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Light-In-Everybody:
The Best Season of the Whole Year


Happy Danavira Mela!


multi-media suggestion: first, turn on the music below, then scroll back up to the top and browse through this page.
 

This presentation is organized as follows:

  1. About Danavira Mela
  2. Adi Da at Danavira Mela
  3. Enjoy a Little Danavira Mela Music!
  4. The Danavira Mela Tradition
    1. Three persimmons
    2. Tree finial
    3. Ancestral sock
    4. Tree decorations
    5. White trees
    6. Tree shawl
    7. Giving Coat
    8. Green Tea Ceremony
    9. Devotee creativity
  5. Danavira Mela Celebrated Around the World
    1. Adi Da Samrajashram (Fiji)
    2. The Mountain Of Attention (Northern California)
    3. The European Danda (The Netherlands)
    4. Australia
    5. Canada
    6. Finland
    7. New Zealand
    8. Portugal
    9. United Kingdom
    10. United States
  6. Closing Words
  7. Bottom of page

1. About Danavira Mela


In Adidam, Danavira Mela, or "The Season of Light-In-Everybody", lasts from early November (soon after the Celebration of Adi Da's Birthday on November 3) to the January 11th Celebration of Avatar Adi Da's Divine Self-"Emergence". It is a season that is (as Adi Da describes it), “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."

 
Danavira Mela logo
Danavira Mela logo

Danavira Mela logo
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It is also a time when devotees celebrate their relationship with Avatar Adi Da Samraj and their intimacy with one another in special ways such as gift making, gift giving, preparation of special foods (including cookie-making), and special occasions of sacred offerings from the various guilds in Adidam. It is a time for telling many stories of Avatar Adi Da's life and devotees' interaction with Him. (A "Green Tea Ceremony" is one of the ways devotees do this.) Danavira Mela means literally "the Celebration (Mela) of the Hero (Vira) of Giving (Da)". Previous names for this celebration include "the Feast of Acception" and "the Feast of God in Every Body".



 
A Danavira Mela logo on a decorative banner: The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2014
A Danavira Mela logo on a decorative banner:
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2014

A Danavira Mela logo on a decorative banner:
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2014

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A Danavira Mela logo
A Danavira Mela logo on a decorative banner:
First Sight Temple, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

A Danavira Mela logo on a decorative banner:
First Sight Temple, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

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You can read more about Danavira Mela in The Danavira Mela Book, and this article associated with The Danavira Mela Book.



ADI DA: I love this season of celebration. In human terms, it is really the best season of the whole year. Rightly engaged, this season should be the most splendid, loving time of every year.

Every year, I am concentrated in this celebration. I have been since My childhood. When I was a child, the holidays were a major event. I always received many gifts, but the occasion was not interesting to Me because I received gifts.

It was interesting to Me because of the spirit of giving gifts — the beauty of it, the joy, the happiness of it, the whole spirit, the whole orientation of this time of year when people give gifts to one another and happily receive gifts.


Season's Greetings
Adi Da and his sister on the family greeting card


The giving is the meaning of this season, you see. I love the disposition expressed through giving. Every year, when you participate in this ceremony of gift-giving, it should be a ceremonial expression, enacted during this season, of how you live all the time.

On special occasions during this season, you celebrate ceremonially the fundamental act with which you are involved all the time.

Gift-giving is delightful, but your giving of gifts should be a celebration of how you live every day, a confirmation of your life with Me, and with everyone you know and meet, even with all humankind.

This basic expression should continue through the New Year, and it should confirm your disposition all year.

This is the secret of the ego-transcending process. I am always Giving the great Gift of My Divine Love and Blessing. When My devotees love Me and practice the Way that I have Given them, that is their gift.

When My devotees love Me and practice, and when I Love them and Bless them, there is this exchange with one another.

Then, every year during this season, I express ceremoniously what I have done with My devotees, and what they have done with Me, all year long. This is the secret of My participation in this celebration.

Know that I Bless you through and beyond time and space. Live a life of celebration. True life, ego-transcending life, is a celebration, a joyous occasion of meeting with others in the universal circumstance of prior unity and in the joy of Communion with the Indivisible Divine Reality.

That is why I look forward to this season every year. It is the greatest season of the year. It is a marvelous season. I hope it is a happy time for you and for all of your friends.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, “The Feast of God in Every Body”, December 25, 1982
excerpt from The Danavira Mela Book


The tree at Danavira Mela time is a symbol. It represents something in the human scale. The Danavira Mela tree represents the human nervous system and the esoteric psycho-physical structures that have been associated with the Spiritual process in all traditions, including the Light that shines from above. The Danavira Mela tree is a representation of that. It is a symbolic tree-like form, a 'Tree of Life' kind of form.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
excerpt from The Danavira Mela Book

Decorating the Divine Spirit-Tree of Light at The Manner Of Flowers, The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary
Decorating the Divine Spirit-Tree of Light at The Manner Of Flowers
The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary

Decorating the Divine Spirit-Tree of Light
at The Manner Of Flowers

The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary
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2. Adi Da at Danavira Mela




Adi Da
Adi Da in front of the window of His bedroom, with decorated tree inside

Adi Da in front of the window of His bedroom, with decorated tree inside
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Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram
Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram

Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram, November, 2007
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Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram
Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram

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  Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram
Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram

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Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram
Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram

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  Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram
Adi Da decorating a Giving Tree, Adi Da Samrajashram

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Devotee's home in Chicago, Sebastopol, California, December, 2012
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Children inspired by Adi Da as they decorate cookies in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Children inspired by Adi Da as they decorate cookies in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015.

Children inspired by Adi Da as they decorate cookies in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015.
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Adi Da
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Adi Da
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Adi Da
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Adi Da
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Adi Da

Adi Da
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The Divine Spirit-Being is in charge of the body-mind, and it also flies, goes everywhere, and brings Gifts to everyone. My Blessing Presence brings all the Happiness of the Divine to everyone, as a Free Gift.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
excerpt from The Danavira Mela Book


3. Enjoy a Little Danavira Mela Music!




ABOUT THE MUSIC. . .

WHEN ALL IS GONE TO LOVE

from the album
Danavira: Giver of Light

music by JoAnne Sunshine

When all is gone to Love,
a symphony of Light.
Beholding You before us,
Your Blessing Presence Bright.

Da Da Da.

Bright Blessings pouring down,
pouring down Your Light.

REJOICE

from the album
Danavira (The Hero Of Giving)

music by John Mackay
performed by John Mackay and the Sacred Music Guild

Rejoice!
Rejoice in Love-Ananda.
Da, "Bright" Hridayam.
Avabhasa Da (Blessed Guru Divine),
Ishta Sri Love-Ananda Da (Avadhoota Mahan),
Da, "Bright" Hridayam,
Rejoice in Love-Ananda.

LORD OF THE DANCE

arranged by Colin Decio
vocals: Ingrid Prosser and Colin Decio

more here

CAROL OF THE BELLS

traditional carol, arranged and performed by devotees Grace Evans and Neem Wood

more here

LIGHT-IN-EVERYBODY

lyrics by Megan Anderson
music by Adam Weiss and Aura Bakker

To every person, everywhere,
this time of year and ever,
let's bring peace and joy to all
and celebrate together.

We may seem to be different
We may seem to be many
But at the core of all our hearts
is a single human family.

Let us embrace this time of year
And let us make much beauty
Let us celebrate each other
and the light that guides us truly

No matter what our country
No matter what our creed
Cooperation is our freedom
Indivisibility our need.

Though many peoples of the world
see differences everywhere,
The heart of beings is unfurled
when unity's declared.
Even in the darkness of the night,
All of humankind is bright
Oh when we celebrate
the Light-in-Everybody,
Light-in-Everybody.

A CLASSICAL HOLIDAY

Traditional holiday music, played by world-renowned pianist, Katya Grineva, and arranged by Byron Duckwall.

In this brief medley of excerpts from Katya's CD, she draws on many different classical modalities: from Bach to Chopin to Rachmaninoff. You'll recognize snippets of familar melodies like "My Favorite Things", "Sleigh Ride", "Ave Maria", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas". The CD contains much more. Devotee and master cellist Byron Duckwall is the producer and arranger. More here.

Album dedication:
"In deep appreciation to Adi Da for all His gifts."

In the video clip below, Katya talks (on a New York TV show) about her December 2015 concert, "A Classical Holiday", at Carnegie Hall (her fifteenth appearance at Carnegie Hall — she is the first woman to perform as a soloist at Carnegie Hall this many times), where she plays pieces from her CD (and more).


 
Katya Grineva playing "A Classical Holiday" at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December, 2016
Katya Grineva playing "A Classical Holiday", December, 2016 - her 16th appearance at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Katya Grineva playing "A Classical Holiday", December, 2016 - her 16th appearance at Carnegie Hall, New York City

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4. The Danavira Mela Tradition


Here's to Love, absolutely. That is the spirit of this season of celebration. That spirit should inform your entire year. It takes months to move out of the shine of that celebration, at which point the same obligation rests on you. The same thing obliges you all year long - receiving My Divine Grace absolutely, and letting It flow freely through you such that you can freely give the Prasad of My Divine Blessing to others. What a delightful life!

Avatar Adi Da Samraj



In the next section, we have many photos of Danavira Mela being celebrated by Adi Da's devotees around the world. There are a few recurring themes you'll notice in these pictures, that distinguish the Danavira Mela tradition from the Christmas tradition.

4.1. Three persimmons. Many of the trees display three persimmons, representing the three stations of the heart.[2]



 
Stylized depiction of the three stations of the heart, decorating a Giving Tree
Stylized depiction of the three stations of the heart, decorating a Giving Tree — by Ruy Carpenter, December, 2015

Stylized depiction of the three stations of the heart, decorating a Giving Tree — by Ruy Carpenter, December, 2015
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4.2. Tree finial. Many of the trees have as their finial (tree-topper) a five-pointed star, which is the central element of the Cosmic Mandala. Some devotees use a representation of the entire Cosmic Mandala (with the five-pointed star in the middle), or the Dawn Horse pointing upward to the five-pointed star.



4.3. Ancestral sock. Some of the trees have an "ancestral sock". Hanging the "ancestral sock" on the Tree of Light is a well-loved and important tradition stemming from Avatar Adi Da’s childhood. The actual "ancestral sock" has been hanging on Avatar Adi Da’s family tree for close to a century. The sock was first put on the family tree for Adi Da’s mother's very first Christmas, in 1915. From the time He was an infant, the sock was always on the tree at His Grandpa and Aunt Minnie's house where He went every Christmas Eve. His grandfather eventually passed it on to His mother, and she then passed it on to Adi Da in 1975. It has been the first ornament to go on His tree each year ever since! In the late 1990's, when He suggested that replicas be made of "the sock" for others to hang on their trees,[1] this tradition became a special sign of the direct and personal relationship everyone can enter into with Him; in a profound sense, all of Adi Da's devotees are part of His "Gurukula": the family of the Divine Guru.

4.4. Tree decorations. Many of the trees have decorations that remind devotees of their Beloved Spiritual Master: photographs or artistic renderings of Him; photographs from events in His life; miniatures of His Image-Art (perhaps we could call them "minumental fabrications"); etc.

Closeup of tree decorations in Is-Da Happen, Adi Da Samrajashram, November 18, 2007. On this tree, each year of Adi Da's life is represented by an ornament with a photograph from that year.
Closeup of tree decorations in Is-Da Happen
Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, November 18, 2007.
On this tree, each year of Adi Da's life is represented by
an ornament with a photograph from that year.

Some devotees' tree decorations also include what Adi Da refers to as "icons of happiness". These include specific Disney images, like that of Mickey Mouse:

Icons of happiness covering a devotees tree in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015
"Icons of happiness" covering a devotee's tree in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015

"Icons of happiness" covering a devotee's tree
in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015

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4.5. White trees. Some of the trees are white, not green. These are formal sacred trees, most often found on one of the Empowered Sanctuaries or in one of the regional centers of Adidam.

 
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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4.6. Tree shawl. Orange is the color of renunciation. The orange shawl or ribbon is added to the tree in January, at the time of the Ashvamedha Celebration.

Magdalena's tree in Napa, California, December, 2012
Magdalena's tree in Napa, California, December, 2012.


4.7. Giving Coat. Some pictures show a Giving Coat accompanying the tree. The Giving Coat is a large, flattened coat or robe that is hung with arms stretched out horizontally. The Coat contains many pockets, which are decorated with scenes from Adi Da's life and work and are filled with gifts.


a Giving Coat

4.8. Green Tree Ceremony. We mentioned how Danavira Mela is a time for telling stories of Avatar Adi Da's life and devotees' interaction with Him. The Green Tea Ceremony is an occasion especially created for this purpose. More pictures further down the page.

Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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4.9. Devotee creativity. There's no end to devotee creativity! We've been showing a few of the recurring elements in the Danavira Mela tradition. But devotees are always coming up with new contributions to that tradition.

Danavira Mela creativity
Danavira Mela creativity:
She Layne's tree in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

Danavira Mela creativity:
She Layne's tree in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013
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Danavira Mela creativity
Danavira Mela creativity:
She Layne's tree in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

Danavira Mela creativity:
She Layne's tree in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

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Sculpture of Adi Da by Eleanor S., , Trinidad, California, December, 2015
Sculpture of Adi Da by Eleanor S., Trinidad, California, December, 2015

Sculpture of Adi Da by Eleanor S., Trinidad, California, December, 2015

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A devotee tree topped by an origami star in Los Angeles, California, 2011
A devotee tree topped by an origami star in Los Angeles, California, 2011

A devotee tree topped by an origami star in Los Angeles, California, 2011
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Becoming part of the decorations in Lake County, California, 2009
Becoming part of the decorations in Lake County, California, 2009

Becoming part of the decorations in Lake County, California, 2009
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Mei-Ling's vegetable Santa in New York, New York, 2016
Mei-Ling's vegetable Santa in New York, New York, December 2016

Mei-Ling's vegetable Santa in New York, New York, December, 2016
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5. Danavira Mela Celebrated Around the World


 
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
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Please send us your current Danavira Mela photos, so we can post them here, and share them with everybody! We currently have pictures from:

  1. Adi Da Samrajashram (Fiji)
  2. The Mountain Of Attention (Northern California)
  3. The European Danda (The Netherlands)
  4. Australia
  5. Canada
  6. Finland
  7. New Zealand
  8. Portugal
  9. United Kingdom
  10. United States
    1. Arizona
    2. California
    3. Hawaii
    4. Illinois
    5. Maryland / Washington, DC
    6. Massachusetts
    7. Michigan
    8. Nevada
    9. New Jersey / New York
    10. Oregon
    11. Virginia
    12. Washington
    13. Wisconsin

And now. . . Danavira Mela pictures from around the world!


5.1. Danavira Mela at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji

 
Danavira Mela decorations in the inner courtyard of Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011
Danavira Mela decorations in the inner courtyard of Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011

Danavira Mela decorations in the inner courtyard of Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011
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Danavira Mela decorations in the inner courtyard of Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2008


Decorating a tree in Is-Da Happen, Adi Da Samrajashram, November 18, 2007
Decorating a tree in Is-Da Happen, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, November 18, 2007


Danavira Mela decorations at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011
Danavira Mela decorations at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011


 
Cookies made at Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011
Cookies made at Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011

Cookies made at Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, 2011
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Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, December 29, 2006
Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji
December 29, 2006

Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, December 29, 2006
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Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, December 29, 2006
Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji
December 29, 2006

Cards for Adi Da from devotees in His office, Glass Pear, Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, December 29, 2006
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5.2. Danavira Mela at The Mountain Of Attention (Northern California)


 
Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate - The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate
The Mountain Of Attention,
Northern California, December 2015

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Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate at night - The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate at night
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

Danavira Mela Wreath on All Eyes Gate at night
The Mountain Of Attention,
Northern California, December 2015

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Danavira Mela at Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
Danavira Mela in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December 2015

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The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2013
The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2013

The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December 2013

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The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2011
The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2011

The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December 2011

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The Giving Coat in Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
The Giving Coat in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

The Giving Coat in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December 2015


The Mountain Of  Attention, Northern California, December, 2015
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2015


 
The Spirit Tree of Life in Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2013
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2014

The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December 2014
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The Adidam Sacred Choir performing  in Land Bridge Pavilion, The Mountain Of Attention, December 2013
The Adidam Sacred Choir performing in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2013

The Adidam Sacred Choir performing in Land Bridge Pavilion
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2013

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The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
Huge Helper covered in Danavira Mela lights
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

Huge Helper covered in Danavira Mela lights
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2015

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The Mountain Of Attention, December 2015
A Danavira Mela tree next to Plain Talk Chapel
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2015

A Danavira Mela tree next to Plain Talk Chapel
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2015

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The Mountain Of Attention, December 2016
Danavira Mela elves at the Adidam Bookstore
The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2016

Danavira Mela elves at the Adidam Bookstore
The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2016

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The Adidam Bookstore (Fresh Milk) at The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2012.
The Adidam Bookstore (Fresh Milk) at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.

The Adidam Bookstore (Fresh Milk) at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.
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Seventh Gate at The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2012.
Seventh Gate at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.

Seventh Gate at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.
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Ordeal Bath Lodge at The Mountain Of Attention, January 1, 2014 - photo copyright Ruy Carpenter.
Ordeal Bath Lodge at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, January 1, 2014 - © Ruy Carpenter.

Ordeal Bath Lodge at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, January 1, 2014 - © Ruy Carpenter.
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Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2012.
Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.

Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.
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Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, December, 2012.
Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.

Cookie decorating at The Mountain Of Attention, Northern California, December, 2012.
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5.3. Danavira Mela at The European Danda (The Netherlands)


 
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Tree trimming completed at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Tree trimming completed at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Tree trimming completed at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The  Netherlands, 2013
Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

Gifts beneath the tree at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, 2013

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Devotee tree in Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December,  2015
Devotee tree in Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2015

Devotee tree in Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2015

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The craftsmanship of cookie decorating:
the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
It's the 21st century, so a virtual fireplace glows in the background. . .
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2014
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2013

Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2013
before being decorated
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, 
The Netherlands, December, 2013
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2013

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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2013
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Cookie decorating at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2013
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Bringing the best cookies to the Divine Domain for Beloved Adi Da
Bringing the best cookies to the Divine Domain for Beloved Adi Da
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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda
Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Danavira Mela dinner and gifting at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Green Tea Ceremony (and associated sacred story telling) at the European Danda
Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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Sacred Green Tea Ceremony (and associated story telling) at the European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands, December, 2012

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5.4. Danavira Mela in Australia


 
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Giving Coat (with pockets filled with gifts) hanging in the background.
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Giving Coat (with pockets filled with gifts) hanging in the background.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Giving Coat (with pockets filled with gifts) hanging in the background.
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Elves at work!
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Elves at work!

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Elves at work!
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Green tea ceremony.
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. Green tea ceremony.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Green tea ceremony.
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. "For you!"
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012. "For you!"

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
"For you!"
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Danavira Mela celebration in the regional center, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.

Danavira Mela celebration in the regional centre, Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012.
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A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia
December, 2012
 
A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia
December, 2012


A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia
December, 2012
Danavira Mela decorations in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
Danavira Mela decorations in Melbourne, Australia
December, 2012


A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
A devotee tree in Melbourne, Australia
December, 2012


The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2012
 
The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2012


The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
The Adidam Regional Centre's main tree
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2012
 
The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
The Adidam Regional Centre's main tree
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2012


The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2012
 
A Giving Coat in the Adidam Regional Centre of Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012
A Giving Coat in the Adidam Regional Centre
Melbourne, Australia, December, 2012


 
The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne., Australia, December, 2015
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

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The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne., Australia, December, 2015
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

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The Adidam Regional Centre in Melbourne., Australia, December, 2015
The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

The Adidam Regional Centre in
Melbourne, Australia
, December, 2015.

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5.5. Danavira Mela in Canada


 
A devotee home in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016
A devotee home in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016

A devotee home in
Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
, 2016

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A devotee tree in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016
A devotee tree in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016

A devotee tree in
Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
, 2016

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A devotee home  in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016
A devotee home in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, 2016

A devotee home in
Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada
, 2016

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Icons of happiness covering a devotees tree in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015
"Icons of happiness" covering a devotee's tree in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015

"Icons of happiness" covering a devotee's tree
in British Columbia, Canada - December, 2015

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5.6. Danavira Mela in Finland


 
A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2016
A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2016.

A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2016.
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A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2015
A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2015.

A devotee tree in Helsinki, Finland, December, 2015.
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5.7. Danavira Mela in New Zealand


One of many worldwide community efforts:
Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.

Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.

One of many worldwide community efforts:
Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.

Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.


One of many worldwide community efforts:
Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.

Devotees in Auckland, New Zealand made raffle prizes and delicious treats, raising thousands of dollars for their friends in Lake County, California, who had lost their homes in the Valley Fire — December, 2015.


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015
Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015

Danavira Mela in Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2015


 
in the egional center, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013
In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.
Devotees circumambulate First Sight with the Giving Coat, showing that the back is also filled with pockets. Everyone has put a gift into the pockets, and everyone receives a gift.
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in the egional center, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013
In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.
Close-up of the Giving Coat.
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in the egional center, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013
In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

In Adidam New Zealand Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.
A young devotee receives a gift from Adi Da's Giving Coat.
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in the egional center, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2013
In First Sight Temple, Adidam New Zealand Centre
Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013.

In First Sight Temple, Adidam New Zealand Centre
Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2013
.
The Divine Spirit-Tree of Light is one of Adi Da's Forms. Here, a devotee waves a candle to the Tree (as Adi Da's Form).
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Devotee S.K. in Auckland, New Zealand shares her Danavira Mela decoration process with us. . . December, 2012.

BEFORE:

Before

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Before

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AFTER:

After

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After

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After

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After

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After

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S.K.'s tree in December, 2013. . .

S.K.'s Tree, December 2013
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S.K.'s Tree, December 2013
close-up
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S.K.'s Tree, December 2013
close-up
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One  of S.K.'s interior decorations, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2014
One of S.K.'s interior decorations, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2014.

One of S.K.'s interior decorations, Auckland, New Zealand, December, 2014.
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5.8. Danavira Mela in Portugal


Devotee tree in Monchique, Portugal, December, 2014
Devotee tree using ash packets from Celebrations for decorations
in
Monchique, Portugal, December, 2014


5.9. Danavira Mela in the United Kingdom


 
Adi Da's Image-Art (upper left) and white tree blesses a very festive holiday gathering, Wokingham, United Kingdom, December, 2015
Adi Da's Image-Art (upper left) and white tree blesses a very festive holiday gathering, Wokingham, United Kingdom, December, 2015

Adi Da's Image-Art (upper left) and white tree blesses a very festive holiday gathering, Wokingham, United Kingdom, December, 2015
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5.10. Danavira Mela in the United States


5.10.1. Danavira Mela in Arizona


 
A devotee tree in Arizona, 2011
A devotee tree in Arizona, 2011

A devotee tree in Arizona, 2011
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5.10.2. Danavira Mela in California

 
Tamarind Free Jones, California, December, 2016
Tamarind Free Jones, California, December, 2016

Tamarind Free Jones, California, December, 2016
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Tamarind tree decorating, Northern California, November, 2013
Tamarind tree decorating, Northern California, November, 2013

Tamarind tree decorating, Northern California, November, 2013
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Tamarind and Naamleela Free Jones baking cookies, December 24, 2014
Tamarind and Naamleela Free Jones baking cookies, Northern California, December 24, 2014

Tamarind and Naamleela Free Jones baking cookies, Northern California, December 24, 2014
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Three persimmons on a devotee tree in  Los Angeles, California, 2011
Three persimmons on a devotee tree in Los Angeles, California, 2011

Three persimmons on a devotee tree in Los Angeles, California, 2011
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Devotees in Trinidad, California, December, 2016
Devotees in Trinidad, California, December, 2016

Devotees in Trinidad, California, December 2016
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Cookie making in Alameda, California, 2016
Coo6ie making in Alameda, California, 2016

Cookie making in Alameda, California, 2016
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Cookie making in Alameda, California, 2016
Cookie making in Alameda, California, 2016

Cookie making in Alameda, California, 2016
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Devotee tree in Middletown, California, 2016
Devotee tree in Middletown, California, 2016

Devotee tree in Middletown, California, 2016
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A devotee tree in Oakland, California, 2011
A devotee tree in Oakland, California, 2011

A devotee tree in Oakland, California, 2011
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A devotee tree in Middletown, California, December, 2015
A devotee tree in Middletown, California, December, 2015

A devotee tree in Middletown, California, December, 2015
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Food for belly and heart n Oakland, California, 2015
Food for belly and heart in Oakland, California, December, 2015

Food for belly and heart in Oakland, California, December, 2015
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A devotee tree in Lake County, California, 2011
A devotee tree in Lake County, California, 2011

A devotee tree in Lake County, California, 2011
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Adidam Bookstore, West Hollywood, California, 2009
Adidam Bookstore, West Hollywood, California, 2009


Adidam Bookstore, West Hollywood, California, 2009
Adidam Bookstore, West Hollywood, California, 2009


A devotee studying Adi Da's Teaching next to the tree, Los Angeles, California, 2011
A devotee studying Adi Da's Teaching next to the tree, Los Angeles, California, 2011


 
Tennessee's tree, Santa Cruz, California, December, 2013
Tennessee's tree, Santa Cruz, California, December, 2013.

Tennessee's tree, Santa Cruz, California, December, 2013.
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Devotees decorating a tree in their home in Los Angeles, November, 2012
Devotees decorating a tree in their home in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.

Devotees decorating a tree in their home in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.
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An  icon of happiness in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.
An "icon of happiness" in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.

An "icon of happiness" in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.
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A decorated tree in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.
A decorated tree in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.

A decorated tree in the home of devotees in Los Angeles, California, November, 2012.
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A devotee tree in Cobb, California, December, 2013.
A devotee tree in Cobb, California, December, 2013.

A devotee tree in Cobb, California, December, 2013.
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A Danavira Mela party in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2015.
A Danavira Mela party in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2015.

A Danavira Mela party in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2015.
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Making a gingerbread house in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2012.
Making a gingerbread house in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2012.

Making a gingerbread house in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2012.
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Tree decoration tip from Magdalena [whose tree is below]: Our family likes to save the special tags on bottles of tirtha (the water prasad from the Celebrations) and use them for our Spirit-Tree of Light [the flat, square decorations in the picture].


 
Magdalena's tree in Napa, California,  December, 2012.
Magdalena's tree in Napa, California, December, 2012.

Magdalena's tree in Napa, California, December, 2012.
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Carmen's tree in Northern California, December, 2014
Carmen's tree in Northern California, December, 2014


Memphis's tree  in Sebastopol, California, December, 2012
Memphis's tree in Sebastopol, California - December, 2012

Memphis's tree in Sebastopol, California - December, 2012
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Vegan Danavira Mela feast in Loch Lomond, California, December, 2015
Vegan feast for Danavira Mela in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2015

Vegan feast for Danavira Mela in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2015
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Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2016
Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2016

Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2016
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Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2014
Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2014

Stanley's and Marchelle's tree in Loch Lomond, California - December, 2014
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5.10.3. Danavira Mela in Hawaii


 
Danavira Mela celebration (with cookie-decorating), Kauai, Hawaii, 2011
Danavira Mela celebration (with cookie-decorating), Kauai, Hawaii, 2011

Danavira Mela celebration (with cookie-decorating), Kauai, Hawaii, 2011
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They're back! With more Danavira Mela cookies from Kauai, Hawaii, December, 2015
They're back! With more Danavira Mela cookies from Kauai, Hawaii — December, 2015

They're back! With more Danavira Mela cookies from Kauai, Hawaii — December, 2015
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Devotees in Kauai, Hawaii, December, 2015
Devotees in Kauai, Hawaii, December, 2015

Devotees in Kauai, Hawaii, December, 2015
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5.10.4. Danavira Mela in Illinois


 
Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016

Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
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Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016

Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
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Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016

Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
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Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016

Adidam Midwest Center, Chicago, Illinois, December 2016
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Devotee tree in Chicago, Illinois, 2011
Devotee tree in Chicago, Illinois, 2011

Devotee tree in Chicago, Illinois, 2011
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5.10.5. Danavira Mela in Maryland / Washington, D.C.

 
Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009
Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009

Adidam DC
Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009

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A devotee tree in the Washington, DC area, 2011
A devotee tree in the Washington, DC area, 2011

A devotee tree in the Washington, DC area, 2011
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Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009
Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009

Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009
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Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland, 2011
Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland, 2011

Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland, 2011
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Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland - December, 2012
Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland - December, 2012

Adidam Mission Center in Potomac, Maryland December, 2012
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Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009
Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009

Adidam DC Danavira Mela celebration, Potomac, Maryland, 2009
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5.10.6. Danavira Mela in Massachusetts


 
Adidam New England Center, Natick, Massachusetts, 2013
Adidam New England Center, Natick, Massachusetts, 2013

Adidam New England Center, Natick, Massachusetts, 2013
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Mary  S. in Clinton, Massachusetts experiments with her camera settings: December, 2012
Mary S. in Clinton, Massachusetts experiments with her camera setting: December, 2012

Mary S. in Clinton, Massachusetts experiments with her camera settings
December, 2012

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5.10.7. Danavira Mela in Michigan

Devotee's home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012
Devotee's home in Vanderbilt, Michigan - December, 2014

Devotees' home in Vanderbilt, Michigan - December, 2014
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5.10.8. Danavira Mela in Nevada


 
A devotee tree in North Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
A devotee tree in North Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

A devotee tree in North Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
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5.10.9. Danavira Mela in New Jersey / New York

 
Dennis Coccaro in Ashram House, Saddle River, New Jersey, 2016
Dennis Coccaro in Ashram House, Saddle River, New Jersey, 2016

Dennis Coccaro in Ashram House,
Saddle River, New Jersey
, 2016

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Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2009
Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2009

Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2009
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Community House, Brooklyn, New York, December, 2015
Community House, Brooklyn, New York, December, 2015
Community House, Brooklyn, New York, December, 2015
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Avatar Adi Da Samraj and "It's A Wonderful Life", Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
Avatar Adi Da Samraj and "It's A Wonderful Life", Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
Avatar Adi Da Samraj and "It's A Wonderful Life", Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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A gingerbread Taj Mahal (and one of its chief designers), Community House, Brooklyn, New York , 2011
A gingerbread Taj Mahal (and one of its chief designers), Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

A gingerbread Taj Mahal (and one of its chief designers), Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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Gingerbread Taj Mahal (Close-up), Community House, Brooklyn New York, 2011
Gingerbread Taj Mahal (Close-up), Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011


 
Gingerbread Taj Mahal with Adi Da's Image-Art, Community House, Brooklyn, New York , 2011
Gingerbread Taj Mahal with Adi Da's Image-Art, Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

Gingerbread Taj Mahal with Adi Da's Image-Art, Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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Art Gallery, Dining Room, Community House, Brooklyn, New York , 2011
Art Gallery / Dining Room, Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

Art Gallery / Dining Room, Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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Cookie Decorating, Community House, Brooklyn, New York , 2011
Cookie decorating,Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

Cookie decorating, Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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front of Community House, Brooklyn, New York , 2011
front of Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011

front of Community House, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
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Devotee tree, Smithtown, New York, December, 2014
Devotee tree, Smithtown, New York, December, 2014.

Devotee tree, Smithtown, New York, December, 2014.
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5.10.10. Danavira Mela in Oregon


Adidam Portland,  2009
Adidam Portland, Portland, Oregon, 2009


Adidam Portland,  2009
Adidam Portland, Portland, Oregon, 2009



5.10.11. Danavira Mela in Virginia


 
A devotee tree in Vienna, Virginia, 2016
A devotee tree in Vienna, Virginia, 2016

A devotee tree in Vienna, Virginia, 2016
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Devotee tree in Fairfax, Virginia, December, 2015
Devotee tree in Fairfax, Virginia, December, 2015.

Devotee tree in Fairfax, Virginia, December, 2015.
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5.10.12. Danavira Mela in Washington


A fundraising raffle attended by elves, n Seattle, Washington, 2011
A fundraising raffle attended by devotee elves, in Seattle, Washington, 2011



5.10.13. Danavira Mela in Wisconsin


Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012
Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012

Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012
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Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012
Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012

Devotees' home in Madison, Wisconsin - December, 2012
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6. Closing Words

Adi Da


I Am the Light That you must Find, the Opportunity That Is Continuous, and it is up to you to make much of It in your personal life and in your collective life with one another. The times in which you will be doing this are dark, by universal agreement. You will have more and more to overcome in your disposition of devotion to Me.

Do not expect the "world" to congratulate you for it, or to give you permission to do it. Who knows how long the Earth will be a survivable place for human beings? This is not the only "world", in any case, and you were always going to die. Death is guaranteed, anyway. As the "world" takes on the color of death, you must more and more take on the color of the Heart.

Danavira Mela is a time for true rejoicing.

So is every day, and all the time and years from now, for My devotees.

We are not celebrating the conditions of the "world" on this Danavira Mela. We are celebrating your Happiness in whole bodily response to My Revelation to you.

The "world" does not give you reasons to do this celebration in love — I do.

Therefore, be grateful for it, and be serious about it, and do your part of right life. If you look to the "world" instead of to Me, you will have more and more reasons to be depressed and dark yourself, more and more reasons to be ego-possessed.

Do the life, and celebrate My Company all year long, and never submit to the "world", never submit to separate "self".

Turn to Me, Commune with Me, and forget about the "world".

That is the life of Joy.

And it is the Law that must be manifested in every moment of your life, for all the years you live.

Understand, then, and do this, for real. Danavira Mela will be a wonderful day that epitomizes all of your lives.

Be like the converted Scrooge on that day, and right now.

Make your life out of Joy, and make this celebration out of it.

And forget the "world".

And forget yourself.

And love Me.

Love one another.

Be full of love.

Be full of the Happiness That Transcends the "world".

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, December 24, 1993
"The Happiness That Transcends the "world", Ishta



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FOOTNOTES
[1]

You can purchase a replica of the ancestral sock here.

 
[2]

You can purchase the "three hearts/persimmons" ornaments here.

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