Happy Diwali! Above, a pretty NASA satellite photo of India during Diwali, the annual Hindu 5-day Festival of Lights signifying the triumph of good over evil. Union over divide. Gizmo over the Gremlins.
Mahatma Gandhi has called Diwali a reminder and an opportunity to “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It just so happens to be on a new moon and a solar eclipse. Triple threat presto chango!
Want to know more about it? Here’s President Obama to explain:
(note: we found this video is from 2009 and was a presidential first)
Yoga fans may be familiar with these traditional Vedic mantras from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad chanted on the holiday:
Asato maa sad-gamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya
Om shaantiḥ shaantiḥ shaantiḥ
Lead us from Untruth to Truth,
from Darkness to Light,
from Death to Immortality.
Om peace, peace, peace
And all the yogis said, let there be light.
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