• Sangeeta Maheshwari

Diwali-the festival of dissolving the darkness into light

Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated as a mark of victory of good over evil.

Lord Rama completed 14 years of exile to the forests and faced all the demons. He returned with his wife and younger brother by either conquering those demons or befriending them with his courage and wisdom.

Traditionally, homemade pure organic cotton buds dipped in pure ghee are lit to spread light in the darkness of night.

Metaphorically Diwali for our soul is to go inwards into the wilderness or forest of our inner self and face our inner demons with courage and wisdom. We can then dissolve our thoughts dipped in our own deep knowing/wisdom rather than external influences. Then we too can spread light in our inner dark spaces.

In preparation for Diwali we deep clean our house and decorate it. We make colorful rangoli (artwork by organic dry colors) in front of the house and wear new vibrant color outfits.

In the metaphoric spirit deep cleaning our inner self where our soul resides would create clean space. We can then decorate within colours and sparkles of compassion, letting go, forgiveness and love. Let go of all the deep resentment, hurt, stories and the biggest evil-our ego.

Traditionally homemade sweets were exchanged with neighbors, family and friends. It was a gesture to spread sweetness amongst everyone.

We too can fill ourselves with our internal sweetness of unconditional love and acceptance by embracing every bit of us, in the true spirit of Diwali.

That is Diwali for our soul- by lighting all the darkness in and around us.


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