Monday, November 05, 2018

From Yogini Shambhavi ...

Auspiciousness of Celebrating Dhanteras ...spiritual nectar of Life
November 5, 2018
Tamaso Maa Jyotir gamaya....lead us from darkness to the Light!
May we hold the thighest Dharma in our hearts and lives!

In Sanskrit ‘Deepavali ‘ or ‘Diwali’ means 'a row of earthen lit lamps'. Diyas or earthen oil lamps are the sacred tradition of India’s Diwali celebrations. Light signifies purity, jnana and auspiciousness. Lighting diyas guides us through the darkness to seek the eternal truth.
Diwali celebrations unfold through 4 auspicious days - the thirteenth, the fourteenth and the new moon day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month Ashvin and the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month Kartik. These days are celebrated as Dhanatrayodashi (Dhan Teras), Narakchaturdashi, Lakshmipujan and Balipratipada respectively.
In rural India, Diwali signifies the end of a harvesting season, when rice is harvested and prayers of gratitude are offered for Mother Nature’s abundance.
The home and work place is cleaned and decorated with Rangoli, flowers and incense.
Dhanteras or Dhanvantri Jayanti
Dhanteras marks the first day of auspiciousness.
Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantri Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). 
Dhan signifies wealth, ideally meaning spiritual and worldly abundance. This is an auspicious day to for making efforts for fulfilling our desires and wishes. One must stay clear from any harmful wishes or rituals as they hold a deep karma which effects our well-being and eventual happiness.
It is the auspicious revering of Sri Dhanvantri the deity bestowing immortality. Hindus revere Shri Dhanvantri as the celestial healer and physician of the Gods. He is also called Sudhapani, which means 'carrying nectar in his hands'. 
In Ayurvedic realms this is a very important day where every Ayurvedic practitioner or Vaidya (doctor) worships Dhanvantri. The ancient text “Charaka Samhita” explains Ayurveda as the sicence of Life and Longevity. 
Ayurveda is the holistic approach to a way of life understanding the inner and outer manifestations of our being. Dhanvantri carries the kalasha or pot of amrita, the rejuvenative and life giving nectar.
Amrita is the nectar of immortality which enriches the soul stirrings in our spiritual path. Devotees worship Lord Dhanvantri to seek his blessings for sound health.
Dhantrayodashi Sankalpa
Sankalpa is the deeper manifestation of a sacred vow, intention and desire. Our sankalpa should connect us to the universal dharma of peaceful sacredness and abundance for all.
Puja and Rituals
Auspicious Muhurat for puja
The time of Pradosha Kal, is usually followed as a most auspicious time for the Pujan of Dhanteras.
For good fortune mix turmeric powder with rice powder, pour some water and make a paste. Draw the “Om” sign with this paste on the entrance door. Or one can use rice grains mixed with turmeric.
The Surya nadi or right channel is accentuated on this day. Performing pranayama is very helpful and should be continued as a daily ritual in our lives.
After performing Pranayama one must massage oneself with oil as a sacred ritual on this day.
On the evening of Dhanatrayodashi, Puja for Dhanteras is performed after sunset by the women of the house. A diya with four wicks and ghee or oil is placed in a copper plate or banana leaf. 
Light this Diya (Yamadeep) for gratifying Lord Yama. Sprinkle water (achaman) from the panchpatra around the Diya, perform pranayama followed by the Puja with applying some sandalwood paste, turmeric, kumkum, rice grains and a flower whilst offering prayers for one’s well-being as well as our universal well-being. Take four rounds clockwise around the Diya (parikrama).
One may also light thirteen wheat flour lamps with oil in them outside the house, facing southwards. Or a lamp with four wicks (charmukha diya) is lit outside the front door on the right hand side.. 
Honoring Sri Lakshmi
Devi Lakshmi rules over both outer and inner abundance, filling our lives with divine grace, bliss and beauty. Mantras for Goddess Lakshmi are very auspicious. 
To welcome Devi into our lives, home, and work place small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder on all entrances. Lamps are kept burning all through the night. For 43 days chant 108 malas every day of the Sri Lakshmi mantra, beginning on Dhanteras.
Mythology of the Puranic history narrates the ocean of milk being churned by the Gods and the Demons in search of Amrita, the nectar of immortality. 
Lord Shiva consumes the ‘Vish’ or poison which endangered the world. In the churning unfolded the abundance of the inner and outer worlds as amrita the elixir of immortality, herbs, rasa and wealth in the form Goddess Lakshmi.
Sri Dhanvantri emerges during the Samudra manthan or churning of the oceans carrying the kalasha or pot of Amrita. He is revered as the physician to the Devata or Divine Beings. 
Sri Dhanvantri is the preserver of life allowing us to experience our spiritual evolving through our well-being. The amrita nurtures the higher self.
Dhanteras ushers in the auspiciousness of Diwali. 
Mantra Shakti for Well-being
Om Dhanvantaraye Namah
Om Shri Dhanvantre Namah
Om tat purushaaya vidmahae
Amritha kalasa hastaaya dhimahi
Tanno Dhanvantri pracodayat

Om aadivaidhyaaya vidmahae
Arogya anugrahaaya dhimahi
Tanno dhanvantri pracodayat" 
Aum Namo Bhagwatey Vasudevaya
Dhanvantarey amritakalashahastaya
Sarvamaya vinashnaya
Trailokya rakshaaya Sri Mahavishnavey namah

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey
Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath 
Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat 

Om srim hrim klim hrim srim Mahalakshmayai namah
Mahalakshamaye cha vidmahe vishnupatni cha dhimahi 
Tanno Lakshmi prachodayaat.