Deepavali, the festival of lights, is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture. It sees millions across the world attend to firework display and prayers.
Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People send for diwali to their near and dear ones.
Six things we traditionally do during Diwali, which if we do with understanding would make our Diwali spiritual and meaningful.
1. Cleaning of house – Let us also clean our mind of all the accumulated dirt of kama, krodha, moha, mada, matsarya, and lobha.
Mythology suggests goddess Lakshmi enters only the cleanest houses to give her blessings.
2. We buy/ bring in new things – let us acquire new positive thoughts.
Diwali delight cannot be completed without buying new clothes. Diwali is an auspicious day for shopping for gold and ornaments. It is believed that buying gold symbolizes the blessing that Goddess Lakshmi showers on you.
3. We eat sweets – let us share and sweeten others life, particularly of down trodden.
On Diwali, there is a custom to exchange sweets with friends, family and neighbours. Sweets are very centric to Diwali and one of the most common kinds of food served during the celebration.
4. We light diyas and lamps– let us light lamp of knowledge and spread it.
Diyas and lamps are very symbolic during the festival of lights. It is lit in households celebrating Diwali to shed light on darkness. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to enter not only the cleanest, but also the brightest house.
5. We do Laxmi Puja – let us pray for furtherance of our spiritual wealth.
The Hindu scriptures tell us that during Diwali, the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is said to have been incarnated from the depth of the bottomless ocean. She arose on the new moon day (Amaavasyaa) of the Karthik month; hence, many perform a Lakshmi Puja on Diwali.
6. We burst crackers – let us burst our ego – noise less but peace descends. Happy Diwali 🎆
Bursting crackers has never been mythologically, traditionally or scientifically associated with Diwali. It was limited to lighting lamps.
Fireworks in India are meant for Diwali and Diwali is certainly incomplete without fireworks. I respect who don’t agree with my thoughts.
Many Diwali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance.
O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul, which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.
May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!
With excerpts from the writings of Swami Sivananda
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