Friday, November 09, 2007

Happy Deepavali / Diwali | The Festival of Light

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Today Diwali, Divali, or Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the "Festival of Light," where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil within every human being.

. Esoteric Significance:
While Deepavali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant esoteric meaning is "the awareness of the inner light".

Central to Hindu philosophy, is the assertion that beyond the physical body and mind is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman, the Supreme Self. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the celebration of this Inner Light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, imminent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Atman, comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (Inner Joy or Peace and Bliss).

Deepawali celebrates this through festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing sweets, and worship. While the story behind Deepavali varies from region to region, the essence is the same - to rejoice in the Inner Light, Atman or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman). credit

. Diwali @ UCLA: At UCLA campus we also had Diwali celebration by Indian Community. unfortunately i couldn't join due to exam preparation etc, but just read about it in the Daily Bruin. you can also watch a short video from the event inside the featured news.

# Diwali celebration and reads across the blogshpere:
. the story of Diwali
. diwali - meaning and significance
. a diwali poem
. what's cooking for diwali
. prosperity through divine symbols
. story of Ramayana - principles of life
. sweeet recipie for diwali and another Really yummy one!

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Deepavali. May we all be touched and awakened by our Inner Light. Pin It Now!