There are certain rituals that I have grown up with and I would love to pass those on to my children. For as long as I can remember, ‘lighting the lamp’ has always been one daily ritual. I don’t even think about it much. My grandmother did it .My mom did it—and now I do it too.
As a child, my dad used to light the lamp in the mornings after his bath, just before breakfast and leaving for work. When I got married, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was the same in Satish’s home too, when he was growing up. Now, he lights the lamp in the mornings, in our home.(Lighting incense goes with lighting the lamp.'Lighting the lamp' automatically means you light the incense too)
A British friend of ours, was fascinated by the hanging lamp (yes, it is suspended from a hook and it hangs) in my house that I light, everyday. We would be having a conversation and at 6:30 p.m, I would excuse myself to ‘light the lamp’ and ‘say my prayers’.
He expressed a desire to see it. He was very moved by it. He said there was so much positive energy and it calmed him, just looking at the incense and the lamp. I could almost feel his awe.
This is a picture of our prayer room and the lit lamp .I began writing a post about what the significance of it all is. Then I found this article which explains it well. (click on the underlined words to read about it)
As a child I did not realize how much significance it has. Now I do—and I hope that my children realize it, someday.
It is indeed wonderful to be in touch with your traditions—be it religious or cultural.