|Diwali: Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth, on lotus with white elephants symbolizing Ganesha.|
|Kwan Yin, Mt. Emei, Samantabhadra (h20002h)|
WQ: Why do you call it Deepavali and not Divali?
SA: The same. Dipa is light. This is in honor of Maha Laxmi (Great Lakshmi), the goddess and Lord Vishnu's consort. [Hinduism explains the Buddha as simply having been an incarnation of the triune God Vishnu.]
WQ: What about Radha, the divine feminine?
SA: The same. Laxmi represents Radha also and all the goddesses (devis).
SA: Yes, today, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. And I will be chanting Lord Buddha's mantra Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha.
WQ: Actually that's not...
SA: Not what?
WQ: ...not a bad idea. We're all ONE on Divali. Avalokiteshvara would be glad to hear it, and there's one personage we can agree on.