Deepavali 2019 is nothing short of a blessing. It is a first for us as this is our first trip to India and thus our first Deepavali in India as well as our first with our dear baby girl who is also celebrating her first Deepavali. In every sense it is a true celebration of life and understanding self, it is filled with priceless moments and being showered by an abundance of blessings. More so it is in every sense a day of being thankful for all blessings and a day filled with great humility and gratitude.
October 27, the most celebrated day of Deepavali, began in prayer, first with humble prostrations to our Sadguru, His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and it continued with prayerful supplication throughout the day. We were able to join with hundreds of others to witness His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji perform Puja on the auspicious day of Deepavali 2019 and to participate in Puja. A great blessing this most certainly was!
As the day unfolded it presented so much that needed to be experienced with the heart and soul and not captured by phone or camera. It just needed to be experienced in its purest form, with energy at its purest and fullest- another step in understanding the self and the path being travelled. Energy, we can all agree comes in various forms. Energy, at its purest, is peaceful and calming. More so it is soothing and incomparable to anything else. There is no pressure, no stress, no pain, no negativity- just positivity!
Then came an opportunity to see the pieces of a puzzle (if one can call it such) come together as the Divine Master provided answers that for years I have not fought to find but accepted that faith would bring answers to if indeed they exist. It was like the unravelling of a story that for years has gotten the better of so many and has also denied them their true existence.
On the auspicious occasion of Deepavali 2019 He did exactly this! He provided answers and direction. Western Doctors who have resigned one’s fate to medication and dependency on medication they prescribe are no match for His greatness and knowledge, His compassion and His commitment to humanity. Being in the right place at the right time is one thing but being exactly where the Master wants you to be is another. It is absolutely the best part of the story ever! A way forward is what is received and it is better than being stuck which has been past reality.
Then to add to an already perfectly blessed day where your day begins with you seeing the Crowning Glory of the Universe, Nada Brahma, the epitome of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss, where it continues with you understanding how blessed you are by seeing more of what makes Him great, the epitome of perfection and the Master of the Universe you get your first real taste of Kriya Yoga which echoes the need to take care of oneself. Blessing after blessing most certainly! This is how I choose to see it and it is also how I choose to describe it.
It requires no searching, no stress, no fighting! That is not my life! No energy for it!
Then to bring Oct 27, 2019 to a close we had the beautiful opportunity of having a parent who lives downstairs where we stay do a rangoli design for our baby girl. Baby Sumanasa loved it and seeing how happy the daughters of these parents were made the occasion even more special.
Mere days earlier, on Dhanteras, Oct 25, 2019 this year, the first day of 5 days of Deepavali celebrations, we were fortunate to witness His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda perform Abhishekam for Lord Venkateshara. It was a sight to behold and truly an experience to be experienced through one’s own eyes and one’s own heart.
Then today, October 28, 2019 being able to witness Appaji’s return to Ashrama was certainly a most memorable occasion.
It is something that may be an eye-opener for many but it certainly promises to be a rewarding and interesting post!
How familiar are you with Jade?
Do you know it is a precious stone that emits positive energy and it is not something you buy for yourself but it is something you should be gifted with? Well this is true and really worth taking note of!
Jade is a precious stone indeed and it is made from nephrite and jadeite. Jadeite is in itself a combination of sodium- and aluminium-rich pyroxene.
More so Jade exists in six different colours: green,lavender, red, yellow, white and black. Green is the most traditional and expensive color for jade. I personally love it. The green color varies from pale or yellowish green to Granny Smith apple green, its best. The energy from the person gifting it to you and you being the recipient is purely positive. Giving positive energy to someone means that positive energy comes back to you!
Based on this we can surely agree that jade can be an ideal gift for so many reasons:
It gives positive energy and lot and lots of it too!
It has a lot of value.
It shows appreciation and love.
It is a symbol of purity.
It shows that you are worth something unique and something that costs as much as jade costs.
It makes a statement.
It means if someone decides to steal it they create added negative energy for themself.
Therefore if you see this precious stone being used in any particular setting be grateful for it. Whether it is used in spiritual practice (Jade murtis, jade chairs), given as a housewarming present (jade elephants, jade dog), given as a personal gift (like earrings, necklaces or rings) or anything of the sort, be eternally thankful for its use. Know that it is a good sign and enjoy the positive energy that comes with it. Receive it with love and if you are giving it to someone give it with love.
As my Uncle Steve would surely agree when you have a woman named Jade in your life she is a blessing and certainly a gift from God!