We must connect our soul to Paramatma by focusing our mind and heart on the Creator. In doing so, we make ourselves similar to a raft, in which we are able to carry the lamp of Paramatma’s light safely across the water into the next world. In order to keep the raft afloat we must liberate ourselves from the fire of desires and vikars within us. Then the lamp made of Paramatma’s love and knowledge will forever be lit within us. This lamp can not be extinguished by water or wind; these forces represent the difficult and challenging circumstances in life. Those that light such a lamp will be guided in this world and the next and eventually be released from the cycle of rebirth.
When we light lamps, string lights and candles on Diwali it is as a mark of respect. However, this illumination only gives us temporary happiness. Why not burn the light of Paramatma’s love and knowledge within our souls, whose flames can never be extinguished and will forever illuminate within us and provide liberation? We need such illumination in our lives because the darkness of ignorance and desires make it difficult for us to free ourselves from vices such as lobh (greed), ahankar (ego), and moh (attachment). Thus, even in times of joy and peace we are unhappy. Until we are able to light the lamp of Paramatma’s knowledge and love and remove the vikars within us, we are unable to see Paramatma sitting on the throne of our hearts. With the illumination of this lamp Paramatma’s presence becomes clear.