Dussehra is celebrated by the Hindus in India and in many other countries
where Hindus reside. It is an extremely colourful function celebrating the victory of
divine forces symbolized by Goddess Durga over the demonic forces symbolized
by Mahishasura. Generally, it is accepted as a Shakti Pooja. Here Shakti means the
positive power of God as against the negative power of evil or demon, known in
the western countries as ‘Satan’. From times immemorial, human races have mostly
been worshipping power-positive or negative. Even otherwise, the universe matter
consists of two opposite powers, which Hegal and Marx called Thesis and Antithesis.
Given the material definition to the movement of spiritual forces of the
world they may seem to be correct. However, as Hindu philosophy has
expounded, these two opposing forces are but the faces of the two sides of a coin
together they give value to the coin. Mythology and history are replete with
examples that the two forces of the universal nature are not mutually contradictory
for destruction but are mutually complementary for evolution. When the nature
forces i.e. Indra, Varun, Agni and other such Gods deviated from the basic
principles of nature of maintaining the equilibrium by becoming arrogant i.e.
wasting powerful and useful nature forces; they were defeated by the everwatchful
demonic forces, and even divested of their powers and authorities. To
come out of such a situation those Gods were invariably undergone a system of
purification or penance (Tapas). Once they were purified then the intervention of
higher nature forces like Brahma, Vishnu or Maheshwar, who wield a much wider
authority because of the possession of great quantum of Shakti, takes place. These
higher powers either give them greater power or themselves decide to come down
in some form ca1ledAvatar, to bring about equilibrium in nature by destroying the
demonic forces. In a purer state, which gives the possessor more power of nature ‐
both qualitative and quantitative, these Gods are able to defeat the demonic forces,
who in the meantime become equally arrogant due to their success. This cycle has
been going on ever since the will of Gods first manifested as nature or Prakriti. This
is the story of Goddess Durga defeating Mahishasura.
The real and divine Shakti, therefore, descends on the possessors of the noncontaminated
minds, untainted hearts and pure souls like Tukarama, Namadeva,
Shri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa etc. Since they do not have any ego, therefore,
neither they ask for Shakti nor use it for their own purpose. These powers come to
them automatically to be used universally as per God’s designs.
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba was in such state of divinity. He possessed such Shakti or
siddhis which no one can imagine; however, he maintained a humble life. Humility,
simplicity are no weakness, they are the biggest strength one can possess in the
path of spiritual development.
Let us remember this.