For spiritual aspirants, stormy days and nights are sure to occur, and Mother Nature makes no exceptions for devotees at the Devi Mandir.
One of these storms had just enough strength and persistence to knock out the power to the whole complex. In a display of devotion and steadfastness, Shree Maa made her way to the temple, regardless of there being no heat or lighting.
With headlamps and clothes layered on, the usual evening arati went on as scheduled. Playing our instruments in the dark, we huddled around each other and worshiped the gods and goddesses just as we would have if the power was on. Nothing was changed in the least; after arati we meditated together and then sang songs in praise of the Divine.
As we sang with our beloved Shree Maa, there was no lack of shakti and the bhava was as bright as ever. During the last song, lo and behold, the power returned and the lights turned on!
This is a valuable lesson for all of us. No matter what the circumstances, no matter what tribulations we face, God can still be worshiped. There is no reason we cannot perform our aratis, meditations or singing…with a few modifications!