Diwali 2013 :)

The Conquest of Naraka 

Let us all firstly understand, the real essence of Diwali Celebration . Lord Narayana killed the demon Naraka. But really Naraka is the ego that parades itself by taking the hellish body to be ‘I’. Hence, those who enquire into the source of this Naraka and destroy him are indeed Narayana, the killer of Naraka. 

'Naraka' is both the term for the hell realm and the name of the asura who was slain by Krishna, the avatar of Lord Narayana. The festival of Deepavali celebrates the victory of Narayana over Naraka'. One of the key events of this celebration is a ritual bath that is taken at an auspicious time. 

Taken on Naraka Chaturdasi, the auspicious bath that symbolizes the conquest of Naraka is actually bathing in the waters of true knowledge after killing Naraka, the ego, by tracking him down to his place of residence.

Sri Ramana Maharishi: Naraka is he who rules the world of Hell by taking the hellish body to be 'I'. Hence, he who slays Naraka with the discus of jnana by enquiring from where does this Naraka arise?' is Lord Narayana Himself. That day indeed is the auspicious Naraka Chaturdasi day.

Know clearly that Naraka is the one who is condemned to ruin through taking as ‘I’ the foul mass of flesh, the hell that is the body, whilst Deepavali is the eternal radiance of the Supreme Self that shines after Naraka, the reflection, has been destroyed following the enquiry into his nature. 

Sri Ramana Maharishi: Clearly know that the auspicious day of Deepavali denotes shining as the Self by seeking and 
destroying the great sinner Naraka, who ruined himself by regarding as ‘I' the prison of the body, the source of misery that truly is Hell.

Let this Diwali remove all our ego and let us surrender to almighty for peace with in :)

From : Guru Vachaka Kovai


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