Durga Puja 2020

Durga Puja Festival 2020

Dear Members, Devotees and Well-wishers,

Durga Puja is organised this year in Centre Vedantique in a particular format, determined by the precautionary and sanitary measures.

Ashtami Puja and Navami Puja are celebrated on 23 and 24 October 2020 virtually, without audience. You may join us and follow the pujas through the link > Geneva 2020 Durga Puja Live.

Visits for Darshan are organised on 23, 24 and 25 October 2020 on a registration basis, for groups of 6 persons maximum during a timeslot of 15 minutes.  Deadline for registration is 20 October 2020. To register, use the following link > Geneva 2020 Darshan Registration.

Those of you who are not familiar with IT tools may call us at 022 340 78 07, we shall handle registration on your behalf.

We hope that many of you will join us in this holy celebration.

Kind regards, Swami Amarananda and the Executive Committee

May the Divine Mother give us peace in spite of the tumult around us!

Chers Membres, Dévots et Amis,

Durga Puja est organisée cette année au Centre Védantique sous une forme particulière, déterminée par les mesures de précaution et de santé.

Ashtami Puja et Navami Puja sont célébrées les 23 et 24 octobre 2020 sans public. Vous pourrez suivre les pujas via le lien > > Geneve 2020 Durga Puja Live.

Des visites pour le Darshan sont organisées les 23, 24 et 25 octobre 2020 sur inscription, par groupes de 6 personnes maximum pour 15 minutes. La date-limite pour les inscriptions est le 20 octobre 2020. Pour vous inscrire, utilisez le lien > Geneve 2020 Darshan Inscription.

Si vous n’êtes pas familiers avec les outils informatiques, appelez le 022 340 78 07, nous enregistrerons votre réservation.

Nous espérons que vous serez nombreux à nous rejoindre pour cette célébration.

Cordiales salutations, Swami Amarananda et le Comité exécutif

Puisse la Mère Divine nous accorder la paix en dépit du tumulte autour de nous !

The Glory of Autumn

Autumn (Sharat) is regarded as one of the best seasons in India.  The sun is on his southward journey and, as his blazing rays begin to slant, the subcontinent feels freedom from the oppressive heat of summer months.  The monsoon has infused new life into trees, shrubs, creepers, herbs, grass, moss and lichen; and Gaia, the Earth Goddess, shows herself off in her richly embroidered green apparel of lush vegetation everywhere.

In the villages there is a look of plentitude and peace.  The granaries are full with freshly garnered grain, the fields offer large open spaces with cattle grazing here and there, and along the borders of fields you can see rows of white and light pink kashphool(flowers of a kind of tall grass) tassels waving triumphantly in the breeze.  Overhead, the sky is deep blue with an occasional white cloud sailing across lazily to an unknown destination.  A kind of mystic silence pervades the air, broken only by the laughter of children playing here and there.

It is as if Nature has prepared herself for the advent of the Divine Mother.  Indeed, which other season can be a better one to welcome the Divine Mother than autumn? And Durga Puja is about the advent of the Divine Mother.

Glorious Autumn in Bengal
Glorious Autumn in Bengal

Jini Brahma tini Shakti, tini i Ma ”

He who is Brahman is Shakti, and He himself is the Mother of the Universe

Sri Ramakrishna

Worship of the Divine Mother

Worship of the Divine Mother is one of the oldest forms of worship known to humanity.  In prehistoric times, God was worshipped as the Divine Mother all over the world.  Evidences for Mother Worship have been recovered in different places in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. 

But it is only in India that Mother worship went beyond the framework of a cult and became a full-fledged living religion supported by an advanced theology, scriptures, rites, customs and festivals which are followed by millions of people even in modern times.  And in Bengal, worship of God as Mother attained the highest form of a cultural refinement and ritual sophistication, and became the dominant faith and practice of the people.

Sri Ramakrishna used to say: ”To look upon God as Mother is the purest and the highest form of Sadhana” (Matribhav shuddha bhav, sadhanar shesh katha).  Why did he say that?  Because Mother’s love is the most unselfish and unconditional form of human love.  For a child, mother is all sufficient: apart from giving birth, she provides everything that the child needs – nourishment, protection, warmth, comfort, training, education.  To look upon God as Mother is to make God all-sufficient in one’s life.  It is a very natural, intimate and purest form of relationship.