I just would like to share this. Surya Nanda Yoga family and teachers gather in the Ashram owned by one of our dearest friend named Rana. It was such a beautiful time unfolded by the generosity our host. By the way how did you celebrate Diwali?
“Different races, different religions, different nationalities, different beliefs.”
“We came as a whole to celebrate one of the most significant festivals of the year in India. We may be located more than 2000 miles away from India. But the spirit of celebrating Diwali lies in our hearts.”
“Diwali signifies many different things to people .While Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”.
“Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil”, refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance — the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings anand (joy or peace). Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this “Inner Light.”
“We celebrated Diwali in our small special way by sharing healthy foods through potluck, chanting and kirtan, getting to know new people and discussing the history of Diwali.”