Happy Diwali (Divali, Deepavali, The “Festival of Lights”
Holidays late in the year in different world religions have the theme of Light: the return of Light, celebration of Light, or various miracles associated with the victory, renewal, rebirth or incarnation of the Light here in the physical plane. For those following the Path of the Masters, it is experiencing the Inner Light in meditation that is the greatest Light and miracle of all and the true spiritual meaning of Divali. Much Light to all. Happy Divali!
True Divali is Inner Light: “Within thine own self, behold the splendor of thy Beloved.” (Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras)
“Look within yourself with the inner eye. The whole expanse inside is replete with the refulgence of the Divine Light.” (Sant Dadu Dayal)
Spiritual Significance of Divali
“While Diwali is popularly known as the “Festival of Lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning behind it is “the awareness of the Inner Light”. Central to Hindu philosophy (primarily the Yoga, Vedanta, and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy) is the belief 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 ananda (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, God.” (Wikipedia)