An unabridged article from Guruji for your reading pleasure: Have a super fantastic Diawali!!
Diwali – “the festival of lights” – celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Lights lit on this day do more than decorate homes. They also communicate a profound truth about life: lights dispel darkness. Similarly, the darkness within you is dispelled through the light of wisdom and the good wins over the evil in you.
Though many legends exist about the festival, Diwali is essentially celebrated to light wisdom in every heart, light life in every home, and bring a smile on every face. Diwali is an abbreviation of Deepavali or “rows of lights.” Life has many facets and stages to it. It is important that you throw light on all of them, for if one aspect of your life is in darkness, expression of life remains incomplete. The rows of lights in Diwali remind you that every aspect of life needs your attention and light of knowledge.
Every Diwali lamp symbolizes a good quality. There are good qualities in every human being. Some have forbearance, some have love, some show strength, some represent generosity, and some have the ability to unite people. The latent values in you are like a lamp. When they are lit, or awakened, then Diwali begins.
Don’t be satisfied with lighting one lamp; light a thousand. If you possess the quality of service, light the lamp of wisdom and acquire knowledge. Awaken all facets of your being.
Another profound symbolism is wrapped in the numerous firecrackers that go off during Diwali. In life, you often become like a firecracker, waiting to explode with your pent-up emotions, frustration and anger. However, when you continue to suppress your emotions, cravings, aversions, and hatred, it is bound to reach a bursting point. Bursting crackers is a psychological exercise created by the ancients to release bottled-up emotions. When you see firecracker explode outside, you feel similar sensations within you as well.
Accompanying the explosion is light. So, when you let go of suppressed emotions, you become hollow and empty, and the light of knowledge dawns.
Wisdom is needed everywhere. Even if one member of your family is shrouded in darkness, you cannot be happy. So you need to light the lamp of wisdom in every member of your family. Extend the lamp to every member of society, and to every person on the planet.
Celebration is the nature of the spirit and every excuse to celebrate is good. In celebration, you should not just party; you must remind yourself of the wisdom. When true wisdom dawns, it gives rise to celebration.
Often in celebrations, you tend to lose focus or awareness. To maintain awareness in the midst of celebrations, the ancient rishis (sages) included sacredness and puja (rituals). For the same reason, Diwali is also time for pujas.
The spiritual aspect of Diwali adds depth to the celebrations. Any celebration has to be spiritual; a celebration without spirituality has no depth.
For the one who does not have knowledge, Diwali comes only once a year, but for the wise, Diwali comes every moment, every day. Be wise, and celebrate Diwali every moment and every day of your life.
PS: There is one more little one that He has written about the festival of lights…look out for it SOON…