Diwali and the Churning

2014214950_5Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival, the “Festival of Lights”.

Preparations and rituals typically last for five days, centred around the third day, when people offer prayer rituals, or pujas, to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Lakshmi was one of three goddesses who arose out of the difficult, turbulent time known as The Churning of the Milk Ocean.

Diwali is a reminder that even in times of churning, difficulty, and change there can be opportunities in a crisis: there is always the potential to bring forth health, wealth, and other wonders.

When people light small oil lamps or diyas on the third day of Diwali they are celebrating the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The possibility of finding opportunities in a crisis.

Chapter 3 of Inner Leadership contains tools for identifying the opportunities in a crisis.

Chapter 4 shows how to choose the one that is best for you.

Chapter 6 shows how to turn that into an inspiring vision.

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