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Dipavali or Diwali
« on: October 16, 2009, 02:22:41 PM »
Dipavali means the arrangement of lights.  Dipavali is thus a
festival of lights, which is celebrated in India.  Hindus, Buddhists,
and Jains also celebrate the festival, perhaps for different reasons.  It is celebrated on the fourteenth day (night) of Kanya
month, before the new moon.  People wake up quite early in the
morning, around 4 am and take oil bath, wear new clothes that
they could afford.  They take sweets and snacks.  Firecrackers
are of recent origin.  About 100 years back, there were no fire-
crackers but they used to burn a particular wood which gives out
sparks of light.

In Sri Ramanasramam, right from Bhagavan Ramana's days, the
festival is celebrated but with high modesty.  Devotees came
to Him quite early morning, say around 6 am, after oil bath
and wearing new dresses.  They brought sweets and snacks
to Bhagavan Ramana and offered Him, a new pair of codpieces,
and prostrated before Him.  There used to be bhiksha, special
meals on that noon, the cost borne by the devotees.

For Bhagavan Ramana, all days were equal, there were no
special or ordinary days.  He used to receive the devotees
with a broad smile and talk to them.  For one Dipavali, when
someone asked Him about the significance of Dipavali, He
composed two verses, as usual giving atma vichara sadhana.

The day that Narayana* grinds to death the
Naraka-ego in the quest of knowledge, inquiring
Whence the Naraka-I arises to rule the Naraka-world,
That day is the light festival of Naraka-Chaturdasi.**

(* Narayana, (Krishna) as per Hindu theology, killed the
demon Narakasura.
** Chaturdasi in Sanskrit means fourteenth day. This is celebrated on the waning 14th digit day of Kanya month, as per the wishes of the demon Narakasura.)

To search and slay the sinner, the Naraka-ego
Corrupted by the thought that one is the Naraka-form,
The false body-tenement, and to shine as
The true Self, this is Dipavali indeed.       

Arunachala Siva.