Friday, October 28, 2016

Diwali Parva 2016

Diwali Parva 2016

Diwali is a festival of billion plus Hindus living all over the world. After the harvesting of good crops, the people express their gratitudes to the deities through prayers and offerings. It's a "Shakti Parva of upasana" (worshiping the power of the Almighty), in which three major goddesses Maha Sarasvati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali are worshipped. Maha Sarasvati is the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom. One has to acquire the knowledge and wisdom first to prosper. Maha Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth. Wealth comes from the skill, acquired with the help of Sarasvati. Wealth is generated from work. Maha Kali (Parvati) is the Goddess of regeneration, recycling the waste. Remove the waste and preserve the best. They are name of the three powers of the God: generation, operation and destruction; creation, maintenance and regeneration.

Diwali Festival starts with Vak Baras (shukla dwadashi), a day of worshipping Goddess Maha Sarasvati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Second day is called Dhan Teras (shukla trayidashi), a day to worship Maha Lakshmi. People worship their wealth and the means of wealth. The third day is kali chaudas (kali chaturdashi), a night to worship Goddess Kali to destroy the evil forces. It is a night for tantra mantra upasana and many sadhaks do acquire black magic from the universe. Then comes the night of Dipavali, the night of lights. The day and night to celebrate with joy. Joy of the year sparkles through crackers. Family, relatives and friends meet and greet; forgive and forget; reunite and rejuvenate; to bring more happiness, more prosperity in the life for all.

Next day of the Diwali, Gujarati people celebrate their New Year. New year of new beginning. It is followed by Bhai Bij (bhaiya duj), the day when sister welcomes her brothers at home. Tritia and Chaturthi are rest days and then comes the Labh Panchami, the first day to start the work in the new year. Labh means benefit - profit. So no loss to count, only to aim at benefit. Benefits to earn for the betterment of life, for self and for the community; for family and for the Country; for us and for the universe.

Wishing you all

Happy Vak Baras

Happy Dhan Teras

Sadhana Chaturdashi

Happy Diwali

Happy and Prosperous New Year Vikram Samvat 2073

Enjoy the festival of light, the Dipavali.
Light up with joy and with knowledge.

28 October 2016, Dhan Teras


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