Read about the fascinating astrlogical prediction Roger got in Chapter 1: The first Encounter
In the summer of 1995, I spent a long period of time living at Prashanthi Nilayam in southern India. Prasanthi Nilayam is the biggest ashram – spiritual community – in the world. It is the home of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who is considered to be the new spiritual leader of India. People from all corners of the world come to Prasanthi Nilayam seeking spiritual enlightenment and harmony.
It was during this trip that I was introduced to the story of the Great Goddess Durga by Bodhidharma – the famous storyteller from Calcutta. Bodhidharma provided me with a great inspirational, and often humoristic, framework to understand the enlightening and empowering teachings of Durga Yoga and the Devi Mahatmyan.
According to the ancient Hindu scriptures, Durga is the first female divinity in the Universe. She is the essence of creation in the Universe. Durga is a beautiful Goddess who slays demons, and who exists independent of male protection or guidance.
Durga represents a vision of the feminine that challenges the stereotype view of women in traditional societies and religions. Her life is a guide that demonstrates the extraordinary power that is repressed in women who are forced into submissive and socially demeaning roles. Her turbulent story is one of war, success, personal sacrifice, and final liberation. In her role reversal, she exists outside of the normal structures of life, and provides a new version of reality that brings new meaning and empowerment into our lives.
This story unfolds in the company of two of the most respected spiritual teachers in the world today. It is with great respect and admiration that I dedicate this book to them.
This book is a guideline for a powerful spiritual awakening, just waiting to happen in the hearts of its readers. Respectfully at the lotus feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.