Prayers strengthen the festive spirit

Diwali is the best-known festival of all Hindu celebrations, marked throughout the world on the New Moon (15th) Day of the auspicious month of Kartika (October or November).

Diwali is a derivative expression from the Sanskrit word, ‘Deepavali,’ meaning, ‘A Garland of Lamps.’

The Festive Day is observed to rid oneself of all evil deeds. Given the excellent planetary positions, all forces of nature work in tandem on Diwali night.

All Gods and Goddesses generously accede to the appeals of devotees.

Every family has issues and Diwali can be the right time to solve them.

Homes that experience heated arguments, unrest or quarrels are best advised to light Diya containing sesame oil.

The room in which a person consumes alcohol would emit negative energy and lighting a Diya containing ghee (clarified butter) would clear the psychic debris of the room. Ghee makes soft “milky” flames that are powerful cleansing agents.

Burning incense sticks throughout the year would help in maintaining pure vibrations in your home.

Devotees of the Goddess of Wealth perform ‘Vaibhav Lakshmi Pooja’ chanting mantras (which are easy to learn) on eight consecutive Fridays.

Those who are unable to learn the slokas (hymns), can repeat Om Lakshmi Ganapathaye Namah 108 times.

It would be good to light nine lamps every day- eight for as many forms of Goddess Lakshmi and one for your Guru.

The Power of Ganesha

People experiencing problems in getting married or marital issues should visit a nearby temple or church and light 27 lamps, each representing a Star.

Praying to Lord Ganesha on Diwali day is a popular Hindu tradition but very few people are aware of the right way to pray

Pray to the idol of Ganesha with the trunk on the right side. The idol should always face north or northeast. The idols of Lord Ganesha at home (ideally not too many) should be in odd numbers.

The idol should always be in the extreme right followed by Lakshmi (on Ganesha’s left) and other statues.

The icon of Lord Ganesha placed near the entrance should always face inside. While sitting in front of Ganesha’s icon, his farsa edge should never point towards you, since it will deplete your energy aura.

Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of the Inner Light. This knowledge outshines all darkness, removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance.

This awakens the individual to one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, and transcendent reality.

A candle burns out. A firework is a momentary visual experience. But the candle of a still mind and the fireworks of a heart filled with bhakti are divine and eternal; these are what we should be celebrating this year.

Tryambkum Nirvana Centre wishes all Indian Newslink readers a wonderful Diwali and Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Shomi Payak is a qualified Teacher, Esoteric, Clairvoyant Astrologer, Aura Reader and Reiki Grandmaster. She is the Founder and Director of Tryambkum Nirvana Centre, based in Papatoetoe, South Auckland. Phone: 021-0381441

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