Can God Be a Female?
Navratri is about to begin and Hindus would start praying to Goddess Adi Shakti for total of nine days. They would pray to nine forms of Adi Shakti, observe fast and also sign hymns to the goddess form. This begs an important question among Non-Hindus especially those of Abrahamac Faiths whether a God can be a Female?
One of the greatest benefits of Vedic way of life is you can consider God as a female. Vedic View is that Brahman(Supreme Conscious/God) needs help from Prakruti(Highest form of Goddess) to Create, Sustain and Destroy. Brahma the part of God which looks after creation needs Saraswati who is considered knowledge to create the universe and all forms of life. Vishnu the part of God which looks after sustenance needs Laxmi who is significator of wealth to sustain the universe and feed the life forms. Shiva the part of God which destroys for new creation to take place needs Shakti who is consider limitless power to destroy. Thankfully Lord Shiva made it amply clear that Shiva-Shakti are one and the same by showing Ardh Nareshwar(Half Man-Half Woman) form shown in the picture. Some texts consider that Adi Shakti/Prakruti(Highest Form of Goddess) is more powerful then Brahman(Highest Form of God). General consensus among Vedic Texts is female is equal to a man.
Vedic Astrology derives its knowledge from Vedic Knowledge. So it does advise praying to the Feminine God. Below are the horoscope sign and planetary combinations which can benefit from praying to a particular form of Goddess.
Praying to the Amba/Durga Form
Shakti form of goddess as in Adi Shakti, Durga or Amba is highly beneficial to those with Moon and Mars in the same horoscope. Essentially Mars is pure, unconcentrated energy. Moon has the feminine grace, caring nature and emotions. Having Mars with Moon in same sign in a horoscope gives rise to Chandra-Mangala Yoga which is shown to provide name, fame and riches. And what better way to strengthen it then to pray to Goddess of power, courage, conviction as well as firm beliefs.
Durga/Amba form is also beneficial to those with Moon in Scorpio or having Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Aries Ascendant.
Praying to Saraswati/Gayatri Form
Gayatri and Saraswati form of Goddess are associated with knowledge, poise and education. It is a must for everyone to recite the Gayatri Mantra irrelevant of any horoscope sign or planetary combination. Even Shree Krishna had to say he is Gayatri among the mantras. Such is the power of Gayatri Mantra that even science had to acknowledge that chanters benefit by speaking the Gayatri Mantra.
Saraswati is the consort or other-half of Brahma the creator. Anyone who needs to pass an exam, needs good vocational, oratory or singing skills need to pray to Goddess Saraswati. Those with speech defects should also pray to her. Those with Moon in Virgo or Gemini Sign or Ascendants can also pray to Goddess Saraswati. These signs deal with knowledge, facts and information.
Praying to Parvati/Annapurna Form
Parvati is the consort of Shiva. She is also called Annapurna. Annapurna is a Sanskrit term which means one who feeds and nourishes. Parvati form is especially good for those born in Cancer Sign or Ascendant who are emotional, supporting and love others unconditionally.
Praying to Laxmi Form
Laxmi is the consort of Vishnu. She is the significator of wealth, luck and well-being. Those born in Taurus, Libra or Pisces Sign or Ascendant can pray to Goddess Laxmi. Libra and Taurus are ruled by Venus who provides romance, riches and luxury. There is no better way to improve all of them then praying to Goddess Laxmi. Pisces Sign is ruled by Jupiter who is the significator of abundance and wisdom. So they are also advised to pray to Laxmi although Saraswati is also a suitable goddess.
Praying/Reading The Bhagwad Gita
Yes the book Bhagwad Gita is considered a female Goddess. There are many girls who are named Gita in India. Gita is a book which deals with self composure, sense of duty without the expectancy for rewards or fear for failures. This book is highly essential read for all those who are passing through depression or other sorts of mental diseases. It is also essential for those born with Moon in Capricorn or Aquarius Sign or those with Capricorn or Aquarius Ascendant.
Praying to Motherland/Mother/Earth Goddess
Even the country is called motherland in India. It is prayed and adored as a female entity and patriots swear to die for her sake. Mother who gives us birth is a goddess whether anyone believes or not. She is the one who brings life in the world and the Sanskrit term Matru Devo Bhava is used for Mother which implies Mother is a form of God. She nourishes, educates, provides love and cares for her child like no one else can do. Even Earth is considered a female diety and known as Prithvi or Dhara. She allows all living creatures to live on her and provides resources to consume. She can also be prayed by those who believe in her.
Praying To The Feminine
Praying to the feminine is definitely not a taboo according to Vedic way of life. You can pray and cultivate qualities of the various female goddess in yourself as you desire.
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