Saturday, November 10, 2007


Deepavali Benedictions to All

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.)
Resident-Acharya, Hindu Temple of Nebraska

Deepavali (or Diwali) is one of the most important sacred festivals
in the ancient religious tradition of Sanatana Dharma. It is a
sacred day that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy by Hindus
throughout the world. Deepavali is observed to celebrate the return
of Lord Sri Rama (a divine avatara, or incarnation, of God) to His
capitol city of Ayodhya after being in exile for many years. In
order to celebrate the return of their Lord and King, the residents
of Ayodhya lit millions of ghee lamps to light the way for Sri Rama's
return to His kingdom, and to inaugurate the beginning of the reign
of Ramarajya, or perfect Dharma Government on earth. Thus, the power
of light is always associated with this important Hindu festival. The
day is celebrated with people lighting lamps in temples, homes, and
public places. Sri Lakshmi Puja is also performed in the evening to
seek the divine blessings of Sri Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of
Abundance and consort of Sriman Narayana.

May the blessings of Sri Rama, of Srimati Lakshmi Devi, and of Sriman
Narayana be bestowed upon you, your family, and upon all sentient
beings. Shubh Deepavali.

Jaya Sri Rama,

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
(Dr. Frank Morales, Ph.D.)


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