siṁhāsanagatā nityaṁ padmāśritakaradvayā |
śubhadāstu sadā devī skandamātā yaśasvinī ||
On Panchami tithi in Devi paksha, fifth night of Navaratri, Goddess comes to us in the form of Skandamata – the one, who carries Lord Kartikeya, Her dear son, on Her lap. Lord Kartikeya, whose very weapon is called shakti, represents our willpower, as well as our inner power to overcome our inner enemies, which comes along with power of healthy self-restriction. Originally, during this fifth day of Navaratri Moon would dwell in Vishakha nakshatra, which is a birth nakshatra of Lord Skanda or Kartikeya, and which blesses us with a fiery power of penetration and facing bravely any obstacle and problem in our life, instead of trying to avoid it and “go sideways”, like our Gurudev often says.

Divine Mother in the form of Skandamata blesses us with this inner power to face any obstacle in life, but at the same time She reminds us, that power should never lead us to ahamkara or ego.

We see Kartikeya as a small child in Her lap. Similarly, each of us, no matter how “powerful” we are, we should never forget that any little power we get is a fraction of Her supreme power. She carries us all in Her lap. As She gave the weapon called shakti to Her son, so She blesses each of us with this inner power – but we should never forget, who is the Supreme Controller and what is the Supreme Power standing behind our limited power. In this way, Goddess Skandamata encourages us to explore our inner power and liberate ourselves from powerlessness, but at the same time stay humble in front of Her Supreme Power, and maintain our childlike innocence – because the true power is born from this innocence and humility. She reminds us in a loving way: “Do your best, put your effort, but don’t depend too much on your own power. Instead, depend on my power within you and maintain a childlike attitude, and you will experience my limitless power manifesting in your life.”