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Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Deepavali 2016

Happy Deepavali

இனிய தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துகள்

In literal terms, Deepavali means row of lights - 'deepa' means lights and 'avali' means row.

The earthern lamp which is lit during the festival of lights carries a significant meaning in every element of itself.

The earth with which the lamp is made signifies dirt or impurities. This represents us as a person in search of enlightenment.

The oil in the lamp represents negative qualities such as lust, greed, anger, hatred and jealousy which in turn fuels the soul or oneself. This is represented by the cotton wick.

One has to get rid of materialism in order to attain enlightenment, and this is represented by the entire process where the lamp emits light when the wick, which is fueled by the oil, burns.

The 'Vizhakku' (lamp) symbolises knowledge. Any individual who is ignorant will be left in the dark until and unless there is realisation to gain knowledge and unveil the purpose of their existence. Hence, the lamp signifies the removal of ignorance through knowledge.

Rituals like the oil bath and adorning of new clothes are also done with a reason. Oil has the ability to cool down one's body, hence pouring it at the crown of the head would eliminate all the past negative forces accumulated in the body.

Following the oil bath, it is a tradition for Hindus to wear brand new clothes. This signifies the shedding of negative old habits and the start of a whole new life in a positive light.

The habit of making sweets in addition to creating and enhancing bonds between families and friends, also signifies that one should speak sweet things and have sweet thoughts.

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