by Kristen Beaulieu, devoted mother and inspired yoga teacher
Over the past couple years I have walked deeply into the role of motherhood as a stepparent to my husbands now 13-year- old daughter. As this journey began many mothers, new and experienced, were drawn into my life, and it seemed, whether you birthed these beings yourself or were gifted them through a relationship the role of mother was full of hesitation, doubt and unwavering devotion. During a particularly tumultuous time it was suggested to me to create a daily Sadhana to the hindu goddess Durga, to help me traverse this daunting path.
Maa Durga is the big Mama of hindu gods and goddesses. As the tale goes, she was created by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva for the slaying of the buffalo demon Mahisasura, as they themselves were powerless against the demon. Embodying their collective energy Durga is both derived from the male divinities and the true source of their inner power. She is also greater than any of them. Durga presents a fierce menacing form to her enemies with her 8 arms wielding weapons of destruction and creation. Mother Durga rides in on the lion, master of it’s symbolic qualities of power, will and determination. She defeated the buffalo demon and is celebrated as the ultimate power inherent in all creation.
If we were a tribe Dugra would be the matriarchal head of the tribal family. The big kahuna of Shakti power. She is the mother of the world. Like a parent, with her many arms she protects her devotees in all directions, from the evil and miseries of life.
In calling on Durga, you can’t help but ignite her fierce momentum. Like all paths of creation, the process is tumultuous and at times painful. The process will forever change you, propel you into a new being with greater power and purpose than before.