Instagram photo by merveberkmanFrom Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's talk on the Fifth Day of Navaratri; "When the consciousness is like a pillar in your body, this is knowledge. When knowledge awakens inside you, your consciousness becomes like a pillar. One solid energy around you, like a pillar.
And in Bhakti or devotion, what is happening? The energy is like a ball. Our consciousness is like a ball, it bends down. In all the traditions of the world, the moment you say devotion, the moment you say love, there is something that is bending in the consciousness. Why do you bend? When the body bends, the consciousness also bends, like a sphere… When you bend then what happens? The energy is like a ball. That is love. So love makes you bend and knowledge makes you upright and straight. Life is a combination of both these. And one follows the other.
Bowing down is a sign of completion, fullness... Whether your body bends or not is secondary but when the mind completely bends and becomes a ball, the mind gets back to itself. "