Thought Provoking thoughts on Diwali
Literally, deepvali means (deep – light and vali a row and together it means a row of lights)
After finishing his 14 long years of exile besides annihilating the demon king Ravana and with it his evil deeds; he, accompanied with brother Lashmana and Sita, Lord Rama was accorded a rousing welcome by the happy populace of Ayodhya. The common people welcomed them by illuminating their homes and streets of Ayodhya. The righteous emperor Bharata, the virtuous one coronated the his elder brother Rama to the thrown of Ayodhya.
Dhanteras on 22 October 2014: It is the first day of the five days of celebration of Diwali. Dhan means wealth and teras means thirteenth day as per Hindu Calendar. On this day, devout purchase gold, silver ornaments / coins or any other precious metal or utensils as per the propensity of the person concerned. Maan Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth and wellbeing is worshiped on this day. On this day, houses and business established are spruced up for the ongoing Diwali. It is also accompanied with Dhanvantri’s poojan (worship) for ensuring sound health and wellbeing. Today is a day when Lord Yama is also worshiped with full devotion.
THOUGHTS ON DIWALI
Example of Obedience to the family. The king of Ayodhaya Dhashratha, had made a solemn pledge to his wife Kakto ask for two boons or promises whenever she wanted. While there was a strong news that the king wanted Ramji to be coronated as the king, Manthra the maid servant of KaIkeyi poisoned the ears of the queen Kaikeyi and exhorted her to ask for realization of two promises given to her by the king.
First the coronation for Bharata (Kaikeyi’s son) and second, 14 years’ exile for Rama (the son of Kaushilya). As there was the dictum in the family: – Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi Puran Jaaye Par Bachan Na Jaye (There is a tradition in Raghukul that they will prefer death to break a promise), so Ayodhya king had to concede the demands of Kaikeyi though grudgingly.
After hearing all this, Rama did not say even a single word. Contrarily, he put on his the simplest dress to depart for exile, thus obeying the directive of his father without demur or reservation. Sitaji (consort of Ramji and Lakshamana (the son of Sumitra) too wanted to accompany Rama. This is a fine example of obedience of the orders of elders in the family. We ought to imbibe this fine trait of Lord Rama and thus follow a righteous path in our life.
Fine example of cohesion in the family. As Bharata came to know about the 14 years’ exile of Lord Rama and coronation for himself, he felt very disappointed. He flatly refused to be crowed as a king of Ayodhya in the absence of elder broth Rama and Lakshmana. No arguments of any sort could placate him. He thought this act of being emperor as adharam (irreligiosity). He even went to the jungles in order to persuade Rama and Lakshmana to return back to Ayodhaya but no rational reasoning could convince them. This is termed as Bharat Milap.
Finally, he extracted a promise from Ramji that on his return back from 14 years’ exile, he will take the reigns as an emperor. Such was the love between the brothers – an unparalled one. Rama’s love for Bharta was also an example. He mentioned that his love for him was just like the love he showers on Hanuman. We should follow this example for ensuring goodwill in our families. Wealth or any other consideration should not be an impediment for a good relations in our families.
Ravana the Demon King was Knowledgeable. Ravana, the son of Vishwashrava (A Brahman rishi) and his mother Kaikasi (from a demon family) was a scholarly person who had the knowledge of Vedas and other scriptures at his finger tips but he is taken in negative light because he did not make use of this knowledge for the benefit of demon clan. On the other hand, he was intoxicated with his prowess and knowledge. So much so he was swayed by ego that he stooped to abducting Sita Maata the consort of Lord Rama. It goes to prove that if we do not use the knowledge with sagacity, we sure will fall prey to unethical karma leading to our downfall.
Kuber Puja. Kuber is the step brother of Ravana and is considered as the treasurer of wealth. It is believed amongst the devout that worship of Lord Kubera, especially on the auspicious day of Diwali, brings affluence and progress in business. Just as we can have fresh water from the fresh water resource, we can have Lord Kubera’s blessings. He bequeaths wealth if we sincerely do our karma as per the natural laws. His graces those who resort to right karma and possess right attitude. Kubera pooja is done on Diwali Day so that there is sufficiency of everything for meeting the needs of our family.
Lordess Lakshmi & Lord Ganesha Pooja. No Diwali is considered complete without first inviting Lord Ganesha because He is an embodiment of good beginning and removes obstacles besides being the Lord of Wisdom. Lordess Lakshmi represent wealth and wellbeing. On the auspicious day of Diwali, both of the deities share a single altar thus ensuring blessings of the both. The former is taken as Lordess of wealth and the latter as the bestower of prosperity.
Playing Gamble on Diwali Day. A legend has it that on Diwali Day Goddess Parvati played dice with Lord Shiva and he ordained that anyone who gambled on this day, prosperity will smile on them. This tradition continues even today. But some unethical people just gamble away their homes and hearths on this day and have to fend for themselves. This is bad. Tradition is OK, but excess of everything is bad should never be forgotten.
It should never be forgotten that when tradition marries with modernity, may it be celebration of festivals or any other day we consider pious and worth celebrating, it gives us feeling of wellness amongst our fellow beings. But one thing we ought not forget that celebration should never be individualistic in nature. When all are happy then celebration given more satisfaction. May it be celebration of Diwali, Christmas Day, EID or any other religious day – when all accompany us, celebration becomes more meaningful.