In Indian Homes, a lamp is lit daily in the morning/evening hours before the altar of God.
All auspicious functions start with the lighting of the lamp.
Traditionally wick lamp is seen in the Pooja rooms (prayer rooms).
Lamp is known as ‘Diya’ in this part of the world.
‘Diya’ is essential in Hinduism.
Diya is made up of clay or metal (gold, silver or bronze).
- Cotton wick and
- Ghee (AKA clarified butter).
The cotton wick is dipped in ghee.
Diya represents the triumph of light over dark.
The ‘Light’ symbolizes knowledge, prosperity and wisdom by illumination and enlightenment.
Why not make use of an electric bulb or tube light?
Good question my friend.
Unlike the bulb or tube light, the traditional oil lamp is said to have spiritual significance.
Wick & Ghee (oil or butter) represent typical human nature
Ghee symbolizes our ‘negative’ tendencies. ( the dirt in the human mind — such as greed, jealousy, hatred, lust, etc – which human beings tend to nurture)
When we are lit by (spiritual) knowledge, the ‘negative tendencies’ (Oil) slowly gets exhausted and in the process, the ‘ego'(wick) perishes.
The following Shlokas are recited while lighting the lamp
“Subham Karoti Kalyanam Arogyam Dhana Sampadah
Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya Deepa Jyoti Namostute
“I fold my hands before the light that brings prosperity, auspiciousness, good health, an abundance of wealth and destruction of the enemy’s intellect”.
Here, Darkness symbolizes the enemy’s intellect and with the arrival of light, darkness disappears. Likewise, light (God’s Grace) destroys darkness (the enemy’s intellect).
“Deepajyothi Parabrahma Deepajyothi Janardhana
Deepo Me Hara Tu Paapam Sandhya Deepa Namostute”
“I fold my hands before the Lord, the maintainer of this creation, in the form of this light. I adore this light, which destroys all the pains resulting from my omissions and commissions”
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