The word “epiphany” comes from Greek words meaning “manifestation” or “sudden appearance” and is associated in Christianity with a sense of wonder at discovering the Divine in human form. Outside of Christianity, the word refers to an experience of sudden, striking realization – such as is associated with breakthroughs or discoveries. A similar Buddhist word could be “satori”.

In these a-ha moments, we see a broader, richer, fuller picture that can inspire us to make permanent changes in how we do things. Epiphanies have changed the lives of many of the people featured in this month’s issue. It’s an experience that can’t be forced and may arise out of the most unexpected, seemingly minor thing. But when it comes, it can light up the (inner) world.

Enjoy this month’s articles, and may 2013 bring you many “a-ha!” moments on your journey.


Pranada Devi is a communications professional living in Toronto, Canada. She is the Managing Editor of Parvati Magazine, and serves as an advisor on marketing communications for Parvati’s various projects.