1. Human Energy

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    When I give light
    I also receive,
    When I smile
    I give light to others,
    they give light to me.

    It is with the light
    all of us give, all,
    that we are free.

    ~Hugh Brown, gr 4, Red Wing, M

  2. Like the light of the sun, moon and stars

    Comment

    Like the light of the sun, moon and stars, may the love, compassion and
    wisdom shine forth. May they strike every single living being and dispel
    the darkness of ignorance, attachment and hatred that has lurked for ages in
    their being. When any living being meets with another may it be like the
    reunion of a mother and child who have long been separated. In a harmonious
    world such as this may I see everyone sleep peacefully to the music of
    non-violence. This is my dream. ~17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley
    Dorje

  3. The Ganges: Offering Light to the Gods

    Comment

    Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) is offered to one or more deities. Elaborate celebrations are also common.

    Arti: The Hindu Ceremony of Light

    The arti (pronounced ‘aarti’) is one of the most important and popular ceremonies of the Hindu faith. It is a prayerful ceremony performed in extolled greeting and thanksgiving of the Deities where devotees are reminded of God’s glorious presence and providence.

    Origin
    The arti ceremony is said to have descended from the ancient Vedic concept of fire rituals, or homa.

    Others attribute it to the practice many centuries ago of illuminating a murti set deep inside the dark recess of a mandir’s cave-like inner sanctum. To allow devotees darshan of the sacred image, the priest would wave an oil lamp from the Deity’s head to toe while chanting Vedic mantras or singing a prayer. Gradually, the practice developed into the arti.

    The arti sung within the Swaminarayan tradition was composed by Muktanand Swami, one of Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s most senior and learned sadhus, when Bhagwan Swaminarayan was only 21. Learn more about it here.

    Meaning
    In Sanskrit, the word ‘arti’ – written as ‘aarati’ – is composed of the prefix ‘aa’, meaning complete, and ‘rati’, meaning love. The arti is thus an expression of one’s complete and unflinching love towards God. It is sung and performed with a deep sense of reverence, adoration, and meditative awareness.

    Practice
    Often called the ‘ceremony of light’, the arti involves waving lighted wicks before the sacred images to infuse the flames with the Deities’ love, energy and blessings. It is performed by sadhus (Hindu monks) and pujaris (attendants to the Deities). Continue reading


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