HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL: DIWALI A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, LOVE & SOUND
Diwali festival is celebrated with thoughts with difference
‘cause we can garner so many insightful lessons of immense significance
If we reflect on the life of Lord Rama
Who obeyed the orders of his father Ayodhaya King Dhashratha
To go on exile for fourteen years long!
Spend these many years in the jungles
While withstanding all the sufferings
Posed by the elements in the hostile jungle
Infested with demons so ferocious
Away from the life’s comforts of palace
Does the children of this generation have the same sort of spirit?
Of exemplary obedience, tolerance, patience, perseverance
And all the noblest traits put together with utmost persistence
These righteous traits spring from sound upbringing
Under the care of competent master and excellent parenting.
Thence, so our children can learn that our life is a roller-coaster
Of good and bad experiences
They should learn to live & adjust any environs they are put
Which Lord Rama, Lakshmana & Maa Sita faced
They together challenged the challenges head-on
And came out as a winner at last
After killing Demon King Ravana
Who was drunk with pride and egocentric tendencies
And also an epitome of evil at its worst form & manifestation.
Our youth just wilt under pressure while facing challenges thrown in life!
They should learn to be adaptive to change
Rather change should not change their mindset
Lord Rama’s example shows us the path
We’ve only to follow his footsteps with sincerity.
The way Lord Rama set an example
As to how best to respect the voice of his subjects
while he was crowned as a King of Ayodhya
There is a clear message to us all
That is why his rule tenure was termed as Ram Rajya
He commanded respect from his subjects
Was known for his justice and impartiality
Treated his subjects and his close relatives equally
While administrating justice as and when situation arose
Where everybody enjoyed respect and freedom to air their views
Bereft of any fear or caution
There was no instance wherein he had shown discrimination.
On coming to know that there was a whispering campaign going on
About the purity of his Sita
Staying in Lanka of demon king Ravana Maa
While he came to know of this all
He ordered that Sita Maa be sent to jungles
Though he suffered much pain for doing so
Our justice system too should learn
From the justice and fair-play during Rama Rjya.
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 dictum:
‘Ragukul Reet Sadha Chali Aayi Pran Jaye Par Bachan Na Jaye’
Meaning, There is a tradition in Raghukul
They prefer death rather than not fulfilling promise given
We should also fulfill all the promises made
And lead a righteous existence.
The Diwali day begins with fond prayers
To Lord Rama for his bounties and graces
Along with blessings 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.
A lesson for us who with everything
Graced by our Creator
We all should be thankful to Almighty God for His graces
And live a life of satisfaction
Difficulties will be there in our existence
But these are to be surmounted with determination
And not swept under the carpet
We live a life without any expectation
From others, with abounding satisfaction.
While celebrating Diwali festival
Let’s pray for peace and prosperity for all.
DIWALI – A SACRED FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, SOUND & LOVE
HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL
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 traits, he considered himself to be the humble servant of Lord Rama.
CELEBRATING DIWALI DAY AFTER RESPITE FROM COVID-19 PANDEMIC
As the Covid-19 pandemic situation has abated to a limit in comparison with last year’s Diwali which was muted primarily due to death and destruction caused by Coronavirus pandemic. Now that there is some respite, we should celebrate Diwali festival with our friends and well wishers with a prayer that all those who were affected by virus should recover their health. Besides, we should render a helping hand for those who have lost their means of livelihood after losing their jobs.
LIFE OF LORD RAMA
Significantly, 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 imbibe humility, compassion and above all humane touch. We should also learn from his adaptive lifestyle – from palace life to jungle life while in exile. He along with Lord Hanuman Ji and his monkey forces fought a battle with demon forces of Demon King Ravana. Killing demon king Ravana who characterized evil in form and manifestation was a moot point in Epic Ramayana which should serve a lesson for us humans that evil cannot survive indefinitely. Whenever evil crosses all limits, Lord Vishnu incarnates to annihilate the same thus help peace and prosperity for the humanity as a whole.
LORD RAMA’S WELCOME ON ARRIVAL AT AYODHYA
When Lord Rama reached Ayodhya, he was accorded a rousing reception/ welcome by the happy populace there. They welcomed all those who accompanied Lord Rama by lighting their homes and streets of Ayodhya with earthen wicks. The emperor Bharata, coroneted Lord Rama as the king of Ayodhya which proves his credentials as the righteous and virtuous one.
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.
PROMISES MADE SHOULD BE FULFILLED
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.
LIFE OF BHARATA
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
When Bharata came to know about the 14 years’ exile for his elder brother Rama and coronation for himself, he felt very disappointed. He flatly refused to be crowned 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 unparalleled 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.
GODDESS 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.