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Diwali 2014 hosted by Ananda LA
October 24, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PMFree
Join Ananda LA and Paul Fetler this Diwali 2014 with celebratory candle lights, a talk on ancient Dewali’s symbolic meaning, chanting, and meditation on the spirit of this beloved Indian festival!
The tradition and story of Diwali lies the age old significance of the victory of light over darkness; the lights that illuminate homes and hearts in India, like traditions all over the world, a symbolic renewal of hope. During Diwali, lights illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope.
While popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to yogic philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Dewali refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality- bringing peace and radiant joy.
Come for all or any part of the evening! Feel free to bring a candle for the altar, wear festive attire, and bring a snack!