Kartika Pūrṇimā

दीपज्योतिः परं ब्रह्म दीपज्योतिर्जनार्दनः ।
दीपो हरतु मे पापं दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

dīpajyotiḥ paraṁ brahma dīpajyotirjanārdanaḥ |
dīpo haratu me pāpaṁ dīpajyotirnamo’stu te ||


The lamp light represents Brahman, the unmanifested truth, as well as the God Viṣṇu (in his manifested form). May the flame of the lamp remove my pāpas, resulting from my actions and omissions. My salutations to the lamp.

Kartika Pūrṇimā

Kārtika Pūrṇimā is a festival celebrated during the full moon of the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar of the month of Kārtika (November/December). As with other festivals, it is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.

The devotees of God Viṣṇu celebrate the day when the Lord took on the avatāra of Matsya, a great fish, to save lives on the planet, which was flooded. Therefore, on that day it is common to bathe in sacred rivers, such as the Ganges River, and light lamps, placing them in the waters so that they follow their course. Another celebration also related to Lord Viṣṇu is Tulsī Vivāha, the marriage of the deity with the Tulsī plant, considered extremely sacred.

In Tamil Nadu, the festival is known as Kārtika Dīpam and closely resembles the festival of Dīpāvalī, lighting rows of lamps. In Tiruvannāmalai, the festival comprises ten days, devotees of Lord Śiva honor the victory of the God against Tripurāsura, which is why the festival is also known as Tripurī Pūrṇimā and, as in other religious festivals, rituals are performed and certain austerities are observed. by devotees such as fasting, pujas, etc.

As the entire Vedic culture is permeated with meanings, each event carries messages for our lives. In this case, the lamps symbolize the victory of the light of knowledge against the shadows of ignorance. The full moon clarifies the intricacies of our personalities, so that we can improve our being in order to receive the wealth of knowledge of the Self. The victory of a deva over an asura or the coming of an avatāra to save humanity represents our discriminating side and guided by the law of dharma, so that through our deliberate conduct and efforts we are able to overcome the internal enemies that are under our control. form of desires, anger, arrogance, etc.

The marriage between the god Viṣṇu and the plant Tulsī depicts a vow. May we once again reaffirm our vows with our life purpose, bringing to the surface of mind the purpose and clarity for the means, under the grace of Īśvara, so that the journey may be fruitful. So, may we contemplate and thank our journeys on this auspicious date, supplying us with motivation towards the truth that frees and fills.

Om sad gurave namaḥ _/\_
Written by Maline Ribeiro