While every day is a good day to invite Maha-Lakshmi into our homes and our hearts, Diwali is a particularly auspicious time of year to do so. During this time, we pray to Maha-Lakshmi to cleanse our minds of judgement and show us the way to surrender. We worship Her as our Mother and victor of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after His 14-year exile. During the course of His exile, Ram had battled many demons and ultimately conquered the greatest demon, Ravana. The story of Lord Ram reminds us of the necessity of living a dharmic life and being strong in our faith and the strength given by God. In essence, Lord Ram shows us not only the darkness can be conquered but that when we draw our strength from the Divine we can be the light that overcomes the darkness.
Known as the festival of lights, celebrations are joyous and momentous, and include the act of lighting many lamps. Lighting these lamps represent the illumination of knowledge and awakening our consciousness. The lights themselves represent all our good qualities shining through the darkness. In our prayers to Maha Lakshmi, we worship Her and ask that She remove our ignorance and guide us on the path to the Feet of the Lord. She will grant us the strength to be greater than evil, to be stronger than anything that tries to stop us from attaining the ultimate goal - God-realisation.
As a Mother, She is very dear to Her creation. I will not say only human beings, because She is also the Mother of the animals, She is the Mother of the trees, She is the Mother of the whole creation itself, not only Mother Earth, but the whole creation. And She looks after everyone. When we call to the Lord, when we call to Bhagavan, it is Her inside that is awakened, that feeling of Love. It is a particle of Her inside that is calling the Lord.
No matter where you are in the world or your distance from a temple, you can celebrate Diwali from the comfort of your own home.
You can start by cleaning your home. Maha-Lakshmi prefers to come to homes that are clean and bright, radiating with warmth and light. Just as you’d make your home nice for a guest, make your home nice for the arrival of Maha-Lakshmi.
Then take some time to prepare a nice puja and light a small oil lamp for Her. Use this sacred celebration to invite Her not only into your home but into your heart as well. She is satisfied by even the smallest of prayers done with love and adoration. After your puja, take a moment to meditate on the light with this guided meditation from Paramahamsa Vishwananda.
You can also join us live online with our celebrations from the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir today and tomorrow at 18h CET.