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Diwali: A Symbol of Light Amid Global Turmoil

Monica Sethi Darpan, 09 Nov, 2023
  • Diwali: A Symbol of Light Amid Global Turmoil

In a world where conflict and unrest seem to dominate the headlines, Diwali, the festival of lights, takes on a profound significance. This year, as we celebrate Diwali in the middle of global turmoil, it serves as a reminder of the importance of peace, gratitude, and unity. The Israel-Palestine conflict, along with other ongoing tensions, underscores the need for inter-community and inter-religious harmony. As we light our diyas and celebrate this Diwali, let us reflect on the tranquillity we enjoy and the importance of not allowing anyone to dim our light.

Diwali is a deeply symbolic festival. It is a time when people light lamps to signify the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. But the symbolism goes beyond the physical act of lighting lamps. Diwali invites us to ignite the light within ourselves, embrace positive thinking, and let go of conflicts and negativity.

The world, much like the elements of air, water, fire, and earth, often appears to be in conflict with itself. Just as these elements can be seemingly disparate, people from different backgrounds and faiths can find themselves at odds. But, the intervention of divinity can elevate our consciousness, helping us recognize the underlying harmony and beauty that connects us all.

It's our spirit and perception that shape our world. Much like the blind King Dhritrashtra in the Mahabharata, who remained oblivious to the suffering around him, our ignorance and division only bring pain. This Diwali, let there be light in every heart and mind, illuminating the path to unity and understanding.

Diwali is a celebration that begins with Dhanteras, a day where, in olden times, people would place their wealth in front of their homes and give thanks, feeling a sense of abundance and trust that what is needed will come. It is a reminder for us to embrace an abundant mindset, acknowledging not just material wealth but also the richness of wisdom, courage, and compassion. The more we believe we have, the more we will receive.

As we celebrate Diwali, let us not only light lamps but also kindle the flames of resilience and compassion within ourselves. The world needs these virtues now more than ever. Resilience enables us to face challenges with strength and determination, while compassion connects us to others in times of joy and sorrow. It is through these qualities that we can foster a more harmonious and peaceful world.

In a world characterized by conflict and turmoil, Diwali serves as a profound reminder of the values of peace, gratitude, and unity. Its symbolism of lighting lamps and positive thinking calls us to be a source of light in the lives of others, to let go of conflicts, and to embrace the blessings of living in a peaceful country like Canada.

This Diwali, let's embrace the light within and work toward a brighter, more harmonious world for all. Just as Lord Rama returned home, let us return to our center, consciousness, and awareness. By incorporating these symbols and cultivating qualities like resilience and compassion, we can collectively move toward the light and celebrate the essence of Diwali.

 

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