Om hreem shreem kamal vasinyey namaha
Diwali Greetings from Acharya Pt Ram Hardowar
नमस्तेस्तु महामाये श्रीपीठे सुरपूजिते ।
शङ्खचक्रगदाहस्ते महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥
Namastute Maha Maye, Shri Pitay Sur Pujitay.
Shanka Chakra Gada Hastay, Maha Lakshmi Namostute.
Salutations to Mother Lakshmi, the remover of the veil of duality and who is worshipped by the Devatas. To the one who holds the shanka, chakra and gada in Her hands I surrender.
Diwali is perhaps the largest festival of India and people of Indian origin throughout the world. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.
As we observe this most beautiful period of Diwali which is celebrated on the darkest night of the year (amawasya) in the most auspicious month of Kartik, may the Mothers benevolence and Bhagwan Krishna’s love be with all.
Diwali simply means the row of light. Light is very symbolic in our beautiful culture. So on this, the darkest night may all of our hearts be illumined.
The diya reminds us that our ego can be kept under control (with a trimmed wick) when it is fed with pure thoughts (ghee), allowing the light of love, joy and happiness to shine from within us and spread through-out the entire world. I encourage all to light as many diyas as you wish this Diwali but do not forget to light the most important diya of all, the diya of love within our hearts.
Additionally, the diya teaches that when we burn, do not burn others, rather burn for others (feel the pain of others) on this most beautiful, auspicious time of Diwali.
Deepawali ki Subha Kamnaiyea
Pt Ram Hardowar.