Hello there Reader! 🙂
If you’re from where I am, then today was Diwali for you. If you aren’t or don’t know what Diwali is – well, in very brief – it is the festival of lights, celebrated to commemorate the triumph of ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, in Hindu mythology. Not dwelling too much on the supernatural aspects often found in connotation with the festival, here are my thoughts about what Diwali is.
(Do note – this being my little corner of the vast, vast world wide web, I do not wish to impose any of my thoughts or opinions on anyone, in any form. The following are my perspectives and being mere opinions, they are not open to debate 🙂 )
As the age-old lore goes, the wolf that we feed within each of us, is the wolf that wins. However, by dedicating a festival to the triumph of the ‘Right’ over the ‘Wrong’, or more correctly, the ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, what is it that our ancestors wanted to tell us? Well, in what little I have been able to gather in the two decades I have been around for, what I have understood is simple – reminding ourselves of our immense potential to do good. Didn’t get me? Let me explain.
You see, each of us has unfathomable undiscovered potential to do good in this world. This could be as doing good to ourselves, doing to those around us or maybe even doing something for the greater good of humanity. But, wait a minute… WHAT, is “Good”? Not dwelling too much on the relativity of the literal meaning of the word, the generic understanding here is a deed favourable to all parties concerned, with the most minimal negative consequences. However, this “good” is easier spoken about than done. That is why, having a day to remember that there was once someone in our legends, who could do this kind of “good”.
By remembering and remiscing this act of bravery to stand up against the erstwhile representation of sins and injustice in the world, if one of our ancestors could lead supposedly insignificant individuals to victory, we as evolved beings must find the insipiration to do all the good we can, to all those we can, in all the ways we can, at all times when we can!
Another important symbolism in the festival of lights, is of course, the literal lighting of lamps. But what is the parallel we draw, with regard to the ‘good and evil’ theory, from lamps? Well, that is an easy answer. You see, when a lamp burns, it consumes itself (or its minimally available resources) to provide heat and light to its surroundings. That way, the lamp is doing all the good it can. As humans, if we can do the same thing or attempt to do the same, indeed, the world Will be a much nicer place to live in.
Last but not the least, even scientifically, Diwali is celebrated at a time when the seasons are in metamorphosis from autumn to winter. In a situation that is likely to cause humans to curl up and become low in productivity, starting off the season by joyous interactions with loved ones, is an unintended motivation to keep individual spirits up. This way, such celebrations are a great way our ancestors found to keep us cheery in the harsh months that loom ahead.
Thus, as we can see – each element of our festivities has a reason, a rationale behind it. Sure, aeons of interpretations and misinterprations may have made things seem a little askew, but there are reasons why things are the way they are. And though times and lifestyles have changed – these traditional practices still hold a lot of value and can have tremendous positive impacts to all our lives, if we let them. After all, to the eye of reason and logic, there are a hundred reasons why. 🙂
This was just some food for thought – let me know of what you think.You can leave me a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Instagram – @youreverydayfashionblog
All that said and done, here is wishing all my readers a wonderful Diwali. May you have a prosperous, positive and productive year.