Mother is not far from you. She ever resides in the innermost recess of your heart. Mother is the eye of your eyes, the ear of your ears, the word of your words and the life of your life.Mother envelops this entire universe and exists inside and outside
every animate and inanimate object. In Her Nirguna state, She is your father; in Her Saguna state, She is your Mother. You are the darling of that Mother; then why are you crying? Just imagine that you are sitting on the lap of your Mother; and She is holding you tightly with Her ten Arms. You are all the time looking in front of you; that is why you get frightened and cry aloud at the sight of sorrow and disease, poverty and want, which float like terrible sharks in this ocean of life. Do look back but once; see on whose lap you are sitting; who is holding you in her arms. You
turn outgoing senses inwards and see how Mother is protecting you all the time. Wipe away your tears, wipe them away. Say only Durga, Durga, Durga.
Whoever has taken firm refuge in Mother, he has gained complete and eternal peace. Think of Ramprasad, Kamlakanta, Vamakshepa, Ramakrishna Paramhans – they had all gained Her Darshan. Even in this age, Mother does come. She appears before one if he calls for Her with real Bhakti and humility. Even if you have no faith, yet call Mother. If you call Her, your faith will gradually grow. Even if you cannot call Her with earnestness, yet you say Durga, Durga, Durga. Your earnestness will grow. All your doubts will disappear. Say constantly – Durga, Durga, Durga.
Shiva has said “That person is Mukta (free) who thinks with Bhakti of Durga, the destroyer of all sorrows and poverty. He who does Japa of Durga Naam, who does Dhyan of Durga is Mukta, there is no doubt about it.” If you go on repeating the name, Durga, Durga, the lotus in your heart will blossom. If that lotus you will see Mother in all her effulgence. Your do not have to look here and there; you do not have to think of the means. Mother has already taken the entire responsibility for your well-being and She is constantly protecting you. If you go on doing Japa of Durga, Durga, you will realize that you are not without shelter in this world. There is Mother always next to you. Go on constantly repeating, Durga, Durga, Durga.
There is no Puja comparable to Durga Puja. There is no result comparable to gaining Durga. There is no Jnana (knowledge) comparable to the knowledge of Durga. If you do constant Japa saying Durga, Durga, then the ignorance that “I am this body” will be automatically destroyed. As you go on doing this Japa, your heart will be filled with light, vibrations and Ananda. You will then realize by yourself that “I am not this body, I am Atma” and you will be able to see within yourself the effulgent Omkar Atma in form of Nada. You go on repeating Durga, Durga, Durga. There is no Tapasya in this world, done either by word, deed and mind, or even fasting etc., which is comparable to the Tapasya of doing Japa of Durga Naam. The aim of all Tapasya is to attain Mother, who is ever full of Ananda and in form of Omkar. If one does Japa of Durga, Durga, She illumines the lotus of that person’s heart and appears before him. So do not be worried. Go on doing Japa of Durga, Durga, Durga. Go on saying Durga, Durga, Durga.
- Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath