Diwali anyone? Or Halloween it will be!
Mother Gandhari dasi:
We shall see the photos of Halloween showing up on various posts. The “Hindu” devotees even in ISKCON will be busy for a month long preparations and celebrations of Diwali Festival starting from sending greeting cards, ‘spring cleaning’ the house, cooking various Diwali Sweets and Savories, RANGOLIS, DIYAS, gift buying, culminating in inviting friends, family and relatives to their fully illuminated homes and exchanging of varieties of sweets and gifts and paying respects to each other for the celebrations of the joyous occassion of the arrival of Lord Ramachandra from His fourteen years of exile while those against the Vedic Culture may be busy carving the pumpkins for their children and choosing Halloween costumes!These pages should be filled with various Rangolis (sacred geometry which may have its origin from “the abode of Lord Krsna in Goloka Dham BS 5.3,5.4,5.5′ Home made diyas, and recipes for Diwali cooking as is common among various “Hindu websites” But NO! we are NOT ‘Hindus’ hey. Below are the quotes from Brahma Samhita illustrating the possible origins of Rangoli. More information on Rangoli and sacred art is available on forthcoming compilationfrom various websites by Mother Gandhari dasi.BS 5.3: The whorl of that transcendental lotus is the realm wherein dwells Kṛṣṇa.It is a HEXAGONAL figure, the abode of the indwelling predominated and predominatingaspect of the Absolute. Like a DIAMOND the central supporting figure ofself-luminous Kṛṣṇa stands as the transcendental source of all potencies. Theholy name consisting of eighteen transcendental letters is manifested in a HEXAGONAL figure with sixfold divisions.BS 5.4: The whorl of that eternal realm Gokula is the HEXAGONAL abode of Kṛṣṇa.Its petals are the abodes of gopīs who are part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa to whom theyare most lovingly devoted and are similar in essence. The petals shine beautifullylike so many walls. The extended leaves of that lotus are the gardenlike dhāma, i.e.spiritual abode of Śrī Rādhikā, the most beloved of Kṛṣṇa.BS 5: [The surrounding external plane of Gokula is described in this verse.] Thereis a mysterious QUADRANGULAR place named Śvetadvīpa surrounding the outskirts ofGokula. Śvetadvīpa is divided into four parts.5 on all sidesBS.5.37: I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, residing in His own realm, Goloka,with Rādhā, resembling His own spiritual figure, the embodiment of the ecstaticpotency possessed of the sixty-four artistic activities, in the company of Herconfidantes [sakhīs], Some of the sixty-four activities in fine arts and crafts are the following – (7)taṇḍula-kusuma-balī-vikāra — art of preparing offerings from rice and flowers. (8)puṣpāstaraṇa — art of making a covering of flowers for a bed. (10)maṇi-bhūmikā-karma — art of making the groundwork of jewels. (11) śayyā-racana —art of covering the bed. (14) citra-yoga — art of practically applying an admixtureof colors. (15) mālya-grathana-vikalpa — art of designing a preparation of wreaths.
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