M.A. Center New England

Virtual Diwali Satsang and Sarvaiswarya Homa with Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya

Virtual Diwali Satsang and Sarvaiswarya Homa with Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya
Nov 14, 2020 5:30pm-9:00pm (ended)

Please join Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya for Diwali Satsang and Sarva Aiswarya Homa for prosperity and well being  on Saturday, November 14, 5:30pm. There will be a special presentation by AYUDH members across Americas to spread Amma's message of love and the spirit of Diwali - "Becoming a Beacon of Love".

SCHEDULE
5:30 PM: Meditation, Introduction by Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya

6:00 PM: Sarva Aiswarya Homa

(Homa will include Sankalpa on behalf of puja registrants, Vedic hymns, chants and bhajans happening in parallel )

REGISTER FOR HOMA
The virtual satsang and Homa is open to all and will be broadcast live on MA Center East Coast YouTube Channel. If you'd like Br. Ramanandamrita to make a sankalpa (resolve) during the Homa on your behalf, please click the link below to register.

Regsitration Link: https://static.amritapuja.org/virtual_pujas_ec.html

Sarvaishwarya Homa will be performed by Br. Ramanandamrita Chaitanya in the traditional tantric style, popularly followed in the state of Kerala, India. It involves ritualistic worship of fire and prescribed offerings made into the fire. Sarvaishwarya Homa is performed praying for the well being and prosperity for all. Diwali, being a day of auspiciousness as per the Indian Calendar, it is a perfect day for all of us to come together, pray and strive for prosperity and well being, given the situation the whole world is in, today.

AYUDH - BECOMING A BEACON OF LOVE
Join AYUDH members in lighting the lamp of love and spreading the light of peace. AYUDHians will come together in a brief video presentation to reflect upon the message of Diwali. The video presentation will feature members from from South, Central and North America.

WHAT IS DIWALI?
India is a land of festivals where you will see at least one major festival each month. Deepavali (or Diwali) which literally means “rows of lamps” is one of the four main festivals of India. Throughout the world all Hindus celebrate Deepavali or Diwali with great pomp and enthusiasm.

The message of Deepavali or Diwali
The traditional name of India is Bharata and Indians are Bharatias – or ‘those who revel in light’. During the night of Deepavali the myriad little clay lamps (diyas) seem to silently send forth message of Deepavali: “Come, let us remove darkness from the face of the earth.”

The dharma of fire is the same wherever it is: in a poor man’s house, in a rich man’s house, in America, in Antarctica, or in the Himalayas. It gives light and heat. The flame always points upwards. Even if we keep the lamp upside down, the flame will burn upwards. The message is that our mind should be focused on the Atman, the Self wherever we are. The lamps remind us of our dharma to realise our divine nature.

“The Self is pure consicousness which is self-luminous. The cognition of all objects arises from the light of pure Consciousness.” -says Bhrihadaranyaka Upanishad

One lamp can light several others. You can even light another 1000 lamps, and still the flame and the light of the first lamp will remain as it is. By becoming manifold, the light looses nothing. The lights of Deepavali represent Brahman and creation. It conveys the message of the mantra:

“Purnamada Purnamidam Purnaat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnamevasishyate”

The rows of lamps teach yet another important lesson of unity. The light that shines forth from the Sun, the moon, the stars, and fire is all the same. To see and recognise that one light, the light of consciousness, which is manifesting and pulsating in and through all of creation is the goal of life. Thus, recognising all of creation to be an expression of your true Self, spread the light of love and compassion.

The lights of Deepavali are displayed at the entrance doors, by the walls of houses, in the streets and lanes. This means that the inner spiritual light of the individual must be reflected outside. It should benefit society. Passers-by may thereby be prevented from stumbling on their way to reach their destination.

Feeding empty stomachs, lighting blown-out diyas and bringing light to those whose lives are in darkness is the true spirit of Deepavali. This is true prayer.