Our energy has this unique quality of being smaller than the smallest, and larger than the largest. This is explained by Kushmanda and this is why the Mother Divine is also called Kushmanda. It means that the Mother Divine manifests as the Prana, as the energy within us.
Just sit and think of yourself as a pumpkin for just five seconds or so. The meaning here is to elevate yourself to the Supreme Intelligence which is the Mother Divine Herself. Like a pumpkin, you too should feel the abundance and fullness in your life, and see everything in creation as so alive with Prana in every particle. Seeing that awakened intelligence manifest and pervading everywhere in creation is the meaning of Kushmanda.
Navratri & The Three Gunas
Gunas are our innate qualities that can be refined through the Divine consciousness. The Devi is Trigunatmika – the owner and master of the three Gunas. She is the storehouse of good qualities.
During Navratri, the first three days are attributed to Tamas and the Devi is honored in the form of Durga. Worshipping Devi Durga during the first three days, brings a balance to the Tamasic tendencies.
The next three days of Navratri are attributed to Rajas and the Devi is honored in the form of Lakshmi. Worshipping Devi Lakshmi brings balance to the Rajasic tendencies.
The last three days of Navratri are attributed to Sattva where the Devi is honored in the form of Saraswati. Worshipping Devi Saraswati enhances the Sattva in us. During Navratri, our consciousness sails through Tamas, Rajas and blossoms in the Sattva Guna on the last three days.