Diwali is the biggest + brightest of all Hindu Festivals.
Diwali is marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates your soul from dark to light.
Spiritually it signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
While the festivals preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. And that just happens to fall on the weekend of my October Yoga Retreat ... little coincidence!
Before Diwali people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. Then on Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps + candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity.
After prayer we there is the illumination of candles, lights and sometimes even fireworks. A family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts or pleasantries between family members and close friends then follows.
In each legend, myth, and story of Diwali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil.
It is with each Diwali and the lights that illuminate both our homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope.
From darkness unto light—the light that empowers us to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of firecrackers, joy, togetherness, and hope.
THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF DIWALI
Beyond the lights, food, and fun, Diwali is a time to reflect on life and make changes for the upcoming year. With that, there are a number of customs that revelers hold dear each year.
Give and Forgive.
Forget and forgive the wrongs done by others during Diwali.
Allow an air of freedom, festivity, and friendliness in to your heart.
Rise and Shine.
Rising early is a great blessing from the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, efficiency in work, and spiritual advancement. It is on Diwali that everyone wakes early in the morning.
Unite and Unify.
Diwali is a great unifying force and it can soften even the hardest of hearts.
It is a time to mingle in joy and embrace one another with love.
Prosper and Progress.
At this time you can pray for success and prosperity for the upcoming year.
Traditionally everyone buys new clothes for their family, with employers, too, purchasing new clothes for their employees.
It's time to illuminate Your Inner Self!
The lights of Diwali also signify a time of inner illumination. Hindus believe that the light of lights is the one that steadily shines in the chamber of the heart. Sitting quietly and fixing the mind on this supreme light illuminates the soul. It is an opportunity to cultivate and enjoy eternal bliss.
During the weekend of Slow; Yoga + Mindfulness retreat we will be completing a Diwali ceremony to welcome in new energy to help us prosper + thrive!
I still have a few spots left, they won't last long, check it all out at www.danichristie.com/retreats