October 20, 2014 Obara Meji 107Comment

diwali-celebrations

Namaste! This is the customary greeting in Hindi and also is used in departing . At this time of the year all people who practice Hinduism and those like myself who respect the tradition of all people will celebrate Diwali-the festival of lights. Below Blogger Ty, has kindly written her piece on Diwali with some delightful information for us.

Before I became an initiate of Ifa/Orisha tradition I practiced the tradition by always going out to nature and offering gifts and prayers to all Orishas. I did the same with Hinduism and I also had and still do have a Chinese ancestral altar, as I do an Hindu one, where I light candles and burn incense and pray. I celebrated Diwali and kept Chinese festivals (I did this at least twice, which were grand events) and one of my dreams was to go to India one year to celebrate Diwali there. I hear it is the most beautiful thing to witness, and you come away abundantly blessed and it shows.

Lakshmi is the Hindus counterpart of my Sweet mother Osun of the Yoruba tradition; Who is the Goddess of Compassion, fertility and of sweet cool water, and of love and beauty, all cultures have within their tradition, deities of the same but of different names due to language but are described the same and petitioned for the same, below is the Goddess Laksmi and also of the Yoruba Osun;

Lakshmi of the Hindu’s

Here are images of Yeye Osun of the Yoruba Tradition

 

 

Quan Yin of the Chinese

Erzulie Freda of Voudon

In the Haitian tradition the deity above id Erzulie Freda, same as Osun and Quan Yin and Lakshmi, however I could not find a black picture to represent her, since her is venerated by Haitians who are black people, so below I have added Erzulie Danto, who is also of the water, her functions may not be the same as Erzulie Freda (I work with her, but she is a fierce protector of her children and a fighter, I love her) but to color up de ting fi de Haitians dem, I must add her!

I give you these images as to make you familiar with these goddesses and how they look, they are in every culture but by different names as I have stated before. The Oluwo who took me to Africa for the first time, for my initiation there always told me stories of him going to India to celebrate Diwali, and there was a year (2005) when I had no idea that it was Diwali time, when I had a vision of a Diwali celebration. I heard the music, saw the indians singing dancing, saw the lights, food, along with all the festivities. When I woke up, this happened several years ago, I checked on the computer and sure enough it was Diwali time. They came to my dream and reminded me. We have all been incarnated into all different cultures, we have all been white, black, and others, this racial separation and hatred should really not be. I have a strong connection to China, and my junior sister has the same for India, uncanny? I think not.

Thank you Ty, for this that you wrote. We need to learn and know all cultures and respect it, this is my belief. I will also post music you will enjoy of these celebrations.

Diwali-By TY

Diwali is the festival of lights that is celebrated by Hindus. It bares many names and different spelling according to the region of india, such as Deepawali or Diwali. Deep = light and avail = a row. It is in total a five day celebration, with the third day being the day of the full all out celebration. This year it will be on October 23rd 2014 and I will also be celebrating it. It is considered an auspicious day where celebrants light clay oil pots called diyas. The thought is that the act of lighting these diyas will stir within you and the universe lightness and goodwill to enter you. The date chosen for divali is done based on the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or ‘no moon day’ is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali because it is the darkness night of the year. So by lighting the diyas, you are ridding yourself of darkness and allowing light to enter.

For all Hindu people, the festival has many meanings and stories behind the reason for the celebration. The most widely used explanation is that the festival is for Lord Rama’s victory as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana.

Lakshmi is the chief deity that is petitioned on this day. Her prayers or poojas are said in the evening by all. Lakshmi is the Hindu equivalent of my beautiful mother Ore Yeye Osun.  As with all things involving our beautiful mother, it is one of the biggest and most loved celebrations in India. It is a celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.

As with all celebrations, there are some customary things that are done. One is to give gifts to family and friends as an acknowledgement of their love and affection. Another is to light fire crackers as an expression to the heavens for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, and prosperity. A third, is the tradition of gambling on Diwali. The reason behind this stems from a Hindu tale that on this day, the Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva, and she decreed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. Diwali is associated with wealth and prosperity in many ways, and the festival of ‘ Dhanteras ‘ (‘dhan’ = wealth; ‘teras’ = 13th) is celebrated two days before the festival of lights.

Let this Diwali, may we step from the darkness into light. Let the light of God that shines within us all, shine brightly, so that we can carry forth good deeds, thoughts, actions, and visions. I pray that this light burns within us all and in all mankind for today the world is so dark and filled with chaos.

Namaste
Thank you Ty for this, in continuation with Ty’s post I have post a link below.

Here is a link to an article on Diwali;

http://hinduism.about.com/od/diwalifestivaloflights/a/diwali.htm

I a Obara Mèjì played my Lakshmi Cd yesterday while cooking and cleaning, I danced and sang (I do not know the words, but I tried). I lit my candles and filled my house with flowers and burned incense and sprayed sweet perfumes. I placed on my table dishes of sweet candy and honey, I mixed condensed milk with water, I placed dried rice and beans all things which symbolizes sweetness and abundance. I have Orisha Osun to whom I am initiate of, but this is the time of year that Lakshmi energy rises above all and stand out. Revering and venerating her is the same as I do to My Osun. There are so many things for us to do here in this world which will aid and offer assistance to us on our life’s journey, if only we take the time to try to understand things of a spiritual nature/embrace your spirituality and not cast judgement on what you do not understand.

Ẹni tó ńsáré tó ńwo ẹ̀hìn, ó di dandan, kó fẹsẹ̀ kọ /
Whoever keeps looking back while running, will certainly stumble….Yoruba Proverbs!

[Avoid distractions; be focused]

All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji

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[…] who practice this. Where ever Ty and her husband Yw are in this life, I thank them for what they taught us here, may God bless them and their […]

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Morning All. Obara Meji-Respect

Ty, thanks for this post and here I’ll add an article from one of Jamaica’s News site; it’s focus is on the food. Big up all East Indians whose lineage goes back to the time of the 1800s force labor in the Caribbean. We may look a tat different but we stories are of the same oppression.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/food/Food-Reminiscing-on-Diwali_17760750

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Big up all East Indians today….happy Divali to everyone….

MTH
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Teach, bless up. Morning everyone. Yesterday was a holiday in Jamaica, so you did not see me. Will read and catch up. Have a great day.

Ty
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We missed you Mth … How is your dad? Is he feeling better?

Iba Mama Nanny and all our heroes…

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Have a good day at work Ty, MTH, Toy and all.

Obara Meji
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Ty the gay tru mantra is very powerful it has helped me a lot

Obara Meji
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Is what me re
Wally write doe eeh god?

Obara Meji
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MTH we missed you!

Ty
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I am off to bed, have a wonderful night everyone, may our beautiful mother Osun, continue to bless you and give you the sweetness life has to offer…May the lights of Divali be with you all,..namaste…

Ty
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Obara, thanks for this space and forum to share our thoughts and adventures…

I really like the mantra you post and will be trying that one,..

Ty
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Cami I think the sweet roti is called parata…I like it too…

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Thanks Ty. I’ll look for a recipe to it.

Ty
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The poolori is very close to falafel…

Ty
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Night everyone, just came back from exercising….

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Namaste good night all i agree learning of others traditions n cultures shows that we are no different. Agreed Yw “The more you learn, in my opinion, is the more you can focus on our similarities rather than on our differences.”
I enjoyed the post thanks for sharing…gwaan go lissen the videos Namaste!

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Good night lovely folks! Well mi si seh mi miss the ‘ love fest’ lol; sleep well y’all

Cami
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Hey NuNu.

Obara Meji
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Mi always waan try poolori

Cami
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O, I’m going to read upon OM…if me don’t doze off I’ll return.

Yw
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I is are haffi put di likkle one dung fi sleep. Me will ketch up with you two another time and…..thank you both….

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No problem Yw. See you soon and enjoy that added love and light. Ase.

Obara Meji
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Nunu mi seet

Yw
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Hey Obara Meji. Tek the “O” and “M” from yu name… Wha yu get: “OM”, rahtid, nuff said. Powerful stuff…

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Again, knowledge of OM is a must, from what I’m reading its perfect for meditation as pointed out by ty. Nice association Yw being that it also deals with the omnipresent, manifested and unmanifested.

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good thing me not writing formal…patwa and grammer=bad writing, lol

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Obara and Cami… since is just us on for now, let me take this time to say that you two are very special…While, I do not keep people in my life (generally) you two seem to be quite worth it. So….Thank you both for brightening my mood whenever you are posting….nervous chuckle…..

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lolol, yah blush? lolol

Thanks Yw, you being on board is an honor to me because you spirit comes through your words.

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I feel the same way about you. Spirit: Such a powerful vulnerability. For what it is worth, you are a treasure. What the…..Why am I so emotional? This is not ….oh, said that already…

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Greetings and salutations Obara Meji, the ES board members, peepers and all!! Elephants are interesting animals… The matriarch guides the herd to fertile feeding grounds from memory which is passed down generationally. They will grieve over calves that die for days. They remember abuse and have been noted to have mental trauma from poachers. Very interesting animals…

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There was a series of books out base on the “Wizard of Oz” and in the one featuring the beginnings of the gelinda the bad withc (green) there was an encounter with a band of elephants (they spoke) and it was quite a touching tale, all in keeping with what Yw wrote.

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Namaste, Yw. Thanks to you and the Mrs for sharing your family outing with us.

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Most definitely, my sister by another mother.

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Namaste!! Remember the Diwali riddim in dancehall…wicked! It is great to learn about different cultures and traditions. The more you learn, in my opinion, is the more you can focus on our similarities rather than on our differences. Life without love is life without light. As we welcome the light into our hearts let us make it manifest into love that becomes a permanent part of life and emanates from our core. Namaste.

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Namaste! Hello Obara Ty thank you for this post. Do the elephants symbolize something in the background with Lakshim/Osun. I also noticed that they all have flowers in their hand does Osun have a specific flower that she likes are the flowers symbolic of something.

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Thank you so much for the information, Obara. I will all write of this down in my journal.

Obara Meji
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No problem YW, good daddy de wicked one cyaan walk close to yuh, ole duttie dranco!

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Toy, were you screechie off to?

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Sunflowers not Daffodil

Obara Meji
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An people fi ban dem from speaking! Wid d ugly hack cent

Obara Meji
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I do not know if the elephant represent fertility for them but I do not think so, and no the daffodil is not considered hers in Africa but I can see how she would love it!

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Hey guys

NuNu
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Howdy Courtney

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Namaste! O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us. Ase

NuNu
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Lol! Kia twirl har sari and gawn, Namaste to your prayer kia b!

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Ase

Obara Meji
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Hey Nunu

Obara Meji
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Àṣẹ gwan Kia!!

Thanks Ty

Ty
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Hey everyone, namaste !!!

Nunu, I noticed that so I wrote about it…me also mention the 3 for Mth….

The Divali celebration was fun…the dresses, saris, Indian wear and jewelry was fn to see…they had a tent with an altar dedicated to Lashkmi…it had a big wood cut out of a cow outside and everyone at some point in the night went over to the altar to pray, talk, or take pictures… No shame to them thing….it was wonderful

The evenîng started with prayers and chants, then went on with live stage performances ( dance, singing, drumming) in honor of the deities, with Lashkmi being the main one for the night…..

We had a great time and definitely will go back again next year…

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What was the food like? I love boil eggs with the suatee onions and tomatoes, sadly I don’t know how to make the sweet flavor breakfast roti. I had (they moved to NY) some friends from Punjab state and they turned me on to breakfast.

Ty
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They had many dishes , all vegetarian, no meat was served…we liked the pooloori and aloo pie…

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What the cow represent again?

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Who would Erzulie danto be in Yoruba tradition?

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Namaste folks!what does the many arms represent? It isn’t a coincidence that the celebration takes 5 days that’s Oshun’s /Lakshmi number

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In keeping with the theme, Namaste, to all. Ty, hope all is well, hope you’ll share your Diwali experience with us. I’ve always admired Hindi women for their Sari style of dress and the people over all because they don’t have to disguise their systems of belief…such as hiding the images of their deities like us “lost” African descendants.

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Cami! You are so right, hiding the images of our deities. Smh

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