THOUGHTS ON DIWALI
DIWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN COVID-10 PANDEMIC SITUATION (ON 14TH NOVEMBER 2020)
While we do not aspire for worldly possessions
But live with satisfaction
Which could be due to inner potency
Comes out just involuntarily
Graced by God Almighty
Without any shred of doubt, which generates a feeling of joy
Because whence we have inner tranquility
We become immune to outer adverse influences
This moment of glory dawns due to Almighty God’s blessings
These graces and bounties do spur us to take on any life’s challenges
Which fate throws at us un-askance
But one thing is however certain
We learn resilience, tolerance and persistence
From the adverse experiences faced by our incarnations –Lords Ram, Krishna, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammad, Guru Nanak Dev & all others
And how best they withstood everything just silently without a demur
Presenting us humans examples how best to face the challenges by us humans.
As always, Diwali is celebrated with thoughts so pious
From this day we can learn so many lessons if we care to learn
Firstly a leaf from the life of Lord Rama
Who obeyed the orders of his father King Dhashratha
To go on exile for fourteen long years
To spend these many years in the jungles
And withstand all the sufferings posed by the elements in the forests
Infested with demons so ferocious
Away from the life’s comforts of palace
Do the offspring of today have the same sort of spirit?
To obey the orders of the parents with the same strength of mind
Thence, so our children have the toughness to face the challenges of our existence?
Which Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and Maa Sita faced with mental toughness
Our youth just wilt under pressure while facing challenges thrown in life!
Then the way Lord Rama treated his subjects while he took was crowned as a King of Ayodhya
There is a clear message
He commanded respect from his subjects
For his justice and evenhandedness
He treated his subjects and his kith and kin equality which administrating justice
That is why his rule was termed as RAM RAJYA
Where everybody enjoyed respect and freedom to air his/her view without fear of anybody
Here there was one instance wherein he proved his impartiality
On coming to know that there was a whispering campaign
About the purity of his consort Sita staying in Lanka of demon king Ravana
While he came to know of this, he ordered to leave Sita in the forest
Though he suffered much pain for doing so.
Then one of the finest lessons which we get from his life
Is about fulfilling promises made while living our life
He believed in the dicum: RAGUKUL REET SADHA CHALI AAYI PRAN JAYE PAR BACHAN NA JAYE
Meaning, he preferred death if the promises are not fulfilled with fullest sincerity.
The Diwali day begins with fond prayers
To Lord Rama for his bounties and graces
in the form of peace and prosperity.
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.
Because this is 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?……
Then if we lose something why we should nurture fear psychosis
With everything graced by the God’s grace
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-beings faces
Like all are having and wishing others ‘PEACE & PROSPERITY’
The one who wishes us well is a richest living human on this earth
Since he has got everything to give with a smile
Oozing with happiness and joy aplenty
Without much expectations from any
This dawns when we wish other well
On not merely on Diwali Day
But also on all the days which dawn.
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).
CELEBRATING DIWALI DAY IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC
In essence, while I wish all PEACE & PROSPERITY on the occasion of DIWALI, it is my fond hope, expectation and fervent appeal that all of us should celebrate this auspicious DIWALI DAY by spreading smiles rather than become instrument of spreader of COVID-19 pandemic infection by observing all the norms like social distancing, putting on face masks etc. Also, we should not burst crackers since the pollution level in Delhi NCR is all time high which becomes a cause of lung related diseases. We should always keep in mind the most compassionate and most benevolent life of Lord Rama while he ruled Ayodhya or while he was constrained to spent his 14 years (on the bidding of his father King Dhashratha) in exile with simple and austere lifestyle, just living on forest fruits and herbs; bereft of any palace comforts. Following Lord Ram’s life, we can also make of life humble, compassionate and above all humane besides his adaptive lifestyle along with Hanuman Ji and his monkey forces who fought the demons of King Ravana and his forces and thus became an instrument in eliminating the evil by killing the evil demons.
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.
GAMBLING 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 THIS YEAR TOO
Due to the extreme pollution caused due to heavy smog cause due to burning of rice stubble and its waste. This pollution in the atmosphere becomes the cause of lung related diseases. Furthermore, the Covid19 pandemic infection will also increase due to this pollution. It has been seen that as on today the Covid-19 infection in our capital Delhi is spreading like wildfire. therefore, we have to do everything to control pollution. Factually, the bursting of crackers produce too much pollution in the atmosphere, hence the only remedy is to prevent bursting of crackers.
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.