Diksha (Deeksha) - Section A – Article #13
- Aarati - Homa - Padukas -
Aarati is a sung worship service, an offering to the divine. All 5 sacred elements are offered – earth, water, fire, air and ether.
Literally translated aarati means that which takes away pain. The aarati is highlighted by the waving of light to the divine. The flame symbolizes the removal of ignorance that veils the transcendent self by the purifying light of the aarati flame. The aarati is an ageless tradition (eternal religion) as it exists in India. It is a welcoming service to the divine. The aarati prayers appeal to the divine grace for fulfilment of desires and to dispel the illusion of maya.
The fire is sacred and is considered divine. Sitting by the sacred fire purifies ones vibration. Fire is a manifestation of the divine energy (shakti) and is the element of transformation. Fire is really light in action. By feeding the fire with material offerings while reciting mantras, it transforms the vibration of our energy body and balances the atmosphere. The electromagnetic field and psychic fields. The fire ceremony has been performed for eons of time. It was originally brought by the Aryans to India. Again all five elements are offered to the fire along with fruits, ghee (clarified butter) incense and seeds while reciting mantras. At the sound of swaha the offering is made. It means I offer to the fire. By mastering the elements, we gain mastery over our own nature.
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