Festival of lights

When I was in school, an essay on deepawali is something I did many times over the years. Even later in college, deepawali speech was a regular feature. What I remember fron back then…. deepawali was always referred to as a festival of light… and as a child too I always liked the crackers that were bright and beautiful. And now all grown up (mind it only physically still a child at heart), I all the more love the bright and beautiful about dèepawali. Tge lovely dia’s that brighten up every corner, tge beautiful colours of rangoli, lovely lights that make every home even more beautiful, the cleanliness drives and much more….

And just today, while I was held up at a long traffic light…. my mind just wandered onto certain aspects of this lovely festival and how much hidden relevance it has in our lives. I got my diwali lessons and I hope that you too contemplate on these and take away your lessons 🙂

The relevance of lights is something we all know. To take away the darkness… Lamps are lit on this day not just to decorate homes, but also to communicate a profound truth about life — when the darkness within is dispelled through the light of wisdom; the good in us wins over the evil. This off course is something we all know… but do we really let this victory take place. Do we really ever dwell inside to see the evil… or even acknowledge t presence of some tiny evil within… to look inside one needs to be in silence cause it is only in silence that we hear the inner voice.

The loud noises outside of crackers and the shout from the marketeer’, trying to woo us… prevents us from listening the inner voice. In fact crackers silence our inner voice and also dull our senses by the smoke, but off course moderation could be an answer.

Diwali is the shortened form of Deepavali, which literally means rows of lamps. Life has many facets and stages to it. It is important that we throw light on all of them, for if one aspect of our life is in darkness, we cannot express life in its totality. The rows of lamps lit on Diwali remind us that every aspect of life needs our attention. From every nook and corner of our heart and soul the darkness has to dispel.

Also the cleaning of houses especially on this day can also be linked to the act of purification of our soul. The house that this beautiful soul rests in is cleaned every day, but do we ever do a conscious cleaning of the soul?

Also the tremendous amount of money wasted on crackers is heartbreaking. Small kids and fellow beings are dying of hunger and here we are literally burning money…. the very day that we worship laxmi we forget her va

So this diwali cleanse the soul, spend some time in silence contemplating on the evil and praising the good within and may the good in each win over the evil so that this world becomes a more beautiful, peaceful place. Happy diwali…


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