Yoga– to Light up Your Life

So… part of peace is to understand the culture of the place you are in. Thus this post is about Divali.

Possibly one of the largest Indian holidays, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs (and several of my Indian Christian and Muslim friends admit to reveling in the buzz around the event), Divali is known as the festival of lights. It’s a time to share sweets, exchange gifts, and enjoy with family while praying for a good year to come.

On this day, people light up their homes with diyas, oil-lamps, and allow them to burn throughout the day, a mark of auspiciousness.

But the real meaning of Divali, or deepavali, goes beyond the lighting of a lamp.

Sikhs celebrate Divali as the day when their 6th guru was freed along with 52 Hindu kings, Hindus as a day when the Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya from exile, Buddhists as the day when Emperor Asoka converted to their religion, and Jains as a day of enlightenment for Mahavira.

For this day, I offer the Sanskrit prayer:

Shubam Karoti Kalyanam, Arogyam Dhana Sampada

Shatru Buddhi Vinaasaya, Deepa Jyothi Namostute

Meaning:

I salute the One who is the lamplight that brings auspiciousness, prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect’s enemy.

So, what can be lamplight that brings auspiciousness, prosperity, and all that other good stuff to our lives?

It is Yoga.

Yoga can be the light of one’s life, bringing all goodness, because once we realize the truth behind Yoga, we are happy, healthy, and holy. We have everything we need in Love and Peace.

I offer you all the love and peace of this fine festival!

Enjoy Divali!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MNA IYER
    Nov 08, 2011 @ 02:49:18

    Are you not getting into the realm of spiritualism in the last para about yoga?

    Reply

    • sowmyaayyar
      Nov 08, 2011 @ 02:54:33

      Sure! My blog is about combining the different aspects of yoga– sports/ exercise/ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual– in a way that is palatable for the 21st century reader.

      Reply

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