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Transcript of DIWALI
On this day, one's wealth is worshipped and prayers are offered to God for the wisdom to use one's wealth for noble and virtuous purposes only. This festival occurs on Aso vad 14, also known as 'Narak Chaturdashi' because Lord Krishna vanquished Narkaasur. Devotees pray and offer pujan to Hanumanji to remove inauspiciousness and fear of evil spirits and beings. The evil king Narkaasur, also known as Bhaumassur, of Prag-Jyotishpur, confiscated all the beautiful and valuable objects in the world. Rampaging through the 3 lokas, he also looted the earrings of Aditi, mother of the devas. When the devas prayed for help, Shri Krishna and Satyabhama vanquished Narkaasur, releasing the 16,000 women captives. In jubilation, the devas celebrated the occasion by lighting divas. When Narkaasur lay dying, he prayed to Shri Krishna, 'Let those who bathe before sunrise on my death anniversary not go to hell.' The Lord granted the boon. In essence this means that one who has been enlightened within-become 'Brahmrup"- will not fear death. Shriji Maharaj outlines a checklist of things to overcome in order to become Brahmrup in Vachanamrut Gadhada II-45: "[Do not] allow any trace of maya's 3 gunas, 10 indriyas, 10 pranas, 4 antahkarans, 5 bhutas, 5 types of senses, and the presiding deities of the 14 loks to remain". These 51 ghosts can be eradicated by obeying the Satpurursh. In becoming brahmrup and offering devotion to Parabrahma, we truly celebrate Kali Chaudash in the purest way possible.
Hudson Urban Bikes performed a social experiment called lifecycle. They chained a well-equipped bicycle to a post in a busy Soho street in NYC and took a picture of the bike everyday for a year. Nothing happened for 159 days but the next day, the water bottle went missing. By day 212, the lock and the basket were gone. The front wheel was gone on the 250th day, and the rest of the bike was gone on the 270th day.
If someone introduces evil, it'll trigger a domino effect of negativity. As we saw nothing happened for 159 days but as soon as a little evil sipped in (like how the water bottle went missing) slowly the whole bike disappeared by the 270th day.
By: Puja Patel
GOOD VS. EVIL
Good is simply the absence of evil and evil is the absence of good. As long as evil is kept at bay , good will prevail; but the moment evil is introduced, good will begin to diminish.
This Is how the bike looked on the first day.
So can anyone explain this analogy, and how it relates to us in satsang?
JUST LIKE THAT...................
If we let a little kusang(evil) get into us we will slowly be influenced by it. We won't even realize which will slowly make us fall out of satsang.
Rambhagwan and Ravan are the real life counterparts of batman and the joker.
In which Rambhagwan being -Good
and Ravan being -evil
So does anyone know the story of Ram Bhagwans exile?
Once Surpnakha, the sister of Ravan, passed by the place where Ram was living. She transformed herself into a beautiful lady and went to Ram and asked him to marry her. When Ram refused and told her he is already married to Sita, she became angry. Coming back to her original form she ran towards Sita to kill her. When Lakshman saw that he got mad and cut her nose. Surpnakha then send her brother Khardushan with 14 other rakshasas to take revenge. But all got killed by Ram. Surpnakha then went to Ravan for help and told him all about sita and her beauty and how she would be perfect for being his wife. So Ravan asked one of his friends to transform into a deer and impress Sita. When sita saw this beautiful golden deer she at once requested Ram to go get it for her. So when Ram went to catch that deer, no later then when he shoot the deer he found out that it wasn't really a deer but instead it was a rakshasa. Sita sent lakshman to help Ram and meanwhile Ravan abducted Sita from the hut. Ram Bhagwan tired to keep peace with Ravan. He told him all Ravan had to do is return Sitamata back and their would be no longer a reason for war but Ravan wouldn't budge to return Sita back. So Ram bhagwan had no option but to battle Ravan and Ram Bhagwan defeated Ravan.
Diwali originated in Ayodhya when Ram Bhagwan retured from his 14 -year exile. Ram Bhagwan had defeated Ravan during his exile, and therefore, Ayodhya was not only celebrating the return of their beloved king but also because triumph of good against evil.
Lakshmi Pujan is performed on Dhan Teras. On this day people put small oil lamps outside their homes on Diwali and hope Lakshmi Devi will come to bless them. In ancient India, those who wished to acquire or to preserve wealth worshiped goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking. She does not visit the places, which are unclean/dirty or where the people are lazy. Lakshmi Pujan, or the worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on this day. It is extremely important to keep the house very clean and pure during all the days of Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason why we clean coins. We wash the coins to resemble us cleaning her, and in return we ask for blessings.
In Gujarat, businessmen submit their old accounting ledgers to Shri Lakshmi Devi and Lord Ganeshji and start their new accounts with the words "subh lubh" written on their account ledger. "subh labh" means "May this object serve you with good fortune". The fiscal year coincides with the calendar year in Hinduism, unlike the American fiscal year, which starts on the 1st of October. Hence, the newly sanctified accounting ledgers are used to start business in a new fiscal year. Chopda Pujan in the modern world often involves the pujan of a laptop, since businesses now use digital accounting.
This day is also called Chopda Pujan. On this day, devotees do pujan of their accounting ledgers and scriptures. People pray to Bhagwan to forgive them for all the mistakes of the past year and to give them the wisdom and strength to not repeat them the next year.
The 5th day of Diwali is Bhai Bhiji when sisters honor their brothers by inviting them for a celebratory lunch. The brothers in return offer gifts to their sisters. In this way the five-day celebration of Diwali inspires devotion and love for God and one's family and friends.
The five-day spectacular Diwali festival is popularly known as the festival of lights. It is associated with Bhagwan Ram, Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi and Sarasvati and Hanumanji. Diwali is the grand finale to the annual festivals on India. It is one of the most festive and auspicious of all celebrations in the Hindu calendar and celebrated by all Hindus throughout the world.
Diwali is celebrated by placing lamps on windows and doors of homes and in mandirs. Sometimes they are floated on rivers. Colorful designs, portraits or scenes are created with different colored powders to decorate the entrance to homes and buildings. A display of fireworks celebrates Shri Ram's return to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile and victory over the evil Ravan. The day also marks the birth of Lakshmi as she emerged out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthana or churning of the ocean.
Festivals are an important aspect of our lives as Hindus. In the Hindu tradition, many festivals are held, Each festival has different rituals, different spiritual meanings, and different customs associated with it. Festivals are what identify us as Hindus; many times, festivals help us connect to our religion and spirituality.
In Vachanamrut Gadhada I-3, Shriji Maharaj explains why festivals are of the utmost importance, and why he decided to convince people to celebrate festivals with enthusiasm. Shriji Maharaj says that even if one remembers god, one should recall divine leelas of God no matter what. Maharaj later goes on to explain that God's form will also be remembered if one remembers His devotees and sadhus. therefore, Shriji Maharaj places utmost importance on the celebrating of festivals such as Diwali, Janmashtami, which have a gathering of devotees.
Festivals help provide us with deeper spiritual traditions, and they provide us with the opportunity to connect with our culture wherever we may be- the India or many miles away. With each festival, there is also a deeper spiritual aspect associated with it. Each festival is rooted in the scriptures, thus festivals are a part of our lives. Festivals have a spiritual base with them.
FESTIVALS AND RELIGION
QUOTE:" If he remembers those satsangis, brahmacharis or sadhu, then by that association, God's form will also be remembered. Thereby, that person attains an elevated spiritual status. That is why I perform grand Vishnu-yagnas; annually celebrate Janmashtami, Ekadashi and other observances". - Vachnamrut Gadhada I-3
Made BY :Puja Patel