Diipavalii is celebrated on the darkest night of the year with candles and other lights, symbolising the dispelling of the darkness of ignorance by the light of spiritual knowledge.
Diipavalii corresponds to Ka’rttikii Ama’vasya‘ or the new moon of Ka’rttika. As that night is the darkest night of the year, the celebration with fireworks and illumination symbolizes the triumph of the forces of light or vidya‘ (knowledge) overcoming the forces of darkness or avidya‘ (ignorance).
“The flame of a lamp lights up countless lamps. The touch of a great personality wakes up innumerable sleeping hearts. In the same way, the eternal glow of the boundless elan vital of Cosmic Consciousness has been illuminating the life-lamp of universal humanism since time immemorial, is illuminating it, and in the future will do so even more intensely. That is why I say the future of the human race is not dark, rather it is strikingly resplendent. So proceed on, ignoring the frowns of darkness.”
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Prabhata Samgiita No. 63
DIIPÁVALII SÁJÁYECHI PRABHU TOMÁRE KARITE VARAŃ
ESO TUMI HRIDI MÁJHE, NITI NITI NAVA SÁJE DHIIRE DHIIRE PHELIYÁ CARAŃ
ESO TUMI MANA MÁJHE, ÁRO GÁNE ÁRO NÁCE MRIDU HÁSI KARI VIKIRAŃ
ESO TUMI BHÁVA LOKE, CHANDE O NAVÁLOKE JÁGÁYE MOHAN SPANDAN
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (29/10/1982)
I have arranged the lights to welcome You, O Lord. Now come and take Your seat in my heart.
Come with slow steps, in garments ever new. Come in my heart with more song and more dance and radiate Your tender smile.
Come in my mind with rhythm and new delight and exude Your charming vibration.