Why is active Divine Energy on ashtami equivalent to an odd date (tithi)?
Even dates are associated with Shiva (Brāhmaṇ) while odd ones are associated with Divine Energy (Shakti) [the Great Illusion (Māyā)]. That is why on odd dates Divine Energy is twice as active as on even dates.
Chaturthī(fourth day) and Dashamī (tenth day) of the Hindu lunar fortnight, Divine Energy is more active. On Chaturthī, Ashṭamī (eighth day), Dashamī and Pourṇimā (full moon day) the 360 and 108 frequencies form a specific angle; hence frequencies of Deities reach the earth in greater amounts. Ashṭamī is one such date when the active Divine Energy is equivalent to that on an odd date. This is a special feature of Ashṭamī. Though Shrīkrushṇa, an incarnation of The God was born on Ashṭamī the Divine Energy in Him was completely manifest. [On Ashṭamī in Maharashtra the female Deity manifests in some ladies and they perform the ritual of ghāgar phunkaṇē (blowing pots)]. The fact that Divine Energy is more active on odd dates will be clear from the following two illustrations.
During the festival of Navarātri a seeker used to light a lamp at night. The lamp would get extinguished when the oil was exhausted around 1 to 1.30 in the morning. One year, the lamp would continue to burn till dawn on alternate days. The nights on which it burnt longer were odd dates (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9). Among the even dates the lamp burnt throughout the night only on Ashṭamī.
At another seeker’s house for almost a fortnight, on odd dates and on Ashṭamī the strong fragrance of vermilion (kumkum) emanated from the entire house. On even dates there was no fragrance at all.
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- 1.1 Benevolent and harmful
- 1.2 Deities worthy of worship and those unworthy of it
- 1.3 Living and non-living
- 1.4 Superior and subordinate
- 1.5 Vedic and Pauranic
- 1.6 Groups of deities
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- 1.11 Superhuman deities
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