“All revere your Lotus Feet, Oh Goddess Lakshmi, Giver of all that is beautiful. Grant us your form, grant us victory, bless us with Welfare and remove all hostility”
– Devi Mahatmya
This auspicious day is associated with the Goddess Laksmi, the Devi of dharma, prosperity, love, and virtue.
The meaning of the Sanskrit term Diipavali is ‘row of lamps’ pointing to a tradition of lighting earthen ghee lamps in the windows upon sunset.
This lighting of diyas is a gesture which demonstrates one’s reverence to the Goddess Laksmi for her many blessings.
It is likewise a way of bowing down to Sri Lakshmi to enter our home with her generous boons.
The Diwali festival marks the conjunction of Surya (the sun) and Chandra (the moon) in the sign of Libra, which is considered very auspicious.
Symbolically, this New moon represents the triumph of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.
In the Indian Tradition, darkness represents spiritual ignorance (avidyā), and light is a symbol for virtues, wisdom, and the inborn light of the soul.
During Diwali, Laksmi is also called upon to drive away her sister Alakshmi, who is associated with bad luck, misfortune and adharma.
Lighting multiple ghee lamps on the night of Diwali is a way to show reverence for the forces of Light and goodness and her feminine divine embodiment, Sri Lakshmi.
I invite you to join us for this workshop that will help you explore the meaning and significance of The Festival of Lights through a combination of teachings & guided sadhanas.
Our session together for this year’s Festival of Lights Workshop will include a combination of lecture, story-telling, and the guided study and participation in a selection of Mantras as well as devotional hymns.
Enrollment Closes on November 12th
Live Online Workshop
Lecture & Mantra Sadhana with Gitte Bechsgaard
November 12th at 6:00am-8:00am PST, 9:00am-11:00am EST, 2:00pm-4:00pm GMT, 3:00pm-5:00pm CET
Live Online Workshop
2 Uninterrupted Hours of Mantra Sadhana & Lecture
Please do your best to have your video on while participating in the class.
Sadhana & teachings relevant to all levels of practitioners or students.
This workshop has no prerequisite requirements.
Accessing The Workshop:
You will receive a direct link to join via your email inbox, in the form of a Zoom Link, one day before the class and you can also access the class directly by clicking the class link you will find in your student area after logging into the Vidya Institute Website.
If you miss the workshop for some reason or are unable to attend, you will receive an email with a video where you will be able to review the class at any time for 14 days.
Full Workshop Access — 60USD