“There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.” ― Idowu Koyenikan,
This year, Diwali brings again the bright lights and lamps, delicious sweets and snacks with crackers and sparklers, and cultural dances, activities for the kids, and Bollywood music among other things, which are intended to contribute to the celebration of victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.
Nobody can deny the fact that the contemporary world is becoming sicker and sicker. I’m making a humble appeal to those billions of people who are celebrating Diwali this year, to light the lamp of wisdom in their heart and mind, instead of just observing this festival for the sake of or for show-off. If we derive the real significance and essence of Diwali, and live them, then the whole world will change positively.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. But what if each of us, on this occasion, pay more attention to clean, renovate, and decorate our heart and mind with good, positive and constructive thoughts?
On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. But then, where does our respect for Lakshmi Maa go when we accept corruption openly in our country? Furthermore, we can be in our best new outfits on this occasion of Diwali, but do these outfits change our personality and behaviours to a better one?
After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. If only God could appear physically on this day, I’m sure He would have said it loudly that more important than mithai and gifts, one should share goodness and wisdom with family members and close friends. And instead of fireworks, one should burn his/her destructive behaviours.
On this note, let our life be the light in this world. Let our body be the clay lamp. Let our love be the flame. Shine! Happy Diwali to you all!
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