Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus around the world. It means “A row of lights” and is often referred to as the “Festival of lights.”
Guruji Gopal Vyas, the Official Hindu Priest at the East London Hindu Mandir explains more about Diwali and how it impacts millions worldwide.
Diwali is a time to turn inward and light the lamps of knowledge and truth in our hearts and minds so that we can dispel the forces of darkness and ignorance within us and allow our innate brilliance and goodness to shine forth.
During Diwali, we honour the Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth asking 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 our thoughts, words, and actions over the past year.
It is a time to acknowledge and better understand our prejudices, negative behaviours, and bad habits so that we may begin the process of transforming ourselves.
It is a time to discover how we can be more loving, kind, respectful, and skillful towards ourselves and others.
Let’s share our knowledge, wealth and our skills with others who are less fortunate.
Diwali is also a time to reflect on the various ways we can assist others and shine our light out into the world.
Just as the flame of a lamp always points upward, Diwali is most importantly a time to celebrate and appreciate life and to look forward to the coming year with a renewed sense of purpose and passion.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, Diwali is a reminder and an opportunity to “Be the change you want to see in the world!”
Guruji Gopal Vyas
Official Hindu Priest, East London Hindu Mandir
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