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Diwali ~ Festival of Light

November 11 marks the annual Indian festival of light over dark.

Diwali (or Deepavali, the “festival of light”) is a Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) annually. Diwali is by far the biggest and the brightest festival in India. It is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holidays are to Christians. The occasion literally illumines the entire nation with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its delight.

Diwali originated as a harvest festival that signified the final harvest of the year before winter. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the victory of light over darkness.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs to honour various historical events, stories or myths, yet they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to embody the inner light that protects us from darkness.

The Yoga, Vedanta and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy denote that there is something beyond the physical body and mind, which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman (Awareness). Diwali’s commemoration of the victory of good over evil refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance — the ignorance that veils one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, limitless and supreme reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things, and knowledge overcomes ignorance. Diwali is the celebration of this inner light over spiritual darkness.

The festival arrangements and ceremonies typically take place over five days, with the main festival night of Diwali meeting with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.

On the eve of Diwali, people clean and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) both inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. (Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.) Following puja, fireworks take place, and then a family feast is enjoyed including mithai (sweets). There is also an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

On the night of Diwali (November 11), light a candle, sit quietly, close your eyes, withdraw the senses, and concentrate on the supreme light that you are.

Behind the Design: Awakening Mala

An in-depth look at how our design process support us in our personal journey.

During the time this piece was inspired into fruition (July 2015), I was working on harmonizing my heart and throat chakras while working actively with a meditation by Lilian Eden for communicating entitled Unspoken: Breaking the Silence, to gain confidence in …

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Aranyani: Goddess of the Forest

Aranyani is a rarely seen deity who is acknowledged in the movement of the trees, especially at dusk. The forests have always been vital to Indian civilization, and represented the feminine principle in prakriti. They are the main source of life and fertility. As a community they have been respected as an ideal for evolution …

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Yoga and Hiking: Practice and Mala Beads for Connecting to Nature

Yoga to Support You on the Hiking Trail

Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale…

During summertime we often find ourselves gravitating to the outdoors, rather than opting to be inside a studio amid these gorgeous sunshiny days. Here on beautiful Salt Spring Island we have been taking in the best of both worlds by integrating our …

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Jade ~ Featured Mala Beads Gemstone

Jade mala beads inspire inner silence contemplation.

Green Jade promotes chi (life force energy) and is excellent for hiking, gardening or relaxing outdoors.

It is the stone of calm and serenity in the midst of storm. Its intention is to balance the nerves and pacify cardiac rhythm. It relieves anxiety and fear-based emotions. Jade kept …

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Behind the Design: Eye of Shiva Mala Beads

To open to a deeper level of perception, is to see beyond the dualities of life, and essentially to pierce the veil.

This design began with a serendipitous find of a strand of Eye of Shiva shells. In November of 2014, I followed my intuition to a gem and bead show on Salt Spring Island. …

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Cool Down with Yoga and Mala Beads for the Pitta Dosha

Melt away into a cool, grounding and soothing practice…

In the spirit of Ayurveda, the ancient tradition of Indian medicine, summer is the season of pitta, or fire. Although that fire has an intent (to provide the heat necessary to initiate activity and digest food and emotions), an excess of that energy can be toxic. …

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Amazonite - Featured Gemstone

Amazonite can support the balancing of both the heart and throat chakras.

A semi-opaque stone that was used abundantly by the Egyptians, Amazonite is known as the stone of courage. It is said to have acquired its name from the Amazon women warriors who praised the moon goddess, Diana. Since it was discovered near the …

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Recipe: Kapha – Friendly Nutty Soup


Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favour foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha

Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favor foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods …

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Sandalwood – Featured Mala Bead

Sandalwood stimulates clairvoyance, aids in seeing past lives, healing, clearing, protection, and calms the mind.

Indian Sandalwood is one of the finest holy herbs of Ayurveda. It is recognized scientifically as Santanlum album and in Sanskrit as Chandana.

Sandalwood originates from an evergreen tree that is grown in southern India. The sacred oil collects …

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