Happy Holidays Gallery 2018

On the Siddha Yoga path, we revere light as an expression of the Divine. The Happy Holidays Gallery 2018 acknowledges the ways people and cultures around the globe celebrate light and express the universal qualities of peace, joy, and harmony at this time of year.

These depictions of light serve as a sweet reminder of humanity’s common purpose in such celebrations. Our own inner light shines through the myriad forms of expression and illumines the world. For Siddha Yogis, the celebration of light also represents the journey of sadhana and our ever-expanding awareness of this divine light that shines through all of creation.

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Viewing this gallery and the introduction to it inspired me to conduct my own research into celebrations of light around the globe. I contemplated why almost every culture celebrates a holiday wherein lights, fires, or torches are lit. Then I looked up the simple word that I have been using casually all my life, and found that light is defined as something that makes things visible, as an illuminating agent such as the sun, and as radiance.
Perhaps, I thought, this is why I delighted in this season as a child—a season that stimulated an indescribable yearning in me. Perhaps, even then, I yearned to experience the inner light that makes the truth visible and brings radiance into our lives. I realized that the holidays, with their beauty, warmth, and exuberance, have given me a taste of light, both inner and outer, and a sensitivity that is unfolding more as I continue to de-light in sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, United States