Divali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most
significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light".
Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body
and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just
as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the
celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which
outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all
ignorance), awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the
body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent
reality. With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion,
love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher
knowledge). This brings Ananda (inner joy or peace).
are the underlying forces or tendencies which one needs to have
unaffected, direct relation with in order to find effectiveness and
righteousness in life: they are lines of potential and illuminate
thought and action, thus the inner meaning of Diwali being the festival
Deepavali celebrates this through festive fireworks,
lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship. While the story behind
Dipavali varies from region to region, the essence is the same - to
rejoice in the inner light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all
things (Brahman). (Wikipedia)
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