What is Diwali and How You Can Celebrate!
Tomorrow marks Deepavali (meaning ‘row or series of lights’) or Diwali, as it’s also called. This 5-day-long, holy festival–happening during Kartika, the holiest month of the year and landing at the same time as Amavasya (the new moon)–intends to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, and certainly, we have seen collectively over these last few years, how much we are in dire need of this prevalence of light, and at RASA Ayurveda, we can testify to how these sciences of Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation truly lead us from the dark chasms of fear, depression and ignorance to the lightness and peace of health, vital energy and Self-knowing.
Diwali marks the day of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya, his birthplace after completing a fourteen-year long vanvas (exile). Since it was a New Moon Day, and there was no moonlight, the people of his kingdom lit oil lamps to welcome him and celebrate his homecoming. The Sanskrit word Dipawali literally means “row or series of lights”. Diwali is more than one day of festivities; it is the coming together of many traditions and rituals; of food, of auspiciousness and of togetherness.
And because it lands on the new moon of October, this Kartika Amavasya, it is considered auspicious praise Lord Krishna, who said, “this day is very dear to me, if a person worships or honors me on this day, the malefic effects of the planets (Grah Dosh) will not affect their life.
HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE DIWALI?
Deepavali is a great celebratory occasion. It is the coming together of traditions and rituals; of food, of auspiciousness and of togetherness. This festival invites us to come together, to light candles and lamps, to share in a feast of foods, to sing praises out loud to the divine, and to recognize that, ultimately, it is the LIGHT that can overcome darkness, and not the other way around…
If we remember the light, turn towards it, amplify it and ask for it to illuminate our lives.
This is the promise of the Vedic sciences: of Yoga, of Meditation and of Ayurveda.
That light, hope, goodness, Sattva (purity)…this will always overcome.
Even when darkness envelops the moon, itself.
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“Diwali is the day when the dark forces were put to death and light happened. This is also the predicament of human life. Like the dark clouds which brood in the gloomy atmosphere, not realizing that they are blocking the sun, a human being does not have to bring any light from anywhere. If he just dispels the dark clouds that he has allowed to gather within himself, light will happen. The Festival of Lights is just a reminder of that.”