Why is the waving of lit lamps (aarati) performed twice a day?
The ritual of aarati refers to calling out to God with intense yearning (artataa). On the Path of Ritualistic Worship (Karmakand) prescribed by Hindu Dharma, aarati forms an important aspect. It involves worship of the divine by waving a lit lamp in front of a Deity, accompanied by the singing of devotional hymns. If one calls out to a Deity through the medium of the aarati then one is granted either a vision of God in the form of light or the form of the Deity itself.
2. Aarati timings
Aarati is meant to be performed at sunrise and sunset. At sunrise the raja-tama predominant atmosphere present throughout the night is destroyed and the absolute fire element (tej tattva) frequencies of Deities arrive in the universe. Hence, aarati is to be offered at sunrise to welcome them.
Aarati performed at sunrise welcomes the saviour form of Divine Consciousness (taarak Chaitanya) transmitted during the arrival of the frequencies of Deities. Aarati performed at sunset destroys the spiritually impure (raja-tama) frequencies and invokes the Deities' destroyer form of Divine Consciousness (maarak Chaitanya).
That is why aarati should be performed twice - at sunrise and at sunset.
3. What is the science behind performing aarati at sunset?
At sunset the proportion of the absolute fire element in the sun's rays starts reducing and the presence of the spiritually impure raja-tama particles in the atmosphere starts increasing. The generation of raja-tama frequencies also starts increasing. This increases the movement of the subtle distressing energies in the environment. To gain protection from distress in such a spiritually impure environment, it is essential to invoke the Deities' spiritually pure presence and frequencies. Performing aarati invokes the Deities as follows:
Through the frequencies of sound emitted by the devotional hymns sung and accompanying musical instruments played during the ritual and
By bringing the Deities frequencies into the orbit of the universe.
As a result of aarati, the proportion of the frequencies of Deities, increases and the proportion of the subtle distressing vibrations and energies, decreases in the environment. This creates a subtle protective armour around the devotee's body.
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