November 2nd, 2013 – Naraka Chaturdashi
As a child, Diwali to me meant lots of crackers, sweets.
Over the years, it was mostly a gathering of a bunch of South Indians (not even going to say friends and family)
Now, I feel like the true meaning has finally manifested within me…
Yesterday when I went to the Temple in the evening –
I told the priest I am crazy for Shiva.
How can I recognize him, does he have to be born in Ardra Nakshatra? (Because that’s what he is associated with, as Parvati is with Mrigashira, Lord Ram with Punarvasu and Krishna with Rohini).
He pointed out a simple fact that I thought I knew…Shiva has no Birth or Death. He is TIME itself…how can he be labeled with one specific thing…
Knowledge, sight can only take you so far…FAITH fulfills the void and takes care of the rest 🙂
TODAY IS AN AWESOME DAY…TRUE DIWALI FOR ME!
Happy Diwali to EVERYONE!
The priest who was kind enough to point out this fact (I first asked him what today’s nakshatra was) — his name is Kumaraswamy
I feel like the most fortunate woman in the world for sharing my life with all of you! 🙂
“Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chaamundayai Vichchai”
My friend shared this with me:
“I came across a nice article on Diwali which I thought of forwarding it to you, the article says most significant spiritual meaning behind Diwali 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. The essence is to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman) ”
Reading his message this morning reminded me of something I had written earlier this year in one of my diaries:
If I am a Parvati-like/Sati-like individual, I would want nothing more than to remain liberated and stay together with my Shiva-like consort…
Being Brahman has nothing to do with caste, creed, race, relationships
It has everything to do with an open heart
I want to die in the embrace of my true love
It doesn’t matter to me if I have to wait decades to see Him again
However, I wouldn’t want my happiness, joy, success…
All that is enough to let me remain a pure spirit…
to come at the expense of those who are less fortunate of mind
The following is a quote I found on a website related to the topic “The Aquarian Age” :
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
As we each advance in our journey, we may come across instances where, what we initially consider as mundane, all-pervading, trifles, turn out to be the most misunderstood or easily neglected aspects of life –