Diwali’s Sahaj Significance
‘Today we are going to celebrate the Diwali, which means the rows of lights or, you can say, group of lights.
This Diwali has been a festival of very ancient times in India..
Diwali was celebrated when it was the darkest night of the year. So now, it is very symbolic of these modern times because the worst time, as far as morality is concerned has been in these modern times. We call it the Ghor Kali Yuga, the worst modern times. That means a complete darkness and, as you see around, you’ll find out that there is complete darkness as far as morality is concerned, but that’s why there are all kinds of crises.
Because of that, also, there are many who are seeking the light, the truth… ‘Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation (Diwali compilation here)
“Let this Diwali enlighten you with light of love.
You yourself are the lamps which burn high and don’t get pressed by the cover.
They become much more powerful than the cover. It is their own asset.”Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation (excerpt from Shri Mataji’s Diwali Letter from 1976)
It’s time for Sharing our Burlington’s Diwali Celebrations this year in Stories, Photos and Videos
This year we ended up celebrating Diwali – known also as The Festival of Lights – multiple times, with different groups of people, at various locations and of course, not in the same way. That is expected from our team of volunteers that is active here for so long, with deep roots in Burlington, Oakville, and overall Halton and Hamilton wider communities.
Celebrating the Light of Joy provided by the Beautiful Canadian Nature
Our little garden is still generous, sharing beauty, fragrance and colors this cold November. Therefore we brought our harvest of roses and calendula flowers indoors, with their vibrant freshness and we ended up having enough gifts from Mother Earth for each and every room. We hope you’ll enjoy and appreciate their inner light of joy too!
Diwali Celebrations in Burlington with “Going Deeper” and “Cool Kids and Parents” Seminars offered by Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network
We started celebrating Diwali last week at Mama Carmela’s hospitable and coziest home, with an abundant Diwali Potluck Dinner, among new and older friends from our SYMN volunteering team. Classes. Lots of joy, we also attempted to sing Diwali songs and learned more about the subtle meaning of Diwali, directly from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
The Diwali Festival’s spirit was also present at our Burlington and Oakville classes that week
We also mentioned Diwali – the Festival of Lights – at our weekly Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Burlington and Oakville. Starting to decorate the meditation room, also the generosity shared by participants bringing home baked goodies, as well introducing new knowledge, singing mantras and bhajans, truly elevated the atmosphere with the light of inner peace and joy.
Diwali with Friends and Family – Experience The Light of Love, Innocence and Joy
It was lovely to meet again with friends that came to visit from other provinces of Canada, also to be invited in other people’s little castles that decorated so nicely their homes for Diwali celebration and were eager to share their traditions with us!
It was also nice to experience the heartfelt sisterhood and brotherhood, also to see how each other’s kids had all grown up and one by one showed interest to meditate with us and learn some Light and Diwali related songs.
Interesting enough, after one such joyful celebration ended later in the night, and we were saying our good byes, I’ve noticed in that corner of Burlington a gorgeous tree that seemed to carry gold and shine bright for Diwali.
Find out more about out Diwali “Cool Kids and Parents” Diya Making & Meditation Seminar in the following paragraph
This article represents a Journey for the reader, giving you the opportunity to feel the many joys and lights that we’ve experienced during this week dedicated to Diwali. There are also videos shared below, that we feel that would enhance your experience.
Also, if you enjoy the photos in this article you might want to explore the Photo-Album from our Diwali 2023 [ with Canadian Nature too]; if your heart opens more and more, share your impressions in a comment by the end of the article. 🙂
This past weekend the sky was fabulous, let us know what you see in these photos, captured before and after our event: the special Diwali “Cool Kids and Parents” Sahaja Yoga Meditation seminar in Burlington; some teenagers joined for the first time, others already are regulars to our workshops. We meditated, cleared our chakras and felt so light and joyous before we started the artwork session. Everyone shinned bright in creativity, from start to end!
Time to say good bye from our lovely seminar, it seems that not everyone is IN the photos but that’s OK. In fact this became a two folded seminars, on one hand we had those focused on the Diya making especially the real Cool Kids and Parents, while a few others, Yogis and beginners from our regular classes have engaged into another creative activity: the choreography and decoration vision for our next big festival.
We felt the vibrations of the truth we shared and the inspiration that came upon us. We truly went deeper with the “sahaj experience” of how the Light of the Spirit works and how it is expressed through the vibratory awareness. Cool!
After the Diwali “Cool Kids and Clay Diya” Meditation Seminar, we went home, but the weather was so enchanting, we had to go out again, this time on a trail in our beautiful Halton region. The Sun was so playful so we teased each other, from my end the camera was able to get some really great “enlightening” shots. Enjoy them below!
When we reached home, again the universe (or let’s call it the Sky :-), was again talking to us through symbols in the ether: one can see an immense elephant head, or representing the upper part of Shri Ganesha — the Eternal Child within that governs our chakra of innocence, bestows divine wisdom and removes the obstacles from our path towards enlightenment. He was right there, above our neighborhood, welcoming back home, along with the roses.
I could not resist and jumped again into the role of a true paparazzi following Mother Earth’s endless beauty, generosity, humor, balance and grace. Thank You!
The Canadian Nature is just teaching splendor at every step. Please, bear with me sharing a few more photos captured this weekend; such wisdom encapsulated in earthlings of various shapes and colors need a voice, are meant to be seen and acknowledged.
My personal Diwali Experience with the Guiding Light of Spontaneity in a State of Connection
Some photos from today, when I actually used the Diya (Indian lamp) I made of clay, in about five minutes rushing towards the exit as we were wrapping the seminar up. I did not want to be the only one leaving without a Diya, but had no time to “think about it”, instead I just followed my intuition while maintaining the meditative state of ‘thoughtless awareness’. When I reached home, I’ve been astounded how the color pallet matched perfectly the little statue representing Shri Mahalakshmi — the feminine principle of generosity, evolution, peace and balance – who is in fact at the core of the Diwali celebrations.
Another sign from the universe that when we are connected, the energy of life that connects everything, is guiding us for the best choices in life, and creativity. We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and celebrated Diwali again with us!
We have three video-clips that you might not want to miss, a videoclip with a gorgeous sky and two “shorts” from the Seminar.
You might have observed that we are also sending subtle messages through the images shared in the article. You’ve seen the parallels found in Nature and in our personal life; we are never dis-connected if we allow the intelligence of Life and not our ego to make the right choices. Happy Diwali Everyone! Let’s honor our Inner Lights and each others!
Videos related to the Diwali Weekend in Burlington, November 2023
What our we taking to heart from the Diwali Festival’s subtle and meaningful message?!
” You all should promise to yourself that you will create a Deepawali [row of lights[ in every household,
in every country,
in the whole world.”Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation
“In Sahaja Yoga you develop another dimension which is Collective Consciousness.“
“That is the modern Sahaja Yoga. In the olden days they didn’t have this, so they just all got lost. Now you have collective consciousness and in that collective consciousness you start feeling others, feeling for others, compassion for others and you start working out for others.”Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation [ excerpt from her Talk to Yogis about Diwali in Lisbon, Portugal in 1996 ]