From Laura Amazzone:
You are invited to become Durga and ride Her tiger of power and strength in a ten-day ritual course celebrating the largest contemporary Goddess Festival on the planet!
Celebrate the Annual Fall Durga Puja from your home temple or anywhere you are through a special online daily practice and teaching with author and Shakta Tantra priestess Laura Amazzone.
This course is open and you can begin your preparations for Durga Puja any time. This year Durga puja begins on Saturday, October 17 and ends on Monday, October 26, Durga’s victory day. Please note this course will remain open throughout the festival and you can join at anytime.
During the 10 modules of this course you will:
- Participate in the largest contemporary Goddess festival on the planet today with an online international community of seekers and Goddess devotees
- Understand how Durga’s 1500 year old myth and this annual 5000 year old festival is completely relevant to women and men today
- Connect with Durga and Her various manifestations (Saraswati: Purification, Meditation, Learning; Lakshmi: Abundance, Contentment and Love) Kali: Transformation, Power & Release) through a daily sadhana (practice)
- Deepen your powers of strength, courage, fierce compassion
- Learn ways to center yourself and find your composure in the midst of any situation
- Receive tools and practices to work with sorrow, grief, difficulty & fear
- Learn step by step ritual techniques you can perform daily to help you work with and transform different emotional states
- Experience guided visualizations and meditations every day
- Learn Mantras and prayers to work with both positive and challenging energies.
- Receive guidance from Laura Amazzone, initiated Shakta Priestess and Author of “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power.”
- Hear Laura’s personal pilgrimage stories of Her participation in over 5000 year old festival in both India and Nepal.
- Experience the Goddess Durga and Her many aspects within yourself!
ABOUT THE COURSE:
Every autumn on the first new moon that falls after the fall equinox, nine nights of Tantric worship of the Divine Mother begins. Navaratri or Durga Puja is a 5000 year old festival that gives participants an opportunity to come together in community and celebrate the ancient mysteries of life, death, and rebirth on the personal, social and cosmic levels
The nine night festival is divided into three sets of three days and nights dedicated to different faces of the Goddess that honor the cyclical nature of existence, acknowledge different stages of womanhood, promote empowerment and liberation both on a personal and cosmic level, and offer rituals of renewal and regeneration.
We will begin with a special ritual to invite the Goddess into a sacred vessel as is traditionally done in India and Nepal. We will set an intention for what we want to focus on as we move through the nine days experiencing different levels of release, empowerment and ways of connecting with the Goddess within ourself! On each of the nine days we will explore the significance of Durga’s 2000 year old myth and how each chapter gives direct insight into the nature of our afflicted minds and challenging life experiences.
Each set of three days is dedicated to a different face of the Goddess and the energies we need to work with. The first three days we work with the energies of Kali to let go of negative and limiting thoughts, habits and beliefs in order to be able to receive the blessings of Goddess and tap into our own Goddess powers. The second three days we work with Lakshmi and look at the theme of anger and how to approach upsetting situations from our hearts rather than our minds. During the last three days the final purifications begin and we turn to Saraswati, Goddess of Meditation, Healing and Creative Inspiration in helping us experience freedom from our fears and conditioning so that we may remember our inherently divine and empowered natures. The tenth day is known as Vijaya Dashami! The Goddess’ victory day and we will celebrate our victories and the transformation that has taken place through our committment, dedication and openness to Goddess within and around us.
Each day I offer a special sadhanas (practice) that include meditations, mantra (chants), guided visualization, and prompts and questions for self-reflection expressed through writing or art.
This is not a live course and there are no live pujas or zoom practices scheduled. Laura will check the discussion board and interact with all practitioners daily through the course discussion boards. Your participation is encouraged but not required.
Course will remain open and students will have access until December 1, 2020
Laura Amazzone, M.A. is an author, teacher, priestess, and yogini. Her book, “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power,” shows how Durga and Her myriad expressions in ancient myth and contemporary ritual are a living, transformative power that is completely relevant to our daily lives—and a much-needed guide in these shifting times.
Laura has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies in the fields of Tantrism, Hinduism and Women’s Spirituality. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia on Hinduism (eds. Ryan and Jones), a three-volume Encyclopedia on Goddesses of World Culture (ed. Monaghan), an Encyclopedia on Women and Religion and to the online Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer) and the Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion by ABC-CLIO. She has written for the Religion section of the Huffington Post, for Our Inner Lives, a microsite of Feminist.com and as a monthly columnist at the online Sutra Journal: A Curated Journal on Art, Culture and Drama.
Laura has been initiated into various Tantric lineages (Shakta, Kaula, Misra Shri Vidya, Trika Shaivism). While Laura has worked within different streams of classical Tantra over the past 20 years, she considers Kaula Odiyya Amarananda Bhairavan and Yogini adept Parvathi Maa to be her most important and influential teachers within these Hindu Tantric lineage streams. Laura has been authorized to offer undiluted authentic sadhanas to various Tantric deities: (Kali, Durga, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Shiva, Mahavidyas, Matrikas, and more esoteric deities within Shri Vidya) from both these teachers. She hopes the 9 Nights of the Divine Mother will be an introductory course into the Work she offers and inspires you to go even deeper into traditional sadhana.
Laura offers two yearly authentic Tantric sadhana seminar programs: Chandi Seminars and the Dakini’s Mirror: A Mandala of the Mind and the Elements. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about these seminars.
Laura also teaches in the Yoga and Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at various online platforms including Mystery School of the Goddess and Embodied Philosophy. She offers classes, rituals, workshops on the Goddesses, history and ritual practices of the Kaula, Shakta Tantra and Shri Vidya traditions. She also leads pilgrimages to the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.