The festival of Sharad Poornima signifies the time for awakening and indicates that the joyous Diwali season is imminent.
During this day, the full moon is extra bright and clear. According to astrology, the Moon is closest to the Earth on Sharad Poornima. The light of Moon is soothing and calming. The bright Moon reflected from the silver ornament display, pervades a peaceful setting, around which everyone dances. The beauty and divinity of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa presiding at the pinnacle of the silver ornament displays radiates bliss and spiritual peace to all the disciples dancing and singing the praises of the Lord.
The traditional Prasad to be eaten this day is doodh-powa – fresh milk sweetened with candy sugar (sakar), into which powa, flattened rice are cooked. These ingredients are all white, symbolising that one should become clean and pure, and become awake, or alert so that the mundane worldly desires of passion, lust, anger, greed and the other internal enemies are not entered within us but are reflected back.
This year, the festival of Sharad Poornima was celebrated in the village of Godhra, Panchmahal on Tuesday 7 October 2014, in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj explained the significance of the festival, “Just as the Moon is pure, your heart must remain pure for the Lord to reside there. Just as the silver reflects the lustre of the Moon, you too must be vigilant to remain faithful to the Lord's wishes and abide by His commands. However, if the silver plates are tainted, the light cannot be reflected. Similarly, if your mind and heart are marred, the Lord's commands cannot be abided by. This is the time to be truthful and honest with yourself and consider truly how faithful you are to the Lord's will.”