THOUGHTS ON DIWALI
DIWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
While we’re not having much of worldly possessions
But possess satiety in the deep recesses of our heart
So peaceful and quiet
Thence a feeling of inner voice
Comes out just involuntarily
Of thanks to God Almighty
So very joyous, without a shred of doubt
That is the moment of glory of our Lord so dear indeed.
As the last year, on this Diwali Day
In the early morning so serene
While walking with brisk strides
Enjoying a cold breeze, so very refreshing
On the other side of the road today, as last year
I heard the familiar voice
So very pleasing and touching my heart strings
Diwali Greetings of ‘PEACE & PROSPERITY’ to passers by
Some warmly reciprocated while others just did not care to reply
A cursory look revealed that he was starting his day with Diwali celebrations
With an earthen wick by the side burning
It was surprising
A family of five was living
Had also gotten up at five sharp
So early in the morning.
I ventured to inquire from the couple, so full of joy on this day
What is so special today?
That made you people to get up so early
In the early hours in the morning
The head of the family living on the pavement simply said
As he had last year told
With utmost respect and with ease
Wished me Diwali Greetings of ‘peace and prosperity’
Which I reciprocated with warmth of my heart
If this fellow with not even house to live
Could celebrate the Diwali with full fervor
Then why not us with all the bounties by our God.
On this day so pious one
Shri Ram, Maa Sita with brother Lakshmana
Had come back to Ayodhya
To their own subjects and relatives so close
After 14 years of exile
After finishing the evils
In the form of Demon King Ravana.
Without realising himself
That this simple man and his wife
With three small kids in the toe
Were living in exile themselves
On the pavement with elements so diverse
And with open cover of the heavens above
On their heads
Forced, may be by the quirk of fate
Best known to the family only
Yet all were making merry
Because that was the day of Diwali
A day when Shri Ram had come back
From his 14 years exile.
A lesson for us who with everything
Graced by our Creator
With all the comforts of our own homes to live
With all the security and everything else graced
Due to His blessings indeed
Even then we nurture fear so hidden
On variety of dilemmas
Which are eating us from within
And robbing us of the peace of mind
Thereby earning for us in the process
The depression and stress related ailments
And robbing us of happy and joyful moments
Instead of ‘peace and prosperity’.
If we try to live a life of satiety
With whatever we are graced with by our Bhagwan Ji
We shall have peace and prosperity, surely
This happens when we enjoy celebrating
Every small or big happenings
Which come and go in our lives
And remain enriching our mind and soul
Thus enlightening us in the process
And giving us peace and prosperity
By living a life GITA’S SONG directed existence
‘What we brought when we were born her on this earth
And will not be taking anything when we leave this earth
What we have is given here ONLY
What did you lost that you cry for?
What did you bring that you have lost?……
I fathom the person I am referring
With five members of his family
On the pavement
With joy abounding
Is living a better than some of us
Who are living a life of fear psychosis
With everything graced by the God’s gracce
We’re living a life of unfounded fears
Which cannot be expressed in simple words
But are gnawing us every moment without any solace
A life lived without fear of unknown
Robs us of mental peace and satiety
Which we wish others on the auspicious day
My prayer to our Almighty God
Bestow us with peace of mind
An eternal one
So that we can bring a smile
On our fellow-being’s face
Like the character of my poem
Living on the pavement
Wishing others ‘PEACE & PROSPERITY’
I take him as a richest man around
Since he has got everything to give with a smile
Without much expectations from any one around.
DIWALI – A SACRED FESTIVAL OF LIGHT AND SOUND
Literally, the word DEEPVALI contain two syllables meaning; deep – Wick light and vali a row and together it means a row of lights (earthen) wicks.
After the end of Lord Ram’s 14 long years of exile, winning over the ‘Sone Ki Lanka – GOLDEN LANKA’ and killing the demon King Ravana; with it all his evil Karmic deeds; Lord Rama, accompanied with his brother Lashmana and consort Sita and all his followers including Hanumanji (A reservoir of strength, knowledge and intelligence, courageous but without even a touch of pride, an epitome of Bhakti and Shakti – despite all these qualities he considered himself to be the humble servant of Lord Rama).
When Lord Rama reached Ayodhya, he was accorded a rousing reception/ welcome by the happy populace there. They welcomed all who accompanied Lord Ram by lighting their homes and streets of Ayodhya with earthen wicks. The righteous emperor Bharata, the virtuous one coronated his elder brother Rama to the throne of Ayodhya.
A STERLING EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE
The king of Ayodhaya Dhashratha, had made a solemn vow to his wife Kalkkeyi to ask for two boons or promises whenever she felt a need of the same when she had saved him from a certain critical situation. While there was a confirmed news that the king wanted Ramji to be coroneted as the king, Manthra the maid servant of KaIkeyi poisoned the ears of the queen Kaikeyi and exhorted her to ask for realization of two promises given to her by the king.
First the coronation for Bharata (Kaikeyi’s son) and second, 14 years’ exile for Rama (the son of Kaushilya). As there was the motto in the family since ages together: – Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi Puran Jaaye Par Bachan Na Jaye (There is a tradition in Raghukul that their members will prefer death rather than to break a promise), so Ayodhya king had to concede the demands of Kaikeyi though with heavy heart/resentfully.
After hearing about the turn of events (Coronation for Bharata and exile for him), Rama did not say even a single word. Contrarily, he put on the simplest dress to depart for exile, thus obeying the directive of his father without demur or reservation. Sitaji (consort of Ramji and Lakshamana (his brother – the son of Sumitra) too accompanied Ram Ji. This is a fine example of obedience of the orders of elders in the family. We ought to imbibe this fine trait of Lord Rama and thus follow a righteous path in our lives too.
FINE EXAMPLE OF COHESION IN THE FAMILY
As Bharata came to know about the 14 years’ exile to Rama and coronation for himself, he felt very disappointed. He flatly refused to be crowed as a king of Ayodhya in the absence of elder brother Rama and Lakshmana. No arguments of any sort could consol him. He thought this act of being emperor as adharam (irreligiosity). He even went to the jungles in order to persuade Rama and Lakshmana to come back to Ayodhaya but Rama did not agree to this because of the promise of his father. The meeting between Lord Rama and Bharata is termed as Bharat Milap. He could not convince Lord Rama to come back to Ayodhya and rule.
LOVE BETWEEN BROTHERS
Finally, Bharata extracted a promise from Ramji that on his return back from 14 years’ exile, he will take the reigns as an emperor. Such was the love between the brothers – an unparallel one. Rama’s love for Bharta was also an example that ought to be followed by brothers now for ensuring goodwill in our families. Wealth or any other consideration should not be an impediment for a good relations in our families.
IF KNOWLEDGE IS NOT USED WITH WISDOM IT WILL NOT SERVE ANY PURPOSE
Ravana, the Demon King, was most Learned Demon King. Ravana, the son of Vishwashrava (A Brahman Rishi) and his mother Kaikasi (from a demon family) was a scholarly person who had the knowledge of Vedas and other scriptures at his finger tips but he is taken in negative light because he did not make use of this knowledge for the benefit of demon clan. But Ravana was intoxicated with his prowess and knowledge. So much so he was influenced by ego that he stooped to the sordid act of abducting Sita Mata the consort of Lord Rama – by deceit, an evil act by any reckoning. It goes to prove that if we do not use the knowledge with sagacity, we sure will fall prey to unethical karma leading to our sure downfall.
Kuber is the step brother of Ravana and is considered as the treasurer of wealth. It is believed amongst the devout that worship of Lord Kubera, especially on the auspicious day of Diwali, brings affluence and progress in business. Just as we can have fresh water from the fresh water reservoir, we can have Lord Kubera’s blessings for wealth and prosperity. If we pray with sincereity and work hard for that we can get Kuber’s bounties. Meaning, he bequeaths wealth if we sincerely do our karma as per the natural laws. He graces those who resort to righteous karma and possess right attitude in life. Kubera pooja is done on Diwali Day so that there is sufficiency of everything for meeting the needs of our family.
LORDESS LAKSHMI & LORD GANESHA POOJA
Diwali is considered incomplete without first inviting the Lord Ganesha because He is an embodiment of good beginning and removes obstacles besides being the Lord of Wisdom. Goddess Lakshmi represents wealth and well being. On the auspicious day of Diwali, both the deities share a single altar thus ensuring blessings of the both. The former is taken as Lordess of wealth and the latter as the giver of prosperity.
PLAYING GAMBLE ON DIWALI DAY
A legend has it that on Diwali Day Goddess Parvati played dice with Lord Shiva and He ordained that anyone who gambled on this day, prosperity will smile on such a person. This tradition continues even today. But some unscrupulous / unethical people just gamble away their homes and hearths on this day and have to fend for themselves. This is bad. Tradition is alright, but excess of everything is bad should be kept in mind.
TRADITION MARRYING WITH MODERNITY
It should never be forgotten that when tradition marries with modernity, the celebration is double whammy. It may be the celebration of festivals or any other day important individually, it gives us feeling of wellness for our fellow beings. But this celebration should never be individualistic in nature. There is more credence to celebration when all feel happy and satiated. May it be celebration of Diwali, Christmas Day, EID or any other religious day – when all accompany us, celebration becomes more meaningful and eventful in true sense of terms.
NO CRACKERS PLEASE
There are umpteen ways of celebrating Diwali. It is lighting our home with candles, earthen wicks etc. But cracker bursting and spoiling the atmosphere is too bad. Therefore, care ought to be taken that we should not all use crackers since these results in pollution which becomes cause for lung related diseases.