Diwali, or Dipawali, is a traditional Indian celebration also called the Festival of lights. This festival falls between mid-October and mid-November on the night of the new moon. During this dark night, people decorate their home with colorful lights, hence its name. Diwali, which translates as “a string of well-lit lamps or row of well-lit lamps,” also refers to knowledge and the light of Divine attunement, the ever-existing light of divinity.
Diwali is considered one of the most auspicious festivals in Indian culture; it is celebrated throughout the world in many Indian communities. This yearly event – timed precisely through astrological calculations – opens a “cosmic window” enabling participants to more easily attune themselves to higher spiritual energy. Diwali is filled with spiritualism and religious activities, such as worshiping Lakshmi, the goddess of joy, prosperity and success, or Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles.
Diwali is an extremely auspicious time to meditate, pray, and focus on the goals you have set for yourself. This can be attained, in part, through the instrumentality of mantra, the science of vibratory sound, and its effect on the human nervous system. As a consequence of mantra recitation, we have the potential to arouse the powerful latent energy in our chakras, or spinal centers. The powerful synergy resulting from mantra recitation during the period of Diwali increases tenfold the beneficial effects — significantly more than at other times of the year. In the east, this practice results in the attainment of siddhis – powers which are byproducts in the process of perfecting our consciousness. They are evidence of an awakening consciousness and the ever-increasing connection with our divine nature, the light within – a light that, incidentally, manifests through the planetary radiations reflected in the chart and hand.
Depending on your individual needs, a specific mantra can be chosen for you that you can recite aloud or silently. For example, the Gayatri mantra is recited for peace of heart; the Maha Mritunjaya for health; and the Saraswati Devi mantra is recited for creativity. Consider that, according to ancient scriptures, each of these time-honored, potent mantras have been used successfully for centuries. A phonetic transliteration will be given to help you pronounce your mantra correctly.
This year, the Birla Center will be holding its monthly meditation on Diwali night, Wednesday, October 26st at its healing center in Chénéville. We would be delighted to have you join in on this traditional, festive Hindu celebration.
If you cannot come in person to our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. This time can be devoted exclusively to mantra recitation and meditation to achieve the maximum benefits this auspicious day has to offer. It is recommended that you fast for the most part on Wednesday; then, having a light, vegetarian meal later in the day. You can then continue alternating your meditation and mantra recitation, preferably until midnight on the 26th.
Choose a quiet, tidy room well lit by as many candles as possible. Christmas lights can also be used to make your “Festival of Lights” event an even more cheerful and festive celebration. It is a fact, that intention and visualization are powerful tools towards realizing our goals. Items, pictures and symbols, therefore, that represent our cherished dreams - also a part of the Diwali celebration - can be placed on a meditation altar or table alongside statues and images of saints, deities, and gurus that are close to your heart. For example, a writer focusing on successfully finishing a book could place pages from a manuscript in progress.
Whatever the desire, and as it has been said, “Nothing is too great for a child of God”, your wish can be affirmed visually on the Diwali altar. In addition, photos of loved ones should also be placed here, to vibrate peace, joy and prosperity to them.
Individuals who would like to experience Diwali with us are welcome to join our 38th annual Diwali night celebration. Please note that this activity is free, although it is recommended that participants bring a flower and a fruit to place on the alter. The celebrations of Diwali at the Birla Center are limited to the first 30 persons. Please call now at our toll free number 866.428.3799.