Undoubtedly, diwali gives everyone a reason to celebrate. I came back traveling 50 hours straight to celebrate this festival with my family. Every year, I decorate my home with lamps and diyas. I burst firecrackers. I wear new cloths and eat various delicacies. But just opposite my street lives a family, whose house is as dark as ever and so are their lives. They slept hungry yesterday and today is no different. Their plea for better life is lost in the sound of crackers and hustle bustle of festivity. Goddess laksmi may still refuse to visit their homes, as they did not light it up.
As I bought a new refrigerator this Dhanteras, this family got its share of carton and padding that came along with the refrigerator. They were so ecstatic. What small a thing is needed to lighten up their lives. Laxmi might still visit my home if I had a candle less. But it would lighten entire home for someone. I bought new cloths and old ones are now my floor cleaner. What if I gave those old ones to someone who needs it?
We are conditioned to take things for granted. We can read and write, but there is a woman at railway station or bank who is bewildered because all the sign boards and forms make no sense to her. If I can spare an hour from my life and teach someone, I will uproot a real evil from the society. Lighting Diyas and bursting firecrackers symbolizes the defeat of evil. But poverty and illiteracy are the real demons. Unless we demolish these evils, the very purpose of this festival goes for a toss.
Let’s celebrate this diwali differently. Light someone’s life. Experience the eternal ecstasy as you bring smile on the faces, who last laughed in their childhood. Let’s empower an illiterate so that he is not exploited anymore. Distribute sweets to the orphans which otherwise would go stale in your refrigerator. Pledge to respect women and elders. Do good and watch it come back to you. Let’s live this diwali in its true spirit.
For thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Let’s experience the happiness in giving!!!
Happy Diwali 🙂
Its NOW or NEVER!!