6th November, 1935
Maharshi: Karpura arati is symbolic of the burning away of the mind by the light of illumination, vibhuti (sacred ashes) is Siva (Absolute Being) and kumkuma (vermilion powder) is Sakti (consciousness). Vibhuti is of two kinds: Para vibhuti and apara vibhuti . The sacred ashes are of the latter class. The para is what remains over after all the dross has been burnt away by the Fire of Realisation. It is Absolute Being.
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