Deepawali

Deepawali

Deepawali Manthan: Wake up dormant senses! (Light(Oil lamps), noise (Crackers) and sweets )

Shayani Ekadashi to Prabodhini Ekadashi (10 Nov, 2016, Sunday) (also known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi and Devutthana Ekadashi) – This 4 months period is dormant time for Deva(s) and so senses don’t work with their full efficiency. This part of the year is for penance and accumulation of wealth.

Time to Wake up Dormant Senses
Time to Wake up Dormant Senses

Prabodhini Ekadashi also known as Devotthan Ekadashi, is the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) in the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month of Kartik. It marks the end of the four-month period of Chaturmas, when god Vishnu is believed to sleep. It is believed that Vishnu sleeps on Shayani Ekadashi and wakes on Prabodhini Ekadashi, thus giving this day the name “Prabodhini Ekadashi” (“awakening eleventh”), Vishnu-prabodhini (“awakening of Vishnu”) and Dev-Prabodhini Ekadashi, Deothan, Dev uthav ekadashi or Dev Oothi ekadashi (“god’s awakening”). The end of Chaturmas, when marriages are prohibited, signifies the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. And that begins by divine wedding to Maa Tulsi with Bhagwan Vishnu.

To wake up the dormant senses, fire plays vital role. Deepawali is critical festival. At least those who live in 6 seasons cycle, must observe it to break the sensual fast.

Light(Oil lamps), noise (Crackers) and sweets – All are needed to break the 4 months fasting and withdrawal of senses like how tortoise withdraw senses. Depawali ritual artifacts and events (oil lamps, crackers, sweets, meeting each other, pooja) help dormant senses to wake up.

With Prabodhini Ekadashi, starts 8 months productive time of the year.

Deepawali to Prabodhini Ekadashi – Wake up dormant hibernating senses
Prabodhini Ekadashi to End of Hemant Ritu – Purify and recharge senses
Shishir and Vasant Ritu – Engage in all creative, productive tasks (including progeny planning)
Grishma – Season for rest and preparation for yet another 4 months dormancy.

Deepawali Churning : Home Cleaning, lime wash and Immunity

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Today morning, I observed some caring guardians doing lime wash on tree trunks so thought to share significance of annual whitewash here.

Like us, trees around us too, pass through low immunity stage after monsoon.

If they are lucky and blessed by caring guardians, annual limewash (चूनो) and saffron chalk /Ochre wash (गेरू) acts as immunity booster for them.

If trees are part of natural setup i.e. Jungle, mother nature takes care of them. But in artificial urban/rural setup, we need to take care.

Annual limewash
Annual limewash

Combination of limewash and saffron chalk wash protects trees from insects and termites.

This ritual is not only limited to trees.

As per traditions, before Diwali, after Navratri, not only trees, annual limewater wash (whitewash) at home was norm. Lime protects us from pathogens proliferated after monsoon as immunity booster. Unfortunately, lime is replaced by dangerous chemical paints who impairs our nervous system by VoC( Volatile organic compounds). Foolish modernity! Costly Emulsion Painted walls does not show only our wealth status but also our ignorance about medicinal value of limewash 🙂. At least in bedroom and Kitchen, we should do whitewash every two years if annual is too much hassle.

Before the advent of chemical-based treatments, traditionally, lime water was being poured into the dug out soil to enhance its anti-termite properties. The annual lime wash done in villages even today is believed to discourage termites from climbing up the wall and destroy the wooden members. However, lime has comparatively shorter effective life – So annual whitewash.

Break your modern life illusion and go back to traditions. It will save your wealth which you can divert for greater societal causes and better health is added benefit!

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