Jai Shri Nandalala!
The significance of the Deepa pooja is explained in the following words of PujyaShri Mathioli Saraswathy:
“LIGHT LEADS TOWARDS DIVINITY”
One should first realize the divinity within oneself. Only then will one realize that such an essential sacred awareness exists in all living beings.
Relationship with another is Love. Feeling empathy for another’s suffering is Compassion. Love is expressed as Compassion. Illumination is the manifestation of the flame of a lamp, just as Compassion is the manifestation of the nature of Love.
Lighting a lamp is a divine art. The Flame of the lamp should resemble a pearl. When the lamp distributes light in this manner – beautiful to behold yet small and steady like a pearl, we will attain the full benefit of our prayers.
A lamp should not be considered as just providing Brightness. Since it dispels Darkness as well, lighting a lamp is akin to Social Service. A lamp is symbolic of the inner power of Energy (Shakthi). Its rays symbolize the many forms of energy in this world. It is certain that the Thiruvilakku Pooja will shower benefits on Mankind.
– Mathioli Saraswathy, 1999