‘The first teaching of Navaratri’

Just really like this from Eddie Stern, of both Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome St. Temple (if you needed a reminder):

The first teaching of Navaratri is that difficulties are not external to us. The demons that arose in chapter one of the Devi Mahatmya which Lord Vishnu slayed were not external to him, either – they were born out from His own ears! What demons do we create through our ears, by virtue of the way we listen to people?

Please join us over these next nights at the temple for the purifying rituals and expressions of devotion that will help quiet the mind, and awaken devotion and gratitude. Chant Om Dum Durgayai Namah 108 times tonight and tomorrow night on your own to strengthen your connection with the Goddess who reveals that difficulties are in our own mind.

There is more at the link about the inward movement of attention.

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