How Holi is Celebrated ...
India, the festival of Holi is also referred to as the festival of colours.
It is primarily celebrated in Northern India. This is the time that most
people return home to celebrate the festival with their families.
part of the celebration, people drench each other with coloured water or
powders of different colours. The youth, in particular, celebrate the
occasion with much joy and vigour, applying colours onto everyone around
them, even the passers-by on the streets. Seeing people all stained in
colours is not an uncommon sight over the few days surrounding Holi. Most
people also shy away from going outdoors lest they are “attacked” by
balloons filled with colour-filled water.
with the wide spread use of colours, a “Holika” bonfire is lit using
heaps of dried twigs and branches that are gathered before Holi.
The Story Behind Holi...
to an age-old legend, Holi commemorates the burning of Holika, the sister
of Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap was a King in the Satyuga period who had
developed special powers through the worship of God. With these powers,
Hiranyakashyap was able to fulfill all his wishes and this led Him to
believe that He was God. He stated that he was the greatest and demanded that everyone worship Him.
had a son by the name of Prahlaad who was a great devotee of God. He used
to worship Vishnu most ardently and despite his father's many warnings,
threats and attempts to get rid of him, Prahlaad persisently and fervently
pursued in his worship of Vishnu. Fearlessly, he rejected his fathers'
claims of being the greatest and instead kept reminding him that there was
a greater power than him - Lord Vishnu. This infuriated Hiranyakashyap so
much so that he tried to get
rid of him many times. However, each attempt failed.
Hiranyakashyap then called upon his
sister, Holika, who was immune to the effects of fire. Holika was
instructed to hold Prahlaad in a huge fire in an attempt once again to get
rid of him. She took Prahlaad into her arms and stepped into the fire. In
the event, Holika was burnt but Prahlaad remained unharmed.
Hiranyakashyap finally decided to kill Prahlaad himself. He demanded
Prahlaad to show him Vishnu. At that moment, Narsimha – the man-lion
form of God appeared and Hiranyakashyap was vanquished.
The Real Meaning of Holi...
The different festivals and worship celebrations in India explain
the different stages of meditation of a person. Therefore,
whenever any festival comes around, we observe it as a “holi”day
(a day of purity). At Kriyayoga Research Institute, Jhunsi,
Allahabad, all festivals are celebrated in their true
form, in the way of deep meditation. On the occasion of Holi,
the true essence of the festival is celebrated at the Institute
in the style of Kriyayoga meditation, so as to realize the
highest power of joy within oneself (Prahlaad).
In Kriyayoga meditation, when we concentrate on Self, we
perceive different spiritual colours and divine music on the
screen of Agya Chakra situated within the medualla
oblongata of the hindbrain. This divine music is called the
knowledge of saamveda. As we dive and swim in the ocean
of spiritual colours that we perceive in meditation, we
experience an ocean of knowledge and power within.
art of playing with different spiritual colours perceived in
Kriyayoga meditation is called the celebration of Holika
(holi festival). When we become tuned with the mantras of
saamveda and spiritual colours, we experience our Immortal
nature. At the same time, our divine ego starts playing tricks
within us and arouses in us the false concept that there is
no God and that oneself is the only God. This state of
misunderstanding, where the meditator experiences oneself as the
only existing God is called the state of Hiranayakashyap.
practising Kriyayoga Meditation during Magh Mela 2008
(Annual Spiritual Congregation) at Kriyayoga Research Institute
Camp in Allahabad.
As we go deeper into the practice of Kriyayoga, we attain a
higher state of consciousness – Vishnu consciousness, in
which we realize that our power lies on the platform of eternal
humbleness. At this stage, we experience the existence of Self
as highest of high and lowest of low, wisest of wise and most
ignorant as well. This stage of realization is called
Narasimha consciousness and the joy that we experience then
is called Prahlaad consciousness.
– the man-lion form representing the stage of eternal humbleness
where Self is
perceived as highest of high and lowest of low. We then experience
ever-new thrilling joy: Prahlaad consciousness
It is made very clear that the celebration of the Holika
festival is the systematic practice of the Kriyayoga meditation
technique to reach the supreme stage of realization so as to be
able to accept the two opposite conditions at the same time. The
word Narasimha refers to the harmonious living of the
lion and human consciousness without any confrontation, giving
rise to the ever-new thrilling joy each moment known as
The Holika festival is the
systematic practice of the Kriyayoga meditation technique to
reach the supreme stage of realization so as to be able to
accept the two opposite conditions at the same time.