Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -13-14.
Chapter 17: Lord Skanda – The Concentrated Divine Energy-13-14.
Skanda-Shashthi message given on the 9th of November, 1980.
So we have in this great epic of Skanda's incarnation, the 'Kumara Sambhava', the mighty portrayal of the adventure of the Spirit through the processes of Sadhana, spiritual practice, wherein we commune ourselves with the highest power that is conceivable, the energy of God Himself.
We have to draw that energy forward and harness it to face this world. Then the power of externality gets transformed into the peace of universality. What happened to the Rakshasas – Surapadma, Simhamukha and Taraka? Those forces which were externalised and which were the desires impelling themselves outwardly in the direction of sense-objects, were transformed into the universal peace of creation.
Peace reigned supreme. There is nothing called destruction anywhere. These demons were not destroyed in the ordinary sense of the term.
You know the law of conservation of energy. Energy is never increasing or decreasing in creation. It is only concentrated in different forms and at different places. The concentrated form of it is what we call evil.
So the very same energy which was in the form of these demoniacal elements was transformed by the Divine energy, which means to say, all that was impulsive in the direction of externality, space, time, causality and objectivity and desire of every kind, got withdrawn into the peace of the Absolute, and the Goal of life was reached.
This is, in my humble opinion, the great spiritual significance behind the religious festival called the Skanda Shashthi, which falls on the sixth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Kartika (October-November).
There are other meanings which are manifold and interesting. Out of all this variety, I have placed before you one feature for your contemplation.