Deepavali – Thoughts and Quotes on Diwali

The significance of Deepavali is the removal of darkness and ignorance from the mind and filling it with goodness. – Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi
Swami Sivananda says …all the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of inner light of the self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the bliss of the brightest of lights. God.
Sri Sri Ravishankar on the four aspects of Diwali:
  • Lights: symbolizing the spreading of Knowledge.
  • Firecrackers: Watching the firecrackers gives a relief to the explosive tendencies inside. When the explosion happens outside, the explosion inside is diffused.
  • Gift exchange and distribution of sweets: Sweets dispel the bitterness and renew the friendship.
  • Feeling abundance: Feeling a sense of abundance brings awareness and gratefulness for what one has.
Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami on the Significance of Diwali:
The inner significance of Diwali is that it is a joyful celebration of the victory of good over evil, of our spiritual qualities dominating our basic instincts, intellect and ego. Light is a universal symbol of spirituality. Thus bringing more light into our homes and therefore our lives symbolizes each of us becoming a more spiritual person.
The light of the soul can transform our baser qualities of greed, distrust and hatred into selfless giving, trust and helpfulness. It can inspire us to be consistent in our efforts to progress on the path of spiritual unfoldment. And it can reveal to us our true identity as immortal souls living and growing in the great school of earthly experience.
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