Holi is a festival of colours and it is celebrated with vigour, joy and enthusiasm all over India. The day preceding Holi is called “Holika Dahan”, when a bonfire is lit with wood, rags and other waste material. –As it is well-known that Prahalad was an ardent worshipper of Lord Narayana (the supreme God in Hindu tradition), but his father, Hiranyakashipu, wanted Prahalad to worship him instead of Narayana. This constantly angered his father, who tried to kill Prahalad many times.
Once, Hiranyakashipu asked his sister, Holika, to kill Prahalad. Holika made Prahalad sit on her lap and then she sat in a pyre of fire. She covered herself with a fire-proof shawl, leaving Prahalad unprotected. Non-fearful of the fire, Prahalad immersed himself in the recitation of the divine name “Lord Narayana”. Noticing his staunch devotion, the divine intervention came in the form of a strong gust of wind which took off the fire-proof shawl from Holika and placed it on Prahalad. This caused Holika to burn to ashes, whereas Prahalad remained unscathed.
The essence of knowledge in this mythological story is :(1) All those who try to cause damage or pain to others have to suffer themselves the repercussions of their ill actions (negative vibrations rebound and(2) Those who fearlessly surrender to the will of God remain protected and unscathed.
Holi, in its true sense, should be celebrated by burning the “Holika” within us in the form of anger, revenge, jealousy, ego, false pride of name, fame and wealth, phobias, past unpleasant incidents, and by unstintingly surrendering to the will of God.
There is an extremely effective meditation technique to burn these demonic qualities : Sit in meditation, and imagine fire at the bottom-most tip of the spinal cord (this is where the Muladhara Chakra is located) . If this technique is practised with belief and high intensity, one can permanently get rid of all the demonic qualities and one’s mind will become pure.
——- Sri Rameshji.