Spiritual Significance of Diwali

Spiritual Significance of Diwali

This post provides information about the Spiritual Significance of Diwali, the festival of lights.



No other festival unites Indians around the world, as does Deepavali. A single diya holds infinite beauty and hope. While we celebrate these auspicious days with the same grandeur seen in the past, the pure beliefs held by our ancestors were more enlightening.

What's Diwali ?

Diwali - The festival of Inner Lights
Diwali is the commemoration of the light of wisdom in our lives. The word Diwali is made of two words i.e, deep (lamp or diyas) & avali (row), which means a line or a row of lamps. During the festival of Diwali lamps are lit in every home, office, etc. that is why this festival is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’. Diwali is also called as Deepavali.
The most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light" which seems to be lost somewhere today.

The Origins of Diwali :

In the history, Diwali can be traced back to ancient India. It most likely began as an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali.

Some people believe that celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, with Lord Vishnu. Others use it as a celebration of her birthday, as Lakshmi is said to have been born on the new-moon day of Kartika masam.

Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama (along with Ma Sita and Lakshman) from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diya's (oil lamps) and set off firecrackers.

HAPPY DIWALI 2018

Diwali is a celebration of victory over evil and the coming of a New Year. But if we probe further, what is this darkness we want to remove? In reality, evil or darkness does not have an astitva or identity of their own – they exist due to a lack of goodness or light. Knowledge, power and all that is pure, are very real characteristics since they are part of us, perhaps dormant yet existing. The Festival of Lights, incidentally seen in every culture, is the fight against evil forces and creation of peace and happiness. Diwali conjures up a number of things in the mind’s eye – sweets, new clothes, account books, Goddess Lakshmi, fireworks etc.
We begin with Dhanamyodashi, where families worship Dhanvantari, a special ayurvedic herb said to cure a person of all illnesses. As science too proves, about 98% of all diseases are psychosomatic, meaning the problem lies in the mind. With time and circumstances, human beings have lost a great degree of their inner power, thus making them vulnerable to attacks from the vices (lust, anger, greed, attachment, ego). The weak mind has affected the body too and when we take the medicine of spiritual knowledge, prescribed by the Ultimate Doctor God, we can cure both mind and body.
Our second day is celebrated as Narkchaturdashi. Spiritual Knowledge about Self-realization, God-realization etc. can only be taught by the Supreme. Diwali, the tradition of lighting diya's, actually describes how the Supreme Light comes to re-ignite our awareness of being points of energy or souls. This knowledge is used to overcome the foreign elements of vices. In memorial of these efforts, we have the story of Narkasur or destroying of evil.
The third day is spent in invoking Goddess Lakshmi. Today, we have unfortunately lowered the status of Lakshmi Devi to that of a banker. In reality, her name stems from the word, ‘Laksh’ meaning ‘ the goal’, implying that she stands for the ultimate goal of perfection that human beings can reach. The ‘wealth’ that she has to offer is of knowledge and virtues; a divine character alone can attain prosperity (material and otherwise) and peace. Homes are cleaned thoroughly in her honor, but we forget that a clean mind and intellect are the easiest ways to attract her.
Moving to the fourth day of Balipratipada, we see success at every step or padh/kadam when we maintain connection with the Supreme Soul. In spirituality, this is symbolic for yoga or union. When I visualize myself to be a point of light, and then direct my intellect and thoughts to the Supreme Parent, I experience God’s Shakti and love. This power helps me fight weaknesses and inculcate virtues.
The beautiful process of gaining knowledge, overcoming vices, cleaning the intellect and remembering the Supreme, leads us to appreciate the fifth day, Bhaiyadooj or Bhaibeej. The knowledge of the ‘soul’ frees us from stereotypes and prejudices based on religion, caste, color, gender and age. We then see every individual as being a child of God and so part of my spiritual family - the ultimate truth.
Sweets (maintaining loving relationships), new clothes (discarding everything old), new account books (settling karmic accounts), fireworks (burning evil off) and other, interesting rituals prepare us spiritually for the New Year or Age. The darkness of ignorance cannot remain; our deep desire to create a world of happiness will become a reality. The key lies in lighting a single ‘diya’ - my own spiritual awareness - and then "Jyot se Jyot Jagaate chaol, Prem ki Ganga Bahaate chaloo"…

THE REAL DIWALI
As per Godly Knowledge, the real Diwali will be the Golden Age or Satyuga. Everything will be pure in Satyuga. Here everybody will be abundant with all virtues, vice-less and non-violent.


Spiritual Significance Of Diwali Festival...By Nalini Didi





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Om Shanti,
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Diwali Wishes In English & Hindi

May the Supreme Light Be with you For ever and ever..Let's all Fill our Mind With the Light of Divine Thoughts. Happy Diwali.
This Diwali, instead of wearing a new dress, can I change the way I address people with unconditional love?This Diwali, instead of cleaning an already clean house, can I work on scrubbing my dusty heart for pure thoughts for all?
This Diwali, instead of lighting up my doorway,
can I 
This Diwali, instead of lighting up my doorway, can I light my own reality of Eternal soul consciousness to light my pathway from ignorance?
This Diwali, instead of stuffing myself with sweets,
can I 
This Diwali, instead of stuffing myself with sweets, can I give up the bitterness in my heart for entire mankind?
This Diwali, instead of bursting crackers,
can I 
This Diwali, instead of bursting crackers, can I burst my egoistic pride of body consciousness?The day I do all this, GOD will quietly walk into my heart.Wish you very Happy Diwali with Almighty, the creator of universe for upcoming Golden Age. 
I Pray to God to
Give U Shanti, Shakti, Sampati,
Swarup, Saiyam, Saadgi, Safalta,
Samridhi, Sanskar, Swaasth,
Sanmaan, Saraswati, aur SNEH
Shubh Diwali To All 
May this festival of lights help you in attaining inner illumination!
May the supreme light enlighten your understanding!
May you acquire the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the inner-self!
May you prosper gloriously on the material as well as spirit
Wish You A Very Happy Diwali  
Paying respects to the God,
And decorating for them the thali,
This is what the occasion is all about,
This is the spirit of Deepavali…….
On this diwali, I am sending you a diya of my love, I hope you will keep it lighted forever.
$-Happy Diwali!!-$
Sorrows will burst by crackers…
Tension will release by music…
Beauty will come out with bright diyas's..
Enjoy festivity at fullest…
Have a Sparkling Diwali. 
As your celebrate this holy occasion,
The most loving thoughts and wishes are for you.
May the beauty of Diwali fill your world
And your heart and may the love that is
Always yours, bring you endless joy.
Wish You A Very Happy Diwali  
May This Diwali be as bright as ever.
May this Diwali bring joy, health and wealth to you.
May the festival of lights brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives.
May this Diwali bring in u the most brightest and choicest happiness and love you have ever Wished for.
May this Diwali bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity.
May lights triumph over darkness.
May peace transcend the earth.
May the spirit of light illuminate the world.
May the light that we celebrate at Diwali show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony “WISH U A VERY HAPPY DIWALI” 
दीवाली है रौशनी का त्यौहार,
लाये हर चेहरे पर मुस्कान,
सुख और समृधि की बहार ,
समेट लो सारी खुशियाँ,
अपनों का साथ और प्यार
इस पावन अवसर पर
आप सभी को दीवाली का प्यार.
Shubh Diwali 
 हो मुबारक ये त्यौहार आपको दीपावली का
ज़िन्दगी का हर पल मिले आपको खुशहाली का
प्यार के जुगनू जले, प्यार की हो फुलझड़िया
प्यार के फूल खिले, प्यार की हो पंखुड़िया
प्यार की  बंसी बजे,  प्यार  की हो शहनाईया…
खुशियो के दीप जले, दुःख कभी न ले अंगड़ाईयां ”
आपको और आपके परिवार को दिवाली की हार्दिक बधाईया  । 
सुख समृधि आपको मिले इस दीवाली पर,
दुख से मुक्ति मिले इस दीवाली पर,
माँ लक्ष्मी का आशीर्वाद हो आपके साथ
और लाखों खुशिया मिले इस दीवाली पर.
! शुभ दीवाली ! 
दिवाली पर दीयों में रौशनी की चकाचोंध हो
दिवाली पर दिलों में प्यार की सुगंध हो
छोड़ो यारों कुछ भी हो, मगर एक वादा दो
जलाएंगे, लेकिन दिए, पटाके, मोमबत्तियां
भुजाएँगे, लेकिन जलते हुए दिलों की चिंगारियां 
दीपों का उजाला, पटाकों का रंग,
धुप की खुशबु, प्यार भरी उमंग,
मिठाई का स्वाद, अपनों का प्यार,
मुबारक हो आपको दिवाली का त्यौहार 

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Significance of Nine days of Navratri

Significance of Nine days of Navratri

As its name suggests, “Navratri” is a festival which is celebrated for nine days with immense joy and religious fervor throughout the country. 

Significance of nine days of Navratri

Among all the 9 days of navratri, each day is devoted to the 9 different forms of the deity Durga. Goddess Durga is worshiped under 9 distinct names for 9 days of Navratri. The Goddess takes up a new look, a fresh character and a new responsibility each day.

Goddess Durga, the epitome of power or shakti, is worshiped during Navratri symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity. It is believed the goddess had nine forms and she is worshiped in these forms during the nine-night festival. These nine forms are:

1. Shailputri 
2. Brahmacharini 
3. Chandraghanta 
4. Kushmanda 
5. Skandmata  
6. Katyayani 
7. Kaalratri
8. Mahagauri 
9. Siddhidatri

The significance of each day in navratri also discloses the religious significance of this nine-day-festival.During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus.

1st - 3rd day of Navratri

On the first day of the Navratri, a small bed of mud is prepared in the puja room of the house 
and barley seeds are sown on it. On the tenth day, the shoots are about 3 5 inches in length. After the
puja, these seedlings are pulled out and given to devotees as a blessing from god. These initial
days are dedicated to Durga Maa, the Goddess of power and energy. Her various manifestations,
Kumari, Parvati and Kali are all worshiped during these days. They represent the three different
classes of womanhood that include the child, the young girl and the mature woman.

4th - 6th day of Navratri

During these days, Lakshmi Maa, the Goddess of peace and prosperity is worshiped. On the
fifth day which is known as Lalita Panchami, it is traditional, to gather and display all literature
available in the house, light a lamp or diya to invoke Saraswati Maa, the Goddess of knowledge
and art.

7th - 8th day of Navratri

These final days belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire the spiritual knowledge.
This in turn will free us from all earthly bondage. But on the 8th day of this colorful festival,
yagna (holy fire) is performed. Ghee (clarified butter), kheer (rice pudding) and sesame seeds
form the holy offering to Goddess Durga Maa.

Mahanavami

The festival of Navratri culminates in Mahanavami. On this day Kanya Puja is performed. Nine
young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped. Their feet are washed
as a mark of respect for the Goddess and then they are offered new clothes as gifts by the
worshiper. This ritual is performed in most parts of the country.


Navratri is celebrated in different regions of the country 

In West Bengal, it takes the form of Durga Puja, an occasion to celebrate the Triumph of Good
over Evil. According to legend, a vicious buffalo-demon, Mahishasura, had raised hell at the
gates of heaven, causing widespread terror. The Goddess Durga was actualised by the combined
efforts of all the deities to slay him. Thus, Durga astride a lion, with an assortment of weapons in
her 10 hands, slayed Mahishasura. Durga is also worshiped as Shakti, and beautiful idols of the
Mother Goddess adorn elaborate pandals (marquees) for five days (starting from the fifth day of
Navratri). Believers (and non-believers) flock to these pandals with gay abandon. On the tenth
day of the celebrations, the idols are carried out in colorful processions to be immersed
(visarjan) in a river or a pond.

In the state of Punjab, people usually fast during this period, for seven days, and on Ashtami, the
eighth day, devotees break their fast by worshiping young girls who are supposed to be
representatives of the Goddess herself by offering them the traditional puris (sort of deep-fried
Indian bread), halwa (a dessert primarily made of flour and sugar), chanas (Bengal gram) and red
chunnis (long scarves). In this region, the festival is predominantly linked with harvest. This is
the time of the khetri, (wheat grown in pots in the urban context) that is worshiped in homes,
and whose seedlings are given to devotees as blessings from God.

Dussehra or (Vijaya Dashmi)

The festival of Navratri also coincides with the festival of Dussehra or Vijaya Dashmi. Vijaya
Dashami (literally meaning The Day marking the Triumph of Good over Evil) falls on the day
after Navratri, and is associated with another legend where Lord Rama killed the demon-king
Ravana. In the northern parts of India, Ram Lilas draw from the epic, the Ramayana, to bring the
life and times of Lord Rama back to the common folk through dramatic representations.

¤ Celebrations in South India
In the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the festival of Navratri
is celebrated in a different manner. Women adorn their houses with dolls (Bommai Kolu), draw
traditional designs or rangolis (patterns made on the floor by using various colored powders 
and flowers), and light lamps. During this festival (also known as Kolu in the state of Tamil Nadu),
families proudly display traditional wooden dolls and gather to sing songs and depict scenes
from the various epics, for a period of ten days. Another runaway hit is the sundal, a special
sweet made from lentil and brown sugar. Families and friends exchange the traditional gifts of
coconuts, clothes and sweets on this occasion.


नवरात्री का आध्यात्मिक रहस्य | Spiritual Navratri

Spiritual Navratri

Navratri, the festival of nights, lasts for 9 days with three days each devoted to worship of Ma Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Ma Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge.

नवरात्री का आध्यात्मिक रहस्य
भारत में परम्परागत तरीके से नवरात्र मनाया जाता है। नवरात्र का भावनात्मक अर्थ है दुर्गा के नौ रूपों की नौ दिनों तक पूजा-अर्चना और नवरात्र का आध्यात्मि अर्थ है नव या नए युग में प्रवेश करने से ठीक पहले की ऐसी घोर अंधियारी रात्रि, जिसमें शिव, अवतरण लेकर मनुष्यात्माओं के पतित अवचेतन मन (कुसंस्कार) का ज्ञान अमृत द्वारा तरण (उद्धार) कर देते हैं। अवतरण अर्थात्‌ अवचेतन का तरण। ऐसी तरित-आत्माएं फिर चैतन्य देवियों के रूप में प्रत्यक्ष हो कर कलियुगी मनुष्यों का उद्धार करती हैं। इस प्रकार पहले शिवरात्रि होती है, फिर नवरात्रि और फिर नवयुग आता है। महाविनाश से यह वसुन्धरा जलमग्न हो कर कल्पांत में अद्‌भुत स्नान करती है, फिर स्वच्छ हो कर नौ लाख देवी-देवताओं के रूप में नौलखा हार धारण करती है।

True significance of Navratri

1) नवरात्रि का पहला दिन दुर्गा देवी  के रूप में  मन जाता  है । वह  " शैलपुत्री " के नाम से पूजी जाती है। बताया जाता है कि यह पर्वतराज हिमालय  की  पुत्री थी । इसलिए पवर्त  की पुत्री " पार्वती या शैलपुत्री " के नाम से शंकर की पत्नी बनी । दुर्गा को शिव-शक्ति कहा जाता है। हाथ में  माला भी दिखाते हैं। माला परमात्मा के याद का प्रतीक है। जब परमात्मा को याद करेंगे तो जीवन में सामान करने की शक्ति, निर्णय करने, सहन करने, सहयोग करने इत्यादि अष्ट शक्तियां प्राप्त होती हैं। इसलिए दुर्गा को अष्ट भुजा दिखाते हैं।  

2) नवरात्र का दूसरा दिन देवी " ब्रह्मचारिणी " का है, जिसका अर्थ है- तप का आचरण करने वालीं। तप का आधार पवित्रता होता है, जिसके लिए जीवन में ब्रह्मचर्य की धारणा करना आवश्यक है। इस देवी के दाहिने हाथ में जप करने की माला और बाएं हाथ में कमण्डल  दिखाया जाता है। 

3)   नवरात्र के तीसरे दिन देवी " चंद्रघण्टा " के रूप में  पूजा की जाती है। पुराणों की मान्यता है कि असुरों के प्रभाव से देवता काफ़ी दीन-हीन तथा दुःखी हो गए, तब देवी की आराधना करने लगे। फलस्वरूप  देवी " चंद्रघण् " प्रकट होकर असुरों का संहार करके देवताओं को संकट से मुक्त किया। इस देवी के मस्तक पर घण्टे के आकार का अर्द्धचंद्र, १० हाथों में  खड्‌ग, शस्त्र, बाण इत्यादि धारण किये दिखाये जाते हैं। चंद्रघण्टा देवी की सवारी शक्ति का प्रतीक सिंह है जिसका अर्थ है- शक्तियां (देवियां) अष्ट शक्तियों के आधार से शासन करती हैं। 

4) नवरात्र के चौथे दिन देवी " कुष्माण्ड " के रूप में पूजा की जाती है। बताया जाता है कि यह खून पीने वाली देवी है। कलि पुराण में देवी की पूजा में  पशु बलि का विधान है। इसी मान्यता के आधार पर देवियों के स्थान पर बलि-प्रथा आज भी प्रचलित है। वास्तव में, हमारे अन्दर जो भी विकारी स्वभाव और संस्कार है उस पर विकराल रूप धारण करके अर्थात्‌ दृढ़  प्रतिज्ञा करके मुक्ति पाना है।

5) नवरात्र के पाँचवें दिन देवी " स्कन्द माता " के रूप में पूजा की जाती है। कहते हैं कि यह ज्ञान देने वाली देवी है। इनकी पूजा करने से ही मनुष्य ज्ञानी बनता है। यह भी बताया गया है कि स्कन्द माता की पूजा ब्रह्मा,विष्णु, शंकर समेत यक्ष, किन्नरों और दैत्यों ने भी की है।

6)नवरात्र के छठवें दिन देवी " कात्यायनी " के रूप में पूजा की जाती है। " कत " एक प्रसिद्ध महर्षि बताये जाते हैं जिनके पुत्र " कात्य " ऋषि थे। इनके ही गोत्र से महर्षि  " कात्यायन " उत्पन्न हुआ। महिषासुर दानव का वध जिस देवी ने किया था, उस देवी का प्रथम पूजन महर्षि कात्यायन ने किया था और इस कारण ही वह देवी कात्यायनी कहलाई। इनका वाहन सिंह दिखाया जाता है।

7)नवरात्र के सातवें दिन देवी " कालरात्रि " के रूप में पूजा की जाती है। इनके शरीर का रंग काला और सिर के बाल रौद्र रूप में बिखरे हुए दिखाये जाते हैं। इनका वाहन गधे को दिखाया गया है जिसका अर्थ है कि कलियुग में एक सामान्य गृहस्थ की हालत प्रतिकूल परिस्थितियों से जूझते हुए गधे जैसी हो जाती है और जब वह गधा अपने मन -बुद्धि में  कालरात्रि जैसी देवी को बैठा लेता है तो देवी उस गृहस्थ को परिस्थितियों से पार निकाल ले जाती है।

8) नवरात्र के आठवें दिन देवी " महागौरी " के रूप में पूजा की जाती है। कहते हैं कि कन्या रूप में यह बिल्कुल काली थी। शंकर से शादी करने हेतु अपने गौरवर्ण के लिए ब्रह्मा की पूजा की, तब ब्रह्मा ने प्रसन्न होकर उसे काली से गौरी बना दिया। इनका वाहन वृषभ बैल दिखाया जाता है जो कि धर्म का प्रतीक है।

9) नवरात्र के नौवें दिन देवी " सिद्धिदायी " के रूप में  पूजा की जाती है। कहा गया है कि यह सिद्धिदायी वह शक्ति है जो विश्व का कल्याण करती है। जगत का कष्ट दूर कर अपने भक्तजनों को मोक्ष प्रदान करती है।

इस तरह नौ देवियों की आध्यात्ङ्किक रहस्यों को धारण करना ही नवरात्रि पर्व मानना है। वर्तमान समय स्वयं निराकार परमपिता परमात्मा इस कलियुग के घोर अंधकार में  माताओ -कन्याओं द्वारा सभी को ज्ञान देकर पिर से स्वर्ग की स्थापना कर रहे हैं। परमात्मा द्वारा दिए गए इस ज्ञान को धारण कर अब हम ऐसी नवरात्रि मनायें जो अपने अंदर रावण अर्थात्‌ विकार है, वह खत्म हो जाये, मर जाये। यही है सच्चा-सच्चा दशहरा मानना। ऐसा दशहरा मनायें ,तब ही दीवाली अर्थात्‌ भविष्य में आने वाली सतयुगी दुनिया के सुखों का अनुभव कर सकेंगे। इसलिए हे आत्माओ ! अब जागो, केवल नवरात्रि का जागरण ही नहीं करो बल्कि इस अज्ञान नींद से भी जागो। यही सच्ची-सच्ची नवरात्रि मानना और जागरण करना  है ।  ऐसी नवरात्रि की आप सभी को मुबारक हो, मुबारक हो , मुबारक । 

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