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Happy Diwali 2011 (26th-30th Oct)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 24, 2011

Wish you very Happy Diwali 2011 – Indian Festival of Lights

May the lights of Diwali bring you health,
joy and prosperity to you, your family and beloved ones.

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Meaning of Deepavali – Illuminate Your Inner Self…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 24, 2011


Illuminate Your Inner Self

Deepavali or Diwali means “a row of lights“. It falls on the last two days of the dark halfof Kartik (October-November). For some it is a three-day festival. It commences with the Dhan-Teras, on the 13th day of the dark half of Kartik, followed the next day by the Narak Chaudas, the 14th day, and by Deepavali proper on the 15th day.

There are various alleged origins attributed to this festival. Some hold that they celebrate the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali. It also commemorates that blessed day on which the triumphant Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. On this day also Sri Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. In South India people take an oil bath in the morning and wear new clothes. They partake of sweetmeats. They light fireworks, which are regarded as the effigies of Narakasura who was killed on this day. They greet one another, asking, “Have you had your Ganges bath?” which actually refers to the oil bath that morning as it is regarded as purifying as a bath in the holy Ganges.

Everyone forgets and forgives the wrongs done by others. There is an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere. This festival brings about unity. It instills charity in the hearts of people. Everyone buys new clothes for the family. Employers, too, purchase new clothes for their employees.

Waking up during the ‘Brahmamuhurta’ (at 4a.m.) is a great blessing from the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, efficiency in work and spiritual advancement. It is on Deepavali that everyone wakes up early in the morning. The sages who instituted this custom must have cherished the hope that their descendents would realise its benefits and make it a regular habit in their lives.

In a happy mood of great rejoicing village folk move about freely, mixing with one another without any reserve, all enmity being forgotten. People embrace one another with love. Deepavali is a great unifying force. Those with keen inner spiritual ears will clearly hear the voice of the sages, “O Children of God unite, and love all”. The vibrations produced by the greetings of love, which fill the atmosphere, are powerful enough to bring about a change of heart in every man and woman in the world. Alas! That heart has considerably hardened, and only a continuous celebration of Deepavali in our homes can rekindle in us the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred.

On this day Hindu merchants in North India open their new account books and pray for success and prosperity during the coming year. The homes are cleaned and decorated by day and illuminated by night with earthen oil-lamps. The best and finest illuminations are to be seen in Bombay and Amritsar. The famous Golden Temple at Amritsar is lit in the evening with thousands of lamps placed all over the steps of the big tank. Vaishnavites celebrate the Govardhan Puja and feed the poor on a large scale.

O Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul. He who Himself sees all but whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, the moon and the stars and the whole universe but whom they cannot illumine, He indeed is Brahman, He is the inner Self. Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul.

The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire. All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali.

Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance.

O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul, which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.

May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!

(Soure: 10/2008 | About Hinduism – Subhamoy Das (Hinduism Guide)Swami Sivananda)

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Diwali – Deepavali – Dee-wah-lee.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 24, 2011

Gossary: Diwali

Diwali (Deepavali) is the Indian New Year, celebrated annually in honor of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. It is often referred to as the “Festival of lights.”

Diwali literally means “row of lights,” and lamps symbolizing the light of wisdom and knowledge are lit every night of the five day festival to welcome prosperity in the new year. Diwali is also celebrated in more secular fashion by Sikhs and Jainas.

Pronunciation: Dee-wah-lee * (noun)

e.g. Sikh symbols:

from left to right: Khanda | Ekonkar | Kirpan | Nishan Sahib | Kara | Kanga

Sikhism is one of the world’s largest religions, blending elements of Islamic and Hindu belief into one egalitarian system.

(Source: 10/2008 – Alternative Religions – Diwali | (Library – Glossary))

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post-programme (1) of INDIA WEEK HAMBURG 2011 (16th-23rd Oct): Procurement Market India, Asia – Guarantor for Security

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 24, 2011


8th day (23nd Oct.): Puppet Theatre (details)
7th day (22nd Oct.): Slum Ecology, Puppet Theatre, A Wall is a Screen… (details)
6th day (21st Oct.): Aerospace Engineering Day, Hanseatic India Colloquium, Puppet Theatre, Ecology/Religion and Economy… (part 1, part 2)
5th day (20th Oct.): Grassroot Innovations, Intercultural Challenges Concerning Business with India, Relaxation (part 1, part 2)
4th day (19th Oct.): Food Processing, Reneable Energies, India’s Democracy, Personal Ecology, Trilok Gurtu Concert (part 1, part 2, part 3)
3rd day (18th Oct.): Current Developments in the Indian Aviation Industry, Trades how Market in India, Relaxation (Yoga), The Yamuna River, Europe’s Relations with India, Asia as Motor for Growth, Dance Performance (Bharata Natyam..) (part 1, part 2, part 3)
2nd day (17th Oct.): Trends in Business, Dewi Saraswati project, Senate Reception, Bitfilm Festival 12 (part 1, part 2)
1st day (16th Oct.): INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL…
pre-programme (3)… on 15th Oct with “BharataNatyam Dance from Kolkata“…
pre-programme (2) …. started on 9th Oct with “Audacious Cinema Pioneers – Guru Dutt“…
pre-programme (1) …. started on 9th September with “Free River Zone Yamuna-Elbe”

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