What is Diwali?
Observed by more than a billion people across many faiths, Diwali which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness originates from the Sanskrit Deepavali meaning row of lamps. It is a very significant festival in the Vedic tradition. The festival usually falls around the darkest day of the year. This year it begins on November 1st and carries right through until the 6th November.
The most significant day is Lakshmi Puja, the 4th in alignment with the new moon, at this time we celebrate the light of all lights that is within us and is innately radiant and abundant.
Lighting of lamps
All over India, homes are filled with lights & brightly burning clay lamps known as ‘diyas’. Some say that the oil in the diya represents the dirt in the human mind such as hatred, lust, greed & jealousy etc. (the darkness) & the cotton used to make the wick is symbolic of ‘atman’ or self/soul (the light).
Diyas also signify purity, goodness, good-luck & power.
Like many traditions all over the world this festival is about coming together to celebrate, to eat and share good food together, to decorate the home and oneself by wearing new clothes, etc.
Through these turbulent times, we feel it is of greatest importance to come together with the intention of sharing the light. Not just for ourselves and our immediate community, but to wish for light for the collective & for all beings particularly around such an auspicious time as this, a time that has the power of history and tradition behind it.
Also, we can do all of the external material things such as decorating our homes and wearing nice clothes but unless we do the many different practices of yoga to cultivate an inner brightness, how can we expect to be radiating light when ours has been extinguished. It takes an equal amount of movement and stillness, activity and rest, focus and creativity, discipline and play and an awareness over this special time of that which we take in via the senses in order to be bright.
Celebrate with us
So if you haven’t already, why not book one of our retreat days here. You can use the code Jyoti if you share the light & book with a friend – this entitles you to the offer of £108pp instead of £120pp.
Unsure if you can spare a whole day? Why not still pop in and immerse yourself in our vibration of light and treat yourself to a treatment with one of our special guest therapists and light workers.
All of their offerings can by found here.
We also have the wonderful Pinky Patel doing mehndi henna designs on Sunday 7th Nov. Carry the energy of Diwali with you in to the week ahead by booking your appointment now. You can contact Pinky directly on 07863113772 or visit her fb page and use the ‘Book now’ button.
A blessing for you
And if for some reason you can’t make it to us that weekend, here is a Diwali blessing just for you.
- May the Light of Understanding Shine in your Mind
- May the Light of Harmony Glow in your Home
- May the Light of Service Shine Forth Ceaselessly from your Hands
- May the Light of Peace Emanate from your Being
- May your Presence Light the Lamp of Love and Peace wherever you go’.
~ Swami Chidanand Saraswati
Faye & Samantha