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May Sri Durga Ma bless one and all.
Our website will try to be informative as to the origin and some forms of Devi as well as share some stories and legends of her blessings. We will also provide the blessed soul with information and activities as to the worship of Devi Mata, that is Sri Durga Ma. Our aim is to present a fair and balanced view and not offend anyone in this endeavor.
I was recently asked the following question “You worship Devi, Sri Durga Ma, and claim that she is God. How can God be a female?” How indeed! Let me try to explain.
The main world religions describe God as “indescribable”, that is, there is no known form. There is claim that “Man” is made of his image (does that include “Female”?), but no proof, just belief. All can agree that there is One Supreme Power, One Creator. Baba Guru Nanak Ji states in the Mool Mantar & Japji Sahib, “One Universal Creator God, The Name Is Truth, The Creator of all, Without Fear, Without Hatred, Image of The Timeless One, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent, By Guru's Grace, true servants continually repeat the Name. Was in the beginning; Has been through all ages, Shall be the One who is forever” (my interpretation).
Hinduism and Hindus accept the concept that there is only One Brahman, only One Supreme God who is eternal. The Hindu scriptures are eloquent while describing the qualities of God. He is all-knowing and powerful. He is the very personification of justice, love and beauty. He is ever ready to shower His grace, mercy and blessings on His creation. While in Hinduism, we may portray God in myriad forms and manner, and offer worship in differing ways, thus appearing to show God as different and independent of other forms, they are really facets of the same One Brahman, the One Supreme God.
So back to the question, “How can God be a Female?' Hindus believe that God can be worshiped both in the Male (Shiva or Vishnu), as well as the Female form ( Shakti – Devi Mata). We take this belief from our vast teachings of the holy scriptures and Vedas. In one incident, Lord Shiva assumed a form that was half male and half female (Ardhanarishvara), this being the union of substance and energy, the Being and his Shakti (force). Whether one worshiped the Male aspect or the Female aspect, one was worshiping God. The Hindu scriptures go further in describing this union in the teachings of Tantra and Kundalini Yoga, though this is a subject on it's own.
So as a seeker and follower of the Hindu faith, I can state without any hesitation that God can be worshiped in the Female form. One of Devi Mata's well known devotees, a true seeker of God, Sri Ramakrishna reminded us, there can be as many spiritual paths as there are spiritual aspirants and similarly, there can really be as many Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions and social background of the devotees. Our aim should be to recite God's Name in whichever way, and in whatever form we like and that will enhance our faith in own Ishtadeva (personal deity). Jai Mata Di.