We know that on amavasya in the month of Kartik, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya, which was marked by the lighting of diyas in every house. This was the physical event. What happens in the physical creation is a reflection of what goes around in the world of energy. Creation exists in layers, the physical creation that we see around us, is just one layer. The rest of the subtler layers reveal themselves in the form of colours, sounds, thoughts and pure energy, as per the state of evolution of ones being and the development of the senses.
From an energy point of view, Kartik amavasya or Diwali is the night of siddhis. It is the night that represents the homecoming of one of the most powerful forces in the universe, the force of Vishnu. Ayodhya, in the case of a sadhak, is the body and the lights are the various siddhis, which are ignited in different parts of the body through specific mantras and sadhnas in the sanidhya of a Guru, on the night of Diwali.
On Diwali night, Vishnu’s force enables the sadhak to acquire the various siddhis of yoga and sanatan kriya easily. Anima is the siddhi that of reduces the size of the body at will, mahima is the ability to increase its size infinitely. Garima is the siddhi to become infinitely heavy; Laghima is the siddhi to shed off all the weight in the body to become feather-light. Prapti is the siddhi through which one gains unrestricted access to all places in creation. Prakamya is the siddhi to manifest ones thoughts and desires. Ishtva is the lordship of creation. Vashitva is the control over others. All these eight siddhis can be attained even in this day and age, with the correct practices under guidance of a Guru.
Sanatan Kriya details the technique of samyam, which is a combination of dharna dhyan and samadhi, for a complete merger, when two bodies cease to exist, everything becomes one whole, poorna…as goes the shloka, ‘om poornamadah poornamidam poornaat poornamudachhyate, poornasya poornamadayah poornameva va shishyate’.
In the samyam kriya, a sadhak becomes aware of the name (naam), form (akaar) and energy (shakti) of a specific object and fixes his/her gaze on it together with the chanting of specific mantras, as prescribed by one’s guru. This results in the sadhak acquiring the siddhis associated with that entity. What that entity is, varies from individual to individual, depending on an individual’s capacity and desire.
To give an example of a Diwali practice, ‘ya devi sarvabhuteshu shakti roopen sansthitha, namastasyei, namastasyei, namastasyei namo namah’ is the mantra which when channelized by one’s Guru, and chanted while being aware of the name, form and shakti of the Devi while fixing one’s gaze on an object or image or thought (as prescribed by your Guru) endows the practitioner with a phenomenal glow and radiance of the Devi, such that he/she can attract whatever he/she desires in the physical or the world of energy. The mantra however must be given by and practiced under the supervision of your Guru.
Diwali is the night of acquiring siddhis and powers, wealth and riches are siddhis of the physically manifested creation. In earlier times and for those who had a guru, if there was a desire for wealth, there was a yogic process which had to be followed but unfortunately in modern times when most don’t have gurus, a distortion has set in, in the form of gambling to acquire money and power.
Remember, Diwali is the night when Ram came to Ayodhya. It is the night to bring Vishnu to you.
Yogi Ashwini is an authority on the ancient Vedic sciences