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01 November 2010

Happy Diwali



Happy Diwali to all the readers!

Diwali is the festival of lights as all of us know. But what is the meaning of the word Diwali? The original word is Deepawali. That is Deep-Aawali. 

Deep means Diya, a lamp. Diyadivaadeepam, or deepak is an oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oils - (The Wikipedia meaning.) and Aawali means row. Deep-Aawali means row of Diyas or Deeps. So Diwali is the festival of lights. We lighten lots of Diyas in rows. This looks very very beautiful. Isn't it?

But why do we do this? have you ever thought? See, I like to talk a lot. I am writing this just because I want to share my thoughts with all of you and I would like to know  your thoughts also. We have so many beautiful different kinds of electric bulbs. Then why the oil lamps? Just because this is the festival of light or because this is our custom? What do you think? I will wait for your comments.

Deepawali means the festival of the light of the knowledge, joy and the peace. Festival is not a thing to be celebrated by a single person. As the Diyas are lit as one by another, this festival is to enlighten the Diya of the Gyan -the Highest or Supreme Knowledge, Peace and the Joy. So this is the most joyous and most beautiful festival of India.

If so, then while celebrating this auspicious festival Deepawali how can we keep some one's life in Darkness? How can we disturb the peace and joy of others? How can we pollute our 'Mother Earth'? How can we burn or blast the image of Laxmi Mata especially on the day of Laxmi Pujan?

Yes! Many of us do this. And we think that we enjoyed the Diwali. Is it the light of knowledge or the darkness of ignorance or the darkness of negligence about the reality? 

Boycott the fireworks and the crackers.

See the hazardous lives of children who are working in these fireworks' factories. May be we can not give them education. But at least we should not steal their lives, their innocent childhood. See their Dark faces. They show the Darkness of their lives to lighten up our Diwali.

Second thing is pollution. This is such a big contradiction.We create so much air and sound pollution on this festival, instead of lightening the Diya of joy and peace in the hearts of others, we extinguish the peace and joy of others. Have you ever seen the frightened faces of the innocent animals because of crackers? The effects on the senior citizens, the effect on the students due to this noise?

Third thing, some  Fire cracker have image of Laxmi Mata on them, which gets blasted. So I know nobody will like to do this and enjoy this thing.

On this Diwali, let our hearts be enlightened by the joy, knowledge and peace. Let our faces become that Diyas who spread this all over the earth. The joy for everybody. Share smiles and enjoy the Diwali.





Wish you the enlightened, Safe and A very very Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year.

2 comments:

  1. Wishing you a very Happy Diwali. And thanks for the vote on my shows @ Slideshare.

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  2. Thanks Avalok wish you the same.

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