ONLINE Diwali: Festival of Light
Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
ONLINE via Zoom • Registrants will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the celebration.
This is one of the most auspicious celebrations of the year. Diwali means “a row of lights”. Light your own ghee lamps or tea lights and join us!
There are various alleged origins attributed to this festival. Some hold that they celebrate the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali. It also commemorates that blessed day on which the triumphant Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. On this day also Sri Krishna and His wife Satya Bama killed the demon Narakasura.
Everyone forgets and forgives the wrongs done by others. There is an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere. This festival brings about unity. It instills charity in the hearts of people.
8:00pm Kirtan and lighting of divyas [lights]
8:15pm Diwali Puja*
9:15pm Reading a message from Swami Sivananda
9:30pm Sparklers in the garden**
* About half way through the puja, we will each light our own divya and set an inner intention or prayer.
**Option to have your own sparklers to light along with us to close the night.
Suggested donation: $20 (This event is supported 100% by donations.)
More about Diwali
In a happy mood of great rejoicing, village folk move about freely, mixing with one another without any reserve, all enmity being forgotten. People embrace one another with love. Diwali is a great unifying force. Those with keen inner spiritual ears will clearly hear the voice of the sages, “O Children of God! Unite, and love all”. The vibrations produced by the greetings of love which fill the atmosphere are powerful enough to bring about a change of heart in every man and woman in the world. Alas! That heart has considerably hardened, and only a continuous celebration of Deepavali in our homes can rekindle in us the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred.
O Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul.
He who Himself sees all but whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, the moon and the stars and the whole universe but whom they cannot illumine, He indeed is Brahman, He is the inner Self. Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul.