Diwali is upon us once more, and we are all in the mood to celebrate. You can find many stories about this magnificent festival of lights if you ask your guru, look at religious books, or even search the internet.
Lord Rama is reported to have taken roughly 21 days after slaying Ravana, hence it falls about 20 days after Dusshera. The clear lesson is that good triumphs over evil. In a similar vein, Krishna, the following Avatar, destroyed the demon Narakasura on the same day.
To grasp this, we must first consider the event’s original name, “Deepavali,” which means “row of lights,” which is why we refer to it as the “festival of light.”
Light has traditionally been associated with divinity, wisdom, and purity. Darkness, on the other hand, is evil, gloomy, and ignorant. How easy it is to feel down and low when we are in a dimly light room, but how natural it is to feel bright and great when we are in a well-lit environment.
Almost all Rishis and gurus speak of the inner light; they have always informed us that the inner-self has the power to bring us all happiness as well as health, joy and success, but more significantly, it is our connection to divinity, divinity itself residing inside us. It’s a simple analogy to say that if the interior chamber is lit, all the dark objects will vanish. Do you recall the song “jyot se jyot jagate chalo, prem ki ganga bahate chalo” by Sant Jnaneshwar?
According to the Upanishads, “Tamassoma Jyotrigamayo,” which means “from darkness to light,” leads us to light. The Buddha urged seekers of truth to be a light unto oneself. “The jewel (light) is in the lotus (self), and the Lord my God will likewise convert my darkness into light,” says the renowned Tibetan Buddhist chant Om Mani Padme Hum.
Diwali’s spiritual importance
Diwali is a time to reflect on life to make adjustments for the following year, in addition to the lights, gambling, and pleasure. As a result, there are a variety of traditions that revellers cherish each year.
Give and accept forgiveness.
During Diwali, it is customary for individuals to forget and forgive others’ wrongdoings. Everywhere there is a sense of liberation, celebration, and warmth.
Get up and shine!
From the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, work efficiency, and spiritual growth, waking up during the Brahmamuhurta (at 4 a.m., or 1 1/2 hours before sunrise) is a wonderful benefit. The sages who established the Deepawali ceremony may have intended that their descendants would see the benefits and adopt it as a regular practise.
Unify and unite.
Diwali is a bringing-together festival that may soften even the most hardened hearts. It’s a happy moment when people mingle and embrace one another. “O children of God, unite, and love all,” the sages’ voice will be plainly heard by those with acute inner spiritual ears. The overwhelming energies produced by the loving greetings that flood the air are palpable. Only a continual celebration of Deepavali can revive the compelling need to move away from the deadly path of hatred when the heart has become significantly hardened.
Prosperity and advancement
North Indian Hindu traders open their fresh account books on this day and pray for success and wealth in the next year. People purchase new clothing for their families. Employers, too, buy new uniforms for their workers. At day, homes are cleaned and adorned, and by night, clay oil lamps provide illumination. Bombay and Amritsar have the best and most beautiful illuminations. Thousands of lamps illuminate the iconic Golden Temple in Amritsar in the evening. This event inspires individuals to do good things by instilling kindness in their hearts. This includes Govardhan Puja, a Vaishnavite celebration on Diwali’s fourth day. They feed the destitute on a massive scale on this day.
Bring your true self to life.
Diwali’s lights also represent a season of inner illumination. The light of lights, according to Hindus, is the one that shines persistently in the chamber of the heart. The soul is illuminated by sitting quietly and focusing the attention on this greatest light. It’s a chance to cultivate and enjoy eternal happiness.
From the gloom to the light…
The importance of the victory of good over evil may be found in every Deepawali tradition, myth, and narrative. This basic fact finds fresh reason and hope with each Deepawali as well as the lights that enlighten our homes and hearts. From darkness to light, the light inspires us to commit to good deeds and draws us closer to god. Lights fill every corner of India during Diwali, and the aroma of the finest quality pervades the air, mingling with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness, and optimism.
Another key lesson in perseverance is that when we light the first candle-
We take great care to ensure that it does not go out, but we do not take the same care to ensure that the spirit of Diwali does not go out! Why maintain the spirit of love and happiness in a week and wait till the next year to reignite it again? That’s how hundreds of Diwali go away just to find us sunk back into darker alleys until next year.
“The night is black, light the lamp of love with the life and devotion,” Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore wrote.
- AMRITA TIWARI