Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil–and the glory of light over darkness. " Tamaso Ma Jyotir Garmaya" – O God lead us from darkness to light mean ignorance to knowledge revealing the true meaning of the Festival of Diwali.
Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light". According Hindu philosophy, there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness , removes all ignorance, awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, reality. With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things. This brings Ananda (joy or peace)..
The true divine celebration of Diwali is to light a lamp in the life of those lesser than ourselves, those less fortunate than ourselves. To give unconditionally to someone poor, someone less fortunate, any material cloths, food, or knowledge during the festival of lights is granting grand glow of million lights of delight to the spirit of this other person.
During the five days of Diwali, the Vedic culture grants us the opportunity to express and to show us the real true meaning of the five days festival. Lighting a lamp of hope and giving someone guidance through wisdom is really the essential meaning of diwali. According Rig-Veda "Narrow minds will say this is mine and that is yours but those with loving hearts will declare- the whole world is one family."
We know we are not able to change this world, will carry on as it were meant to carry on, the old will decay and die, the new will be born and grow, problems will always be there, sorrows will always disappoint us, grief of hurt always arrive unexpectedly. We cannot change but to have the courage and the determination to change the things we can to accomplish everlasting peace, happiness, harmony.
May the Great light of lights carry us from darkness to light, from falsehood to truthfulness, from the mortality of materialism to infinite bliss spiritual divinity. May there be togetherness and harmony. Let's all join together in spreading the LIGHT therefore making the world a better place, a place where there's no room for darkness.
12th January 2018, Friday at 5.00 pm
The Birthday Celebration of Swami Vivekananda
Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil–and the glory of light over darkness.
Vedanta & Hinduism
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