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Why do we light a lamp during pooja?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Prayer

|| Deepajyothi parabrahma

Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah

Deepo harati paapaani

Sandhyaa deepa namostute ||

“I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme Lord), which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.”Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness, ignorance. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. The purpose of any ritual is to remove internal darkness and attain knowledge.Vedic scriptures recommend daily lighting of the lamp as a part of pooja. Some do it once at dawn, others twice a day – at dawn and dusk – and some keep a lamp that is always lit (akhanda deepa). No auspicious function can commence without the lighting of a lamp.

Knowledge is the everlasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. By lighting the lamp, we bow to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth. Knowledge about the self is the greatest wealth. It goes around achieving inner happiness by burning the negativity of a mind that is full of lust and ego.

The traditional oil lamp defines this spiritual significance. The oil or ghee symbolizes our vaasanas (lust, negative tendencies) 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 signifying that the only that knowledge should be acquired, which takes us towards higher ideals.

Why do we light a lamp during pooja?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Prayer

|| Deepajyothi parabrahma

Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah

Deepo harati paapaani

Sandhyaa deepa namostute ||

“I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme Lord), which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.”

Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness, ignorance. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. The purpose of any ritual is to remove internal darkness and attain knowledge.

Vedic scriptures recommend daily lighting of the lamp as a part of pooja. Some do it once at dawn, others twice a day – at dawn and dusk – and some keep a lamp that is always lit (akhanda deepa). No auspicious function can commence without the lighting of a lamp.

Knowledge is the everlasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. By lighting the lamp, we bow to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth. Knowledge about the self is the greatest wealth. It goes around achieving inner happiness by burning the negativity of a mind that is full of lust and ego.

The traditional oil lamp defines this spiritual significance. The oil or ghee symbolizes our vaasanas (lust, negative tendencies) 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 signifying that only that knowledge should be acquired, which takes us towards higher ideals.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Why do we light a lamp during pooja?

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Prayer

|| Deepajyothi parabrahma

Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah

Deepo harati paapaani

Sandhyaa deepa namostute ||

“I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme Lord), which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.”

Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness, ignorance. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. The purpose of any ritual is to remove internal darkness and attain knowledge.

Vedic scriptures recommend daily lighting of the lamp as a part of pooja. Some do it once at dawn, others twice a day – at dawn and dusk – and some keep a lamp that is always lit (akhanda deepa). No auspicious function can commence without the lighting of a lamp.

Knowledge is everlasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. By lighting the lamp, we bow to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth. Knowledge about the self is the greatest wealth. It goes around achieving inner happiness by burning the negativity of a mind that is full of lust and ego.

The traditional oil lamp defines this spiritual significance. The oil or ghee symbolizes our vaasanas (lust, negative tendencies) 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 signifying that the only that knowledge should be acquired, which takes us towards higher ideals.

Everyone behaves according to his or her needs. Every behavior is justified medically as every action is performed according to one’s own psyche, which in turn depends upon the needs. The most primitive needs of a person are that of food, shelter and procreation. Most thefts, minor criminal acts, eve teasing, rapes, etc are to fulfill these needs. These needs satisfy the physical body.

Those people whose physical needs are satisfied are controlled by the mental needs, which can be at the level of mind, intellect or ego. Egoistic needs are focused towards attention, status, and power grabbing. Most political decisions at the state, national or international levels are taken to fulfill these “ego based desires”. The action of George Bush against Iraqin the recent era and that of Hitler in the past are classical examples.

Those who have conquered the mental needs by controlling the mind are controlled by spiritual needs. Everyone with a balanced state of mind needs affection, appreciation, acceptance and inner happiness. Spiritual fulfillment of needs based on non-violence.

There are very spiritual leaders living in the world today and hence most behaviours today either are at the level of physical fulfillment of desires or at the level of mental fulfillment.

Most crimes are committed and most criminals are trained using these principles. Individuals are chosen from the general public who are either gullible (hypnotizable) or are frustrated because of non-fulfillment of their needs. Frustrated people are first addicted to food, women, wine, drugs or power and then made to enter into criminal activities or brainwashed to such an extent that except for the goal for which they are hypnotized, nothing else exists for them.

It is a well-known scientific fact that in a state of deep mental relaxation the mind becomes suggestive. Hypnotizable people are the ones who can be made to go into mental relaxation with simple mental exercises. When their restful mind is bombarded with suggestions positive or negative, the intended suggestions get attached to their consciousness and the whole body’s biochemistry changes and acts in a way to fulfill that intent.

To reduce violence in the community, one needs to reduce violence in a family or in an individual mind. It is the violence in the collective consciousness of the people, which allows such violent attacks in the community.

In a recent survey by the media, it was found that 80% of the people agreed that for attaining a promotion or getting a seat in a medical college, conversion to schedule caste or schedule tribe is justifiable.

According to the Bhagwad Gita, there are three main gateways to misery and they are lust, greed and ego. If they are satisfied, more lust, greed or ego follows. Unsatisfied lust ends up in anger, delusion and misery; unsatisfied greed leads to attachment and resultant negative actions; and finally, unsatisfied ego leads to violent acts.