The use and symbolism of candles in Buddhism

"You can light a thousand candles in a single candle and the life of the candle will not shorten. Happiness does not diminish in being shared." The Buddha

The candles are a traditional part of the Buddhist rituals. Together with incense and flowers, they are placed in front of the Buddhist sanctuaries or statues and images of the Buddha as a respect mark. They are often accompanied by food and drink offers. The light of the flame of the lit candle represents the light of the teachings of the Buddha. Candles and incense also evoke the state of impermanence and change. You can also say that its light symbolizes the illumination of the Buddha.

Buddhist Candles Festival in Thailand

"Just as a candle can not be burned without fire, men can not live without a spiritual life." The Buddha

On Buddhist Lent in Thailand, an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, is in July every year and is practiced mainly by established monks. On the day before the beginning of Lent, Thai people celebrate the Candlelight Festival. This festival is celebrated throughout the country, but the celebrations take place mainly in Ubon Rachathani, in the northeast of Thailand (Isaan).

According to tradition, the Buddhist Lent began as a result of the people who complained to Buddha. It is said that a group of ordered monks did merit (tamboĆ³) and had walked through wet pebbles. At this time, the rice fields were at the height of their growth and walking in them had ruined the crop. As a result, the legend says that the Buddha told all monks to practice merit while staying within the confines of their temples. Nowadays, Buddhist Lenture stipulates that all monks must remain confined to their temples for a period of three months during the rainy season, starting on the first day of the eighth descending moon.

The Thais offer a range of basic products to their monks and this offer also includes candles and, of course, includes the famous Festival of Candles. In earlier times most temples did not have electricity, and therefore candles had an important symbolic importance for ceremonies, but also more practically for everyday illumination. In addition, it is said that they represent wisdom as a divine light; During the Candle Festival, Buddhist lay people practice their beliefs by offering large candles and often extravagantly decorated to the monks.

Candle Festival: "There are two ways of spreading light: being the candle or the mirror that reflects it". Edith Wharton

The day before Lent, numerous groups of people meet with their decorated candles and go with them in elaborate and beautiful parades. The rich luxurious decorations carved in these beautiful works of art represent the willpower, unity and beliefs of this community. The procession of candle parades contains the widest section of the community with its finest clothes. Ubon Ratchathani also has numerous groups of performers, musicians and local Isaan dancers that accompany the candles as they make their way through the city. There is also a popular beauty contest to select Miss Candle (which is considered the most beautiful lady in this community).

All over the country, there are celebrations of the Candle Festival. Whatever the weather in Thailand, people have fun and express their faith on July 8, the beginning of the Buddhist lend.

"How far is that small candle throwing its beams! This makes a good action shine in a naughty world." William Shakespeare

Meditation with candles

Sit in a quiet quiet room and turn on a candle. It could be of any color, but some prefer a blue or a white one. Now look at the burning flame of the candle and focus it. Do not let your vision of the flame of candles fade. While you look at the burning flame, your mind will fill with the noise of everyday thinking, worries and trivial worries. This should only start to turn aside and after a while, you may start to receive images and thoughts that do not seem to come from you. Take them as your spiritual guides and try to interpret them.

Do not stop distracting the burning flame and do not try to interpret the visions you are receiving. A typical example is that of & # 39; see & # 39; a peeled onion At first, this may seem foolish, but in this example it can mean that as you travel later on your way of life, the layers are peeling so that you can see and experience the ultimate core of your existence.

As you progress with your meditation with candles, try to learn to rely on your own analysis and understanding of these thoughts that candle brings you. This form of meditation acts as well as a powerful way to focus your concentration.

Try to develop your meditation experience with candles from 5 minutes a day to 20 minutes and do it for several months. Your eyes will have to adapt to the faint light and, over time, you can distinguish your thoughts and what your spiritual guides may be.

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" Chinese proverb

"Like a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged face" Joseph Campbell

Where is the biggest candle in the world?

"We say that God and the imagination are one … How tall the candle rises the dark?" Wallace Stevens

Depending on the use of candles in Buddhism in my research, I turned to see what the human imagination could bring to the candlelight, that's what I found.

"A good teacher is like a candle: it is consumed to light the way to others." Anon

There are many contestants and a long history of searching for the greatest candle in the world. The first contestant in the biggest candle in the world is the USA: the Warm Glow Candle Outlet in Centerville, Indiana, where they claim to have the biggest candle in the world. However, the 1897 Stockholm Exhibition showed what has been described as the largest candle in the world. It is said that this massive candle was eighty feet tall and measured eight and a half feet in diameter.

The long established company of Ajello Candles is another contestant for the historic title of the biggest candle in the world. In 1921 he created memory Enrico Caruso. This candle measured five feet of circumference and had a shape of 18 cm. This candle had an impressive 18 meters high and, after burning the candle, the company claimed that it could continue for 1800 years, burning one day every year on the anniversary of the death of Enrico Caruso & # 39 ; s.

In 2005, in Jerusalem, they made the greatest Hannukha candle in the world. This massive candle was more than eight meters high and 85 cm wide. He was in the Pisga Mall of the city. These are just some examples of what they claim to be or be the biggest candles in the world.

"Nirvana is not that the candle is over. It's that candles are turned off because the day arrives." Rabindranath Tago