Saturday, October 21, 2006

Let there be light




I am sharing , the diwali greetings I received, offcourse with the permission of the friend who sent it to me.

According to the Vedic culture, the message of Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya (from darkness unto light) is given through the festival of Deepawali to all peoples of the world. During the night of Deepawali the myriads of little clay lamps (diyas) seem to silently send forth Deepawali messages: Come let us remove darkness from the face of the earth. This is not the work to be done by one diya or by one individual. It requires collective effort. In the diffusion of light the question of high and low is forgotten. This is the lesson taught by both small and big diyas.

The second message of the burning diyas is to destroy the difference between rich and poor- the destruction of discrimination based on poverty and wealth. The burning diya, whether in a palatial bungalow or in a grass hut, is a symbol of this unity. The wall of separation based on economic status cannot prevent the penetration and spread of the light of the diya.

The third message of the burning diyas of Deepawali is to kindle the extinguished lights of our neighbours. Let us find out what is needed- whether there is a shortage of wick or oil- and just by a little help the neighbour's lamps can be lit. One diya can light several others. A little charity can bring joy to countless others.

The row of lamps teach yet another lesson and that is of unity as exemplified in Satyam, Shivam Sundaram- Truth, Joy and Beauty.

The lights of Deepavali are displayed at the entrance doors, by the walls of houses, in the streets and lanes. This means that the inner spiritual light of the individual must be reflected outside. Passersby may thereby be prevented from stumbling on their way to reach their destination.

The lights of the diyas on earth beckon the lights in the firmaments to descend upon earth and establish the heavenly kingdom of God for the welfare of the human race.

Feeding empty stomachs, lighting blown-out diyas and providing cheer and joy amongst the downtrodden is to enter the true spirit of Deepavali. This is the true prayer to Lakshmi Devi.

Wish you and your family a very "Happy Deepvali"

I , offcourse have just got back from a night of partying , and while it was an attempt at forging new friendships, some old friends were definitely missed. I really wish I was with them.



7 comments:

cheti said...

Happy Deepawali/Deepaavali/Deepavali/Diwali to you too Billy !

parikrama said...

Happy Diwali to you & ur near-dear ones Billy.. Have fun.

cheti said...

Billy

Your photo has the potential to become the most forwarded Diwali image .. already a couple of my friends have done that :( I am sorry ! .. you might end up getting it in your inbox !

Crystal blur said...

Happy Diwali to you too Bilbo. May this year bring you publishable results. :)

Anonymous said...

happy diwali !

Amarula said...

wished i had read this post before... this gal was asking all sorts of questions about Diwali, and i couldnt help much...

will fwd the msgs to her. Hope you had a lovely divali.

kaunquest said...

reminds me one song..
diye jalte hai, phuul khilte hai
badi mushkil se magar, duniyaa mein dost milte hai