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ON DIWALI OCCASIONS
Barack Obama, The President of USA (2010) on Diwali
“In Jainism the occasion celebrates the attainment of Nirvaana
by Lord Mahavira, one of a long lines of spiritual leaders
known for achieving enlightenment by freeing
themselves of base human impulses and emotions.”
Statement by the President Barack Obama
on the Observance of Diwali -2012
Today, here at home and across the globe, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. Diwali is a time for gathering with family and friends, often marked with good food and dancing. It is also a time for prayer and reflection about those less fortunate. It is a testament to the compassion of these communities that so many of them have helped those that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Many who observe this holiday will light the Diya, or lamp, which symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. As that lamp is lit, we should all recommit ourselves to bring light to any place still facing darkness. Earlier this year, we were reminded of the evil that exists in the world when a gunman walked into the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire. In the wake of that horrible tragedy, we saw the resilience of a community that drew strength from their faith and a sense of solidarity with their neighbors, Sikh and non-Sikh alike. We also saw compassion and love, in the heroic actions of the first responders and the outpouring of support from people across the country. Out of a day of sadness, we were reminded that the beauty of America remains our diversity, and our right to religious freedom.
To those celebrating Diwali, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.
U.S. Senators Introduce Resolution Celebrating Diwali
Source: The Economic Times
WASHINGTON, DC, November 15,2012 (India Times): Two top American senators have
introduced a resolution in the US Senate recognizing the religious and historical significance of Diwali festival. Senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn, co-chairs of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan India Caucus, have introduced the resolution in observance of the festival of lights, expressing deepest respect for Indian Americans and South Asian Americans, as well as fellow countrymen and diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion.
“As co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, I am pleased to sponsor a resolution celebrating this important holiday for the Indian people and Indian-Americans,” Warner said. “India is the world’s largest democracy, which makes our countries and our people natural partners. It’s a relationship based on shared values, and its one I’d like to continue to grow,” he said.
“Diwali’s message of tolerance, compassion, and the victory of good over evil resonates with the American spirit,” Cornyn said. “As Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and others come together to celebrate this festival of lights, let us all be reminded, as Americans, of one of our most cherished freedoms: the freedom of religion,” he said in a statement.
Diwali is a festival of lights that marks the beginning of the Hindu new year, during which celebrants light small oil lamps, place the lamps around the home, and pray for health, knowledge, peace, wealth and prosperity, the resolution notes. The lights symbolize the light of knowledge within the individual that overwhelms the darkness of ignorance, empowering each celebrant to do good deeds and show compassion to others, it said.
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on the second floor of the Craig Academic Building (206A).
Claremont Lincoln University
Center for Jain Studies
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Claremont, CA 91711
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WELL WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
DINESH AND SAROJ VORA