The Danavira Mela Book
by Naamleela Free Jones
The Season of the "Light-in-Everybody"
During the darkest season of the year, around the time of the winter solstice, the presence of light has always been celebrated.
During this pivotal time, when the darkening days of winter reach their apex and begin to turn toward the increasing light of spring, cultures around the world have honored the renewal of the gift of light.
This season of renewal is interpreted in numerous ways, depending on who celebrates it, but all of these celebrations have in common the universal joy in light.
Of course, it is not winter at the same time of year everywhere in the world. But in modern times, the months of the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere have increasingly become a global time of festivity, both secular and sacred.
Since people all around the world are tending to celebrate at this time of year, particularly during the month of December, Beloved Adi Da has envisioned that this could be a time of collective global celebration, with positive significance and meaning for everyone. He has suggested:
Beloved Adi Da envisions this season as a time of global celebratory participation by people of all faiths and cultures. He suggests that this could be a season of great positive connectedness, in which people around the world would celebrate their own faiths and traditions in the midst of a universal celebration He has called: "Light-in-Everybody".
Beloved Adi Da describes the attitude that He envisions for this celebration:
It is essentially about Light, and about that Light in everybody. It is about acknowledging the characteristic of Light in everybody you know and meet, rather than darkness. It is about love rather than its opposite.
In His book, Not-Two Is Peace, He describes it:
The arts could be a primary way of participating in this celebratory season, with individuals and guilds creating special decorations, music, treats, and occasions that everyone can appreciate — and that don't exclude anyone.
All kinds of imagery could be invented to decorate the private and public environments of daily life, in a way that would enliven the arts while bringing enjoyment to everyone.
Beloved Adi Da hopes that the celebration would thus be a "fundamental public and globally socially positive (and universally socially bonding) expression of the prior unity of all of humankind" and a time that would "manifest social positiveness based on attitudes that are inclusive and that are about Light and love and that have to do with the universality of humankind".
Just as cultures everywhere have their own festivals and rituals that they celebrate at this time, as devotees of Beloved Adi Da we celebrate this special season of the year with customs that are unique to our own culture.
In this book, I will share with you some of our most important and enduring traditions, the ways that we celebrate the season of "Light-in-Everybody" in Beloved Adi Da's Company.
— From The Dawn Horse Press —
Season of "Light-in-Everybody"
The Danavira Mela Book
- by Naamleela Free Jones
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