Ashwin Navaratri – Tantra Sadhana Immersion
28th September – 10th October, ShivohamTantra Ashram, India
Level 1 – for beginners and advanced practioners
Here is what the Sadhana Immersion will offer you:
- Navaratris are cycles in the year that create the most auspicious times to retreat together.
- Celebrate Navaratri by combining traditional tantric practices along with Sharabh Yoga, devotion, philosophy and ashram life
- This particular Navaratri offers an unique purification process in traditional tantra that we refer to as Level 1, which is an initiation into the life of a sadak (tantric practitioner). This particular process uses rare materials and herbs in a ritual of sanskar and drawing yantras on the body that amplify the purification of the subtle body relating to the three gunas
- In this specific process of purification we also make a yantra for Ganesh as well as a yantra of the Goddess. and will be offering rituals and practices such as Marjan, Tarpan, Abhishek and Yagnas (fire ceremonies)
- A unique opportunity to experience and learn some fundamental and less known aspects of the science of Tantra
- We will show you how to use this as a path of evolution, so you are able to continue these practices in the future.
If you prefer you are welcome to join the Navaratri at the ashram without the sadhana introduction and partake in festival activities and sadhana. Which includes the making of the live yantra of the Goddess, one yagna, daily japa meditation, kumari puja, and spontaneous rituals. Those who join the sadhana introduction will also experience these aspects in addition.
One of the main aspects to Navaratri in our tradition is the creating of a Yantra which invokes a particular aspect of the feminine energy. This is usually a Yantra of one of the Maha Vidyas, the Wisdom Goddesses from the Tantric tradition. During the Navaratri we invoke and worship the Divine Mother in the form of her yantra, which can be described as her most purist manifestation. Yantras are often made with coloured rice, yet on these special occasions we make the Yantra with sprouted wheat grass, in both cases we charge the Yantra with specific Mantra. The spouted wheat grows over the retreat days as an embodiment of the Goddess herself.
What are the benefits of Navaratri?
Navaratri translates as ‘nine nights’ and the two main cycles are observed twice a year at the beginning of the Indian summer and beginning of the winter when there are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence. In Hinduism, the energy of the Mother is represented by the goddess Durga, in Tantra we understand that all the Wisdom Goddesses are present in Durga. This energy is referred to as Devi (Goddess) or Shakti (energy or power). It is understood that it is this energy that helps the divine to carry out the universal play of creation, preservation and destruction.