Diwali or Deepavali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival which starts on dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month ashwin and ends on bhai beej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month kartik.
What is the reason for playing with fireworks on Diwali??
Whatever negativity – anger, jealousy or fear – has accumulated in your mind in the last one year should get dissolved in the form of all the crackers. With each cracker, burst any negativity you may have for any person, or at the most write the name of that person on the cracker and burst it, and just know that all ill feelings, jealousy etc, has got burnt. But what do we do? Instead of finishing the negativity, either we wish that person to get finished or burn ourselves in that fire of negativity. It should be the other way around. Thinking all the negativity or ill feelings have gone out with those crackers, become friendly with that person again. There is a feeling of lightness, love, peace and happiness, and then go and have sweets with that person and celebrate Diwali. This is only true Diwali, by bursting crackers burn the bad qualities of that person, not the person.
What is importance of Diya (Lamps) ?
The lights and diyas of Diwali relate to-
“तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय II ” (take me from darkness to light).
Just like light is misunderstood as lighting lamps and not internal gyan, Diwali is misunderstood for ‘getting wealth and more wealth’ rather than ‘get wealth and detach me from it as it is physical and so temporary.’
With Diwali round the corner, you can already feel festivities in the air. Families are upbeat about the ‘National Festival’ and are busy in cleaning and decorating their houses for the big day. But, let us all, for a moment, reflect on something very important. Do we really know what Diwali means?
The Significance of Diwali According to Hindu mythology, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana. In essence, the festival signifies the victory of good over evil.
However, in Hindu philosophy, Diwali signifies “the awareness of the inner light”. It is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atma or Jiva (soul). Diwali is an occasion to realise and know this inner light, which outshines all darkness, removes all obstacles, and dispels all ignorance.
The realization of Atma gives us Life, Light and Love (Jiva, Jyoti, Prem). And, when we learn to love and serve our loved ones unconditionally, without expecting anything in return, we bring ananda (joy) in our lives.
Remember that what happens inside a being is what is reality; external manifestations are only its reflection. Don’t attempt to change the reflection but try to change the real thing. May you all realise the full potential of the Supreme energy on this beautiful festival of lights, Diwali.
What does Ayurveda say?
The core philosophy of Ayurveda is to clean the body, mind and senses and realise that ‘I am soul’. All ancient Ayurvedic texts ultimately aim at cleansing not only the physical, but also the subtle, that is, the sub-conscious mind (chitta). In this festive season, we urge you to utilize the knowledge engrained in ancient Ayurvedic texts and purify yourself at all levels.
In our fast paced lives, we often forget to clean our body and senses. Our minds too are perpetually over-stimulated with stress, worries and negative thoughts. With the body, mind and senses unclean, it is impossible to realize the soul. That’s why, even though many of us are trying to find peace by meditating or chanting mantras, we still do not feel that joy in our lives.
This Diwali, let’s not only clean, decorate and light our houses, but learn this simple method of cleansing and realizing our inner light. Let’s take the pledge to make Ayurveda a part of our lives… forever….This Diwali let us pray and feel grateful – let there be prosperity in every corner of the world – let all people experience love, joy and abundance in their lives.
I wish you all a very healthy, happy, peaceful and enlightening Diwali.