Light is considered as a symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity & abundance in my Hindu religion. It obviously brings energy, positive vibrations & brightness with it & removes the darkness irrespective of where it is & how small or big it is – making it possible to see things clearly, not only for the person who torched it but for everyone around.
Lamp (Deepak) is a part of all traditions & cultures around the world in general & India in particular. We lit a lamp to bow down to knowledge as greatest forms of wealth. In this part of world, Light is worshiped as God himself. We light the lamp before every auspicious event & every day usually & chant mantra (prayers) while lightening these lamps. This prayer is also known as Deep Vandana.
We believe that light emanating from the ghee (clarified butter) lamp removes darkness, ignorance & evil. The light represents knowledge which shows us the way out of our uncertainties, problems, fears, tensions & unhappiness. The light of a ghee lamp is believed to bring in prosperity (knowledge or wisdom is the greatest form of wealth).
Slokas for lighting the lamp (Deep jyoti/Vandana mantra). You may choose to chant these mantras loudly when lighting the Diyas!
The accurate meaning of the first mantra is: “I fold my hands before the light (God’s Grace) that brings prosperity, auspiciousness, good health, abundance of wealth & destruction of the enemy’s intellect (darkness)“.
The literal meaning of the second mantra is: “I fold my hands before the lord, the maintainer of this creation, in the form of this light. I adore this light, which destroys all the pains resulting from my omissions & commissions.”
May God Continue to Protect & Bless you, your Family & Your World Abundantly!