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Lighting Diya Benefits – Symbolic Significance of Lighting Lamp in Hindu Home

The symbolic significance of lighting lamp in Hindu home is that it burns away all kinds of ego, desires, passion and lust. It purifies the mind and prepares it to realize true happiness. Here are the benefits of lighting Diya. The ghee or oil medium used to light the lamp symbolically represents our ignorance. It represents desires, ego, anger, hatred and all those negative qualities that stop us from self-realization. We use the wick to burn off all the negative qualities. That which is left after getting rid of all impurities from mind is bliss – Brahman realization. It is believed that a home, which keeps a lighted lamp in the morning and evening, will not attract negative energy. Diya lighted at home makes us realize we need to pause daily for a few minutes and do a postmortem of our daily activities. Just by merely lighting a lamp daily and offering prayers one will have one’s wishes fulfilled. Those who believe that they are not getting the desired results ev

Meditation In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Meditation, also known as dhyan, is a type of tapas or sadhana in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Tapas and sadhana signify spiritual discipline, also known as penance and austerity. Meditation in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is more than merely closing eyes and sitting still. The largest Upanishad directly and indirectly asks humans to rise above the mundane living and to realize the Supreme Truth - Brahman. So, Meditation in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is Brahman realization. The man who sees all beings in himself and himself in all beings never suffers. When a person sees all creatures within his true self, jealousy, grief and hatred vanish. This self is then all pervading – it is without birth, deathless, pure and untainted by both sorrow and wrong acts. Realizing this, the person free himself from all bondage and transcends death. Transcending death means realizing the difference between the body and the soul and identifying oneself with the soul. On realizing our true nature, we ceas

Quotes - Teachings On Desire By Swami Vivekananda

A collection of quotes and teachings on Desire by Swami Vivekananda. When we seek enjoyment, we become objects of enjoyment for others. Desire thus enfolds both the subject and the object in its ambit, uses and wears both down. We came here to sip the honey, and we find our hands and feet sticking to it. We are caught, though we came to catch. We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life. We are being worked upon by other minds, and we are always struggling to work on other minds. We want to enjoy the pleasures of life; and they eat into our vitals. We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us—depletes us, and casts us aside. (Source of above quotes - Prabuddha Bharata Magazine September 2013) There is no misery where there is no want. Desire is the