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Happy Diwali! Diwali is a celebration of light over darkness and good triumphing over evil.
The significance of Dipavali is a re-enacting of this banishing darkness from within yourself, of shaking yourself free from the sleep of ignorance, and waking up into the light of a new dawn of full awareness…And to remind you of this, each year the festival of lights is held during the darkest night. It comes as an annual reminder of what you have to do—banish darkness, bring in light, be full of light and revel in the Illumination. Fill yourself with the Light. Fill the whole world with light by your own being in it.
[Sri Swami Chidananda]
He who gave light to my heart
also gave me power.
The light in my heart
strengthened my hand and foot.
He gives us opportunities to rise
and also to bow.
Time and time again,
He shows this help
to those who doubt
as well as to those who can see.
[Mathnawi I: 1366-1367, The Rumi Daybook, tr. by Kabir & Camille Helminski]