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Author Topic: May your Diwali be full of light  (Read 430 times)

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May your Diwali be full of light
« on: October 26, 2019, 02:32:49 pm »
Just got back from wishing my desi neighbors a prosperous Diwali and figured, hey, I know we've got some Cauldronites likely celebrating, so I hope y'all have a good one too.
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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 03:42:13 pm »
Just got back from wishing my desi neighbors a prosperous Diwali and figured, hey, I know we've got some Cauldronites likely celebrating, so I hope y'all have a good one too.

I didn't realise it was Diwali. I hear it can be a lovely celebration. I second that Darkhawk

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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019, 12:25:25 pm »
Just got back from wishing my desi neighbors a prosperous Diwali and figured, hey, I know we've got some Cauldronites likely celebrating, so I hope y'all have a good one too.

बहवः धन्यवादाः bahavaḥ dhanyavādāḥ (thank you very much)! And a belated शुभ दीपवलि śubha dīpavali! :)

I may as well have been off-planet... I did nothing. I wasn't even up to doing my home puja. I've been under the weather. I did not go to fireworks Saturday night, did not go to Narasimha abhishekam (bathing, anointing, dressing and decorating) of the Narasimha (Vishnu's man-lion avatar) idol, or Lakshmi Puja last night. I feel so bad, given that Maa Lakshmi has been very good to me in my personal life.

Well, there is next year... and next life... and next life... and...

 

śivāya vishnu rūpaya śivaḥ rūpaya vishnave
śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2019, 12:28:54 pm »
I hear it can be a lovely celebration.

It is, very festive, bright and colorful. The triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the return from exile of Lord Rama and Sitamata (Mother Sita) to take their thrones back as king and queen of Ayodhya (yeah, the same place being argued over today). Lots of sweets.
śivāya vishnu rūpaya śivaḥ rūpaya vishnave
śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2019, 08:42:36 pm »
Well, there is next year... and next life... and next life... and...

Fortunately the gods are forgiving, eh?

I figured when the neighbors decided to share some of their Diwali snacks with me I should share 'em with my Hindu icons, so I did.  Please pardon my sadly undecorated shrinespace, but:

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(Let's see if I figured out how to attach a picture, heh.)
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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2019, 11:57:54 am »
Fortunately the gods are forgiving, eh?

I figured when the neighbors decided to share some of their Diwali snacks with me I should share 'em with my Hindu icons, so I did.  Please pardon my sadly undecorated shrinespace, but:

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(Let's see if I figured out how to attach a picture, heh.)

That's beautiful, thanks for sharing. :)  Even a leaf, a flower, fruit or water given with love is dear to God (BG 9.26).

I have the picture on the left also. I have it framed above my shrine. For anyone who may not know, it's Harihara, the combined form of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) and represents what my signature says... they are one and the same, there is only one God. The pic on the right looks to be Ardhanarishwara, the combined form of Shiva & Shakti.
śivāya vishnu rūpaya śivaḥ rūpaya vishnave
śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2019, 01:06:09 pm »
I have the picture on the left also. I have it framed above my shrine. For anyone who may not know, it's Harihara, the combined form of Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) and represents what my signature says... they are one and the same, there is only one God. The pic on the right looks to be Ardhanarishwara, the combined form of Shiva & Shakti.

Yep!  (The gorgeous Ardhanarishwara, by the way, is an Etsy find if anyone else wants one.)

And the sort of indistinct black blodge in the centre of the photo is Ganesha (it's a lovely icon but it does not photograph) enthroned on a small stack of candy bars.  I've also got a teeny-tiny Shiva and a teeny-tiny Durga that the Celt gave me randomly, so I said 'okay I'll put them in here so they have a respectful place to live', but I'm thinking at some point I might want to elaborate with larger icons and possibly a Surya representation.

The little bowl between Harihara and Ganesha is full of Diwali treats made by my neighbors because obviously I had to share.
as the water grinds the stone
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we shine like stars    - Covenant, "Bullet"

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Re: May your Diwali be full of light
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2019, 02:45:48 pm »
Yep!  (The gorgeous Ardhanarishwara, by the way, is an Etsy find if anyone else wants one.)

And the sort of indistinct black blodge in the centre of the photo is Ganesha (it's a lovely icon but it does not photograph) enthroned on a small stack of candy bars.  I've also got a teeny-tiny Shiva and a teeny-tiny Durga that the Celt gave me randomly, so I said 'okay I'll put them in here so they have a respectful place to live', but I'm thinking at some point I might want to elaborate with larger icons and possibly a Surya representation.

The little bowl between Harihara and Ganesha is full of Diwali treats made by my neighbors because obviously I had to share.

You do realise we're all going to be eager to see any of your other shrines you might want to share Darkhawk :)

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