Oct 28: Deepavali

28 Oct

The twenty sixth of October 2011 was an auspicious day indeed since it marked the day of Deepavali, the festival of lights. In the Southern part of India, Deepavali is celebrated to commemorate the death of the demon Narakasura, while in the northern part of India, Deepavali is celebrated as a festival to welcome Lord Rama back to Ayodhya. We can clearly see that all our festivals have a direct connection to our legends either from Lord Rama or Lord Krishna’s life-history.

If we delve into the life-history of Narakasura, the mother Earth was unable to bear the atrocities committed by Narakasura and she went and prostrated to the lord and confided her suffering to the lord.  It is seen in the life-history of Lord Krishna that Lord Indra went and sought Krishna’s help since Narakasura had preempted his throne and expropriated his mother Aditi’s earnings. So Lord Krishna went to Narakasura’s capital along with his wife Sathyabama which was shielded and defended by several barricades. Lord Krishna entered the capital with ease by uttering “Abirae” and killed Narakasura. Mother Earth was Narakasura’s mother was over joyed hearing the news about the death of her son and she came to Lord Krishna with rich presents. She was accompanied by Narakasura’s son Bhagadatta when she came to meet Lord Krishna. With palms folded together Mother Earth sang hymns on praise of Lord Krishna. Krishna gave refugee to Bhagadatta and also emancipated the sixteen thousand princesses who had been held captive by Narakasura in his city. The lord also married all of them in order to protect them.

Narakasura’s death is celebrated as Deepavali by lighting the lamps to signify the removal of darkness and ignorance and also to commemorate the victory of good over evil.

Mother Earth was not able to bear the weight of the people. What does this imply? When we say weight, it doesn’t mean the physical weight of the people but it verily refers to the people who don’t revel in satsangs and those who do not chant the divine names of the lord. So Lord Krishna destroyed various Asuras and Kamsa. Who is a Asura? An Asura is not a physical form. In a philosophical view, Asura is a quality that tends to keep people away from chanting the divine names of the lord and also from listening to their divine glories. So Lord Krishna destroyed these Asuras and the very destruction of the Asuras is celebrated as Deepavali. But Mother Earth was still unhappy as there were lot of people who still refrained from being part of the Satsangs and so the lord started to send great saints [Avatars of the lord itself] down to the Earth to dispel these negative forces and make everyone enjoy the bliss of satsang and chant the divine names of the lord if this age of Kali.

Deepavali means ‘row of light’, the term avail connotes row and deepam means light. While Deepavali is celebrated to remember the slaying of Narakasura, the devotees of His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji celebrate Deepavali as the “Birth of Light”.  Sri Swamiji’s incarnation was also on the day of Deepavali and his incarnation removes all the detrimental forces in all of us and takes us closer to the lord through the incessant chanting of the divine names of the lord. Our Guru Maharaj’s incarnation marks another great significance for Deepavali – to propagate the path of Bhagavatha Dharma and thereby flowers the everlasting happiness in all of us.

The satsang then reminisced the life-history of Sri Swamiji and on this holy occasion satsang members offered the eight petal flower [kshama, sathya,m, daya, santhi, bhakthi, virakthi, premai and jnanam ] to the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji, praying to his holy feet to destroy the Narakasura of pride, avarice, hatred, jealousy and forgetful of god and guru so that this Narakasura can be defeated and that everyone be placed in the throne of divinity

The satsang concluded with prayers and Namasankirtan.

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