With the Coronavirus around, nobody should blow out the candles on birthday cakes. My spiritual Master told me this many years ago, not only for health reasons but also because of the meaning of light. We are blowing out the light of our lives. We should, instead, take the candles out and let them slowly burn out on their own. Every birthday, we lose a year if we are not lighting our inner candle—that light that never fades. Candles represent our true birthday—the day we awaken and our birth takes place. Until then, we are all zero years old. Even if you are awake, you cannot tell anyone when your real birth took place. Sybolically, we can light one candle to represent when we all wish to have our first real birthday. — Satish Daryanani

Candle burning in gift-wrapped brownie