November 4th marks the very important Vedic holy day of Dīpāvali. This sacred holy day marks the celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It also specifically celebrates the day in history when Lord Sri Rāma (the incarnation of God) returned to His kingdom of Ayodhya as the rightful king. Thus, Dīpāvali is also a celebration of the return of the divine king to His people. In this livestream event, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will explain the significance of Lord Sri Rāma and the significance of the return of the king in our times.
“Rāma, son of Rajaṛṣi Daśaratha, united with the most charming princess, shone like Viṣṇu, Lord of the gods, in the company of Lakṣmī.” (Rāmāyaṇa, 1.77.32)
“You are Brahman, the imperishable, the Truth abiding in the middle as well as at the end of the universe. You are the supreme righteousness of people, whose powers go everywhere. You are the four-armed.” (Rāmāyaṇa, 6.117.14)
“Rāma is the Supreme Lord of all worlds, a lion among kings. Having pained Him it is very difficult for you to sustain your life after offending Him to this extent. O king of demons, even devas, daityas, gandharvas, vidyādharas, nāgas, and yakṣas are incompetent to face Rāma the lord of the three worlds in wars. Even the self-born, four-faced Brahmā, the three-eyed Śiva who destroyed Tripura, Mahendra, the king of suras do not have the power to save one whom Rāma decides to kill”. (Rāmāyaṇa, 5.51.43-45)
“I now recognize You to be the Supreme Person, duly dispatched here in disguise by the rulers of the gods for the destruction of Rāvaṇa, O gentle one!” (Rāmāyaṇa, 6.119.18)