Aarti is one of the most important and well-known religious rites for Hindus. It is an honorific ceremony where devotees celebrate the presence and divinity of Gods. People offer their prayers and gratitude toward the deities.
In Sanskrit, the word Aarti holds a beautiful meaning. Transcribed as Aarati – it comprises the prefix aa, which means complete, and rati, which means love.
The Aarti expresses one’s complete and unwavering devotion to God. It is sung or performed with profound love, adoration, and mindful awareness.
Origin- Aarti for God
According to Hindu beliefs, the idea of offering Aarti came from fire rituals performed during the Vedic periods in India. In ancient times during the early Vedic period, people worshipped the different forces of nature like the sun, earth, sky, wind, rain, and fire.
The sun, moon, stars; lightning; and fire are all light sources in this world. The Lord was the source of all these wonderful phenomena in the universe- it is through Him alone that everything else exists and shines.
When we light up this divine lamp or Diya for the Aarti—our prayers turn to this source of divine knowledge, which embodies life itself.
How to Perform Aarti?
- When offering Aarti, use a diya or lamp with the ghee-dipped wick. Exclusive Panchgavya Diya from hellomyyoga is ideal for performing the ritual.
- As it moves in circles before the deity, the sattva frequencies emitted by its flame are converted gradually into raja frequencies.
- Aarti plate should always be waved clockwise in front of the Deity. As the earth moves in a clockwise direction, the frequencies present within this environment provide no resistance to the movement of this lit lamp.
How to do Aarti at Home?
Aarti plate should never be waved above the head of the Deity but should be moved from the Anahat to the Adnya Chakra of the Deity. When moved above the head of the Deity, due to the influence of the raja frequencies emanating from the Arti.
Friction develops with sattva particles in serene frequencies related to unmanifest Divine principle (emitted from the head of Deity). As a result, they can disintegrate before being transmitted.
The high-frequency waves emitted by the Adnya Chakra and related to the Deity energies are complemented by Raja waves emanating from the flame of an Arti. This allows them to be transferred powerfully into our surroundings.
Forming a defensive shield around all those who worship here and eradicating Rajatama in the atmosphere.
How Performing Aarti Affects Our Soul?
We may often wait a long time before catching sight of the illuminated Lord, but when the Aarti is performed, our eyes automatically close to delving inwardly. This symbolizes that each of us is the temple of the Lord and holds His divinity inside.
The lyrics in a prayerful chant encircling the Deity contain an ardent plea for God’s grace. The Deity, who bestows this grace, is pleased with the praise and devotion of the worshipper giving Aarti.
The melody builds up waves of divine emotions within the worshipper when they sing it aloud. Consequently, whoever gives Aarti becomes light and blissful. The spiritual feelings of those present at this time are awakened by activating the essential channel (Sushumna Nadi) through chanting and prayers.
Amidst the chaos of the Kalyug, humans find it difficult to believe in the existence of a supreme being. Aarti provides us with a way of understanding that there is indeed divine power at work and allows us to feel closer to Him.
Calling out fervently the divine through these rituals allows humans to access the divine’s presence in transcendent light or some other holy form we may never know.
In ancient scriptures, it is said that Aarti and yoga are the way to reach the ultimate divine. To know more, explore our online yoga programs.