HAPPY DIWALI

Hari Om

Wishing entire Humanity a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Prosperous Diwali.

Let’s understand the true meaning of this wonderful festival, so as to illuminate our lives with the true essence of Love& Light.

Diwali: the festival of Lights

Diwali, comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which literally means “Row of Lights.” It historically symbolizes the victory of good over evil and celebrates light and life on both spiritual and personal levels. Diwali is a time to turn inward and light the lamps of knowledge and truth in your hearts and minds so that you can dispel the forces of darkness and ignorance within you and allow your innate brilliance and goodness to shine forth. Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is the principle deity associated with this festival. During Diwali we ask her for assistance in cultivating and accumulating spiritual wealth, such as compassion, forgiveness, and loving kindness. Diwali is a time to reflect on and evaluate your thoughts, words, and actions over the past year. It’s a time to acknowledge and better understand ones prejudices, negative behaviors, and bad habits so that one may begin the process of transforming oneself. It is a time to discover how we can be more loving, kind, respectful, and skillful towards ourselves and others. And since all wealth, be it material or spiritual, should be shared with others who are less fortunate, Diwali is also a time to reflect on the various ways you can assist others and shine your light out into the world. On Deepavali day, we light numerous lamps with one candle. The light with which other lamps are lit is a Symbol of the Divine. The other lamps are jivanjyothis. They derive their light from the One Supreme Light.

Spiritual Significance:

From darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from unhappiness into bliss, this, indeed, is the true and deep message that the festival of Diwali brings every year with its joyous celebrations. Diwali is heralded as one of the most significant festivals in Hinduism and is celebrated across India and the world. Diwali is not just about outer illumination, but it promotes the awareness of the inner light that is the core of every human being. Diwali is the celebration of the realization of this inner light, which has the power to show one the path of righteousness even at the darkest of the times. The awakening to one’s true self, introduces one to immense peace, universal compassion, love, and awareness of oneness of all things (Cosmic knowledge).When we reflect back on our mythology about Deepavali, we find that it is a joyous festival to celebrate the destruction of the demon Narakasur by Lord Shri Krishna. It is only when we first understand the meaning of the Krishna Consciousness, that we will be able to understand the significance of the Naraka principle (the demonic Virtues). Krishna is the embodiment of the Five Elements: ether, air, fire, water and earth. He is also the embodiment of five pranas-  apaan, samaan,pran, vyaan, udaan, When we recognize that the Divine is imminent in the five elements, we will realize that there is no place in the cosmos where these five are not present. The human body is composed of the five elements, and can affect only the body but cannot affect the soul in any way. When these 5 pranas merge together into one breathe, Kundalini awakens and rises in the sushumna, and the sadhak experiences enlightenment. Another significance is the return of Lord Rama back to Ayodhya city after His exile. The Ramayan describes, how when Lord Rama was exiled due to the misdirected intrigues of Kaikayi, Ayodhya became almost like a ghost city. All its citizens were plunged into an ocean of separation and sorrow for fourteen agonizingly long years. When Lord Rama finally returned, their heart’s innermost longing was finally fulfilled. They spontaneously celebrated this joyous reunion of divine love by illuminating their houses. This event has immense relevance to our lives. Ayodhya is our heart and Lord Rama is the Lord of our heart, the supreme object of love and devotion for all of us. Due to rising negativity, humans too have exiled the Lord from their hearts. Just as Ayodhya became a ghost town when Lord Rama departed, human hearts too has become infested with negative and often self-destructive feelings like anxiety, depression, stress, prejudice, envy, anger & hatred. And, just like the citizens of Ayodhya, human lives too have become filled with emptiness and lamentation. Lord Rama answers in the Ramayan through His instructions, which inform us of our actual identity & purpose. We are all eternal spiritual beings, belonging to the kingdom of God, where we eternally enthrone the Lord as the king of our hearts and rejoice in selfless loving exchanges with Him. When we exile the Lord from our hearts, we exile ourselves from that world of endless love and come to this mortal world, where we misidentify ourselves with temporary material bodies. Covered by spiritual amnesia, we play illusionary roles and pursue illusionary goals, but get only disappointment and distress. Though we exile and forget the Lord, He never forgets us and never actually leaves our heart. He just blinds our vision and continues to accompany and guide us throughout all our adventures & misadventures in this world, eagerly waiting& inviting us back to His loving shelter. By cultivating knowledge about the Lord and his love for us and reviving our dormant love for him, by chanting his holy names, we can invite him back to our hearts.

Diwali Celebrations & Invoking the blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi

Diwali celebrations start much before the actual occasion, people spend a lot of time and energy cleaning and sweeping their homes and their environment and buy new items for their house to make their homes and environment more attractive. I consider this to be partial cleaning and beautification. What about your thought process? When was the last time you cleaned out your heart? When did you last empty all the dirt and garbage that has accumulated throughout your lives? Cleaning and purifying your mind and heart from the inside, is the true meaning of “Celebration”. You must clean your hearts, ridding them of all grudge, bitterness& negativity. God sees and knows all. He knows what is behind every wall of our hearts, what is swept into every corner, and what is hidden under every rug. When the heart is clean and pure, the goddess of wealth happily and readily fulfills all your wishes. On the pious occasion of laxmi poojan, pray to the goddess of Wealth and prosperity to bestow, you with abundance of Spiritual wealth, wisdom and prosperity. This is the real long-lasting wealth, material wealth lasts only for a short lifetime, but your spiritual wealth will last forever, and may continue birth after birth.

On this pious Occasion of Diwali, I once again bless each and every one of you to illumine your hearts and be the source of light and happiness, for everyone who comes in contact with you. You be the change that you wish to see in the world.  Love unconditionally, forgive unconditionally, and be in alignment to receive the cosmic abundance of LOVE, LIGHT& HAPPINESS.

Love the universe, celebrate Diwali with a pure heart and try to connect with the Krishna consciousness, Pray & invoke the blessings of the goddess of prosperity and wealth, to seek your ultimate spiritual wealth. Make your life more meaningful, and celebrate the festival of Lights with more fervor, from the antaraang. Don’t get blinded by the rituals, understand the deeper meaning and purpose of the festival and transform yourself on a positive level to lead an enriched and wholesome life.

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu.

Love& Blessings

Sadguru Mangeshda

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36 thoughts on “HAPPY DIWALI

  1. Hari Om Guruji! What a wonderful description, actual meaning of Diwali.. You have explained. It is indeed beautifully written & narrated. ‘Spiritual Significance’ of Diwali.. is awesome. We never thought about this festival in this way! Amazing! Thank You #SadguruMangeshda Ji for this unique Diwali Gift! its indeed a great gift for entire humanity.
    Wishing You and everybody on this plannet a very happy diwali. And I wish …people celebrate this festival the way You have explained. Jai ho!

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  2. Wonderful! Thank you Deva for explaining the significance of Deepavali…Wishing you Sadguruji and all in the family a very happy Deepavali…..Anantha Sahasra Koti Pranams at your divine feet…Hari Om

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  3. Thank you #SadguruMangeshda,for the superb renedition of the festival of lights ” Diwali”. It’s a beautiful and wonderful way of celebrating Diwali.. By purifying our hearts and spreading Love& Happiness to everyone.. Thank you for your ever powerful, practical and simple teachings of pious path of #Kriyayoga,that is spreading, the divinity everywhere..the metaphors of ayodhya and narakasur are simply brilliant masterpieces, and were never thought of by me,in the past so many years of blindly following all religious practices.. Thank you #SadguruMangeshda,for the great eye opener,through thy blog,emphasizing the importance of such holy festivals..Happy Diwali to thou and everyone
    Jai Gurudev

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  4. Hari Om Sadguruji,

    Thank you for bestowing us with your wisdom and knowledge. As you said, up until now, Diwali just meant cleaning our house. I never gave a thought to cleansing the inner self. Thank you for making us realize the same.

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  5. Hari Om, Wishing you too a very Happy Diwali.

    Your blog on Diwali is an eye opener. We have been celebrating Diwali for so many years without even realizing its true meaning. Kindly bless us with the strength to overcome our negativity and embrace the true Diwali.

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  6. HariOm Sadguruji! Your every blog excels in quality and content, absolutely rich in thoughts and in depth signifies the true essence of a Festival! Your blog is like a jewel…to be treasured for!
    ThankYou very much for this absolute master piece to illuminate our Heart and Soul! Happy Dipavali to all!

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  7. Till now Diwali was celebrated with just eating sweets,lighting up lamps,greeting each other. Thank-you Sri Sri Mangeshda ji for bestowing this knowledge which has such in-depth significance attached. Will definitely implement this practice of cleaning all the negative baggage within so that light of happiness can enter and will surely try to spread unconditional love.Thank-you once again Sadguruji

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  8. Hari Om Sadguruji

    My attitude of gratitude to our revered Sadguruji for his divine grace and blessings on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Thank you Sadguruji for this wonderful blog explaining the real meaning of Deepawali. I intend that the light of Diyas and Lantern bring glow of happiness, peace, prosperity and good health for the mankind.Thank your Sadguruji once again for sharing such a deep insight of the festival through your article and lighting the lamp of spiritual knowledge and wealth inside our heart. Wishing our beloved Sadguruji a very Happy and Healthly Diwali. Shubh Deepavali.

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  9. Pranams Sadguruji. Thank you for the superb explanations (traditional as well as spiritual), rituals followed on one of the most important and vastly celebrated festivals in India. we are all blessed to be able to understand the significance of so many festivals. JAI GURUDEV.

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  10. Hari Om Sadguruji!!
    Thank You for teaching us the true meaning of celebrating Diwali! To illuminate others’ life with love and happiness is the true way to celebrate this festival of lights!
    Keeping the mantra of ‘Uncondional Love and Uncondional Forgiveness’ in mind, Pranaam!
    Happy Diwali!

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  11. Hari om Thanks Sadguruji for the explanation of the Diwali festival. The meaning of the day in our life in form of diyas and the celebration by cleaning the heart and mind. We will pray goddesses Lakshmi for the spiritual wealth, health, prosperity in our life. Thanks for your blessings.

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  12. Hari Om Sadguruji! Thank you for illuminating the true significance behind Diwali, and bestowing true prosperity in the form of spiritual guidance.

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  13. Thank you Sadguruji for a wonderful article on Diwali and its essence. The festival of lights assumes a renewed significance when its deeper meaning is understood. Jai Gurudev !

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  14. Thank You # Sadguruji for explaining the Spiritual significance of Dipawali. It is very much necessary to come out of the darkness of sorrow hatred and illuminate the lives of others. I would try to preach your teachings. Once again thank YOU for the Love and Blessings

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  15. Pranams Sadguruji.

    Many Thanks and gratitude for explaining the spiritual and deeper meaning of Deepavali in every one’s life.

    Your Nectar like words are real blessings on this auspicious day

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  16. Thank you Sadguruji for your blessings and warm wishes on this auspicious occasion of Deepawali.
    How well you explain the core concepts, ideology and logic behind all the important events in our life is a magic in itself. We get enthralled and overjoyed in reading, understanding and implement your teachings in our day to day life.
    Happy Deepawali once again to our reverend Sadgurji.
    Hariom

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  17. Pranaams Sadguruji! Wishing You & all family members a very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year. Thank You so much for making us understand the true meaning and value of this festival of Diwali. We are truly enriched today and have been blessed by the real prosperity of knowledge & wisdom through your Amrutvaani in this blog. Jai Ho Sadguruji!!!

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  18. Thank you #SadguruMangeshdaji for explaining us the deeper meaning of Diwali. I wish to cleanse the negativity within me and be the source of light and happiness to all. Your blog is a valuable treasure which brings out the true essence of our festivals.
    Wishing Sadguruji and all a very bright and cheerful Diwali!!!

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  19. Pranam Sadguruji…..Thanks for the great explaination and making us understand about an actual importance about Diwali Celebration. Definitely Da we will spread your message keeping in mind a mantra of “Unconditional Love and Unconditional Forgiveness”… Koti Koti Pranam Da and Wish you all a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali

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  20. Happy Deepawali Sadguruji n Family 🙂 Thank you for everything !!! Very insightful n informative blog on achieving Spiritual Wealth n Union with the Ultimate !!!

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  21. Thank you Sadguruji, for telling us about the true significance of Diwali and its celebration…. which is getting rid of the negativities and toxins in the mind and ushering in the light of purity and truth. A very inspiring message.

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  22. Dear Sadguruji, thank you for Your blessings. The spiritual significance of today’s day,mentioned in this article, has changed my outlook towards Lakshmi Pujan. Pray that all of us are blessed with spiritual wealth today.

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  23. Humble Pranams Dear Eternal Master – Thank You for gifting us this blog on the ocassion of Deepavali. Towards the end of this article, I felt a beautiful lightness in my heart. I want to follow every thought written in this article. I want to learn more and accumulate more knowledge from You Sadguruji. Please enlighten us with good thoughts, good practices, ancient pure ways & the ultimate truth. I wish to be Your humble disciple forever and carry Your teachings wherever I go.

    Humble Pranams Divine Master

    Hari Om!

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  24. Hari Om Sadguruji.

    I enjoyed very much reading the article. Over the years, people have forgotten the real meaning and significance of deepawali. You have beautifully explained the real purpose of celebrating deepawali. By awakening the tender values of respect, trust, compassion and empathy, one rises to the level of a world citizen who is above all man made barriers and helps building a world free from anger and revenge. Deepavali, as you said, is an opportunity for us to review and change our undesirable thoughts, words and actions.

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  25. Hari om,
    Thank You Sadguruji for beautiful article on Diwali. You have beautifully explained cleaning our thought process and about lighting the lamps within. You have beautifully brought out the spiritual meaning of Diwali.

    Thank You Sadguruji.
    Hari om

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  26. Hari Om Sadguruji. I enjoyed very much the article. It is Well written and you have beautifully brought out the meaning and significance of celebrating the festival, Deepawali. Over the years people have forgotten the very purpose of this festival and are only indulged in decorating the house, preparing delicious sweets and wearing new colourful dress. The real purpose is, as you said, is to introspect, review and change our behaviour and help build a better world for all of us to live in. We have to become world citizens by breaking all man made barriers through love, compassion, respect and trust. Such a beautiful world, I hope, will become a reality.

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  27. Thank You Sadguruji for the beautiful explanation of the spiritual significance of Diwali. We indeed need to invite back Lord Rama of Unconditional Love and Forgiveness into our hearts and fill the world with positive thoughts. Festival has turned a new meaning since You started Blogging. Looking forward to Your every Blog Post.

    Happy Diwali and Sashtanga Pranams for the Blessing in the form of Your Loving Words.

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