Launching our candle as we prepare to celebrate the Diwali - 'Festival of Lights' seems quite fitting. Devoted to Lakshmi - the Goddess of Abundance; Diwali is all about living and appreciating the bounty and beauty of life.
The day before will see people clean their homes thoroughly, go out shopping for new clothes, getting themselves beautified and feeling their best. It's also a time to close old business accounts and tie up any loose ends in readiness for a new and abundant start. As night falls, houses are decorated with lanterns to welcome in the Goddess Lakshmi and mark the power of good over evil, light over dark. With homes beautifully decorated and filled with light, we say prayers, before feasting and celebrating with fireworks.
No prayer is complete without singing the Gayatri Mantra; a 5000 year old sacred mantra that is said to assist one in transcending all suffering. The Sanskrit Mantra is as below, which means: We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky and the soul of Heaven. May he stimulate and illuminate our minds.
Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yonah prachodayat
"Enlightenment is a process of peeling back the many layers of the ego to experience your true radiant Infinite Self. It is a process of opening to your innermost being, and as a result to the entire Universe! Reaching towards the center of "you" you may find a spiritual cyclone. Yet, keep diving, beyond that there is a deep stillness. In the very essence of your being is where your true spiritual knowledge resides. This is the Source of your Reality and Universe. As you continuously rest deeper into the quiet peaceful still center in the heart of your being, you will eventually awaken to the Divine being you truly are. The longer you can abide in this center, the faster you'll find yourself manifesting a rich life, full of depth, meaning, clarity, love and abundant with bliss."
Sending you love and light on Diwali from all at Mauli.