All divine forces have the one aspect of Shakti or power central to them, thus making them subjects of worship. This divine power or Shakti is responsible for the origin and sustenance of the whole world. Shakti is nothing but omnipotent and omnipresent incarnation of Ma Durga.
The nine forms of Ma Durga are often worshipped by chanting of the Durga Saptashati during Navratras, nine days of piety in the Hindu calendar, widely celebrated twice every year.
Durga Saptashati is a scripture and like all others of its kind, it consists of 3 aspects through which it can be understood fully. The first is by Mahatam (oral recital of the greatness of the deity) which can be done by anyone by just reading the scripture. The second and more powerful way is by assimilating the Gyan or wisdom in the allegorical stories of the scripture. This can be done in some cases by any lay person and in some cases only by the Guru, who has through meditation deciphered the hidden teachings behind the divine tales in the scripture. The third and the most effective way of utilizing a scripture is through Sadhna or meditation which can only be learnt through a Self-realized sage who has through years of penance unraveled the powers in the scripture.
Majority of the religiously inclined read the Durga Mahatam and reap rich dividends. So it can only be imagined if Durga Saptashati is learnt via the gyan and sadhna methods, how much more beneficial it would be.
It took Baba ji decades of meditation to distillate the essence of Durga Saptashati in the form of divine hymns or Beej Mantras, making Durga Saptashati an other-worldly and overwhelmingly blissful experience made all the more special by the invocation of Lord Ganesha, the Holy masters and the divine troika of Maha Saraswati Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali which Baba ji teaches in the programme.
Among the tangible benefits of Durga Saptashati are good health, freedom from suffering in life, attraction of wealth and prosperity in life, materialization of wishes, ridding one of Vastu Dosha, Bhoomi dosha, diseases, legal wrangles and all energy distortions and also spiritual growth at a fast pace etc.
It is Avadhoot Baba Shivanand ji’s vision to spread Durga Saptashati across the world so that all and sundry can avail of its spiritual and worldly benefits.
Lucky is the home which reverberates with the chants of Durga Saptashati every day. Such an abode becomes a haven for all good deeds and its occupants are greeted with good news in their life all the time.