Deepawali or Diwali is the Festival of Lights
- The lights of Knowledge and Wisdom,
- The lights that dispels negativity and doubt,
- The lights that fosters friendship and love,
- The lights of abundance and prosperity.
Where most cultures the world over think of the no moon night as inauspicious, the length and breadth of India celebrates this particular no moon night as the most auspicious night in the entire year. Indeed, if there is no darkness, then what will light dispel?!
On this darkest of nights, little diyas (ghee lamps) are lit – signifying that the blackest of darkness can be dispelled by the tiniest of lights. Firecrackers swish and buzz and explode lighting up the darkness – their explosions diffusing the negativity that we have accumulated over the year inside us. We give sweets to each other, bringing light where love and friendship has faded – all is forgiven in the celebration – new beginnings are made. And the capricious and benign Goddess Lakshmi is revered and worshipped signifying the light of abundance and prosperity for all.
A very Happy Diwali 2020 to everyone!
Bawa n Dinesh
This post is inspired by one of the Knowledge sheets from the book Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar