Diwali is an East Indian festival celebrating the light by having clay lamps line the homes outside with sparkling light to mark the victory of the inner illumination over the darkness in the world from evil. They celebrate the inner consciousness as the Christians would the Christ consciousness that illuminated the world. And at this time of year Christians in certain parts of the world celebrate Martinmas or the Feast of St. Martin. His story is a very old one telling of a Roman solider who upon returning from battle to the city of Amiens at night he sees a shivering beggar at the gate. The man reaches out a hand for help and St. Martin sees the plight of this man and takes his sword and cuts his cloak in 1/2 and gives the man one half to wrap himself in to keep warm. In those days a cloak was a very precious and expensive item of clothing and was floor length so it more than covered the beggar man. St. Martin must have been quite tired and hungry traveling from the battle front and yet he stopped and saw the need of another human being and gave him what he had to give. That night he was said to have had a dream where Jesus was wearing half of the cloak that St. Martin gave to the beggar. After this he was baptized and became a christian and later the Bishop of Tours in the fourth century. This story has been marked by making lanterns and singing songs to the Saint about how he saved this man from the cold and inner cold of indifference from others. Children make these paper lanterns and see that they too can light the world with their own light.
Festivals of Light seem to be a theme at this time of year, the 3rd season before the Winter. As the days became shorter and colder human beings needed ways to celebrate the light to compensate for the dwindling light of day. The physical light of fire is a metaphor for the inner fire light of our consciousness when it is awake! How can we become more awake to the light within us as the true light in our own lives? Jesus is often referred to as the Light of the World. However I see that what he was trying to convey to us is that we are the light of the world and need to shine brightly in our own unique way to vanquish the darkness of evil within ourselves and the world outside of us. All illumination or enlightenment starts by us recognizing that everyone that has come before us whether it is Jesus or Buddha or Mohammad or myriads of other wise souls all spoke of the inner world where we must search for the light and continue to fuel it with peaceful actions and thoughts. When we pray, meditate or talk to the ascended masters and to the angelic realms and ask for help we are connecting to powerful light sources that will assist us in finding our inner lighted centers and the truth that we are all Divine beings in human form. When we know and practice a constant awareness of this truth and embody the light we become the new masters that can become the light shining for someone else who is in darkness.
So at this time of year where the veil between the Spirit world and ours is thinning and the darkness is moving towards more dominance than the sun we must reach within our own minds and souls and find the truth that we are the light that the world is seeking. As Rudolf Steiner says for this thirty-second week in his Calendar of the Soul,
"I feel my own force, bearing fruit.
And gaining strength to give me to the world.
My inmost being I feel charged with power.
To turn with clearer insight.
Toward the weaving of Life's destiny."
If we can but entertain the idea that we are so important to the battles ahead of creating enlightenment within ourselves and encouraging others to seek this within themselves we will win over the darkness and create balance within our world. Light and dark must be in balance or we see the affect on the minds of humans who hate and who see skin color or gender or even social or financial class as a barrier to loving someone or to accepting them as an equal. When we see each other as human beings and Spiritual beings like all others here on the planet including the plant kingdom and the animal kingdom and treat with respect our whole world we create the lost paradise of Eden. Where no one is cold, hungry, sick or lonely. Everyone has a home and is loved and cared for, has arms that can hold them when they are sad and misunderstood. When we see that our fulfillment is not in the outside effect of money or the power of a job position but is the reality that the Divine light lives in us and is the supply of our happiness then we can begin to heal the centuries of misinformation through the various dogmas of the religions of the world. When we can hear the truth from our own inner voices saying that love is the truth and that the light is what we are then we will see everyone else as the same as our own being. This is what we are evolving into, the understanding of peace and equality is our birthright as human beings. We are truly all one and come from the same Divine Source that is imbued in everything. So as you light a candle and say a prayer or sit to meditate or start a yoga practice remember who you are and that you are just one emanation of the Divine and there are billions of others as well.
Peace and Blessings of Light and Love,
My mission is to help people become more in tune with their own Soul Spirit plus Spirit Teachers and Angelic Guides resulting in clarity and awareness of the Divine that lives within!