What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

What is an Aarti? What is the importance of Aarti in Hinduism?

An Aarti is a Hindu ritual which is performed to express an individual’s love and gratitude to God. It is derived from a Sanskrit term ‘Aratrika’ which is referred to light that removes the darkness or “Aa” means “towards or to” and “Rati” means “right”. Importance of aarti in very relevant in one’s culture. It is generally performed by the person at the end of the puja, Katha or any Kirtan session during any Hindu sessions or ceremonies..

aarti

Aarti

Aarti is done with total dedication by any Hindu. Aarti has many versions such as Shiva Aarti, Durga Aarti, Jagdish Aarti, Ganesh Aarti, Krishna Aarti, Kali Aarti, and many other Aarti like this. These Aarti’s are sung by the people upon their choices. It is just not only performed in Hindu temples but also at home, as it gives peace to the people. It connects people with God. Importance of aarti holds its strong ground in hinduism.

Aarti Thali

Aarti Thali

An Aarti plate (Thali) is generally made up of metal like silver, bronze, and copper which is beautifully decorated with some beautiful flower and flower petals, a Diya of mud or metal which is filled with cotton with flicked with ghee or any oil. Importance of aarti in hinduism can be seen in many ways. Then this cotton Bati lighted or it could be done
by camphor too. Then any Aarti of related God is sung by the devotees and moving the Aarti plate in such a way to make a symbol of ‘OM’. It looks very beautiful.

Panch MahaBhuta (5 Physical Elements)

According to the Holy book, Bhagwat Geeta, this material world is basically made up of five physical elements i.e. Air (Vayu), Water (Jal), Earth (Prithvi), Fire (Agni) and Ether (Akash). These are the five basic components of the whole world. And also, there are three mental elements i.e. Intelligence, Mind, and Ego. And when someone do Aarti then the offerings made represents these 5 elements which are:-

Water: Water,

Fire: Ghee Lamp,

Earth: Flower,

Mind: Emotional Involvement,

Ether: Chamar, Intelligence: Focus, Ego: Obeisance.

All the things are involved during an Aarti as it helps in maintaining the ego down and helps to keep up humility in spite of how high he is placed. The highlighted flames from the Diya (Ghee Lamp) during Aarti helps people to remove darkness and helps people to keep in a brighter world. It delivers positive vibes all around the place. Hindu people say, it pushes away the negativity from the home and gives a beautiful feeling after chanting and this Aarti process.

Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti

So, it is said that Aarti states the natural sources of light which include the sun, the moon, stars, and the fire which are created by God. So Aarti is sung by so many people to that God who gave so many beautiful natural gifts for us. It is just like Thanksgiving to God for gifting us such a beautiful and amazing nature. Without those 5 elements, life would not be there. We would not exist; nothing would be possible. So after the Pooja ceremony, it is a big thanks to God who is the creator of all these things surrounded by us.

ganga arti Aarti Aarti arti

Introduction to Second Chapter of Bhagwat Geeta

Introduction to Second Chapter of Bhagwat Geeta

The Detailed Summary of the second Chapter

The Second chapter of Bhagwad Geeta “Sankhya Yog”. In this chapter of the Geeta, Shri Krishna begins to treat Arjuna’s sadness and turmoil. Knowledge of Bhagwat Geeta by Shri Krishna starts with this chapter. According to Shri Krishnavik Yog, In this situation of turmoil, Arjun needs to recognize his ability of War again. So, This second chapter bears important knowledge.

This chapter consists of seventy seventy-two (72) verses.
Bhagwat geeta preaching by Krishana to arjuna

Bhagwat Geeta preaching by Krishna to Arjuna

Describing the Characteristics of Soul

Further More in this chapter, the body considered as perpetuate and the soul as continual. This highlights the immortality of our soul.
Describing the most popular verse

‘नैनं छिदन्ति शस्त्राणि’

Nainam Chhadanti Shastrani

Which teach us about the nature of the soul. So, in this chapter, we learn that our soul neither could be harmed by any weapon nor burnt by fire. Also, neither could be wet by water and it can not be dried by air. Thus, soul considered as indestructible, constant, present, immortal, non-transcendent. At the same time, self-awareness also described, as the most suitable welfare for mankind.


Describe The Authority of Karma


Another popular verse about Karma,

‘कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते’

Karmanyevaadhikaaraste“.

Which tells us about that, a human only authority to do karma. And, not to worry about results or achievements. In other words, we should perform good karmas with devoted efforts without expecting the results. So in this verse importance of untiring deeds of mankind has been told.
Furthermore, it describes two types of human intelligence. First is business intelligence considered as steady intelligence. On the contrary, the infinite (many) types of knowledge called volatile intellects. Which is never concentrated on one stuff.

Describe the Definition of Yoga

Right after this, the verses used in the form of the two most popular definitions of yoga.

‘समत्वं योग उच्यते’

Samatvam Yog Uchyate

Which means that yoga is to keep yourself the same in both stages either success or failure. You should not be irritated by failure or success should not bring arrogance. Stay calm and balanced in both situations.
Second verse

‘योग: कर्मसु कौशलम्’

Yog Karmasu Kaushalam“.

Which tells us that “Yoga” is to perform any act with proper sincerity, reverence, deep interest, proper caution and effort. That means to devote yourself mentally and physically completely with whole interest to perform work. 


Describe the Traits of Mankind


After this, Krishna describes human traits (lust, desire, attachment, craving, anger, fear, and who preserves the senses and mind). He said that when the person is without rage and malice as well as by having his senses under his control. Then only,  his mind feels pleased. In other words, The happiness of the mind brings steadfast in the wisdom of man. Thus, to keep the mind stable, the free state of mind considered as extremely useful.