Divali: The Fire of Endless Love and Sacrifice
Wisdom from the Master
"When I say Light, I am speaking about illumination. This illumination will first take place in the realm of the God-manifesting soul. Next it will take place in the aspiring heart, then in the searching mind, then in the dynamic vital and, finally, in the wakeful body." --Sri Chinmoy
Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. For the past two years, I have been writing about it either in poetry form, prose or both.
There is another form of Light, or rather a Source from which Light springs:
“Let your Light so shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Or as experienced in the awakening of another virgin dawn, or in the essence of the righteous:
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.” (Isaiah 58: 8)
Of course, the great Avatar Sri Krishna, (Direct Incarnation of God) was in fact talking about the same Light. Still, of all the divine qualities, even though Light is needed most, it is wanted least. Why is that so? We fear that it will expose us, that we are not yet ready for it, that it will take us into a river of uncertainty.
This is erroneous, as the poet Rumi says: ‘Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.” Fire burns brightly in the core of the downtrodden and in the lap of the magnate dining on caviar and vintage wine. All are made in Love’s image.
Light permeates in the soul of the mom giving her very last breath of sacrifice for her children and it continues to shine in the darkness, even when the shadows are dense. It is that illumination, that awakening or enlightenment, that urges the addict to throw away his large Havana cigar and most importantly, it is the same Light that causes him to pick it up.
We are all caught up in the diversity of Light and shadow, Love and hate, cold and hot. Now that Diwali is here, it is good that we celebrate, indeed Light pushes us in this direction, according to our flow of receptivity and Consciousness.
All is necessary and there is no one or nothing without purpose. God Himself is celebrating in and through us, a most beautiful dance! On this occasion, Sri Krishna is His Advocate and Krishna utilizes other instruments of this Higher Light.
I have chosen to highlight the sacrifice of the woman here, as a most beautiful, illumining and inspirational form of Light. May we all dance and play, in the all-nourishing Diwali Lights … the diyas or lamps of the divine. Happy Diwali, my Hubber-Friends.
Light in Sacrifice
The Fire of Endless Sacrifice
Look at her poise, her dignity.
The Light of the Spirit kisses her face,
And the snow-white purity of Kailash,
Will never exude such fortitude.
Steeped in a river of endless sacrifice,
She carries her pearl of innocence.
Sitting on a basket of dream-filled hope,
Gazing into the void of the unknown.
Last night her Heart came weeping,
And Gratitude descended from the Beyond.
Carrying the fuel of an indomitable will;
Burning the fire of selflessness in her core.
Now life kisses a soul made resilient,
By the intimacy and bewilderment of Love.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 7th November, 2018.
Wisdom from the Master
"Although Light is the most needed spiritual quality of all, unfortunately it is the least wanted. Very often seekers invoke joy, peace or power, but very rarely do they aspire for Light. Instead of feeling that the divine Light will illumine them, they mistakenly identify with their own limitations and imperfections and feel that they are going to be exposed." - Sri Chinmoy
Wisdom from The Master
"Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life." -Sri Chinmoy
Forms of Light.
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