Diwali or Dipawali is the time of year when Hindu families gather to share together. It's the Indian Christmas. It is the most important holiday for them, it marks their New Year and and means the path or row (awali) of lights or lamps of mud and oil (deepak). It lasts five days, but the most important takes place on New Moon´s night. That moment is the darkest of the year in which negative universal energies move and we must avoid being affected by them. That is why, to keep them away, we need to illuminate our surroundings and our spirit.

The mythological approach tells us the story of the celebration in the city of Ayodhya when King Rama (one of the reincarnations of god Vishnu) returned with his brother Laxman and his wife Sita after 14 years in exile and after defeating the demon Ravana (King of Lanka), who kidnapped Sita. The citizens, to help them find their way back home, illuminated the entire city, as well as earthen oil lamps paths.

Therefore, the ultimate goal and most important message that is repeated over and over again in the conclusions of all Hindu literature is that: 

In a spiritual sense, these days, and especially the main day of Diwali (this year is 27th October 2019), we must work inwards to keep away from those dark energies. Normally we should avoid staying in an unconscious state during the night of Diwali (that is, staying awake, aware!). When we are on waking state, we hinder the entry into these harmful forces.

In a cultural sense, traditionally, in the villages, as most people do not have the ability to do so by meditating or working spiritually for so many hours in a row, the communities gather, after the ritual of Laxmi performed in each home at midnight, to dance all the night while torches are lit... Therefore, it is a time to share and being together, as well as to receive blessings and light! Many in India leave their windows and doors open and light lamps as a means of welcoming Laxmi into their homes.

The most important moment of Diwali is the ritual we prepare for Laxmi or Lakshmi (Laxmi Puja). At least, we should stay awake after midnight of Diwali. During that time, the divine energy of Laxmi (the feminine part of god Vishnu, responsible for maintaining the balance of the world and all its components) is invoked.

¿What does Laxmi represent? Laxmi takes care of the part of our existence focused on material life (family, work, wealth...) always in a balanced and moderate way. She represents the wealth that we assume only as material wealth. But material wealth is necessary only in this world and must always be considered from discipline, respect, sincerity, kindness and love. This energy helps us to understand that we need material elements, but always from self-control and with an evolutionary attitude toward material detachment. Anything in excess can be positive.

During Diwali, we "invite" Laxmi into our home and ask her to stay there, bless us and our family and gives us light. The most effective, beneficial and powerful way is through a ritual (Laxmi Pooja):

It can be made in a simple way. The most important thing is alwayso doing it with love, respect and faith... For this we need a corner in room, like a temple in which we place a Laxmi shape (it can be a statue or an image). Better it to be low so we can sit at the same height. Of course, before beginning any sacred or inner work, we must wash at least our hands, feet and mouth. 

The first thing is to close our eyes, take several deep and slow breaths to concentrate and connect better with ourselves and with this ritual. We light a candle and incense (should be natural). We sing OM several times to invoke the fundamental universal energy.

The next thing is to pray Ganesha (divine energy that helps us remove the obstacles that make our path more difficult). To do this, we must chant this mantra at least 108 times (if you have a "Mala" or Hindu rosary that has already that number of beads, it will be easier). The mantra should not be sung, that is, you cannot make any sound in order to enhance its internal effect. This is called "Mantra Japa":


After honoring Ganesha, we need to awake Laxmi energy and ask her to stay with us, help us and gives us more light to get prosperity and material balance. We must sing this mantra as many times as we can and meditate with her energy as a focus:


We can do about ten rounds (10 malas or 1080 mantras), although there is no limit. The more we do (with faith and devotion), the more we will connect with that divine energy that resides within each one of us and we will strengthen it…

It is important to understand that, according to this Philosophy, God is not outside, but within us (Atman). God is everything. We are God, but we have to connect and realize that. All these divine energies are part of us but, if we do not work with them, they remain lethargic... 

Remembering the mantra "Shivoham" (I am God) is the ultimate end of the understanding the real meaning of Yoga ...

"Out of the silence came the song of creation; Out of the darkness came the light"

"All life is the result of energy and thus, we have a choice as to what energy we use in what we do, say and how we think"

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