Hari Om! Namaste!!
Rudraksha Yoga wishes everybody around the globe a very happy Deepavali festival! Enjoy the moments!
Deepavali(or Diwali) is the festival of lights, celebrated in India from 14th day of dark lunar fortnight of Ashwina month on the Hindu calendar. This year it falls on 2nd November.
What is Deepavali?
Deepavali is a Sanskrit word which means “row of lights”. Traditionally, Deepavali is celebrated by lighting a series of oil lamps in the night to remember the following events in our Scriptures:
- Return of Lord Rama after completing 14 years of his forest life in exile. The lamps are lighted to welcome him.
- Evil daemon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna.
- Pandavas returned home after completing 12 years of forest life and one year of Ajnatavasa(living incognito).
How to Celebrate?
In modern times, it has become almost mandatory to burst crackers in Deepavali festival. Actually, there is no mention of crackers in our Scriptures at all! The thundering sound of crackers scares away insects, birds, small puppies and other living beings. Crackers also pollute the environment by releasing obnoxious gases. Then, why should we do it for our so called enjoyment(or celebration), if it harms the interests of other beings? Just think about it.
Actually, Deepavali is about victory of good over evil. So, we should celebrate life’s good time with family and friends by sharing the joy with fun. We have to worship our favorite deity by offering flowers, fruits, incense, sweets and good food, to help us overcome our #1 enemy, ignorance. We need to listen to some pleasant classical music or devotional songs/hymns to have the peace of mind. Thus, our celebration should be filled with tranquility; not to be disturbed by roaring harsh sound!
Mystical Symbolism and Spiritual Significance of Deepavali
As discussed earlier, Deepavali is the celebration of triumph of good over evil. The lamp and darkness symbolize the good and the bad respectively. We should conquer our darkness of ignorance by lighting the lamp of the Highest Knowledge to realize God(a.k.a the Universal Self) within us. To this end, we ought to seek a Perfect Realized Master(Sadguru) to kindle the light of knowledge in us by his kind Grace via Shaktipat. Then, not only Deepavali, our entire life as humans becomes more meaningful.
So, on this holy occasion, let us pray the Great Goddess Shridevi Durga and Sadguru with complete surrender and devotion for our enlightenment:
Jyot se jyot jagao Sadguru Jyot se jyot jagao |Mere antara timira mitao Sadguru jyot se jyot to jagao ||
Meaning: O Revered Master! kindle the lamp(in my Heart) by yours!
Eliminate my ignorance within me(to realize mySelf)!
Tamaso maa jyothirgamaya |
Take us from the darkness(of ignorance) towards the light(of the Highest Knowledge)!
Om Namah Shivaya ||
– Rudraksha Yoga