Sunday, November 11th from 11:30 to 2:30
Diwali means rows of lighted lamps and is celebrated with great joy as the houses are brightly lit inviting Lakshmi, the goddess of happiness and good fortune. Diwalli symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance and is celebrated to honor Rama, the seventh of the god Vishnu. It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king Ravana. People light their homes to celebrate his victory over evil, light over darkness. Friends and families come together to share the blessing of light.
The festival will begin at 11:30 with music meditation with the Temple musicians. Swami Nadananda, Mahaswami will give the noon meditation "Strengthening Your Inner Light and Shining it into the World". Tom Mula and the Temple Players will give a dramatic presentation celebrating Diwalli and Sylvia Ewing will talk about it's beautiful meaning with "Celebrate Diwalli and Bring Light into your Life". The festival will conclude with a ritual and prayer followed with tea, refreshments and fellowship.