Everyone has his own way to get-rid-of day-to-day life stress and anxieties to attain mental peace. They prefer different ways to de-stress themselves. Like, some prefer to listen to their favorite music, take a long drive, while others go for a walk or gossip with friends.
Sometimes just a cup of steaming tea or a warm bath is enough to sublime all your worries, mental pain and agony.
In a nutshell, every individual subconsciously adopts a method to ease out stress, tension and anxiety.
You might have tried thousands ways but have you ever tried to lit a candle or lamp in a dark room to move away from your worries? No?
Magic of a Lightning Lamp
Light is the source of life. The Sun, which is the eternal source of light transcends its energy through every stratum of life. Many festivals comprise prostrating in front of the Sun. Close your eyes for a few seconds after offering sun salutations. Though your eyes would be closed but still you can feel the bliss and warmth of the light entering into your eyes.
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Lightning a lamp brings a lot of changes in one’s life by enlightening it. So, it is very important to know the importance of light from the religious and spiritual point of view.
We bet you to try it for sure the next time, and feel the magic yourself. Every time when I feel distracted and disgusted, I light a lamp which is my own way of increasing positivity around me. It really makes me feel blissful, mystic and soothes my soul always.
Religious Importance of Light
Hinduism has provided a paramount importance to light. Light in the form of Agni or fire is an important element of among the Panchtatwa, which makes everything sacred. Fire represents our fire, zeal, zest, passion, creativity and motivation.
Hindus cremate a dead body after death, and the deceased body is dedicated to fire to make body merge into the panchtatva again. Light is considered a symbol of auspiciousness, sanctity, spirituality, prosperity, knowledge, an abundance of wealth and health. Metaphorically, darkness is depicted as ignorance, evil and hopelessness. Darkness makes one directionless, light enlightens your soul and guides you.
Diwali festival is celebrated in new moon night with pitch black darkness, but lightning a lamp kills the darkness, ignorance, evil and bless you with wisdom. Though in modern times, diya have been overshadowed by fancy and glittery Chinese lights, that could not undermine the importance of small earthen lamps. Lighting a lamp before starting and ceremony is age-old ritual various traditions and cultures around the world in general and India in particular.
Lightened wick in the lamp is not static, it is surrounded by an aura that is transformed to you too as a chakra of positivity and wisdom. The oil or ghee in the lamp represents our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wick, the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas get slowly exhausted and the ego too finally perishes.
The smoke that comes from the lamp when inhaled channels one’s energy centres and increases their biomagnetic field. That is the reason people used to light the lamp in their house on early morning sunrise and during sunset.
Spiritual Importance of Lightning a Lamp
Spiritually, when we lit a lamp with ghee, the ghee and the flame signifies Goddess Lakshmi who is the Goddess of wealth. The brightness of the flame resembles Goddess Saraswati who bestows us with education and knowledge. The heat from the flame signifies Goddess Durga who burns away and destroys all evil.
Should I use Ghee or Oil to lit a Lamp?
One can lit lamp in oil or ghee. Generally, the use of oil is more prevalent than that of Ghee due to the cost factor, ease of availability. Also, oil lamps kindle longer than ghee lamps.
Ghee(clarified butter) is considered better for lightning lamp rather than oil. Cow’s milk ghee is the best to reap benefits of lighting lamps, as the cow is revered as Saatvik soul. Ghee is more capable to attract and reciprocate the Sattvik or positive vibrations present in the surrounding atmosphere. Ghee disperses its aroma in the air quickly and purifies it off microbes.
Meditating upon a ghee lamp without blinking is a very good exercise that purges eyes and clears our vision. In fact, in Ayurveda, one is advised to gaze at the flame for 2 or 3 minutes to physically strengthen and clean the eyes.