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Lamp’s flame helps banish darkness and produce calmness
Published on: Sunday, September 25, 2022
By: Dr T Selva
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Lamp’s flame helps banish darkness and produce calmness
Fire is the most powerful carrier of our messages and prayers to the cosmic forces, and it has great significance in Vasthu Sastra.It is one of the five elements in Vasthu which represents light and this is why, since ancient times, the burning of oil lamps in a house has been essential.

The lamp represents the dweller; the oil signifies the carrier, and the wick symbolises the ego.

Occupants feel comfortable and safe in light because the flame of the lamp helps to banish darkness and produce calmness and its continuous upward movement symbolises the path of wisdom, purity, sincerity and divinity.

In Indian scriptures, it is said that the fire in a lamp is so pure that it can burn away all sins and negative energies and provide focus to mankind.

To do this, the individual igniting the fire can make a wish or send his or her thoughts in the process daily with respect and faith and it will yield the desired results.

In most Hindu homes, the traditional lamp is lit at the altar or prayer room daily, and many do it as a form of worship to purify the mind, express devotion and connect with the sacred energies of the gods and goddesses themselves.

A house that does not have such an oil lamp lit is inauspicious because it would attract unseen entities, darkness and negative energies.

It is vital that occupants also know the types of oil that should be used and their purpose (see table) so that their woes and thoughts are communicated correctly.

Most homes burn the lamp using coconut oil, but the auspicious fuel is ghee (clarified butter), which denotes peace and prosperity.

Lamps made of earth or clay, brass, silver and gold are considered the most favourable to be used in a home.

When burning oil lamps, particularly clay lamps, do not reuse them. Also, do not use lamps made of steel or aluminium.

Never use a lit lamp to light another lamp because each lamp lit by an individual is for a specific purpose. To extinguish the fire, place a flower on it and never blow it out.

Wicks are also significant. The most common ones are made from fibers of banana trees, while the most highly recommended is the lotus wick which promotes wealth and prosperity.

Vasthu also recommends that a house must never be left in total darkness when the occupants go to sleep. At least one night should be left on.

Also, owners who want to sell their unoccupied property should ensure that one light is lit at night, and the house must not be left in total darkness.

- Award-winning writer Dr T. Selva is a speaker and the author of the bestseller book Vasthu Sastra Guide. To get a copy, contact 019-2728464. He can be reached at [email protected] Facebook: Vasthu Sastra and Website:

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