The Meaning of the Five Days of Diwali

October 24, 2008

 Diwali is the celebration of the birth of Shri Lakshmi, who was born from the primordial ocean. It is also the era of the birth of Jesus Christ, in the darkest night. This event, symbolized by the lighting of the Diwali lamps, is followed by the celebration of the New Year in the old Hindu calendar (Shalivahanas). After the birth of Shri Lakshmi from the ocean, the Moon was born from the ocean, the Moon one sees in the sky two days after the New Moon. This Moon was placed on the head of Shri Shiva to cool Him down after He drank the poison from the churning of the ocean that produced Shri Lakshmi and many other wonders.  

 

 

First day – Dhantrayodashi  the 13th day of the moon in 2008 – Sunday, October/26

 

This is the day on which Shri Lakshmi was born. She was born as Gruha Lakshmi.  Thus, on this day a gift is to be given to the Gruha Lakhsmi (house wife) of the house.

 

Second day- Narak Chaturdashi the 14th day of the moon – Monday,October/27/2008

 

On this day, the rakshasa (demon) Narakasura died. This is the day on which hell was opened to receive the rakshasas. Sahaja yogis go to sleep early and wake up later on this day.

 

Third day- Deepavali or Diwali the 15th day of the moon, the day before the new moon – Tuesday, October/28/2008

 

Deepavali means the festival of lights. On this day, we celebrate the return of Shri Rama from the forest to His kingdom. It is also the darkest night when there is no moon, the night when Jesus Christ was born at 2:00 am. Lights are kept on during the night.

 

Fourth day – New Year the 1st day of the new moon – Wednesday, October/29/2008

 

In the State of Maharashtra, the ancestors of Shri Mataji, the Shalivahanas, celebrate the beginning of the New Year on this day.

 

Fifth day – Bahu Bij the 2nd day of the new moon Thursday, October/30/2008

 

On this day, we celebrate the birth of the Moon from the primordial ocean. The moon is the brother of Shri Lakshmi.  They were born at the same time. So, for us the Moon is our maternal uncle who is recognized as the brother of all the Goddesses. On this day the rakhi sisters honor their brothers.

 

Source: Abilio and Nelma

            SY Brazil  

 

Jai Shri Mataji !

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Mother’s India Visit Site Launched

October 24, 2008

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Sahaj Thanksgiving

October 20, 2008

3yrs of Burlington Class in Ontario, Canada

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Gate of Heavens

October 20, 2008

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Shri Mataji Arrives in India for Diwali!

October 20, 2008

Mother, our beloved Guru has arrived in India as the hears worldwide prepare for Diwali Puja. An email forwarded the Diwali Qawwali!

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Sahaja A – Z links to Diwali Resources: Click Here

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Self Realization Program in Barrackpore

August 22, 2008

History of the Place

(Selections from Wikipedia)

Under District of North 24 Parganas in the state of West Bengal, is an old and famous administrative territory of India, populated by people from almost all provinces of India. The town was a military and administrative center under British rule, and was the scene of several acts of rebellion against Britain during the 19th century.

The earliest references to the Barrackpore region are found in the writings of the Greek navigators, geographers, chronicles and historians of the 1st century BC to the 3rd century A.D

The first British barrack or cantonment in India was built here in 1772, providing the town with its name. After the British crown assumed direct control of India, the sprawling Government House and the Government Estate were built in Barrackpore to provide the viceroy with a suburban residence 15 miles outside of Calcutta.

Two rebellions against British authority took place in Barrackpore in the 19th century; the first of these came in 1824, under Sepoy Binda Tiwary. In 1857, Barrackpore was the scene of an incident that some credit with starting the Indian rebellion of 1857; an Indian soldier, Mangal Pandey, attacked his British commander, and was subsequently court-martialled. His regiment was disbanded, an action which offended a number of sepoys and is considered to have contributed to the anger that fueled the rebellion

Demographics

As of 2001 India census, Barrackpur had a population of 144,331. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Barrackpur has an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. 8% of the population is under 6 years of age. majority of the population is Bengali and Hindu.

Heritage and culture

Barrackpore was home to a number of significant members of the Indian independence movement, many of whom have memorials in the subdivision. He has a memorial in the subdivision. Another significant leader of the movement who lived in Barrackpore is Rastraguru Surendra Nath Bandyopadhaya, who was called the father of Indian Nationalist Movement. The house of Surendranath at Monirampur of Barrackpore has now been converted to Rastraguru Surendranath Institute and Netaji Open University. Gandhi also spent time in the area, and the famous Gandhi Ghat is located on the west bank of the Hooghly. A Gandhi museum nearby has rare collection of books, articles used by Gandhi.

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya, the author of India’s national song Vande Mataram, was born at Naihati, in Barrackpore subdivision. Vande Mataram is credited to him. Another noted literary figure of the post independence era, Samaresh Basu, also hailed from Naihati. His noted work ‘Ganga’ vividly depicts the life of the fishermen of the Hooghly (Ganges) rivers.

The Program

Hand bills were distributed for 2weeks before programme to every house, shops and even to passers by, explaining them Sahaja Yoga in short, its benefits, and inviting them all with family & friends at Sukanta Sadan on 27th July. As Barrackpore is a vast area, efforts were made to cover all the possible major areas as far as possible. Posters were spread on street lampposts, near by Railway stations and connecting areas.

 

For last three days, spreading got boosted up with announcement done on mike with the help of an auto rickshaw which was beautifully decorated with banners, posters, etc. While a group was engaged in announcement, the other group was enjoying the leaflet work.

 

On 27th evening the Programme started at scheduled time (5.30 p.m.) inviting Shri Ganesha with a Ganesh bhajan. Soon the hall started witnessing new seekers and also Sahajis in mass scale. More than 200 Sahajis were present there at this moment.

 

Seekers were presented with a 30 min Audio visual presentation on Sahaja Yoga. The presentation consisted dance and recitation on two poems of sri Rabindranah tagore. It was followed by a slide show presentation on the happening of Sahaja yoga highlighting kundalini awakening, charkas, channels and mother excerpts on the same.

 

The presentation was followed by Shri Mataji’s speech (15 min) and finally seekers were asked for having their self realization. Every one present in the hall felt the divine bliss on the hand and top of the head as cool and hot breeze. The process was repeated twice and thrice for those who could not feel vibrations in the first attempt.

 

Two days follow up programme was scheduled on (28th and 29th of July)

 


Sparkles in Vision – Yogi Poem

June 29, 2008

Sparkles in Vision

-Abhinayaraj

Oh grand Ocean sparkling full of joyful hope
Diamonds scattered all along
Seeds of little suns all day, Twinkle of million stars all night
The eternity expands at thy horizon
While our wishes converge at your shores
 
Many a dreams I had built on your depth
Most lost their form in thy majestic canvas
Some found their forms in your boundless identity
Rhythms so holy ever at your disposal
I am a note amidst million notes of HER music
 
When we are unheard, unseen
There is your color that of contentment and gesture that is eternally generous
When we are the spoken and witness
There is your expanse of infinite compassion and love truly HER’
In awe, I am bridged between heart and its holiness
 
Numerous arts, dear sky would bear in his arms
Ripples of eternity gazed in spectrum of colors and forms
The clouds so cherished of lost identity, curd churned of divinity’s milk
You reflect all those in your delicate lap, quiet and deep
I am a boat of hope journeying to the land of Love’s behold!
 
Many a odes unsung at your shore still
Withered shells, garlands of waves’ patterns occupies my attention
I am covered by a garment as limited as these patterns are
While My Mother whose garments’ dust is this ocean, search for myself lies deep down here!
Lost in collective identification of million drops as mine Treasure hidden here and there!