Diwali is the most famous festival of India and this year’s Diwali celebrations went across the borders and reached the Oval Office of the White House where President Obama lit the ‘FIRST EVER DIYA.’ in the White House.
President Obama said – “This year, I was honoured to kindle the first-ever diya in the Oval Office — a lamp that symbolises how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that I hope future presidents will continue.”
Let’s find out few other ways in which a Diya can bring health and good fortune in your home and workplace:
In our country every festival, celebration or event begins with lighting a diya, it is a tradition to chant a shloka while doing the ritual shloka is:
‘Subham Karoti Kalyanam Arogyam Dhana Sampadah, Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya Dipa Jyotir Namostute, Deepajyothi Parabrahma Deepajyothi Janardhana, Deepo me hara tu paapam Deepaa Jyothir Namostute.’
It’s a common belief that when this rite is practiced the gods themselves come down to shower their blessing upon us.
The light of a Diya represents wisdom, positivity and serenity, and lighting of lamps on a regular basis is considered auspicious.
Kindling of Diyas on a regular basis also removes negativity, unawareness and gloominess from a home or a workplace.
On the day of Diwali people worship goddess Lakshmi. She is regarded as the goddess of wealth. It’s a common belief that Lakshmi doesn’t enter the houses that aren’t well lit, she doesn’t like darkness.
Thus, the Diyas lit on the night of Diwali attract Lakshmi and along with the deity they also bring fortuity and prosperity.
Looking at the significance of Diya from a scientific point of view:
The light from the lamps produce magnetic forces which positively influence the ambiance of the surroundings. When these rays infiltrate through our body they activate our nerves and they are also helpful in curing blood.
A question may strike you, why Diyas when darkness can be removed simply by switching on the lights; well, you aren’t off beam with your logic, but you are overlooking the spiritual consequence of the lamp’s light.
A Diya is full of spiritual symbolism the ghee or oil in the lamp characterizes our pessimistic tendencies and the wick of the lamp characterizes the ego.
When a Diya is lit all the negative predispositions get exhausted bit by bit by the pious illumination and the ego gets destroyed by the flame. Now, all of this can never be achieved just be switching on the lights – right?