Lighting The Lamp Of Dhyana and Jnana This Diwali
The lamp that is lit outside is, indeed, pleasing to the eye and it gives light – but to dispel the darkness of the mind, it is said that we need to light the lamp of dhyana, or meditation, and jnana, or knowledge. And once these lamps are lit, their light can never go out, for it is sustained by the oil of vairagya/ dispassion, in the mind that fuels it. And it is the fuel of dispassion from which rays of knowledge burst forth, giving rise to wisdom with the power of discrimination that enables us to distinguish between truth and untruth.
Once you learn something, you cannot forget it. And once we know something, we cannot pretend that we don’t know it. That is why it is said that once darkness is dispelled, once the light shines bright, then one does not stumble or trip ever again.
Deepavali, the festival of lights, is rich in symbolism. Celebrated on the darkest of nights, it indicates that for those who light the lamp of knowledge in the darkness of life, there is luminosity. For those who don’t, the mind abides in darkness because the outer light is temporary.
Every person should strive to dispel the darkness that cloaks their mind. And it is ignorance that keeps the mind in the deepest, densest darkness, which makes us believe that we are living a good life that will always stay that way. We do not understand that just like the oil in the lamp burns away, one day, the lamp of our life too will get extinguished.
I’m just back from a ten-day Vipassana dhyana / meditation retreat just in time for Diwali and these three words will keep echoing inside of me forever – Raag /craving, Dwesh /aversion and Samabhaav / Equanimity/ Balance. More on my life-changing Vipassana journey in another post.
Deepavali in the true sense celebrates the rooting out of darkness from the mind by lighting the lamp of dhyana and jnana.
SOURCE : Speaking Tree