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Symbolism in the Killing of Demons by Goddess Durga – Swami Sivananda

In the nine days Lila of the Supreme Goddess is illustrated the process of the overcoming of the dark and blind powers of the lower nature by the splendid and intelligent powers of the higher nature. This Great War marks the life of both the objective and the subjective sides of the created universe.

Vidya Shakti always gains an upper hand and everywhere there is a transcendence of the limitations and imperfections characteristic of Jivahood and Asurahood by the divine Jnana-shakti. True knowledge pierces through every quarter and cranny in its work of vanquishing unconsciousness or ignorance together with its train of effects, desire and selfish action.

In the Devi Mahatmya or the Saptashati, Devi is described as the mass of the effulgent energy of the gods, headed by Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. This Shakti is released when the Devas begin to complain to these higher powers.

The sense energies presided over by intelligences, which are symbolized by the Devas together with their ruler Indra, the mind, when they are oppressed by the demonical forces of passion, anger, malice, etc., of a destructive nature, begin to feel acutely their humiliation in the forms of the pains of life and resort to the higher nature for help.

At once, the Divine Principle within, reveals itself in its tremendous dignity of the power of consciousness and in its unifying absoluteness of truth and puts an end to the tempestuous life of animalism and all that is undivine or that which be longs to the realm of Avidya.

Vijayadashami is the crowning day of the success of Vidya Shakti over the negative nature of nescience.

- Swami Sivananda

Source: Excerpts from an article published in the October 2007 edition of the magazine published by Divine Life Society.