Sunday, November 3, 2013

DEEPAVALI 2013

Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning behind it is "the awareness of the inner light". Central to Hindu philosophy (primarily the YogaVedanta, and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy) is the belief that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the "victory of good over evil", refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings ananda(joy or peace). Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this Inner Light.
The thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha is celebrated as "neeru tumbo habba" when the house is cleaned, painted afresh and the vessels are washed, bedecked and filled with fresh water for the festival. The next day is Naraka Chaturdashi, considered very auspicious. People wake up before dawn and apply oil on their scalp and body before taking bath, a ritual known asTailabhyanjana. In parts of North Karnataka, this is followed by the women of the house performing Aarti on the men. The bursting of the crackers ensues. The next day is Lakshmi mahaapooje on Amavaasye (new-moon day) 
We (Ravi, mom, Rishi and Vidya) also got up early, applied oil to head and the body and had a wonderful hot water bath, and then with new clothes burst few crackers. Mom made some nice panchakajjaya, dose and we all had stomachful breakfast.
Late in the evening also we burst some crackers and patakis.
Monday November 4, 2013

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