Why does a sister perform aukshan to brother on Yamadwitiya?

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1. Historical importance of Kartik Shukla Pratipada

This is the day of beginning of calculation of time as per Vikram Samvat. In the first century BC, Shakas attacked Bharat. The King of present Ujjain, King Vikramaditya, trained the youth of Malwa in martial arts. He attacked Shakas and drove them out of the country and established a kingdom based on religion. As a symbol of the victory, Emperor Vikramaditya started count of time named Vikram Samvat. This is prevalent since 57 B.C. This shows how ancient is the concept of time calculation in the Bharatiya culture. Kartik Shukla Pratipada is the half day of the three and half auspicious days falling within an year. This is one of its importance.

2. Rituals performed on Kartik Shukla Pratipada

2.1 Balipujan

Balipratipada is celebrated on Kartik Shukla Pratipada. On this day Bhagawan Sri Vishnu sent the King of demons, Bali, to Hell and curbed the loss to the Universe due to his misplaced philantrophy. Due to the excessive philanthropy of King Bali, wealth was acquired by ineligible people. This adversely affected the world. Then, Sri Vishnu incarnated as Vamana and requested land enough to place His three feet. Then Vamanadeva assumed expansive form and covered entire Earth and outer space in two feet. King Bali offered Him his own head to place His third foot. Before sending King Bali to Hell, Vamanadeva graced him with a boon. King Bali asked for three days of his kingdom on Earth. These three days are – Kartik Krushna Chaturdashi, Dipavali Amavasya and Pratipada.

Kingdom of Bali: As per the religious Scriptures, in the kingdom of Bali, people should enjoy as per their wish barring the actions forbidden by the Scriptures. The actions forbidden by the Scripures are consuming non-vegetarian food, alcoholic drinks and company of inappropriate women. However, today we see an excess of this. On these days people burst firecrackers in excess and cause loss too national property. Some people engage in gambling. Most people keep up till late in the night eating, watching movies, plays etc.

Method of celebrating Balipratipada: On Balipratipada, married women do arati of their husband after abhyangsnan. In the afternoon meal various dishes are made. Some people worship the image of King Bali along with his wife, Vindhyavali. The objective of this worship is that King Bali should not cause distress to people on Earth with his power and so that he pacifies the other negative energies.

2.2 Govardhanapujan

On this day Srikrushna started the worship of Govardhana in place of that of Indra. Govardhanapujan is done in memory of this. Scriptures prescribe that a summit of Govardhana mountain be done. It should be decorated with trees and flowers. However, in many places it is made in human form and decorated with flowers. Following prayer is offered:

गोवर्धन धराधार गोकुलत्राणकारक ।
विष्‍णुवाहुकृतोछ्राय गवां कोटिप्रदो भव ।। – धर्मसिंधु

Meaning: O, Govardhana, Who supports Earth! You are the protector of Gokul. Bhagawan Srikrushna had lifted You on His arms. Bestow crores of cows on me.

After Govardhanapujan cows are worshipped. Cow is considered to be Sri Lakshmi. After worshipping her a prayer is offered for obliteration of sins. In the Dharmasindhu, prayer is offered to the cow with the following verse:

लक्ष्‍मीर्या लोकपालानां धेनुरूपेण संस्‍थिता ।
घृतं वहति यज्ञार्थे मम पापं व्‍यपोहतु ।। – धर्मसिंधु

Meaning: O cow, who is Lakshmi Herself in the form of a cow and who bestows ghee for yadnyas, obliterate my sins.

In some places picture of Govardhana along with Bhagawan Srikrushna, Gopal, Indra and cow with calf is drawn and worshipped.

2.3 Annakuta

Kuta means mountain. In this festival a mountain of dishes is made to offer to Bhagawan Srikrushna. Hence, this festival is known as ‘Annakuta‘. As per Bhagawat, on Kartika Shukla Pratipada besides the regular dishes offered as Holy sacrament (Naivedya), a variety of dishes should also be made and offered. As per one’s capacity the dishes should also be given away.

In ancient times the residents of Vraj would offer 56 delicacies and 36 dishes to Indra in His worship. In its remembrance after Govardhanapujan the Annakuta festival is celebrated.

2.4 Margapali bandhana and ritual of entering town

Margapali’ means the festoon hanged on the road. In the Dharmasindhu and Adityapuran it is advised to make a long and strong rope of Darbha (sacred grass) and fasten leaves of the Ashoka tree and make festoons. These should then be tied at the entry point of the village on high pillars. They should be worshipped with sndalwood paste, flower etc.

मार्गपालि नमस्‍तेऽस्‍तु सर्वलोकसुखप्रदे ।
विधेयै: पुत्रदाराद्यै: पुनरेहि व्रतस्‍य मे ।। – धर्मसिंधु, आदित्‍यपुराण

Meaning: O festoon on the road, bestowing happiness to all living beings, I pay obeisance to you. Do come again for my vowed religious observance (vrat).

Pray in this manner to the ‘Margapali’. Then the main man of that place followed by the men and women of the place should enter the village joyously giving victory slogans. Then the main man should get the aukshan done through the married ladies. By walking under the ‘Margapali’ happiness and serenity prevails in the coming year, the diseases are dispelled and along with the residents, the animals also remain heathy and joyous.

3. Yamadwitiya (Bhaiduj)

Kartika Shukla Dwitiya is one of the three days of worshipping Yama to prevent untimely death. It is popularly known as Yamadwitiya and Bhaiduj.

3.1 Why is Kartika Shukla Dwitiya called as Yamadwitiya and Bhaiduj?

On Kartika Shukla Dwitiya due to the presence of frequencies of Yama in the environment, one can face various distresses like untimely death, accident, sudden attack of mental illness due to amnesia, fit like attacks or many obstacles in the task in hand. To restrict the Yama frequencies worship of Yama and related Deities is performed.

On Kartika Shukla Dwitiya Yama leaves His home and enters His sister’s home, that is Earth. Hence, it is known as Yamadwitiya. As a symbol of Yama visiting His sister, every man does not consume meals prepared at home, i.e. by his wife, but goes to the house of his sister to have the meal.

3.2 Rituals to be performed on Yamadwitiya

  • Worship of Yama and related Deities by brother and sister
  • Aukshan, that is, arati and felicitation of brother by sister
  • Gift from brother to sister.

3.3 Science underlying worship of Yama and related Deities by brother and sister

During Dipavali, Yama frequencies descend in higher proportion. During these days any action done with respect to Yama and related Deities gives benefit in a short time. Hence, Yama is worshipped on Kartika Shukla Dwitiya. Ritual is performed as follows:

  • 3 betel nuts are placed on the 3 mounds of rice kept on the short wooden seat.
  • For the worship of Yama and related Deities, the brother sips and releases water from the palm (Achaman), followed by utterance of place and time and resolve.
  • For the worship of Yama and related Deities, from his right side, on the first betel nut Deity Yama, on the second Chitragupta and on the third Yamaduta are invoked by offering unbroken rice. They are offered seat (asan), padhya, arghya etc.
  • They are offered string of beaded cotton and sacred thread (yadnyopavit).
  • They are worshipped with sandalwood paste, turmeric, vermilion, unbroken rice and flower etc.
  • Then incense, lamp and Holy sacrament (naivedya) are offered.
  • After the brother, the sister sips and releases water from the palm and worships these Deities.
  • She prays to the Deities to protect her brother form untimely death.

3.4 Aukshan

On this day, sisters do aukshan of Yama in the form of brother and invoke Him. They felicitate Him appropriately and pray to him to restrict the frequencies of Yama moving on Earth and the unsatiated subtle bodies from Pitruloka.

Method of aukshan, that is, arati of brother by sister:

  • The sister does aukshan of brother before the meal.
  • She first applies vermilion mark and unbroken rice grains on his forehead.
  • Then she waves a betel nut and gold ring around his face thrice in semicircular motion.
  • Then she waves an arati thrice in semicircular motion.
  • She felicitates the brother by giving him a gift.

Subtle-effect of aukshan is as follows:

  • While doing aukshan, a spiral of spiritual emotion (Bhav) is generated in the sister.
  • A flow of Chaitanya from the Universe is attracted towards the sister doing aukshan.
  • A spiral of this Chaitanya is generated in the sister.
  • Frequencies of Chaitanya flow from the hands of the sister to the platterand spread in it.
  • Flow of Chaitanya is attracted towards the brother.
  • Spiral of Chaitanya is generated in him.
  • Flow of Divine Energy is attracted in the oil lamp used for aukshan.
  • By waving an arati thrice in semicircular motion for aukshan, a spiral of active Energy is generated around the lamp.
  • From this spiral, active frequencies of Energy are emitted towards the brother. The Sun channel of the brother is activated.
  • The brother gains Energy to function and a spiral of Energy is generated in him.
  • Particles of Energy are spread in him.
  • A protective sheath is generated around him.
  • Due to the aukshan by sister, particles of Energy are spread in the environment.
  • Due to the aukshan, the brother is protected from the attacks of negative energies from Hell and the atmosphere.
  • Spiritual emotion (Bhav) is awakened in the brother.

From this it is clear, that by doing aukshan of brother by sister, both derive benefit.

  • The distress to family members due to the Yama frequencies is reduced.
  • The family members are protected from the Yama frequencies.
  • The atmosphere of the premise is purified.
  • The environment on Earth remains devoid of agony, that is, blissful for a limited period.

After aukshan brother consumes food cooked by his sister. If one does not have a sister, then meal should be consumed at the house of any cousin sister or assuming any known woman as sister.

3.5 Gift from brother to sister

After the meal, the brother felicitates the sister by giving her a gift like clothes, money etc as per his capacity. If the gift is sattvik, it is more appropriate. For example, Holy texts about spiritual practice or Dharma, clothes useful for ritualistic worship of Deities. The gift should not be tamasik. For example, a CD of an inappropriate movie.

In some places women first do aukshan of the moon in the evening and only then do aukshan of their brother. In some places, if a woman does not have a brother, she assumes moon as her brother and does his arati.

Effects of aukshan of the moon by women on Bhaiyyaduj: Due to invocation of the moon by the woman, frequencies of moon enter the atmosphere. Due to their coolness, frequencies of Yama get pacified and the heat in the environment is reduced. Due to this pleasantness of the environment, there is awakening of the Anahat-chakra of the woman.

3.6 Benefits of celebrating Bhaiduj to brother and sister

On Yamadwitiya, that is, Bhaiduj frequencies of bliss are emitted from the Universe. There is 30 % more benefit of these frequencies to all beings compared to other days. A benefit gained by the brother is:

  • Brother gaining benefit of Devi Principle awakened in sister: On this day the Devi Principle remains awakened in the woman. The brother gains benefit of this as per his spiritual emotion. If he is doing spiritual practice, then he gains benefit at a spiritual level. If he is not doing spiritual practice, then he gains material benefit. If the brother is doing spiritual practice while looking after business, he gains 50-50 percent benefit at both levels.
  • Due to the prayer by sister, reduction of the give-and-take account between brother and sister: On Yamadwitiya the sister prays for the well-being of her brother. The brother gains benefit of this as per the spiritual emotion of the sister. Hence, the give-and-take account between brother and sister reduces fractionally.
  • Reduction in destiny of sister: On the day Bhaiduj Shiva Principle is awakened in the brother. Due to this the destiny of the sister is reduced by 1 thousandth percent.

The above points show the importance of festivals mentioned in Hindu Dharma. H.H. Saint from ashram, Panvel, says “Bhaiduja is a day to destroy the malice, jealousy, enmity present in the mind and to awaken brotherhood. Wherever men will consider women as their sisters and perform their duty of protecting them, when all the women of any society and nation will be able to move fearlessly in society with respect and dignity, only that is real Yamadwitiya.”

Spiritual experience: Sri Ganesh asking to do His arati first on the day of Bhaiduj and conveying the reason for doing so, at the end of the programme: In 2005, I was in the ashram. On the morning of 3rd November 2005, I saw Sri Ganesh in child form. He said, ‘Will you do my arati first ?’ I said, ‘Yes’. In the ashram, Bhaiduj is celebrated by considering Deities as brothers and by doing their aukshan. During this programme while applying vermilion to all Deities, I was experiencing lot of love and respect towards them. While doing arati my hand was moving in front of the pictures in the gross, but in reality I was experiencing that I am doing arati of the huge Deities. Throughout the programme, I was experiencing a different type of bliss. After the programme, for a long time I was not feeling like coming out of the meditation hall. Prayer for the enhancement of seekership and spiritual emotion of devotion in all seekers was being offered. In the end Sri Ganesh said, ‘To prevent any obstacles in this programme I asked you to do my arati first.’ – Sadhak

 

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Why is Amavasya falling in Dipavali period considered as auspicious?

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1. Importance of Amavasya during Dipavali

Normally Amavasya is considered inauspicious, but the Amavasya that comes in the Dipavali period is as benevolent and prosperity-bestowing as Kojagiri Pournima. During Dipavali the worship of Sri Mahalakshmi has been recommended. On Dipavali Amavasya Sri Lakshmi arrives in the house of gentlemen at midnight. The ritual of the worship of Sri Lakshmi is performed accompanied by wife.

2. Ritualistic worship of Sri Lakshmi

2.1 Preperations for the worship

On the day of Dipavali, special preperations are made for Lakshmipujan as follows:

  • Before beginning the puja, achaman is done.
  • After that, pranayam and utterance of time and place is done.
  • Thereafter, resolve is done for Lakshmipujan and all other rituals associated with it.

2.2 The ritual

  • The first step of Lakshmipujan is Sri Mahaganapatipujan. After resolve, Sri Mahaganapati is invoked in the coconut kept in the ritualistic platter for Sri Mahaganapatipujan
  • Then asana (seat), padhya (worship of feet), arghya (offering water), snana (ritualistic bath), karpas vastra (string of beaded cotton), sandalwood paste, flowers and Durva, turmeric, vermilion, incense, lamp, Holy sacrament etc. are offered.
  • After Sri Mahaganapatipujan, worship of implements like kalash, conch, ritualistic bell, lamp is done.
  • Then water is sprinkled and the substances to be used in worship are purified.
  • Then unbroken rice is spread on the short wooden seat for the establishment of Varun Deity.
  • Kalash is placed on the rice.
  • Water is poured in the kalash.
  • Then sandalwood paste, mango leaves, betel nut and coins are placed in the water in the kalash.
  • A string of beaded cotton is offered to the kalash.
  • Then a plate filled with unbroken rice is placed on the kalash.
  • Ashtadal kamala is drawn on the rice in the plate with vermilion.
  • Unbroken rice is offered to the kalasha and Deity Varun is invoked in it. After that Deity Varun is worshipped by offering sandalwood paste, turmeric, vermilion, unbroken rice and flowers.
  • After invoking Deity Varun and worshipping Him, unbroken rice is offered on the plate filled with rice and all Deities are invoked.
  • All Deities are worshipped by offering sandalwood paste, flowers and Tulasi leaf, turmeric, vermilion, incense and lamp etc.

Invocation and worship of Sri Lakshmi and Deity Kubera:

  • After worship of all Deities, an idol of Sri Lakshmi is placed on the plate of rice. Currency is placed near it.
  • Then by offering unbroken rice and uttering mantra of contemplation Sri Lakshmi is invoked in the idol and Deity Kubera on the currency.
  • The Deities are offered a seat by offering unbroken rice.
  • Then the idol of Sri Lakshmi and Kubera in the form of currency are placed in the copper platter for consecration with water (Abhishek).
  • Sri Lakshmi and Kubera are offered padhya and arghya by releasing water from the ritualistic spoon (Achamani).
  • Then ritualistic bath is offered with milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar.
  • After that ritualistic bath with water mixed with sandalwood paste is offered.
  • After that ritualistic bath with sandalwood paste and warm water is offered.
  • Then sandalwood paste and flower is offered.
  • Consecration of Sri Lakshmi and Deity Kubera is done with water.
  • Then a string of beaded cotton, sandalwood paste, flower, turmeric, vermilion, ornaments related to married status of women like bangles etc. are offered.
  • Then unbroken rice is offered to Sri Lakshmi uttering the name of each of Her body parts (Ang). This is known as Angpuja.
  • Then Sri Lakshmi is worshipped with leaves (Patrapuja). After Patrapuja, incense, lamp etc. are offered.
  • Holy sacrament (Prasad) is offered to Sri Lakshmi and Deity Kubera.
  • Finally arati is offered to Sri Lakshmi and unbroken rice grains are offered with flowers after utterance of mantras. In some places coriander seeds and puffed barley is offered to Sri Lakshmi

In the beginning of the worship, by performing the religious rituals like achaman, pranayama etc. the worshipper gains more benefit of Chaitanya on a spiritual level from the worship of the Deity. Worship of Sri Mahaganapati in the beginning makes it easy for the frequencies of all Deities to arrive at the venue of the worship without any obstruction.

Invocation and worship of Varun and other Deities: Due to the figure of ashtadala kamala, vibrations of Energy are generated at the venue and emitted in all directions. Thus the ashtadala kamala performs the task of a yantra.

Importance of invocation of Deity Varun in the kalash: Deity Varun regulates the Absolute Water Principle and while performing the rituals helps to materialise the Divine Principle as per requirement. This is the reason why Hindu Dharma has recommended invocation of Deity Varun in different types of rituals performed for worship of various Deities.

At some places a picture of Sri Ganesha-Lakshmi is drawn on the wall with different colours, at other places the idols of Sri Ganesha-Lakshmi are made and at some other places, a picture of Sri Lakshmi is engraved on a silver coin and is worshipped.

2.3 Reason for consecrating Sri Lakshmi’s idol with water

Reason for consecration of Sri Lakshmi’s idol with water after the worship of Principles of various Deities established on the ashtadala kamala during Sri Lakshmipujan: By invoking the Deity during worship, the Nirgun Principle is attracted at the venue of the worship. The idol of the Deity is the Sagun form. By consecrating the idol with water, the Sagun Principle is activated. By placing the idol which is awakened by consecration, the touch of the venue to the idol continues. Due to this the Deity Principles which were invoked, keep spreading continuously in the idol. The frequencies of Deities’ Principles start emitting through the charged idol by which besides the worshipper the persons present at the place are also benefitted.

2.4 Substances included in the Holy sacrament of Sri Lakshmi

The substances like clove, cardamom, milk and sugar are included in the Holy sacrament to be offered to Devi in Sri Lakshmipujan. The function of each of the substances is different.

  Component Function
1. Clove Destruction of tama-guna
2. Cardamom Destruction of raja-guna
3. Milk and sugar Increasing sattva-guna

Hence, these substances are called ‘Trigunavatara’. They perform the important function of increasing or decreasing the proportion of the triguns in the person as per the need.

In the worship of Sri Lakshmidevi the sugar candy, paddy, jaggery and coriander seeds, that is, dhaniya are a must. Among them, the word ‘dhaniya’ is related to ‘dhana’, that is, wealth whereas paddy is related to prosperity.

Benefit gained from the substances used in Sri Lakshmipujan:

  Substances Frequencies Benefit (%)
1. Sugar candies Sattvikta 25
2. Grains Energy 20
3. Paddy Chaitanya 25
4. Jaggery Bliss (Anand) 15
5. Coriander seeds Serenity (Shānti) 15
    Total 100

2.5 Suble effects of Sri Lakshmipujan on Dipavali

The subtle-effects of Lakshmipujan happen on both the husband and wife. However, for convenience we have shown the effect only on one person.

  • When the husband and wife remember and worship Sri Lakshmi with spiritual emotion a spiral of spiritual emotion is generated in them.
  • A flow of Divine Principle is attracted to the image of Sri Lakshmi and the coins established as a symbol of Deity Kubera and a spiral of Divine Principle is generated in them.
  • A flow of Energy is attracted in the image of Sri Lakshmi and its spiral is generated. Through the spiral the flows of Energy are emitted in the environment. These flows of Energy are emitted towards the worshipper also and its spiral is generated in him.
  • Particles of Energy spread in the body of the worshipper and the environment.
  • A flow of Chaitanya is attracted in the image of Sri Lakshmi and the coins and a spiral is generated in the image. Through this spiral flows of Chaitanya are emitted in the environment.
  • A flow of Chaitanya is emitted towards the worshipper also and a spiral of Chaitanya is generated in him. Particles of Chaitanya spread in the environment.
  • A flow of Bliss is attracted at the venue of worship. Through this flow a spiral of Bliss is created and the vibrations of Bliss spread in the environment.

It is evident that the generation of vibrations of Energy and Chaitanya through the worship of Sri Lakshmi done during Dipavali is in higher proportion. On this day the entire ‘Lakshmi Panchayatana’ enters the orbit of the Universe. The functions of the Deities included in Sri Lakshmi Panchayatana

  Deity Function
1. Kubera Wealth, that is, to actually give and
collect money
2. Gajendra Carrying wealth
3. Indra Opulence, that is, to give contentment
through wealth
4. Sri Vishnu Imparting Bliss incorporated in
happiness, that is, contentment
5. Sri Lakshmi Providing actual strength to the above
components.

On Dipavali, besides the worshipper, the persons present also benefit from these five Principles. Similarly, there are some other benefits of the worship of Sri Lakshmi:

  • Increase in spiritual emotion of devotion: By worshipping Sri Lakshmidevi and Kubera on the day of Sri Lakshmipujan, a person’s spiritual emotion of devotion increases and is sustained for 3 hours.
  • Creation of a protective sheath: Due to the touch of destroyer frequencies of Sri Lakshmi, the particles of raja-tama in the body of the person and those around him are destroyed. A protective sheath is created around his body.
  • Destruction of negative energies: On the day of Sri Lakshmipujan, due to the spiritual emotion of the worshipper the destroyer Principle frequencies of Sri Lakshmi are activated at the time of worship. Due to these frequencies the negative energies in the environment are destroyed.

Apart from this, by worshipping Sri Lakshmi on the day of Dipavali the Benefit gained from Sri Lakshmipujan by the worshipper are:

  Component Proportion (%)
1. Energy 2
2. Chaitanya 2
3. Bliss 1.25
4. Divine Principle 1

3. Elimination of Alakshmi

Alakshmi means poverty, dearth and adversity. Elimination means to drive them out of our life. On the day of Lakshmipujan a new broom is bought. At midnight, the house is swept with this broom and the garbage is collected in a shovel and thrown out. It is considered as ‘Lakshmi’ and worshipped at midnight. Garbage signifies Alakshmi. The garbage is collected in a shovel and going out from the rear door of the house, it is thrown far away. After throwing away the garbage, the shovel is sounded in every corner of the house. On any other day, the house is not swept at midnight. The subtle process taking place at the time of throwing away the garbage is:

  • Generation of raja-tama-dominant frequencies is the highest at midnight.
  • These frequencies are attracted to the raja-tama-dominant garbage in the house.
  • When the garbage filled with the raja-tama-dominant frequencies is filled in the shovel and thrown out of the premise, the raja-tama-dominant frequencies of the premise are destroyed and the premise becomes purified.
  • Due to this the sattvik frequencies can enter the premise easily.
  • The benefit of Chaitanya attracted in the premise due to Sri Lakshmipujan increases.

 

Why is ubtana applied to the body before Abhyangasnana?

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1. Narakachaturdashi

According to Shaka Samvat, Ashwin Krushna Chaturdashi and according to Vikram Samvat, Kartik Krushna Chaturdashi is called Narakachaturdashi. In earlier times in Pragjyotishapura an evil demon Narakasur inflicted severe harassment on the Deities, men and even women. He imprisoned sixteen thousand princesses and decided to marry them. On getting the news Bhagawan Srikrushna annihilated Narakasur and liberated all the princesses. Since then this day is celebrated as Narakachaturdashi.

According to the boon bestowed by Bhagawan Srikrushna on Narakasur he who takes auspicious bath (abhyangasnana) before sunrise on this day does not have to undergo the agonies of Hell.

2. Abhyangasnana

During the days of Dipavali by taking abhyangasnana a person gets 6% more benefit of sattvikta as compared to other days.

2.1 Importance of applying fragrant powder (ubatana) during Dipavali

During Dipavali period the arrival of the flows of Chaitanya containing the Absolute Fire (Tej), Water (Apa) and Air (Vayu) element is in higher proportion from the Universe. During this period the sensitiveness of the body to absorb Chaitanya is increased by applying ubatana on the body through its components. So the Chaitanya-flows of Deities’ Principles are spread in a person’s body.

2.2 Why is fragrant oil mixed in the ubatana?

The ability to attract Divine frequencies flowing in the atmosphere is higher in the fragrant oil. These frequencies contain Chaitanya and the Absolute Water element. Similarly, the ability to resist the downward-spreading Absolute Water element containing distressing frequencies is higher in it. Hence, fragrant oil is mixed in ubatana and the body is massaged with it.

Science underlying massaging the body with the ubatana mixed with oil: By massaging, the Divine Principle is attracted in the body and due to the Energy frequencies in the oil the distressing frequencies are obstructed.

Importance of massaging on the Brahmamuhurta: During the Brahmamuhurta period the entry of Divine Tej-predominant Chaitanya frequencies in the orbit of the Earth is in higher proportion. Hence, the body is massaged with fragrant oil during the Brahmamuhurta period.

2.3 Method of applying ubatana on our body by ourselves and its effects

The ubatana is raja-dominant and associated with the Absolute Fire element. It should be applied on the body in the clock-wise direction. The tip of the fingers should touch and press the body a little.

  • Forehead: Apply ubatana with the forefinger, middle finger and ring finger from the left to the right side of the forehead. After reaching the right end, lift the fingers and repeat the action. Do not move fingers from the right to the left side. The movement of the distressing vibrations collected in the void of the forehead is from left to right side. By applying the ubatana in the same direction, the distressing vibrations are activated and are disintegrated by the ubatana.
  • Temples: Place the finger tips on the temples and move them from the left to the right side and from right to left side. Apply the ubatana in a massaging manner. In this place the distressing frequencies are in a dormant state. With the friction caused by the action of applying the ubatana these frequencies are destroyed.
  • Eyelids: Apply the ubatana on the eyelids moving the hand from the nose towards the ear.
  • Nose: Apply the ubatana with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand with downward strokes and after coming down, smell the ubatana. By the action of smelling the ubatana, its fragrance enters the airsacs of the lungs. This helps destroy the black energy covering generated there.
  • Around the mouth: Apply the ubatana from below the nose to your right side up to the chin. Then from the chin move to the left back to below the nose.
  • Cheeks: Starting from the centre of both the cheeks apply ubatana with the tip of the fingers in circular motion. Due to the application of ubatana, the distressing vibrations condensed in the voids inside the cheeks are activated and they are disintegrated there itself.
  • Earlobes: Apply ubatana with the thumb and fingers on both the earlobes.
  • Ears: Holding both the ears in hand apply ubatana by moving the thumbs from below upward.
  • Neck: Apply the ubatana by moving the fingers from the midline of back of the neck and along both the sides up to the Vishuddha-chakra in front.
  • The central portion between the chest and stomach: With the right palm apply ubatana on the mid-line of chest down to the navel. By doing this, the Kundalini chakras in the body are activated. Then place both the palms in such a way that the fingers of both the hands are on the central line of the chest. Then apply ubatana by moving both the hands simultaneously from above downwards.
  • Armpit to the waist: While applying ubatana from the armpit to the waist place the thumb towards the chest and the fingers below the armpit and move the hands from above downwards.
  • Legs and arms: With the fingers apply ubatana on the legs from above downwards. Similarly apply on the arms from above downwards.
  • Ankles: Apply ubatana by encircling the ankle with the thumb and the forefinger and then making circular movements.
  • Crown of the head: Apply oil on the crown and rub with the right hand in a clock-wise direction.

2.4 Ritual of massaging body with oil (tailabhyanga) and abhyangasnana

  • Rangoli is drawn around the short wooden seat.
  • Sitting on the seat, water is sipped from the palm and released (achaman).
  • Then breathing exercises (pranayama) are done.
  • After pranayama and remembering all Deities, mother and father, utterance of time and place is done.
  • Then resolve for tailabhyangasnana is made.
  • After the resolve, the eldest lady of the house first applies vermilion to the person sitting on the short wooden seat.
  • Then fragrant oil is applied to his body.
  • Then fragrant oil and ubatana are made into a paste and applied to the entire body.
  • Then arati is done.
  • While bathing, two mugs of lukewarm water are first poured on the body.
  • Then the person taking the bath moves a twig of the prickly chaff-flower plant (Apamarga) clockwise thrice around his body.
  • A prayer is offered to the prickly chaff-flower plant for obliteration of sins.

    सीतालोष्‍ठसमायुक्‍त सकण्‍टकदलान्‍वित ।
    हर पापमपामार्ग भ्राम्‍यमाण: पुन: पुन: ।। – धर्मसिंधु

    Meaning: O prickly chaff-flower plant, consisting of mud of tilled land, thorns and leaves; obliterate my sins. Those unable to recite this verse can pray by understanding the meaning.

2.5 Why is prickly chaff-flower plant moved around the body

The prickly chaff-flower plant bestows vital energy. The colour particles in the leaves have the capacity to generate Tej and the fragrance particles to complement Oxygen. Hence, it is customary to use this plant for auspicious bath. The raja-tama particles present in and out of the body of the person are destroyed by making a circle by moving the prickly chaff-flower plant around the body. The sattvik action aids in the obliteration of the person’s sin. Hence, prickly chaff-flower plant is called ‘destroyer of sins’ (papahari).

2.6 Effects of abhyangasnana after applying ubatana mixed with oil on the body

  • With the application of the ubatana with spiritual emotion (Bhav), spirals of Bhav are generated in the person to whom the ubatana is applied.
  • Energy in the form of the Absolute Fire (Tej) Principle is attracted towards the person by applying ubatana mixed with oil.

    Spiral of this Energy is generated in the body.

    Flows and particles of Energy spread in the body of the person through this spiral of Energy.

  • Black energy in the body of the person generated by mantriks, that is, powerful negative energies of Hell, is disintegrated.

    Black covering formed on the body of the person is removed.

  • After starting the bath, pouring two mugs of warm water on body and making a circle around the body by the prickly chaff-flower, a protective sheath is generated around the body.
  • While bathing, a flow of Divine Principle is attracted in the body.

    It’s spiral is generated in the body.

  • A flow of Chaitanya is attracted in the bath water.

    A spiral of this Chaitanya is generated in the water.

    Through this spiral, a flow of Chaitanya in the form of the Absolute Water element is transmitted towards the body of the person.

    A spiral of this Chaitanya is generated in the body of the person.

    Flows of Chaitanya in the form of the Absolute Water element are emitted into the environment.

    Particles of Chaitanya in the form of fragrance are spread in the environment.

  • While bathing, a flow of anand is attracted into the body of the person.

    Spiral of anand is generated in the body of the person.

This subtle-process takes place in three steps:

  • By applying oil to the body, particles of Energy spread in the body of the person through the skin pores.
  • By applying ubatana mixed with oil, vibrations of Energy are generated in higher proportion in the body of person.
  • By abhyangasnana, vibrations of Chaitanya are generated in a higher proportion and are also emitted into the atmosphere.

Thus, by abhyangasnana, 1% benefit of Divine principle, 1.25% of anand, 3% of chaitanya and 2% benefit of Energy is gained.

Experience of a lamp lit in the body following abhyangasnana after applying oil and ubatana and realisation of the immense Energy present in the religious rituals prescribed by the Hindu Dharma: In 2007, on Narakchaturdashi day all seekers in the ashram were being given abhyangsnana. I was not experiencing any enthusiasm. Still, with determination I went to the place where ubatana mixed with fragrant oil was being applied to seekers. There a senior lady seeker applied the ubatana on my body. Then I felt as if I have become a new person. After bathing I felt as if a lamp is lit within me. Due to this spiritual experience I realised the immense Energy in the religious rituals prescribed by the Hindu Dharma. – Seeker

Seeker abided by religious conduct as prescribed by the Hindu Dharma and also gained the spiritual experience. We can learn from this and benefit by abiding by religious conduct.

3. Yamatarpan

The ritual of Yamatarpan has been recommended to avert untimely death. In this ritual tarpan is performed after reciting the following fourteen Names: 1. Yama, 2. Dharmaraja, 3. Mrutyu, 4. Antaka, 5. Vaivasvat, 6. Kala, 7. Sarvabhutakshayakara, 8. Audumbara, 9. Dadhna, 10. Nil, 11. Parameshthina, 12. Vrukodara, 13. Chitra, 14. Chitragupta.

With the recitation of the Name of each Deity, the Principle associated with that Deity takes form in the Universe and it emits frequencies of blessings towards the person performing the tarpan.

3.1 Why is Yamatarpan performed during Dipavali?

During Dipavali period the subtle Yama frequencies are attracted towards Earth from Yamaloka in higher proportion. This ritual is performed after abhyangasnana. A copper platter is used for the tarpan ritual so that the water of tarpan does not flow away along with the bathroom water. Yamatarpan is performed with wet clothes in the course of bathing itself. Thereafter the ritual of bathing is completed. However, if Yamatarpan is not possible in the bathroom, it can be performed after coming out of the bathroom also; but thereafter a bath should be taken.

3.2 Yamatarpan ritual

  • The person performing the ritual recites the names of Deities like Yama etc. after taking bath and releases water in the copper platter.
  • Thereafter if the person’s father is alive, then he recites the Names of Deities like Yama etc. and releases white consecrated rice and water.

Steps for Yamatarpan ritual to be performed by a person whose father is not alive:

  • The person whose father is not alive should put a few black sesame seeds in the water.
  • Put the Holy thread on the right shoulder.
  • Take the sesame-mixed water in the ritualistic spoon (achamani).
  • Release this water in the copper platter along the pitrutirtha, that is, the thumb.
  • While releasing water in the copper platter, recite the mantras along with the Names of Deities like Yama etc.

Further steps in the ritual are as follows:

  • Then the person stands facing the south direction. A shloka is recited ten times holding the hands up. Recitation of this shloka is also essential for the persons whose fathers are not alive.

    यमो निहन्‍ता पितृधर्मराजो वैवस्‍वतो दण्‍डधरश्‍च काल: ।
    भूताधिपो दत्तकृतानुसारी कृतान्‍त एतद्दशभिर्जपन्‍ति ।। – पूजासमुच्‍चय

    This means, we chant the ten Names of Yamadeva – 1.Yama, 2. Nihanta, 3. Pita, 4. Dharmaraja, 5. Vaivasvata, that is, son of Sun, 6. Dandadhar, 7. Kala, 8. Bhutadhip, that is, the master of living beings, 9. Dattakrutanusari, that is, One who has been assigned the task of abducting death and 10. Krutanta.

By performing Yamatarpan, the sins of the entire year are cleansed. The subtle-effects of the Yamatarpan ritual are as follows:

  • In order to avert untimely death, a person after the abhyangasnana prays to Yama and Chitragupta along with their attendants with spiritual emotion. At that time a spiral of spiritual emotion is generated around the person.
  • After the abhyangasnana, a flow of Divine Principle is attracted in the person and spirals of Divine Principle are generated.
  • Spirals of Chaitanya are generated in the person.
  • Flow of Energy of Deities like Yama etc. is attracted towards the person and spirals of Energy of those Deities are generated.
  • While Yamatarpan is offered to Deities like Yama etc., that is, consecrated rice and water are released, the flow of Energy is carried from the copper platter to the person.
  • Particles of Energy move around in the body of the person in an activated form.
  • The person is protected from the negative energies and a protective sheath is created around his body.

Through this ritual the person performs his duty towards his ancestors (Pitrudharma). The subtle process taking place at the time of recitation of shlokas at the end of the Yamatarpan ritual is as follows:

  • By facing the south direction, holding the hands up and reciting the shlokas, the Yama frequencies coming from the south direction are acquired by the person.
  • These frequencies flow in the entire body through the medium of hands. The action of holding the hands up works as an antenna.
  • Due to the flow of Yama frequencies in the body, a protective sheath is generated around the person.

At some places after the Yamatarpan ritual, a bitter fruit called Karit is crushed under the foot symbolising killing of Narakasur and its juice is applied on the tongue.

Proportion of benefit gained by a person from Yamatarpan:

  Component Proportion of
benefit (%)
1. Divine Principle 1.25
2. Chaitanya 2
3. Energy 3.25

4. Aukshan

After the ritual of Yamatarpan, new clothes are worn after taking bath and a lit lamp is waved in front of the person. During aukshan an elder lady of the house first applies vermilion and unbroken rice. Then she waves a betel nut and a gold ring together thrice in front of the person in semicircular motion. Finally she waves a lit lamp thrice in front of the person in semicircular motion.

Reason underlying the lady doing arati of her son and husband on Narakachaturdashi: The frequencies associated with dissolution emitted in the environment on Narakachaturdashi are absorbed 10 percent more by men compared to women. When the lady does arati of her son and husband on this day, they gain Energy associated with Creation from her. Due to the Energy associated with Creation gained from the woman, the frequencies of dissolution absorbed by the men become inactive. Due to this Energy the frequencies of dissolution absorbed by the men become inactive. Hence, their sojourn towards dissolution is stopped.

5. Offering meal to brahman

Offering meal to brahman on Narakachaturdashi means paying gratitude to God Who has appeared for religious mission through the medium of the brahman. Through this medium, the frequencies of Dharma spread in the Universe are nurtured. God is invoked to destroy the downward bound distressing frequencies.

6. Offering cloth

On Narakachaturdashi cloth is offered in the evening. Cloth is offered to invoke the frequencies of Deities to descend on Earth. Through this medium God is awakened to actually perform the task.

7. Yamadipadan

During Dipavali lamps are offered to Deity Yama on Dhan Trayodashi, Naraka Chaturdashi and Yamadwitiya. This protects the person from untimely death.

8. Pradoshpuja

Pradoshkala means 72 minutes after sunset. To avoid going to Hell and for getting cleansed from sins, a lamp with four wicks should be lit in the ritualistic worship performed in pradoshkala and the following shloka should be recited:

दत्तो दीपश्‍चतुर्दश्‍यां नरकप्रीतये मया ।
चतुर्वर्तिसमायुक्‍त: सर्वपापापनुत्तये ।। – लिंगपुराण

Meaning: On this Chaturdashi day, for the appeasement of the Deity of Hell and for obliteration of all sins I offer this four faced, four wicks lamp.

In this ritualistic worship, Action-energy (Kriyashakti) is ritualistically worshipped through medium of Time and is nurtured. Ritualistic worship of Shiva is also performed on this day.

9. Ritualistic worship of Shiva

For the destruction of the downward bound frequencies causing distress to society, ritualistically worshipping the destroyer form of God and paying gratitude unto Him is achieved through ritualistic worship of Shiva.

10. Reason underlying lighting lamps at various places on Narakachaturdashi

On Naraka Chaturdashi oil lamps are lit as per capacity in the morning and especially in the evening in the house, courtyard, near the Tulasi plant and other places. On Narakachaturdashi the Moon channel of the Universe is changed to the Sun channel. The environment starts becoming charged with polluted frequencies from the earlier night itself. The negative energies from Hell take advantage of this and emit frequencies from Hell containing distressing sound. In order to restrict these frequencies lamps are lit at various places. Frequencies containing Tej Principle emitted from the lamps disintegrate the distressing raja-tama particles in the atmosphere. This process helps in the destruction of the protective sheath of the negative energies. This is known as destruction of negative energies with the help of lamps. Naraka Chaturdashi has special importance from the perspective of the day of disintegration of negative energies from Hell.

11. Importance of actions done on Narakachaturdashi as per path of Devotion

  Action Importance (%)
1. Offering meal to brahman 20
2. Offering cloth 10
3. Offering lamp 20
4. Pradoshpuja 20
5. Shiv puja 30
  Total 100

This table clarifies why the various religious actions on Narakachaturdashi are prescribed.

Implied meaning of Narakachaturdashi as explained by a Saint : “On this day, one should apply ubatan before sunrise, remove the dirt on the body and have a bath. One should clean the premises and decorate it with rangoli. However, all this is external. The environment in society is already polluted due to evil thoughts. In this situation, the society can be cleansed only with the broom of knowledge. In short, Narakachaturdashi says ‘Destroy the evil attitude from its roots. Remove the foul smell, only then we can celebrate Dipawali in its true sense’. Bhagawan Srikrushna slayed Narakasur. This implies, ‘Victory of good energy over evil energy’. Every person should reduce his demonic and destructive attitudes and replace it with Divine qualities. Further this will influence the society and later the nation.”

To celebrate Narakachaturdashi in its true form as advised by H.H. Maharaj, it is important to discard the evil thoughts from our minds and society.

 

Why are lamps made from wheat flour used for Yamadipadana?

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1. Dhanatrayodashi

Importance of the day of Dhanatrayodashi: According to Shaka Samvat, Ashwin Krushna Trayodashi and according to Vikram Samvat, Kartik Krushna Trayodashi is the Dhanatrayodashi. Dhanatrayodashi is the day of Jayanti of Dhanvantari, Ayurvedic healer of the Deities. At the time of ocean churning, the Ayurvedic healer of Deities, Dhanvantari, appeared holding a pot of nectar (Amrut) in His hands on the day of Dhanatrayodashi. The scholars and healers of Ayurveda worship Dhanvantari on this day and wish for the longevity and health of the people. On the day of Dhanvantari Jayanti the Holy sacrament made from neem leaves is distributed.

Dhanatrayodashi is celebrated in the form of a vowed religious observance (vrat) also. Dhanatrayodashi is a vowed religious observance (vrat) associated with Deity Yamadeva. If it is not possible to perform this vrat, offering a lamp is surely done in the evening for Yamadeva.

2. Yamadipadana

In the Dipavali period, offering of a lamp (dipadana) is done on the three days of Dhanatrayodashi, Narakachaturdashi and Yamadwitiya.

कार्तिकस्‍यासिते पक्षे त्रयोदश्‍यां निशामुखे ।
यमदीपं बहिर्दद्यादपमृत्‍युर्विनिश्‍यति ।। – स्‍कंदपुराण

Meaning: By placing a lamp outside the house for Yamadeva in the evening of Trayodashi of the dark fortnight of Kartik, the untimely death is averted. Yamadev gave an assurance to his attendants that those who performed dipadana on Dhanatrayodashi will not suffer untimely death.

2.1 Spiritual importance of Yamadipadana on Dhanatrayodashi

  • Acquiring longevity by doing dipadana: By doing dipadana a person gains radiance (Tej). By this his vital energy increases and he gains longevity.
  • Gaining the blessings of Yamadeva: On the day of Dhanatrayodashi the flows of Yama frequencies are active in the Universe. Hence, on this day the proportion of getting fruits of all the rituals associated with Yama Deity is higher by 30 percent as compared to other days. On this day lamps are offered to Yamadeva and His blessings are sought.
  • Expressing gratitude towards Yamadeva: On the day of Dhanatrayodashi, Yamadeva rules over Hell. On Dhanatrayodashi the frequencies emitted by Yamadeva reach various regions of Hell. For this reason the frequencies emitted by the negative energies present in the Hell are under control. As a result, the proportion of frequencies of Hell on Earth is reduced. So Yamadeva is worshipped with spiritual emotion and dipadana is performed to express gratitude towards Him. Performing Yamadipadana means pleasing Yamadeva and offering a prayer for protection from the distressing frequencies which are responsible for untimely death.

2.2 Substances of worship required for Yamadipadana

In the ritual of Yamadipadana there should be sandalwood paste, flowers, turmeric, vermilion, consecrated rice, that is, unbroken rice etc. in the ritualistic platter. Similarly for the purpose of achaman a copper platter, tumbler (panchapatra), spoon (achamani) are also necessary. For the purpose of Yamadipadana special lamps made of kneaded wheat flour mixed with turmeric powder are used.

Importance of lamps made of wheat flour: On Dhanatrayodashi the tama-dominant Energy frequencies and tama-dominant frequencies of Water Principle are active in higher proportion. These frequencies are responsible for the untimely death of a person. The lamp made of wheat flour has the ability to pacify these frequencies. So for the purpose of Yamadipadana the lamps made of wheat flour are used.

Science underlying drawing a rangoli associated with the Krushna Principle for placing a lamp at the time of Yamadipadana: For installing the lamp for the purpose of Yamadipadana a rangoli of Srikrushna device (yantra) is drawn. There is a special importance of making a rangoli of Srikrushna yantra in this manner for the purpose of Yamadipadana. Before the ritual of worshipping a lamp, a resolve is made after invoking Sri Vishnu with His 24 Names. ‘Srikrushna’ is a complete incarnation of Sri Vishnu. Yamadeva also has Srikrushna Principle. For this reason the arrival of Yamadeva occurs in the form of Principle at the venue of the ritual in a short time. The distress caused to a person because of the inertia-indicating frequencies associated with death is reduced as a result of the worship of Srikrushna and Yamadeva. Shiva Principle is also present in Yamadeva. For this reason rangoli associated with Shiva Principle is also drawn.

2.3 Ritual of Yamadipadana

  • First water is sipped from the palm and released (achaman), breathing exercises (pranayam), thereafter utterance of time and place are done.
  • Thereafter, resolve is made about Yamadipadana. While making resolve, the following mantra is chanted.

    मम अपमृत्‍यु विनाशार्थम्‌ यमदीपदानं करिष्‍ये ।

    Meaning: I am performing Yamadipadana to prevent my untimely death.

  • The flour lamp placed in the copper platter is lit.
  • Then lamp is placed on the centre point of the rangoli of Srikrushna yantra.
  • Then sandalwood paste, turmeric, vermilion and akshat, are offered to the lamp.
  • Flower is offered to the lamp.
  • Obeisance is paid to the lamp.

Subtle effect of ritualistic worship of the lamp:

  • Upon applying sandalwood paste to the lamp, a blue blissful flame of Vishnu principle appears in the middle of the lamp.
  • Upon offering flower to the lamp, presence of radiance (Tej) in the form of a yellow spot is seen in the blue flame.
  • Upon offering akshat to the lamp, the Tej Principle present in the form of yellow spot in the blue flame gets activated. Through this Tej Principle, frequencies of Tej Principle are emitted into environment in the form of spirals.

Other rituals performed in the ritualistic worship are:

  • Akshat are placed in the copper platter to offer a seat to the lamp.
  • This lamp is placed in a copper platter to be taken out of the house. Then the lamp is taken out of the house.
  • Outside the house, the lamp is placed facing south and prayer is offered to Yamadeva.

    मृत्‍युना पाशदंडाभ्‍यां कालेन श्‍यामयासह ।
    त्रयोदश्‍यां दीपदानात्‌ सूर्यज: प्रीयतां मम ।। – स्‍कंदपुराण

    Meaning: On Trayodashi I offer this lamp to the son of Sun, that is, Yamadeva. May He free me from the noose of death and look after my welfare.

    Those not knowing this verse can pray by understanding the meaning.

  • After this water is released for offering the lamp (Yamadipadana).

2.4 Effects of placing the worshipped lamp outside the house facing south

Frequencies of Yama are attracted and emitted in higher proportion from south. Subtle process taking place by installing the lamp to south is as follows:

  • Flow of Yama frequencies is attracted towards the lamp from the south.
  • This flow of Yama frequencies spreads around the lamp in the form of spirals.
  • Inferior negative energies are dispelled due to the Yama frequencies.

Deity of the place (Sthandevata) and Deity of the premise (Vastudevata) arrive in Principle form to take darshan of Yamadeva. All members residing in the premise benefit by the arrival of these Deities. As the Yama frequencies come closer, by offering the worshipped lamp to Yamadeva, it is acquired by Him in a short time and easily. Hence, the person is protected from the frequencies that cause untimely death.

With reference to Yamadipadana, a Saint from ashram states, “Yama is the Deity of death and Dharma. We should be constantly aware that death of every person is certain. Offering the lamp to Yamadev we should pray that ‘We are offering the lamp as a symbol of alertness and light, please accept it’.”

3. Ritualistic worship of treasury by merchants

Commercial year is from one Divali to subsequent Divali. Account books of New Year are bought on this day. At some places merchants worship their treasury. Thus, from the spiritual practice of merchant (Vaishya) class, moving ahead on the path of Spirituality becomes possible for the traders. On the day of Dhanatrayodashi, new vessels of gold or silver or new clothes are purchased.

Science underlying the purchase of new vessels of gold or silver on Dhanatrayodashi: On this day, the wealth form of Sri Lakshmi is invoked through the action of purchasing new vessels of gold or silver and the active Lakshmi principle is given momentum. This helps in accumulation of wealth in the treasury safe.

 

Why is the vrat of Govatsa Dwadashi perfomed before Dipavali?

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1. Meaning of Divali i.e. Dipavali

The word Dipavali is derived from the confluence of ‘dip’ and ‘avali’. ‘Dip’ means a lamp. ‘Avali’ means a row. Thus, the meaning of Dipavali is ‘a row of lamps’. Among all the festivals, Dipavali holds utmost importance from both the social and religious viewpoints. ‘Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya’, i.e. ‘Go from darkness to light’ is the directive of Upanishads. When Sriram completed the 14-year exile in the forest and returned to Ayodhya, the subjects celebrated Dipotsav. Dipavali commenced since then.

2. Preparation for Dipavali

Long before the arrival of Dipavali, people start cleaning their houses. They get the houses painted. This not only increases the life of the premise but its attraction also. Along with cleanliness, all the family members buy new clothes. Various types of sweets are prepared. Sri Lakshmi is pleased when Dipavali is celebrated after the house is cleaned, purified and decorated in all respects and She then lives there on a permanent basis.

2.1 Rangolis drawn during Dipavali

Sattvik Rangoli

   

There are two objectives of rangolis – expression of beauty and acquisition of auspiciousness. Every day such rangolis should be drawn as would attract the Principles of Deities and through them we should acquire the benefit of the Deities Principles.

2.2 Lighting oil lamps

During Dipavali oil lamps are lit every evening in front of Deities, the Tulasi plant and other places like the main door and courtyard. Nowadays candles or electric lamps are lit; but according to Scriptures it is appropriate and beneficial to light oil lamps. The oil lamp attracts sattvik frequencies from up to one meter. As against this, a candle emits raja-tama particles, whereas the electric lamp makes our attitude extrovert.

2.3 Lantern (Akashadip or Akashakandil)

Various artistic objects are prepared with coloured craft paper, thermocol etc. and an electric lamp is hanged in it. It is called akashadip or akashakandil.

2.4 Dwellings and castles made by children during Dipavali

During Dipavali in some places in North Bharat, children make a dwelling of mud in the courtyard which is called ‘Hatari’ at some places and ‘Gharkunda’ at other places. In Maharashtra children make castles and place the idols of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his soldiers. Thus an attitude of resurrection of the nation and Dharma is nurtured among the children.

2.5 Dipavali greeting cards

On the auspicious occasion of Dipavali, people send greeting cards and also present gifts. The more sattvik these items, the higher is the benefit to the giver and the receiver. If the message of the greeting cards and gifts is associated with religious education, awakening of Dharma or religious conduct, the person receiving them gets inspiration to take some action in that direction. Such greeting cards are made by Hindu Sanstha

2.6 Firecrackers

Bursting firecrackers is an effort to enhance the splendour of the festival through the medium of gun powder! Compared to this, the harm it causes is much more.

The most important aspect is that there is no spiritual importance of firecrackers. Hence, do not burst firecrackers. Nowadays there are pictures of Deities and national heroes on the firecrackers, for example, Lakshmi brand bomb, Krushna brand bomb, Netaji brand firecracker etc. By bursting such firecrackers we tear the pictures of Deities and trample upon our own faith. This causes our spiritual loss also.

Some Hindu Sanstha are spearheading a movement along with other like-minded organisations in this regard. You too participate in it.

3. Govatsa Dwadashi or Vasubaras

Govatsa Dwadashi is the day to worship the cow along with her calf.

3.1 Importance of cow

A. Cow is a very useful animal: The cow, who is sattva-predominant, nourishes the society with her milk and lends fertility to the soil with the manure of her dung, is worthy of worship everywhere. The Hindus call the cow as Mother with gratitude. Where there is protection and nurture of cow, the person, society and nation do not lack in prosperity.

B. Principles of all Deities are attracted in the cow: Bhagwan Srikrushna is fond of cows. Dattatreya is also accompanied by a cow. The feature of the cow is that it attracts the Principles of all the Deities. Hence, it is said that all Deities dwell in the cow. The components obtained from the cow namely, milk, ghee, cow-dung or cow’s urine have the Principle of Deities accumulated in them.

C. The premise is purified by cow urine: Most of the Ayurvedic medicines contain cow urine. By sprinkling the cow urine in the premise, the destroyer frequencies of Deities’ Principles are emitted in the environment because of which the negative energies in the premise are driven away and the environment there becomes pure. The Panchagavya, that is, a mixture of five substances including cow urine, is important for internal and external purification during the ritual of worship.

3.2 Vrat associated with the cow

According to Shaka Samvat the day of Ashwin Krushna Dwadashi and according to Vikram Samvat, Kartik Krushna Dwadashi is called Govatsa Dwadashi.

Spiritual importance of Govatsa Dwadashi:

  • Protection of environment from the instability generated during the period of Dipavali: During the period of Dipavali the flow of Shakti filled with energy is activated in the environment. As a result the Earth’s environment is harmed at a subtle level. This causes instability in the environment. In order to save from the consequent harm, before Dipavali, the vrat of Govatsa Dwadashi has been recommended. On the day of Govatsa Dwadashi through the manifest frequencies of Sri Vishnu the stability is maintained in the environment.
  • Expressing gratitude towards the cow Kamadhenu from the subtle Vishnu region: On Govatsa Dwadashi, the Absolute Water Principle-dominant frequencies of Sri Vishnu from the subtle Vishnu region are carried to the Universe by a cow called Kamadhenu from that region. To express gratitude towards her, a cow is worshipped on this day.
  • Gaining benefit of frequencies of Sri Vishnu: On the day of Govatsa Dwadashi, due to absorption of the frequencies of the manifest form of Sri Vishnu in the cow, there is emission of the Chaitanya-filled frequencies of Sri Vishnu from the atmosphere to the Universe in the form of a cover. The person worshipping a cow gets the benefit of these frequencies of Sri Vishnu.

3.3 Fasting under Govatsa Dwadashi

This vrat is done by consuming one meal. However, in the meal cow milk and the dishes made from it and fried foods like bhujiya, pakaudi etc. are not consumed.

3.4 Science underlying the worship of cow in the morning or evening on Govatsa Dwadashi

In the morning or evening the frequencies of Sri Vishnu in manifest form are attracted in the cow in higher proportion. These frequencies accelerate the unmanifest frequencies of Sri Vishnu in 10 % more proportion.

3.5 Worship of cow

  • First a resolve is made to worship the cow.
  • Then consecrated rice is offered to the cow and she is invoked.
  • Then consecrated rice is offered and a seat is offered to her.
  • Thereafter, the rituals like padya, arghya, bathing etc. are done.
  • Cloth is offered.
  • Then sandalwood paste, turmeric and vermilion are applied to her.
  • Sandalwood is offered.
  • Then ornaments are offered.
  • A garland is offered.
  • Thereafter ‘nyas’ is made by touching every part of the cow.
  • After the worship of cow, sandalwood paste, turmeric, vermilion and a garland etc. are offered to the calf.
  • Then two incense sticks are waved in front of the cow and the calf.
  • Then a lit lamp is waved in front of them.
  • Then Holy sacrament is offered to them.
  • Then circumambulation is done around the cow.
  • A garland of Tulasi leaves is offered and flowers are offered after chanting mantras.
  • Then again arghya is offered and the worship is concluded.

After the worship, the cow should again be paid obeisance with spiritual emotion. If for any reason the worship of cow with sixteen substances is not possible, we can worship with five substances also. The worship of cow teaches us to view Divine Principle in every animate and inanimate object. The person observing a vrat acquires all the pleasures of life.

 

Vat Pournima

 

 

 

Vat Pournima

 

Contents

  • 1. Introduction

     

  • 2. Vatasavitri Vrat

  • 1. Introduction

    Vatasavitri is a vowed religious observance performed by married women on the full moon day (pournima) of Jyeshtha  to prolong their wifehood. Lord Brahma along with Savitri is the main deity while Satyavan, Savitri, Narad and Yama are the subordinate deities this vowed religious observance. Among the famous, chaste women (pativratas) in India, Savitri is considered the ideal. She is also considered the symbol of eternal wifehood.

    The story of Sati Savitri has been mentioned in the Mahabharat. While the Pandavas were in exile, Jayadratha abducted Draupadi. After the Pandavs freed her and returned, they were all sitting with some sages. At that time Sage Markandeya narrated story of Savitri. The importance of Savitri can be understood now as her story was told to Draupadi, who is included among the five great women of virtue of India.

    1.1 Choosing Satyawan

    Once, Devarshi Narad came to King Ashwapati’s court. He was felicitated by the king and they started conversing. Soon after that, the king’s daughter Savitri came in. She greeted her father and Sage Narad. On seeing her Sage Narad asked as to why she was still unmarried? To this the king answered that Savitri had been sent to find and chose her own husband. During this there had been an incident. On being asked Savitri narrated the story. She said, “Once there was a famous and righteous king named Dyumatsen in Shalvadesh (the name of his kingdom) who became blind. When that happened, his son was still quite young. Thus, a neighbouring king attacked and took over his kingdom. The king, along with his queen and son went to the forest and started leading an ascetic life.

    His son is a handsome and kind young man now. I feel that he is ideal and so I have mentally accepted him as my husband.” Upon hearing Satyawan’s qualities Narad commented, “He has been named “Satyawan” as he is the son of righteous and truthful parents. However, there is sorrowful news. One year from today, Satyawan will die.” Savitri remained undisturbed. Noticing this, Narad said, “O king, your daughter Savitri has a lot of resolution.No one can distract her from her decision. Since no one else has the same qualities, I think that you should marry your daughter (give kanyaadaan) to Satyawan only.” Thus the wedding (vivah-sanskar) of Satyawan and Savitri was accomplished at an auspicious time (shubh-muhurta). Savitri, emulating her in-laws, stopped wearing her expensive clothes and ornaments. Everyone was impressed by her qualities of humility, service (seva), patience, politeness, etc. She made her husband happy by serving her in-laws. All was well for a while.

    1.2 Removal of Satyawan’s soul

    Savitri had not forgetten Narad’s words. One day she realised that only 4 days were now remaining till the day that Satyawan was fated to die. For the next three days and nights she underwent a vowed religious observance by sitting still the entire time. On the final morning, she gave offerings to the Fire Deity. That day when Satyawan went to the forest to fetch fire-wood and fruits, Savitri accompanied him. While in forest, Satyawan told her that he was feeling tired and wanted to rest. Savitri sat down next to him and took his head on her lap. Soon she saw a man nearby. He was wearing red clothes, had a crown on his head and had red eyes. He also had a noose in hands. He looked terrible. She noticed that he was looking at Satyawan. Savitri stood up. Her heart was throbbing. With great sorrow she joined her hands, bowed and said, “You look like a Deity. If you wish, kindly tell me who you are and what you expect to do?”  The deity said, “Savitri since you are virtuous, I will speak to you.  I am Yamraj (Deity of death).  Satyawan’s life has ended and since he too was righteous, I myself have come to take him.” Saying that, Yamraj took a thumb-sized man from Satyawan’s body, tied it to his noose and started headed south. Savitri, overwhelmed with sorrow, followed him.

    1.3 First blessing from Yamdharma

    After some distance Yamraj said, “Savitri now you have to return. Carry out the after-death rituals for Satyawan. Now you are freed from your husband’s service.” Savitri said, “I should stay with my husband wherever he is. This is the only Sanatan Dharma. No one can stop me due to my worship, devotion towards Guru, love, righteousness and your grace.’ Yamraj was pleased by her determination and said, “I shall grant you a wish. Ask for anything, except your husband’s life.” At that time, she asked for vision, strength and radiance for her father-in-law. Yamraj granted her the wish and asked her to go back, again. Instead of thinking of herself she had asked for her father-in-law. What a great sacrifice!!

    1.4 Second blessing from Yamadharma

    Savitri continued to follow Yamraj and remained firm in her wish to be with her husband. On being asked to go back yet again, she said, “The company of a holy person is beneficial even for a moment and it is even greater to be his friend. It is never unworthy.”

    On hearing her auspicious thoughts Yamraj granted her another wish. Again, it was to be anything except her husband’s life. Savitri wished that the lost kingdom of her father-in-law be restored to him and for him to not give up his righteous ways. Yamraj granted this wish also by saying tathaastu (let it happen) and requested Savitri to return. With this wish, Savitri’s loyalty towards righteousness became apparent!

    1.5 Third blessing from Yamadharma

    As they went forward, she said to Yamraj, “You are known as ‘Yama’ because you maintain the equilibrium of all living beings regularly and also grant them their wishes. The Sanatan Dharma of a holy person is to treat all living beings with love through mind, speech and deeds as well as grace them and grant their wishes. Every living being tries to behave lovingly with others according to their capacity however holy men bestow love upon their enemies too.” Yamraj appreciated her words and granted her a third wish. Savitri asked for a 100 children for her father because she had realised that her father would not have anyone else to take care of him after she was gone. And she had made a firm resolution to go with Satyawan. A daughter is said to be Duhita as she is a well-wisher of both her parents as well as her in-laws. What an ideal way Savitri found, to carry out her duties to both! 

    1.6 Fourth blessing from Yamadharma

    On going further Savitri said, “Due to the company of my husband, I do not feel this distance to be much. My mind runs ahead of me, so please listen to what I say. You are the brave son of Vivaswan (Sun) and hence you’re also called ‘Vaivaswat.’ You are also known as ‘Dharmaraj’ (follower of righteousness) as you give equal justice to either friend or enemy.” Impressed by these words, Yamraj granted her a fourth wish. This time Savitri asked for a 100 courageous children (sons) to amplify her family.  Yamraj was pleased to grant this wish and asked her to return as she had come very far. This was the first time she had asked for something for herself.

    1.7 Yamadharma releasing Satyawan’s soul!

    Savitri continued to follow Yamadharma. She said, “The attitude of Holy men is always righteous. They are never sad or depressed. With the strength of truthfulness and the radiance of worship they can face even the Sun and the Earth. Realising the fact that this Sanatan (eternal) righteous conduct is adopted by holy persons, they do their deeds without expecting the outcome.” Hearing this righteous quote, Yamraj agreed to grant her a fifth wish. This time Savitri concluded, “O Dharmaraj, you have already granted my wish to have a 100 children. But this wish cannot be accomplished in the absence of my husband, hence I desire that my husband be granted his life. I do not desire any happiness other than my husband.

    I don’t even wish heaven. Not only this but I do not even want to be alive without my husband. You have blessed me with many children yet you are taking my husband away. Grant me this wish so that your blessings come true.” On hearing this, Yamraj was very pleased and said, “Tathaastu.” He released Satyawan’s noose and said, “O noble lady, I have released your husband. From now on he will always be healthy. All his desires will be fulfilled. He will live with you for 400 years. He will follow righteousness and become famous. You will have 100 children with him.” As Yamaraj started leaving, Savitri bowed and offered gratitude to him for his grace. Savitri then returned to the dead body of Satyawan and put his head on her lap again. Slowly chaitanya (life) spread throughout his body and he woke up! This is how Savitri got her husband back from the dead with her righteous speech.

    Today many people are unaware of the fact that ‘nether regions* (parlokas) and other subtle worlds exist. Some of those who are aware cannot see them. 

    2. Vatasavitri Vrat

    1. Tithi: Jyeshtha Pournima (Full moon day of the month of Jyeshtha)

    2. Objective: This vrat was started by married women to prolong their married life, like Savitri did.

    3. Importance of Savitri: Among the famous, chaste women in Bharat, Savitri is considered a role model. She is also considered the symbol of eternal married life.

    4. Deity of the Vrat: Brahma, along with Savitri is the main Deity while Satyavan, Savitri, Narad and Yama are the subordinate Deities in this vrat.

    5. Importance of the banyan tree: When Yama took away Satyavan’s life, his wife Savitri debated on the scriptures with Him for three days. Appeased with her, Yama brought Satyavan back to life. The discussion took place below a banyan tree. Hence, the banyan tree is associated with Savitri.

    A. ‘The banyan tree survives even the Dissolution of the Universe. It lives on with time.

    B. During the Dissolution of the Universe, a child Mukunda slept on a banyan leaf.

    C. In Prayag, Ram, Lakshman and Sita rested under the everlasting banyan tree.

    D. A banyan tree is the resting place for Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Narasimha and Madhav.

    E. The Banyan, Pipal (Bo tree), Audumbar (Cluster fig tree) and Shami (Indian Mesquite tree), are considered sacred and are used in sacrificial fires. Amongst these trees, the life of the banyan is the longest. Besides, it spreads extensively by means of its aerial roots.

    F. Cataract is cured if the mixture of cotton crushed into gum of banyan tree is put into the eyes.

    6. Method of performing the vrat

    A. Sankalp: First, the married woman should make a sankalp thus – “May my husband and I have a healthy and long life.”

    B. Worship: Shodashopchar-puja of the banyan tree should be performed. After the ritual of abhishek, a thread should be tied thrice in a clockwise direction around the trunk of the banyan tree. At the end of the puja, one should pray thus to Savitri and Brahma, “Let me have a happy, uninterrupted and joyous married life, let me get the same husband in every birth, let there be prosperity with food and the family.”

    C. Fasting: Women should fast the entire day.

    7. The Divine knowledge received by a seeker doing spiritual practice per Gurukrupaayoga: Following is the information given by ‘one scholar’ to the seeker receiving knowledge, Seeker.

    Compiler: Do we get the same benefit by worshipping a branch of the banyan tree compared to worshipping the tree itself?

    Divine Knowledge: The main trunk of the banyan tree contains the Shiva principle. Hence worshipping the banyan tree with spiritual emotion (bhav) helps us to gain 30% of the benefit of the worship, compared to only 2-3 % gained by worshipping it’s branch. Since the branch is separated from the main trunk and hence from it’s life, it has very negligible capacity to attract and transmit Divine consciousness (chaitanya). Bringing such a branch home and worshipping it, does not give much benefit. In the vicinity of nature, life exists in abundance and hence the fruits of Divine consciousness (chaitanya), can be derived in higher proportion.

    Compiler: It is said that this kind of vowed religious observance (vrat) of Vatapaurnima is to be observed only after visiting Kashi (also known as Banaras, one of the holiest cities in Bharat). The oldest married lady of the house, who started observing this vrat after visiting Kashi, passes the tradition on to her eldest daughter-in-law after the demise of her husband. What is the purpose behind this practice?

    Divine Knowledge: This is just an established tradition.

    8. The spiritual experience of a seeker about Vatpournima worship: On 11th June 2006, I could not go and physically worship a banyan tree. So I worshipped the banyan tree by drawing it’s picture on a piece of paper. I prayed to the banyan tree “My dear Lord, I could not go out. I am worshipping you, with the spiritual emotion (bhav) that you are present here.” At that time I could actually see the banyan tree with it’s parambya (aerial roots) hanging down. After that when I went close to Parampujya’s(Gurudev) photo, I could see a large banyan tree. At that time, a thought came to my mind “Parampujya Gurudev, this is only due to your blessing and grace” and I experienced overwhelming spiritual emotion. For two to three days before this incident, I had been experiencing bliss from within. – a seeker, Miraj, India.

    * Based on divine knowledge received by some seekers doing sadhana per Gurukrupaayoga.

    (Members of the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti consider ‘Vatpournima’ as a farce. How great is the Hindu Dharma, which considers that God exists in every particle of the Creation and teaches us to worship trees as Deities, and how petty are these so called intellectuals, heretics and communists, who consider the Hindu Dharma a farce! – Compiler)

     

    Rishipanchami

    Bhadrapad Shukla Pratipada 5111
     

    Contents


     

    1. Rushipanchami

     

    1.1 Definition of the word ‘Rushi

    The Rushis, that is, the sages, are at a level between the human beings and the deities. Detachment and spiritual knowledge is achieved through long-term sadhana. The person acquires the highest state of seekership. The persons who achieve this state are called sages.

    1.2 Special features of the ancient sages and their importance

    The sages are the adornment of Bharat and Hindu Dharma.

    A. Intense spiritual curiosity to comprehend God: The ancient sages had intense yearning to comprehend God. Due to this they conducted subtle research on the origin of the universe, its function etc. and established with evidence the meaning of deities, the Principles and their functions. They showed with the help of their research that it is beneficial to invoke a specific deity to achieve a specific task successfully.

    The theories that science proves within its limited sphere and many other theories that are of subtler and superior level have been proved with evidence by the ancient sages thousands of years ago.

    B. Rigorous penance and intense yearning for God realisation: Due to highly rigorous penance and intense longing for God-realisation, the sages obtained rare and infinite knowledge about Spirituality. The ancient sages had infinite love for the entire Creation. That is why they made available to the world the treasure of knowledge they obtained by the grace of God.

    It is because of them alone that the information about the three gunas, various stotras, mantras, shloks and various kinds of penance and vrats are available to the world. The blessings of God and the resolve of the sages are inherent in the vrats. Hence the entire human race will always be benefitted by observing them.

    The sages have provided invaluable guidance on higher level sadhana to man through their conduct, thoughts and every action. It is due to this that it is possible for man to live in today’s Kaliyug.

    To express gratitude to the sages who have contributed to the welfare of humanity, there is an important vrat that falls on Bhadrapad Shukla Panchami called Rushipanchami

    1.3 Worship of Rushipanchami

    The sages (Rushis) are the symbol of spiritual knowledge and intellect and Gouri is the bestower of supernatural powers. For this reason after the worship of Sri Ganesh, the worship of sages, that is, Rushipujan and the worship of Gouri, that is, Gouripujan are performed.

    • 1. On the day of Rushipanchami after having a bath, the seven sages, Kashyap, Atri, Bharadwaj, Vishwamitra, Goutam, Jamadagni and Vasishtha along with Arundhati, are worshipped.
    • 2. Eight heaps of rice are made on a wooden seat or low wooden stool and a betel nut is placed on each of heap as a symbol of the seven sages and Arundhati.
    • 3. Before commencing the worship, to overcome the defects due to touching something consciously or unconsciously during menstruation, a resolve is made before the worship.
    • 4. Thereafter the seven sages are worshipped along with Arundhati with sixteen substances.
    • 5. In this worship, the leaves of Tulasi, Chichada, Bel, Rui, Shami and Dhatura are used as offering to the seven sages
    • 6. After the worship, the betel nets which are the symbol of sages are immersed in flowing water.

    कश्‍यपोऽत्रिर्भरव्‍दाजो विश्‍वामित्रोऽथ गौतम: ।
    जमदग्‍निर्वसिष्‍ठश्‍च सप्‍तैते ऋषय: स्‍मृता: ।।
    गृह्‍णन्‍त्‍वर्घ्‍यं मया दत्तं तुष्‍टा भवन्‍तु मे सदा ।। – पूजासमुच्‍चय

    Meaning: Kashyap, Atri, Bharadwaj, Vishwamitra, Goutam, Jamadagni and Vasishtha are the seven sages. These sages are requested to accept my oblation of water and let me forever be graced by You

    With this prayer to the sages the oblation of water is offered to them. In this vrat, on the day of Rushipanchami the scriptures have prohibited consumption of grains produced by the toiling of oxen. This vrat is observed for 12 years.

    1.4 Reason for consuming roots on the day of Rushipanchami

    In ancient times, the sages lived a life totally devoid of any hoarding tendency (aparigrah). They did not accept anything obtained through the labour of others. It is important to consume roots on the day of Rushipanchami to remember their aparigrah attitude.

    1.5 Benefits of of Rushipanchami vrat

    During the monthly menses period, the proportion of raja guna increases in women, which adversely affects the person or the object touched by her. To remove this defect, women observe this vrat.