Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights that is celebrated like New Year. In the Philippines, there are certain groups that organize events to remember the significance of this day. I have been attending the annual celebrations of one such group, the Brahma Kumaris in Quezon City. Yesterday, October 21, I found myself in Lotus Center, one of my most favorite places on earth.
The manifestation of light in our lives is made of experiences and feelings that are positive. But having light means darkness always comes after, as it is the universal principle of dualism. To embrace light means to accept the darkness. Here acceptance may mean shifting one’s understanding of it, and/or preparing for its arrival.
Having darkness makes us appreciate light more. Having darkness means there is an opportunity to rest and recharge. Darkness is necessary to create harmony, the right balance. The principle of yin and yang is ever present–in each day, in each life, in all Universes.
This was the blessing I received. We were made to write down our action plan, in a word, to ensure that our lives are always filled with light. I vowed to meditate every day, especially when it is darkest.
Happy Diwali to one and all! May your hearts and your lives be filled with light, balanced with the necessary darkness.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY IME MORALES
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