Diwali is said to be an event to mark the celebration of the homecoming of Rama, Sita, and Laxman, back to Ayodhya, after 14 long years of Vanvas. A lot of knowledgeable write-ups are available on the subject of Diwali so I would not educate on the topic of Diwali here. This blog will, however, throw some light on the life lessons to be learned from the festival of Diwali. It is an attempt to look beyond the symbols, lighten ourselves and in turn enlighten the world.
Diwali is a festival of light that brings with it the utmost prosperity, happiness, and hope. Diwali is mostly associated with cleanliness, decoration with Rangolis, lightning the lamps especially the earthen ones, worshipping Laxmi the goddesses of wealth, new purchases, bursting crackers, sweets, and gifts. However, if we deeply analyse all these things, then we can extract the hidden meaning behind these symbols.
We keep on blindly following the symbols of customs that are downloaded by our ancestors and forget to find out the literal meaning that the customs represents. We tend to follow the custom, as it is, and with time the real essence of the custom fades away. The motive of a custom fails in totality when the symbols are given preference over the substance.
So, let us try to diagnose the symbols and look beyond to know the custom in the real sense. It’s a way to identify the untold truth. Like the custom of cleaning our surroundings before the festival of Diwali could be looked beyond the physical cleaning to also represent the soul cleaning. Similarly, the lightening of lamps at the time of Diwali represents the lamp of hope always lightened up in our heart etcetera.
Here, I have tried to jot down some of the life lessons that these symbols represent. This will help us to understand, as well as, follow the customs in the real sense. Some of the life lessons to be learned from the festival of Diwali are –
- Clean up the negativity inside us.
- Decorate the entire world with the colours of joy.
- Keep the lamp of hope always lightened up in our hearts.
- Be a source of lightning for our inner self, as well as, for the life of everyone around us.
- Have respect towards women and treat them as a goddess.
- Let go the past, welcome the new surprises of life and embrace the change with a smile.
- Burst away all the wrong deeds happening around us.
- Share the sweetness and experience the happiness in the act of giving to the needy.
We should imbibe this learning’s in our personality to celebrate Diwali in a real sense and by that way “Lighten to enlighten”. A successful Diwali will be the one “When our heart gets lit up with a smile, because of the happiness generated from our contribution in someone’s life”. Let it be a small effort, just do it, and make a positive difference in someone’s life.
At the end, a little piece of advice from my side that please think about the environment, animals, and every living/non-living beings before you fire a cracker. Fireworks are harmful not only to others but also to the one who is playing with them. So at least for the sake of our own self, let us all pledge to stay away from fireworks and celebrate a pollution-free and safe Diwali.
Wish you all a very happy and a prosperous Diwali.