Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 12-16.
Chapter -12. Yajna – Quintessence of the Culture of India-16.
Deepavali message given on the 25th of October, 1973.
So, the sum and substance of the message connected with Dipavali is : -
that it is a three-day festival beginning with Naraka Chaturdasi,
a day prior to Amavasya;
then the main Lakshmi worship day, which is Amavasya itself;
and the third day which is Bali Padya, connected with the honour bestowed upon Bali Chakravarti as a devotee of Bhagavan Narayana.
It is also an occasion for spiritual exhilaration,
a lighting-up of all darkness,
socially as well as personally, outwardly and inwardly,
for the purpose of allowing an entry of the Supreme Light of God into the hearts of all people.
To be continued ...