"The Diwali celebrations have become more about focusing on getting Lakshmi opulence energies while ignoring or minimizing Lord Rama. So then, what is the difference between that attitude and Ravana's attitude? How did we become followers of Ravana rather than Lord Rama? Beyond chanting a few mantras invoking Sita Ram (if that even), truthfully, how much is Lord Ram in your consciousness when you celebrate Diwali?"
"During Diwali, when we are focused on grabbing Lakshmi-ji gains by ignoring or excluding Lord Rama from our service and worship--this is no different than a Ravana attitude."
Divali, or Deepavali, the festival of lights celebrates the Supreme Lord Sri Rama's victory over evil. It is a homecoming celebration at the city of Ayodhya, the capital of His kingdom, and now celebrated throughout India and the world over wherever there is the Indian diaspora.
The traditional puja on Diwali involves worshipping the forms of Lakshmiji and Lord Ganesh--where is Lord Rama?
Approaching the demigods separately from the Divine forms like Lord Rama, only gets one temporary time-bound gains. Approaching the Divine healing forms and energies is a far better approach.
Learn more by hearing this special conversation about Deepavali between Nalin Nirula and visitors at the Thursday Healers Assembly, October 27, 2016.
Traditional paintings of Laxmi-Ganesha on coconuts by Master Craftsmen from Jaggannath Puri, Odisha.
Sri Lakshmi-ji is the Goddess of wealth--the consort of Lord Narayan. Lord Ganesh is the deva responsible for giving access to the destiny chakra at the root (mooladhaar chakra).
On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, which is the return of Lord Ram to His kingdom of Ayodhya people celebrate also by making offerings to Lakshmi-devi and Lord Ganesh.
More valuable and appropriate is the remembrance and worship of their Lordships Sita-Ram, or Lakshmi Narayan rather than Sri Lakshmi-devi alone.
Lakshmi-Narayan go together, and Lakshmi puja without Lord Narayan has little benefit. Diwali is the time went Lord Rama, Sita-devi and Lakshman returned home to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
The citizens celebrate the return of their beloved Sita-Rama, Lakshman by lighting up the entire city with lamps. Hence this 'Deepavali', or Diwali--Festival of Lights.
This is a good time for all to welcome the energies of opulence, victory, joy and happiness into their homes.
It is a most auspicious occasion to chant the Mahamantra. When we chant
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
we automatically invoke the energies of Lord Rama and Rama-devi--the energies of protection, victory, opulence, and happiness.
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