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Divali: Lessons For Personal, Community Rejuvenation

Divali: Lessons For Personal, Community Rejuvenation

By N Oji Mzilikazi

(Originally appeared in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 22 October 31, 2013)

Asato ma sadgamaya

Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

Mrito ma amrita gamaya

From appearance lead me to reality

From darkness lead me to light

From death lead me to Immortality

Namaste! Divali Greetings to Montreal’s Hindu Community, and to Hindus worldwide.

Divali, Dewali or Deepawali is one of the most important festivities in the Hindu calendar. Divali is for Hindus what Christmas is for Christians and Eid-ul-Fitr is for Muslims…


(Inspired by photos; memories of weekend retreats at the Shiva Lingam Temple with the likes of Collette Lee Loy, Mwanza Donkor, Ngina, Miriam, Marie, Alex, Phillip, Keith Saadik Edwards, the grace and kindness of Pa and Ma Nancoo, and my teacher Lutchman Singh.)