18 Oct Celebrating Diwali the yogic way
Celebrating Diwali the yogic way
Diwali symbolizes the victory of good (knowledge) over darkness (ignorance). Historically, known as ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’ because Narakasura (symbolic of darkness), a cruel king, was killed by Krishna (symbolic of the light and knowledge). On this auspicious day, it said that if someone needs money, Goddess Lakshmi will come and if someone needs good health, Goddess Shakti will come and if someone wants education, Goddess Saraswati will come. These are all creative, positive reinforcements and ways of garnering wellbeing.
This Diwali light the noble intent within. Ancient wisdom “Tanme Manaha Shivasankalpam astu” (Yajurveda) – Let your heart radiate love, mind illuminate with knowledge and abundance of gratitude shine your soul. Dispel darkness with the lamp of compassion and serve others.
Firecrackers are symbolic reminding us we also tend to explode occasionally with anger, emotion, frustration etc. So let go of such wasteful negativity and embrace serenity. When firecrackers burst, there is light. Similarly, the pent-up feelings are let off light draws in and sense of calm restored. Everyone is preoccupied these days, and thereby most actions are performed without any clarity. Yoga is a celebration of life and teaches us that just by sitting still in one asana be it sukhasana, padmasana any asana of your choice your life energy governing mind, body and soul will explode with life just like firecrackers.
Exchanging of Diwali sweets representing the dispelling bitterness of the past and the sweet start of a renewed friendship. So let go of regrets of the past and embrace the loving future and live in the present. Welcome, a new beginning.
Rangoli designs adorn most of the houses. All colours represent different family members having different qualities like someone might have forbearance, someone will have, strength, kindness, while others have the ability to unite people. Rangoli colours, when set against one other add to the beauty and similarly also such good qualities under one roof, makes life shine with beauty.
Satsang (Keeping Company of those who are truly spiritual beings) unlike the common understanding of the word, Satsang at The Yoga Institute is not a religious discourse. It is a public gathering at The Yoga Institute, held every Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. in English or Hindi. Different Yoga topics presented and discussed through skits, music, etc. Experience the yoga way of life and Diwali celebrations in a very innovative way. Click here for details.