HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 6-5.



6. Holi - 5.

Festivals like Holi have their own spiritual value.

Apart from the various amusements, they create faith in God if properly observed.

Hindu festivals always have a spiritual significance.

They wean man away from sensual pleasures and take him gradually to the spiritual path and divine communion.

People perform havan and offer the new grains that are harvested to the gods before using them.



There should be worship of God, religious gatherings and Kirtan of the Lord’s Names on such occasions, not merely the sprinkling of coloured water and lighting of bonfires.

These functions are to be considered most sacred and spent in devotional prayers, visiting holy places, bathing in sacred waters, and Satsang with great souls.

 Abundant charity should be done to the poor.

Then only can Holi be said to have been properly celebrated.

The devotees of the Lord should remember the delightful pastimes of the Lord on such happy occasions.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  ....



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