Diwali (or Divali) comes from the Sanskrit phrase Deepavali which accurately means “a row of lights.” This auspicious vacation, identified in English because the “pageant of lights,” is well known by Hindus all over the world, and for many Hindus marks the start of the New Yr. It traditionally symbolizes the victory of excellent over evil and celebrates gentle and life on each group and private ranges. On the one hand, it’s a time to rejoice and feast with family and friends. Houses are cleaned and embellished with vivid earthen lamps in each nook, and scrumptious meals are ready and shared with all. Previous accounts are closed, and arguments are settled.
On a extra private stage, nevertheless, Diwali is a time to show inward and lightweight the lamps of information and reality in our hearts and minds in order that we are able to dispel the forces of darkness and ignorance inside us and permit our innate brilliance and goodness to shine forth. Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is the precept deity related to this pageant. Throughout Diwali we ask her for help in cultivating and accumulating religious wealth, corresponding to compassion, forgiveness, and loving-kindness.
Diwali is a time to replicate on and consider our ideas, phrases, and actions over the previous 12 months. It’s a time to acknowledge and higher perceive our prejudices, unfavorable behaviors, and dangerous habits in order that we might start the method of reworking ourselves. It’s a time to find how we could be extra loving, form, respectful, and skillful in the direction of ourselves and others. And since all wealth, be it materials or religious, must be shared with others who’re much less lucky, Diwali can also be a time to replicate on the varied methods we are able to help others and shine our gentle out into the world.
Simply because the flame of a lamp at all times factors upward, Diwali is most significantly a time to have a good time and respect life and to stay up for the approaching 12 months with a renewed sense of objective and fervour. Within the phrases of Mahatma Gandhi, Diwali is a reminder and a chance to “Be the change you wish to see on this planet!”
To Title This Day:
Mild a single candle and spend a couple of minutes softly gazing on the flame. Breathe deeply. Shut your eyes and film the flame that’s burning brightly in your coronary heart. Proceed to breathe deeply. Meditate in your innate brilliance, goodness, and wholeness. Let your coronary heart open broad and embrace your internal gentle.
Prayers & Mantras
Recite the next Vedic chant/prayer in Sanskrit and/or in English
Om Asato Ma Unhappy Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Lead us from untruth to reality
From darkness to gentle
From demise to immortality
Om Peace Peace Peace
Take some to time to journal.
1. Make a listing of the non-public qualities that boring your internal gentle corresponding to greed, anger, and laziness. Commit your self to eliminating one in all these qualities beginning within the right here and now.
2. Make a listing of qualities that nurture your internal gentle corresponding to compassion, kindness, and generosity. Commit your self to additional cultivating one in all these qualities beginning within the right here and now.
3. Establish some easy but transformative methods in which you’ll share your internal gentle/religious wealth with others. For instance, saying “Hi there. How are you?” to all these you encounter and actually hearken to their reply, smiling at individuals you encounter whereas sitting on the practice or standing in line on the submit workplace or grocery retailer, and quietly blessing others as they move by you on the road. Commit your self to implementing one in all these gestures beginning within the right here and now.
Ami Bhalodkar is an interfaith minister. She is a member of the college of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York Metropolis and lectures on Hinduism. Along with offering interfaith workshops, Rev. Bhalodkar performs custom-made wedding ceremony ceremonies and gives religious counseling.