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Diwali: the Festival of Lights
"Every moment we are to feel the Love coming from our supreme Self. The splendor of this light will definitely dispel the thick veil of darkness as soon as the wick starts shining.”
~ Sai Maa
The Hindu holiday of Diwali unites people throughout India and the world to celebrate the victory of light. Diwali presents us with the opportunity to practice Sai Maa’s teaching of being aware of and offering gratitude to the light that shines within us every day. It is a celebration of victorious joy, as the light illuminates the darkness, the Supreme Self triumphs, and the divinity in all is unveiled.
Diwali is also a time to welcome into our lives the presence of the Goddess Maha Lakshmi, the aspect of Mother Divine that showers us with abundance, grace and beauty. Sai Maa, as the embodiment of Maha Lakshmi, is bestowing upon us all special blessings at this time of Diwali.
We invite you to use this day of Diwali to practice welcoming the light into all aspects of your life through these suggested practices and activities.
Illuminate Your Home
Diwali is a holiday that is traditionally celebrated in the home as an opportunity to welcome the light into our every day life. Preparation may include cleaning and beautifying the home and, most importantly, lighting small candles throughout the house, especially in the windows and near the entrance and altar. On the occasion of Diwali millions of oil lamps are lit in homes throughout India and the world.
Prepare Your Inner Temple
Sai Maa teaches us that our body is a temple for the divine. On this day of Diwali we can take the time to prepare ourselves to welcome the divine light within. This may include purchasing new clothing to dress beautifully, or preparing our inner temple of light through meditation, contemplation, ceremony and chanting.
Celebrate the Light
Diwali is the perfect occasion to share the light with loved ones. Invite friends and family to share divine truth together through satsang, or to celebrate together through a special meal or evening of chanting.