Celebration of Lights
It has been awhile since I shared my journey here on my blog. I am not going to justify my absence by complaining about my busy schedule or make promises to get here more often. I am however going to express my gratitude for this present moment and the opportunity to share a beautiful experience I recently had with my MYSO (Moksha Yoga Square One) Sangha.
Last week the Hindu community celebrated Diwali, the "festival of lights". Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn or spring (depending on the hemisphere). The festival represents the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. Communities who celebrate it display lights shining throughout their homes, neighbourhoods and temples. MYSO has celebrated Diwali for the past couple of years and this year was just as special. The evening involved our community coming together for a candle light practice followed by a beautiful Kirtan. For those not familiar with a Kirtan, think of a spiritually uplifting sing-a-long with beautiful chants and drums.
The real beauty of this night was not so much in the actually events but in the community that was gathered together. The group was made up of students, teachers and their love ones. There were people who have been members of our sangha for years and people who just heard about the event and felt the urge to take part. It did not matter how or why they entered the studio that night, what mattered was that they left knowing they had enlarged their "circle" and combined their light with others to create a beacon of hope in the world.
I encourage you to keep an eye out for the next time there is a Diwali celebration in your community and take the opportunity to spread a little Light and Love.
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