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India: Celebrating the Festival of Light
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3 November 2013
Today, 3 November, Deepavali—the Festival of Light—is being celebrated throughout India. In millions of homes candles are lit and set afloat on rivers, and Vedic Pandits across the country perform an ancient Vedic Yagya* to restore balance in nature.
The significance of this day was explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Deepavali thirty-three years ago, 7 November 1980, during an historic address to thousands of people assembled in a large field outside of Delhi for this occasion, which is traditionally celebrated in autumn. This year in 2013 Deepavali falls on 3 November.
Excerpts of Maharishi's inaugural address to an International Vedic Science Conference, on the occasion of Deepavali, 7 November 1980:
'It's very fortunate for us, it's very fortunate for the whole world to have the opportunity for this event in the world, which is going to arouse that element in the world consciousness which is responsible for prosperity and affluence. . . . We'll let the Vedic Pandits speak, because they speak the language of nature. Vedic expressions are the pronouncements of natural law. In that language natural law pulsates in creation. That language through which nature speaks and works, that is the language of the Veda (Total Knowledge).
'Now we'll have the blessings of those who have been carrying that language of nature in their speech throughout time, in their beautiful Vedic traditions.'
Maharishi introduced the Pandits' Vedic recitations, explaining that 'herein is the mechanics of enlivening that specific creative intelligence in natural law which will leave no poverty, no drawbacks, and no weaknesses in the world consciousness. Every country will enjoy affluence, prosperity, invincibility. . . .
'It's not a wish that we are making. We are creating that influence from that level of Samadhi,** from that level of infinite correlation which is the basis of all functioning in nature . . . because in our simplest form of consciousness these thrills in any one place are the thrills of the whole cosmos.'
* The Vedic Science of Yagya is part of the knowledge and technology of the reverberations of the unified field of natural law—the sounds of the Veda—that have been preserved for countless generations in the most ancient living tradition of knowledge on Earth—the Vedic Tradition of India. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) included in its proclamation that Vedic recitation (which includes the performance of Yagya) is a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity', and noted: 'In the age of globalization and modernization, when cultural diversity is under pressure, preservation of the oral tradition of Vedic chanting—a unique cultural heritage—has great significance.'
Maharishi has trained thousands of Vedic Pandits (experts in the Vedic Science of Yagya) in India with the desire to fully uphold and promote this timeless tradition to restore balance in nature and bring about a lasting state of world peace. For more information, please visit: www.VedicPandits.org.
** Samadhi is the experience of Transcendental Consciousness, developed through the practice of Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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