Is Diwali Dil ki Deal Wali
Author : Joydeep Chakraborty
On our evening walk, my daughter who is teen now, stumped me with a question. She asked me Papa “what is Diwali?” I am always used to giving her a different perspective of life and that is what she loves hearing from me. But this time, this simple question kept me thinking….
As I constantly asked myself, I was able to see different meanings of Diwali. So what is Diwali?
Diwali also known as Deepavali literally means “Row of Lights”. Most importantly, Diwali is a religious and spiritual occasion when we gather with our family and friends to perform Pooja and offer prayers to Maha Lakshmi.
Who is Maha Lakshmi? Maha Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. We worship her with Love, humility and devotion and offer thanks for the blessings. Is it? Really?
Diwali also commemorates Lord Krishna’s victory over the demon narakaaasura. Diwali is also associated with the story of the fall of Bali, a demon king who was conquered by Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu appeared to the demon king Bali in the form of a dwarf to request for a piece of land. Bali granted the dwarf’s request. Suddenly, Lord Vishnu took his grand size to place one foot on the Earth, another on Heavens and His hand on the head of the evil Bali and conquered him. So what does these stories and associations mean?
I ask more….
So what is Diwali?……
What is the right way to represent Diwali?….
As I go deep in self asking I start seeing some eternal associations. The associations of these stories with Nature. What is Nature?
The earth that feeds me, the air I can breath and feel liberated, the water which forms 60% to 75% of my body and so integral part of me. Is this why we always are used to praying them in the past.
What is Heaven, on which Lord Vishnu puts his one feet? I imagine an earth where breathing the air actually makes you feel liberated, where the earth is full of greenery and birds chirp to wake you up early morning, where the water is so pure that we do not need to bottle the Himalayan water and advertise. I imagine this heaven of Lord Vishnu where it is so full of abundance that Maha Laxmi truly descends and showers her blessings on every family for preserving it so well.
As I dig deep, I see myself as the Bali, who has done just the opposite today. Do I really deserve the blessings? The mere thought of answering a simple question from a 13 year old, petrifies me like a spine-chilling thriller story.
So here is my answer after due deliberation. True Diwali to me is a sense of gratitude. A deep sense of humbleness to the eternal truths like Earth, Water, Air, the Sun the Moon the entire Galaxy. It is a deep sense of being one and an integral part of this system. God to me is the state, the natural state, the ecosystem that I inherited. Prayer to me is a strong resolution that I will restore it back and I will work relentlessly till the time I see this balance restored.
Diwali to me is a true sense of GRATITUDE for still giving me a chance and not treating me with the same outcome as evil Bali.
Please comment ‘Yes’, if you think I can give this answer to my daughter. Write if you feel I am on the right thought. Share, if you are already part of this story.
Till we become successful in our resolve, I wish
“Happy Diwali and May God bless each and every one of you and your family with life abundance”