{Diwali} Festival of Lights - Awareness of Inner Light

November 12, 2012

“Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul.”

Diwali (Dīvali, Dīpāwali, or Deepavali) is the “Festival of Lights” celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness).

It is also believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of happiness and good fortune, roams the earth on this day and enters homes that are clean, pure, and bright. Diwali celebrations may vary but its significance and spiritual meaning remain the same - “the awareness of inner light”. It is about coming over the darkness of ignorance and stepping into a cleaner and brighter world.

Let there be Joy & Light in your lives.


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