Why do we light a lamp ?

  • Indian culture is admired and respected all over the world for its beauty and depth
  • Almost every Indian custom has either a scientific, logical,historical or spiritual significance
  • In almost every Indian home, a lamp is lit daily before the lord we worship. In some houses, it is lit at dawn, in some twice a day-at dawn and at dusk
  • Inaugrations and auspicious occasions commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion
  • Light symbolizes knowledge. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Knowledge supports all our actions whether good or bad.
  • The traditional oil lamp has a spiritual significance. The oil or ghee in the lamp symbolizes vaasanas and negativity and the wick- the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas get slowly exhausted and the ego too finally perishes. The flame of a lamp always burns upwards.

We should acquire knowledge which takes us towards altitude. A single lamp can light hundreds more lamps. Similarly a man with good knowledge can guide many more. Knowledge does not lessen when shared with others. On the contrary. It increases on giving or sharing with others. It benefits both the receiver and the giver.

  • While lighting the lamp, recite the mantra just loud enough to be heard by your own ears.

Deep Jyothi Parbrahm- Deepa Sarv Tamo Apha

Deepain SaddhyateDeepo Namostute

  • I pray to the dawn/dusk whose light is the knowledge which removes the darkness of ignorance.
  • Thus lighting the oil lamp, contains a wealth of intellectual and spiritual meaninglamp

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