According to the Legend of Diwali, Lord Rama, the Avatar of the age of Gemini, returned home to Ayodhya after his 14 years of exile and battle with Ravana. To celebrate his homecoming, the entire city lit up houses and roads with lamps to welcome the return of their King.
The story of Rama can be interpreted on many levels, as many spiritual truths are woven into the myth of one the greatest Kings in history. One of the interpretations of the story of Lord Rama is that the story represents the journey of the soul which traverses through its long, arduous journey from darkness to light. The Legend of Lord Rama can therefore be interpreted as the homecoming of the soul, or union of the incarnated soul with the higher soul after years of stuggle.
This is just one interpretation. There are several others.
During Diwali, aarthis and lamps are lit for the puja (prayer). The lamps with five or seven flames symbolize the activation of the upper chakras. When you light the five flames, you have to develop the five virtues – goodness, which manifests as service, wisdom, truth, love, and justice. The aarthis, when moved counterclockwise and clockwise, produce a cleansing and energizing reaction on the area.
In one section of his book, The Inner Teachings of Hinduism Revealed, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, talks about the significance of performing an aarthi. He says that it is a “common way of cleaning the aura”. He further explains how, often, “a priest is hired to say a prayer and while offering wood, sends ghee to a fire. Every time one offers ghee, one has to invoke for the blessings of Lord Agni to purify himself, his chakras, aura, energy body, astral and mental bodies, and to disintegrate his internal obstacles. These internal obstacles are manifestations of internal weaknesses. By burning these internal weaknesses, negative thoughts and negative emotions, you are burning the internal obstacles.”
However, Master cautions that, “…no matter how many aarthis are done, if one does not generate good karma, nothing much will happen because no aarthi can burn up negative karma.” “An aarthi can burn negative thoughts, negative emotions and dirty energy, but the karma is still there. The way to handle the karma is to generate good karma by service and tithing. This good karma is used to pay your karmic debts. That is why some of you who were in trouble before, because of your service and tithing, have been able to generate good karma and pay back some of your karmic debts. That is why your life has improved tremendously.”
Practicing these rituals with understanding and concentration has a wonderful effect on our aura and in the long term, our lives.
The Power of Rama
The word ‘Rama’ itself has great power. By reciting the mantra “Om Namo Rama Om” with devotion and reverance, one can recieve tremendous empowerment to move mountains of obstacles.
All of us at the Yoga Vidya Pranic Healing Foundation of West Bengal wish you a joyful and prosperous Diwali. May the blessings of