Like most festivals around the world,Diwali too has a misleading mythological belief. Return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. Maybe something like this actually did happen. However,the actual reason, like behind most festivals around the world, is life. Cleanliness. Celebration of being alive. Of remembering family,friends. Of forgetting problems,fights,etc. Of cleaning up – soul, mind and surroundings. Reminder to reduce the toxic in our lives. Lifestyle.Hearts. Of lighting up our world. With lights of sense,respect,knowledge and hard work. Using oil lamps to light a dark night is also good. It not just signifies optimism,but also spreads and makes you feel it.
Well,someone explain to me how fireworks/crackers fit in this situation. Agreed it is a by-product of evolution of the celebration of Diwali in India. However, aren’t we over doing it?
I am not saying I never lit crackers. Like every child,I was crazy about them. But somewhere in Std. 10,I realized, enough! I no more need to fire up noise to feel happy or festive. Now I not just avoid it completely myself, but ensure I regulate how much my siblings light. Or good people I know. I am trying to reduce its usage.Yes. Zillions are trying.Maybe we will be unable to make even an iota of difference to you. But I want to tell a lot of you,who are just under peer pressure,or feel it is uncool to avoid crackers,that you are not alone.
So, this Diwali, light up diyas. Clean your house and mind. Spread,feel and honor love,family and life.Existence. Celebrate,but cut the fireworks. Least reduce the usage. Tell your younger ones to reduce the same.
With the money saved, you may light up someone’s life with a solar lantern. How? Here!
Or, after your annual cleaning, you might find a few old/new clothes which are in usable conditions. You can help millions of not-so-fortunate brethren by sharing them with Ek Jodi Kapda.
Or maybe you could spend sometime with the local orphan-age or old-age home. With a few sweets, maybe a few lights, some necessities and a lot of love. Go there with your family. Let it be a collective spread of love. All cannot do each of these. But atleast try. Smile to your watchmen, driver,maid,doctor (God forbid you need one on Diwali), police,newspaper boy,cleaner ,etc. It is their festival to. Let them know their service is beyond their payment. Beyond a job.
Basically, atleast for 4-5 days, lets do what we are supposed to be doing all life. Let this Diwali be the beginning.
Enjoy. Have a safe Diwali.