HUMANITY LIVES IN INDIAN CELEBRATIONS : VISIBLE TO INVISIBLE
Hindu religion speaks about 33 crores Gods and Goddesses and their presence in different incarnations. In many parts of the country India, those Gods and Goddesses are worshipped in different incarnation like Bishnu as Ram in Ayodhya, Jagannath in Puri, Baidyanath in Uttarakhand, Krishna in Brundaban etc. and Shiva is worshipped as Amar Nath, Kedar Nath, Lok Nath, Sukreswar, Paschimeswar etc in different parts of the country. Shakti (Power) is worshipped as Durga, Kali, Ambika etc. Throughout the year many grand spiritual celebrations happen all over the country to celebrate the victory of goodness over the evil and have blessings of Supreme being to have a peaceful existence.
Rituals and Spiritual observations are designed integrating the spiritual acts of Chanting, Japa, Meditation, Yoga, Prayer and Togetherness. Togetherness itself is the act for our faith to grow and building our relationships to thrive. Intense sense of togetherness is to get connected with supreme being and desire to have love for all. It is not situational or locational. Chanting of Mantras is considered as the most auspicious way of worship with yoga and meditations. It is believed that chanting of Sanskrit mantras have power to connect with universal consciousness and supreme being. The repetition of mantras, japa is also a devotional act of worship.
From 12th to 15th of October, 21 we all celebrated Durga Puja, celebration of Power, in Eastern India amidst of Covid Protocol. Sacrifices were offered before the Dieties shining with glazed ornaments, decorated with different color of flowers and it happened with gorgeous pump and show. The manifestation of power of women against the wrong deeds, wrong people and victory over the world is the faith behind this celebration. Many places mass prayers were organized for end of this Pandemic Era and establishment of Peaceful living in the world. Northern parts of the country is preparing for Diwali to be celebrated on 4th of November, 21, the celebration of light, knowledge and wealth. Aswin, Kartik and Margasira are holy months in India and number of celebrations happen all over the country.
Instead of differences in opinion, status and thoughts, the people come together to experience the brilliance of Goddess, realization of pervasiveness of infinite strength. The people begin many things with new ness like new food by using new crops, new clothes to feel of new ness, new thoughts by forgetting all wrong things and forgiving all enemies.
The conviction of worshipping together for peaceful coexistence of humanity out of danger, sufferings and realization of eternal power and bliss remains in all the hearts. According to the Hindu Scriptures, being physically different, working together for a common goal helps to connect with others and realize others inside us, which drives us towards universal consciousness.
When, world was in danger, all the gods had given their power to Durga to fight against Mahisasur to save the globe, which symbolizes fighting together with all energies against the evil irrespective of personal sacrifices and contributions. In Chandogya Upanishada, Sanatkumara says to Narada, the whole universe dances with happiness, when it rains because the earth gets water and people (pranas) expresses their happiness with hope of good harvesting. Earth produces crop by using water, and everybody gets food through this process, food is required to live. Water is higher than food as it emmanences for getting food. Worshipper of water gets happiness.
Again he says fire is higher than water, it is the cause of bringing water to the earth. Hot rays takes the water to the sky, flame makes the surroundings hot, wind blows and water comes to earth. Even with the sound of thunder, light of lightening, spreads the message of coming of water to the world. So in Hindu celebrations Yajna, or worship of fire together to bring pranas or happiness to the world is considered as auspicious. Nature is the source of all the happiness and soul is the source of all energies. Atman inside the boby becomes Jivatman (Jiti Atman) like reflections of sun in water.
We all have a soul, which is interconnected through nature, food, water and fire. This interconnectedness is the source of universal love, compassion and empathy, the science of all new creations, innovations in this world.
The culture of Mass Puja is the symbol of Universalism and Connectedness.