elaborate further, Sadhvi Ji brought to the attention of the audience the relevance of the ongoing annual local Ambubachi Mela which celebrates one of the forms of Devi Durga, i.e., goddess Kamakhya. She said that goddess Kamakhya, like other forms of Devi Durga, perfectly upholds the characteristics of an ideal woman, calling upon women to identify with the immense potential lying within them at the same time. Thus, Goddess’s case is an inspiration for women to get their third (divine) eye ignited, reach their full potential, and become the change.
The worship of Maa Shakti emphasizes the need to know and realize the true nature of Devi which is Shakti and is present in its elemental form within all of us but is lying dormant. The scriptures sing glory of awakened and truly empowered women who not only reached spiritual heights but also stood against societal malfunction and successfully corrected all wrongs of the then era.
Revered Spiritual Master of the time, Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, the founder and head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan says, “To alleviate women from repeated cycles of subjugation, society should be made aware of the status of women as in the vedic times and secondly, women themselves should realize their real self-worth. And to make both a living reality, ‘Self-Awakening’ is the only solution.” The process of self-realization empowers one spiritually as the true Self is the perennial source of divine energy.
The program successfully served its purpose. Enlightening and insightful thoughts made the people realize the God’s power within and inspired them to live the spiritual journey in their life. The event was marked by the gracious presence of many eminent guests, which included:
▪ Dr. Mahindra Singh
Minister of State (Independent Charge), Medical & Health (MOS), UP & National Secretary /Incharge, Assam State (BJP)
▪ Shri Raj Kumar Sharma
Director, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (A Public Sector Oil Company)
▪ Shri Jayanta Malla Baruah
Chairman, Assam Tourism Development Corporation, Guwahati