Those who will be celebrating Nava-Ratri, the nights of the Goddesses, the nights of the Shakti, should stop a moment and conduct a deep review of their own actions. Does the men in society conduct themselves the way they should with respect to women.
One of the questions that seekers, philosophers, scientists and theologians world over have involved themselves from time immemorial is about the origin of the universe. The views vary from our Universe coming out of Big Bang to creationist views of world being created one fine day by God. It is only in Hindu religion that one finds a comprehensive analysis and explanation of various aspects and realms of Cosmos and its origin.
Bhakti or devotion is a concept, which is found throughout the world in one form or the other. From Christian prayers and Islamic namaz to Hindu puja and bhajans, elements of Bhakti are present in all the religions.
When the object and subject have merged together, what remains to be perceived? The knower and the known have become one in this state. 'Yatra tv asya sarvam atmaivabhut'- where only atman pervades everything, there is no creature and no creation.