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AND HINDUISM, THE SPIRITUAL TRADITION
needs many tools in order to be successful in ones spiritual
work. Many obstacles lie along the way, which require different
methods to overcome. These divine weapons help us break through
them. The divine ornaments give beauty to charm difficulties away.
Such tools proved helpful, if not crucial through time. Rather than
struggling with problems, I call upon the weapons of the Goddess to
deal with them.
I later realized that Durga was the form of the
Goddess connected with Bharat Mata or Mother India, who took the
form of Durga riding her lion. Later I came to understand that her
blessing was a presage of my later journalistic work in the country,
which I had no idea about at the time. The weapons and ornaments
were mantric tools to do this work.
It was if I had become one of the Divine Mothers
warriors. These I first experienced in the form of the Vedic Maruts
or Wind Gods, the sons of Rudra-Shiva and the companions of Indra.
Later I would realize their connection with the deity Hanuman who is
also the son of the Wind God and the head of the divine army. I
joined the Mother Durgas army, though not knowingly at first.