Май 30, 2013
Diwali is certainly one of the biggest, brightest and most important festivals of India. While Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights". The celebration of Diwali as the "victory of good over evil" refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance. While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration of the festival differ greatly depending on the region, the essence of the festival remains the same — the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit term "Deepavali", which translates to "Rows of lamps". Based on the Hindu lunar calendar, Diwali falls between October and November on an Amavasya or moonless night. Celebrated as the victory of good over evil, the festival is associated with the legend of the Hindu god, Lord Ram's return to his kingdom Ayodhya, after 14 years in exile. The Demon king Ravan of Lanka had abducted Lord Ram's consort Sita only to invite his own death as a result. Lord Ram, along with his brother Laxman and an army of monkeys defeated and killed Ravan and returned to his kingdom with Sita. According to mythology the people of Ayodhya lit up clay lamps known as diyas to welcome him on his return from exile.
Diwali is a five-day affair and kicks of with Dhanteras. 'Dhan' means wealth, hence this day is considered auspicious for buying items related to prosperity like utensils or gold. Vijay and his family also plan to buy something in keeping with the customs of Dhanteras.
The day after Dhanteras is known as Narak Chaudas or Choti Diwali. In short, it is Diwali on a smaller scale, with fewer rituals. Hindus get up before dawn, clean their houses, take a fragrant bath and dress up in festive clothes. Vijay and his family follow suit; they are decorating their house with much excitement to invite Goddess Lakshmi. The whole family rejoices on the occasion by singing aartis or religious hymns while they take part in the puja.
The third day of the festival, also known as Lakshmi puja, is the main Diwali celebration. The day is devoted to Goddess Lakshmi — Goddess of Wealth and Lord Ganesh, the 'Lord of auspicious Beginnings' and 'the Remover of Obstacles'. The devotees worship them seeking prosperity and wealth.
Govardhan puja is the fourth day of the Diwali festival. In some parts of India this day is also known as 'Annakoot'. Legend says that Lord Indra, the Hindu Lord of rain and the king of gods, got angry with the people of the land of Gokul, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. To punish the villagers, the rain god poured out endless rain flooding the village. However, Lord Krishna came to the rescue of the village and sheltered the villagers under Govardhan hill by lifting the entire hill onto his little finger, thereby protecting the villagers and their livestock. Since then this day is celebrated to thank Lord Krishna. This day is also known as Padwa in some parts of the country and people visit their friends and family with gifts and goodies on this day. Vijay's family has a tradition of celebrating this day. The women of the family and neighborhood make a cow dung hillock to perform the ritual of the day. The hillock is built symbolizing Govardhan hill and then decorated with flowers and other elements. The menfolk then pay obeisance to this symbolic hillock by circling around it and singing religious songs. Vijay and Vishal joins in the prayers.
Bhai Duj marks the end of the five days of the Diwali celebrations. Diwali is known as the festival of lights but with so many rituals and traditions it can also be named as the festival of sweets, gifts, fireworks and family.
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Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. Arguably the most important festival in Hinduism, it is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.
Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. In many parts of India, the festivities start with Dhanteras (in Northern and Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.
On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas and some Newar Buddhists also celebrate Diwali remembering Ashoka's conversion to Buddhism.
During a conversation with Prasoon Joshi on Unraveling Death, Sadhguru answers a question on the importance of performing death rituals, or shradh. He explains the process in which the physical life energy, or prana, gradually leaves the body and how the actions of the living can impact the experience of the being.
Sadhguru Talks @ In Conversation with the Mystic, Prasoon Joshi with Sadhguru, Mumbai, Mar 2014
Questioner: Sadhguru Namaskar. I just wanted to know what is the importance of doing shradh (Last rites).
Sadhguru: In the manifestation of life, the physical life there is – let me separate this. There is life and physical life for the sake of understanding. The physical life has manifested itself. The physical life energy which generally is referred to as pran or prana has five basic manifestations — there are ten but that’ll complicate – the five basic manifestations. These are called samana, prana, udana, apana and vyana. Within… After… When a person is declared… Let’s say if a doctor is observing and they declared that person at a particular moment that he is dead now, in the next twenty-one to twenty-four minutes samana will start exiting. That means samana is in charge of maintaining temperature in the body. First thing that’s happen… starts happening is body starts cooling down. Somewhere between forty-eight to sixty-four minutes prana exits. After that between six to twelve hours udana exists… exits. Till udana exits there are tantric processes with which we could revive the body, but once udana exits there is a… a micro, micro chance but that is an impractical chance except that it is impossible to revive the body once udana has existed, I mean exited. The next thing is apana – somewhere between eight to eighteen hours this exits. The vyana which is the preservative nature of prana will start exiting from beyond that — it can continue to exit up to eleven to fourteen days if it's a normal death. That is, somebody died of old age, with the feebleness of life they exited. For such a person between eleven to fourteen days certain processes will be happening in the body to show that there is some element of life like nails growing, hair… facial hair these kind of things can be noticed. If someone has died accidentally, or in other words, the life was vibrant and he died – not necessarily totally crushed kind of body – still the body is intact – that body, the reverberations of this life will continue somewhere between forty-eight to ninety days.
So till that time there are things you can do for that life. What is the thing that you can do for that life? See, what has happened with death is your exp… your experience of death is that somebody is gone but the experience of that person is he’s exited the body. And simply because he’s exited the body you have no business with him — you cannot recognize him and if he comes back you will be terrified (Laughter). The people that you love, if they pop up there’ll be terror, not love (Laughs) because your relationship is ei… either with their body or with their conscious mind and emotion. These things have been left behind – the body has been left behind and the conscious intellect and the discerning mind has been left behind.
Now in terms of mind it is just a bunch of information which has certain tendencies of its own – natural tendencies which are finding expression in a certain way. There is no discerning mind. Once there is no discerning mind, if you drop… if you put one drop of pleasantness into this mind which has no dis… discerning capability, no intellect, now this pleasantness will multiply a million fold. If you put a drop of unpleasantness, that unpleasantness will multiply a minion… million fold. It's like your child who doesn’t have the necessary discernment — he goes out to play — he doesn’t know when to come back. Till he’s exhausted and he can't do anymore, till then he wants to play because he has… he doesn’t have the necessary discernment – okay it's time to go....
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#ChristmasCrafts, #DIYHomeDecorationForDiwali : — Friends lets see how to make this beautiful DIY plastic spoon #DiyaDecoration craft for Diwali, #Candle for #Christmas and #NewYear! Beauty of this diya craft lies in the fact that it is too simple and made with waste plastic spoons. Plastic spoons are easily available in almost every shop and household. Can you ever imagine that these thrown away waste thing can be used and combined in such a way that it forms a beautiful flower Diya craft that will enhance the beauty of your house? Just try this craft this festive season.
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Very basic and simple things are needed to make it. These are – Plastic Spoons, Acrylic Colors, brush, glue gun and glue sticks, cardboard and floating Diya’s.
First draw three circular shapes on the cardboard. Cut this shape out. Next take spoons and color them with brush in three colors – Red, Green and yellow. With the help of scissors cut the heads of these spoons.
Its time to stick these cut spoons on the cardboard to form the shape of flower. Use glue gun for this and paste the petal shaped spoons on the cardboard one after the other.
Finally to enhance its beauty, paste the beads on the inner side of the petals. Place the floating diyas at the center of this craft and you are done.
This craft will take very less time to make and looks extremely amazing at night when illuminated with the Diyas or #Candles.
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Facts on Lord Shiva Puja : According to Hindu culture, it is advised to not keep a ‘Shivlinga’ in a place where it is not regularly worshipped with proper rituals, as showing disrespect to his symbol may anger the lord. It is said that Lord Shiva or Bholenath is very innocent and may get pleased in no time. But, his anger too is well-renowned.
What is Lord Shiva's favourite?
It is an extensively acknowledged fact that Lord Shiva believes in living a simple life with bare necessities, and the things that he cherishes the most are Dhatura fruit, Bael leaves, bhang, ice-cold milk, sandalwood paste, and bhasma. Worshipping Lord Shiva with these not only appeases him, but impresses all the gods as well.
However, as per Shivpuran, a devotee must never worship the Shivlinga with these five following offerings or else bear the dreaded consequences.
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#LIVThisDiwali — This is a story of togetherness, erasing judgments, and staying in the moment. It’s a story about two brothers shredding their egos on a special day. This Film is titled as “Chhoti Khushi” and is presented by Sony LIV. This poignant story explores the complex relationship that Indian siblings share with each other, and how Diwali can become the raison d’etre for bringing together those, whom circumstances and situations often pull apart.
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Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Suneel Sinha, Ashish Verma
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Producer: JAR Pictures Pvt Ltd in association with Opticus Inc, Ajay G. Rai, Alan Mc Alex