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India: Happy Diwali दीपावली 2012! (Hindu Culture)

Happy Diwali to all my Hindu Friends around the world. XX Cecilia

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What is the spiritual significance of Diwali?

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. While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman).

Last time I was in Nepal and India for Diwali, I wore a traditional Saree like this and I still have the Pearl Bindi बिंदीthat I stuck on my forehead for the outfit! 🙂 Love to you all.

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2 comments on “India: Happy Diwali दीपावली 2012! (Hindu Culture)

  1. Happy diwali dear. I wish I were in India during this marvelous festive…

    • ceciliawyu
      November 12, 2012

      Yes my friend, it is really marvellous especially for me when I was there as I got to wear all sorts of beautiful Sari and Salwar kameez…like this one I wore:

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