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Why Do We?

Why Do We?

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Published by Anil Sohoni
In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day at dawn and dusk and in a few it is maintained continuously (akhanda deepa). All auspicious functions commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.
In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day at dawn and dusk and in a few it is maintained continuously (akhanda deepa). All auspicious functions commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.

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Hindu Ritualsand RoutinesWhy Do WeFollow Those? 
 
Why do we light a lamp?
 
Why Do We Light A Lamp?
In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. Insome houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day at dawn and dusk and in afew it is maintained continuously (akhanda deepa). All auspicious functionscommence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained rightthrough the occasion
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Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness, ignorance. The Lord is the"Knowledge Principle" (chaitanya) who is the source, the enlivener and theilluminator of all knowledge. Hence light is worshiped as the Lord himself.Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Alsoknowledge is a lasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can beaccomplished. Hence we light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as thegreatest of all forms of wealthWhy not light a bulb or tube light? That too would remove darkness. But thetraditional oil lamp has a further spiritual significance. The oil or ghee in thelamp symbolizes our
aasanas¶ 
or negative tendencies and the wick, the ego.When lit by spiritual knowledge, the µvaasanas¶ get slowly exhausted and theego too finally perishes. The flame of a lamp always burns upwards. Similarlywe should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.Continued on next page««..

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Very informative. I have several Indian friends in the US who observe some of the rituals you describe. When we understand each other better, it's easier to live together in peace rather than fear. Thank you for submitting this to scribd.
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