This sloka is to be recited while lighting lamp. शुभं करोति कल्याणम् आरोग्यं धन-सम्पदा | शत्रुबुद्धिर्विनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोस्तुते ॥ subham karoti kalyanam arogyam dhana sampada shatru buddhir vinashaya dipa jyotir namostute Sanskrit to English Word Meaning: Subham- auspiciousness; karoti – which brings; kalyanam- prosperity; arogyam- good health; dhanasampadah- abundance of wealth; shatrubuddhih- of the intellect’s enemy (ignorance); vinasaya- for the destruction; dipajyotir- that lamplight; namosthuthe- I salute thee. Translation I salute the One who is the lamplight that brings auspiciousness; prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect’s enemy (ignorance). Brief explanation This prayer is chanted before lighting the lamplight. Light is considered a symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity, and abundance in many cultures. Light brings with it brightness, but how does it destroy the intellect’s enemy? The intellect’s enemy is ignorance, which is likened to darkness. Light removes the darkness and makes it possible to see things clearly.