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The beauty of Arathi
« on: December 07, 2009, 05:32:29 PM »
When Arathi is given to God, a piece of camphor is moved in front of the Image.
The Image Represents God --- Consciousness, Absolute!

And before it a camphor is rotated. And the lines from Mundakopanishad are often repeated which says
na tatra suryo bhati , na chandra tarakam ....
the verse actually says "Before or prior to you, Sun, moon, stars & lightening do not shine.
none of them can reveal you, coz for them to shine you have to Be before!
And then, what can this camphor do ?"
The verse continues "taameva bhati anubhati sarvam" ... You shine & Everything shines after you --- you shine
and therefore sun, moon, stars etc shine ...
So , even this piece of camphor that is being burnt indicates Your Presence! Your Shining!

Thus its a prayer ... coz Consciousness is revealed through it, as if ... in actuality, the small light indicates that
consciousness is shining!



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Re: The beauty of Arathi
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 10:56:16 AM »
Dear srkudai,

Very nice.  We are the Light (the Self), in whose light the sun
shines, the moon shines, the stars twinkle, and the Arti lamp

That Red Light (Arunachala) is the Heart, from which every light
is born, is sustained, and curls up. 

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: The beauty of Arathi
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 11:32:14 AM »
Dear Srkudai,

Hi to you! :)

Another interpretation that flashed to me:

The Camphor is the body or the Ego - I and the fire is the knowledge. When the body (camphor) is totally burnt, there is neither body, ego - I nor knowledge. What remains and still does not really remain is the eternal consciousness and rotating around the idol or any God is concentration without allowing the Vasanas take over you. Suppose Vasanas takes us over like a strong wind, the fire stops and camphor would still remain.

It signifies the burning of ego to consciousness. fusion of ego, intellect and knowledge to consciousness.

Salutations to Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta