Dec 1, 2022
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Even A Single Lamp Dispels the Deepest Darkness: FLAME Campaign

दीपो नाशयते ध्वांतं धनारोग्ये प्रयच्छति, कल्याणाय भवति एव दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते

This verse clearly states “The lamp destroys darkness; it brings health and wealth. Lamp is for the welfare of all humans. O flame of lamp, I bow to you !!!” That is how crucial a lamp's flame is to each of our lives.

FLAME Campaign: Fixing Life and Air by lighting oil lamps Aimed at Making Environment Clean

On November 8th, 2022, Saint Dr MSG commemorated this humanitarian work, which involved lighting earthen lamps in the morning and the evening with mustard oil or desi ghee to cleanse the air from bacteria and viruses. And hence one more bead was added to the garland of humanitarian tasks being undertaken by Dera Sacha Sauda. There were a large number of followers who pledged to continue lighting ghee or mustard oil diyas in their homes, which will have a tremendously positive impact and purify the environment. They promised for this by raising their hands and making the commitment. It's one of the most important old Indian customs that has influenced our culture and all spiritual endeavours. When the campaign began, Saint Dr. MSG gave the incredible advice that if they pray with sincerity and dedication, their prayers would be accepted by God as yajna every day. It will eliminate negativity on the inside as well as the outside.

The symbolism and philosophy behind Lighting the Flame:

According to mythology and science, there are five elements: wind, water, fire, land/earth, and ether/space. It is said that out of the five, only fire is the purest because it can purify without becoming sullied itself. When you use water to clean something, the water gets dirty, the air and the earth can get contaminated, and even ether might get dirty and polluted. But when anything is exposed to fire, it not only becomes purified but also retains its purity. Due to this, fire is used in purification ceremonies and as a witness to all important occasions, including nuptials and other auspicious rites.

A Diya is lighted before beginning something significant since the light it produces can dispel darkness from a space as well as, metaphorically, from the mind. The bad energies are expelled, and positivity is welcomed into the home or place by lighting a diya. This is one of the reasons why our grandmothers always lit a Diya to start the day and another one to light at twilight.

The significance of lighting a diya from spiritual perspective:

  • Ghee, mustard oil, neem oil, and sesame seed oils are some of the oils used to ignite diyas, depending on the occasion. Lust or bad tendencies, such as envy, greed, wrath, and ego, are symbolised by the oil or ghee in the diya. As we ignite oil or ghee diyas the layers of lust and ego perishes.
  • A diya's flame is always burning upward with the goal of learning things that will lead us to greater ideals.
  • A diya is a symbol for the triumph of virtue over evil and of knowledge over ignorance. It disseminates goodness and optimism.
  • Diyas stands for purity and goodness. It is believed that when there is no light, evil spirits and negative forces become stronger and more active. In order to weaken those negative energies, diyas are lit. Lighting also represents wisdom and good fortune.

Even science has acknowledged the significance of igniting the flame, not only the spiritual world

There are many scientific explanations for why flame is important in our life like

  • Sulphate and carbonate are formed when magnesium from oil combines with sulphur and carbon oxides from the air. The air becomes lighter when the heavier substances descend to the ground.
  • The heat from the light kills airborne bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
  • The monsoon season brings with it damp, bacterial-filled air. The heat that the diya generates helps to purify the air.
  • Diyas are friendly to the environment. They don't leave a negative aftertaste.
  • Since the diya's light is not powered by electricity, it uses far less of it.

Once again, our culture and old traditions have demonstrated their logical and scientific underpinnings, allowing us to see that our culture is the best of all.

Let's bring back the special idea from our illustrious past

It's a magnificent endeavour, but only a true spiritual leader like His Holiness Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan can help us all see the significance of our culture and republic in a more scientific and comprehensive manner. We all should be very thankful to the Saint Dr. MSG for always showing us the right path by his greatness valuable thoughts and precious words. By bringing back important and priceless practises from the past, like lighting a lamp, we can all participate in this yajna and save our ancient culture, which will ultimately make our country proud once more. To dispel the darkness of negativity and inhumanity, let's all unite to kindle a flame of optimism each day. It has been mentioned in our scriptures as well that:

शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते

I salute (namaskara) to the light which brings auspiciousness, prosperity, good health, and the destruction of the intellect's enemy.