Happy Dipavali !!!
The word Dipavali is derived from the confluence of ‘dip’ and ‘avali’. ‘Dip’ means a lamp. ‘Avali’ means a row. Thus, the meaning of Dipavali is ‘a row of lamps’. Among all the festivals, Dipavali holds utmost importance from both the social and religious viewpoints. ‘Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya’, i.e. ‘Go from darkness to light’ is the directive of Upanishads. According to legend, when Shri Rama completed the 14-year exile in the forest and returned to Ayodhya, the subjects celebrated Dipotsav. Dipavali commenced since then.
During Dipavali oil lamps are lit every evening in front of Deities, the Tulasi plant and other places like the main door and courtyard. Nowadays candles or electric lamps are lit; but according to Scriptures it is appropriate and beneficial to light oil lamps. The oil lamp attracts satvik frequencies. As against this, a candle emits raja-tama particles, whereas the electric lamp makes our attitude extrovert.
There are two objectives of rangolis – expression of beauty and acquisition of auspiciousness. Every day suchrangolis should be drawn as would attract the Principles of Deities and through them we should acquire the benefit of the Deities Principles.
On the auspicious occasion of Dipavali, people send greeting cards and also present gifts. The more sattvik these items, the higher is the benefit to the giver and the receiver. If the message of the greeting cards and gifts is associated with religious education, awakening of Dharma or religious conduct, the person receiving them gets inspiration to take some action in that direction.
A single Diya or lamp holds infinite beauty and hope. Diwali brings up a number of things in the mind’s eye – sweets, new clothes, account books, Goddess Lakshmi, fireworks etc.
This year, alwith celebrating Diwali, Let’s Also Experience It.
As we clean our homes, let’s clean our minds and intellects too.
As we wear new clothes, let’s also get rid off our old, unwanted, disturbing habits of anger, jealousy, worry…. and emerge our new but original qualities of peace, love, bliss and happiness.
As we will settle our old account books and begin new ones, simultaneously let us settle our old karmic accounts, any unpleasant relationships and begin our relationships in a new, positive way.
We are all aware of the pollution caused by firecrackers, but it is Diwali, we need to burn crackers, so why not burn all the crackers of evil characteristics within ourselves – this burning will in fact purify our minds and the environment too.
As we exchange sweets let us also exchange meaningful sweet words, good wishes and blessings.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Diwali & Best Wishes for Good Health, Fortune, Peace & Prosperity.
HAPPY diwali to ALL…!!!!