This is the 5th day of the Navaratri celebrations (which are held for nine nights). All festivals are meant to remind mankind that they should cultivate noble qualities by engaging themselves in activities beneficial to one’s own self and society. Sai Baba has told that Navaratri, the nine nights, represents the Nine Planets.
During Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, often referred to as “Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is this energy, which is embedded in the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God-Brahman is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything; worship of Shakti confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed.
Sai Baba went on to say that each planet has its own significance. However, these planets are not outside, they are within. So we take the opportunity to examine the energies of the planets within, and examine how the Divine Mother is related to these energies. On this 5th day of Navaratri we will look to the planet Jupiter, and examine Saraswati’s role in higher education and learning. The colour for the 5th day of Navaratri is YELLOW, so we scribe in YELLOW for this 5th day and modify the background so that the text may be read on this site.
Planet Jupiter grants knowledge of Yoga, Astrology, Vastu, science and mathematics, and is the giver of wisdom which overcomes obstacles. Jupiter guides mankind to follow dharma (the path of righteousness within and without) for dharma is the basis of the Universe itself. Jupiter indicates such domains of principle as law, religion and philosophy. He is the planet of intelligence.
Jupiter is preceptor and teacher of the gods (devas); Jupiter is primarily a teacher and provides the wherewithal in our outer lives that we might turn our attention inwards and discover the path to the goal of life. Jupiter is concerned with rituals, the fostering of established codes of behaviour, and imparting higher knowledge (Jupiter is disposer of all higher learning) and wisdom, derived from reflection upon experience.
Saraswati, meaning ‘the essence of self’ is the Goddess of learning, knowledge and wisdom and is the consort of Lord Brahma, Creator of the Universe. Goddess Saraswati is depicted as dressed in a white Sari and seated on a lotus which symbolises complete purity. Saraswati is presented with four hands which represent the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego.
Saraswati plays a veena in two hands to express the importance of culture and the fine arts. She holds a book and a
garland of beads in her rear hands. The book signifies knowledge acquired to promote humanity while the garland of beads represents concentration, meditation and contemplation. A hamsa (swan) is often located next to her feet and is known to have the power capable of separating milk from water.
This sends the message that we should be able to discriminate between good and bad and choose good over evil. Sometimes a
peacock is seen beside the Goddess. The peacock represents knowledge over beauty, to teach that internal understanding is greater than external appearance. Saraswati is the Goddess of wisdom, learning, knowledge, music, science, speech, performing arts and crafts and can endow us with wisdom that suppresses ego and helps us attain moksha.
The path of higher learning is called Jnana Yoga; this is the yoga of knowledge, energised by Buddhi Shakti, the power of higher intelligence, insight, discrimination and detachment. True jnana or spiritual knowledge rests on the Budhhi, the faculty of the intellect within, which enables the mind to discern true from false, the eternal from the transient, the real from the unreal, light from darkness. This is the power of discrimination, which is an element of Jnana Shakti.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and its Mass actually affects the Sun. Jupiter and the Sun rotate about a common point just outside the surface of the Sun; this point is called Barycentre, caused by Jupiter’s mass.
Jupiter and the Sun
What is the role of the Jupiter in the 4th and 5th Dimensions? An important feature of the return to 4th and 5th Dimensions is the capacity of the human to establish personal connection to the Divine; this connection is available to each and every person, no matter their religion, faith, agnosticism or preference for no faith – sometimes called atheism. Faith in yourself is equal to faith in God.
Help is given from the higher dimensions whenever we call for help. The gods, the ishta devata, the angels, the guiding spirits – all these come to help whenever we call for aid and assistance and guidance. This aid, assistance and guidance will be individually directed, crafted for the person. Jupiter, teacher of the gods, teacher of the higher religious philosophy and spiritualities, will be reflecting energy from the Central Sun of all Universes – the Source of All Creation, to all who live on Planet Earth. This inner connection to the spirit world is offered to all, and it is Jupiter which enables this connection via the extraordinary capacity to imbibe spirituality, which is Jupiter’s very essence.