On this Diwali Let me share with you an article written by Sadhguru*
“Light and darkness are perceptions of our senses. May you know the light beyond senses. Hope you have a cracker of a Diwali” -Sadhguru
“Diwali is celebrated for various cultural reasons, but historically, it is called ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’ because Narakasura, a very cruel king, was killed by Krishna on this day. Therefore, this is a major festival celebrated across India.”
“Evil need not necessarily come in the form of demons. Desperation, depression and frustration can cause much more damage to one’s life than the demons that you have not seen. Diwali is a reminder to slay all that is negative in our life.”
“The celebration is auspicious in so many different ways.
On this day, it is said that if someone needs money, they pray to Goddess Lakshmi.
If someone wants health, they pray to Goddess Shakti.
If someone wants knowledge, they pray to Goddess Saraswati.
These are dialectical ways of expressing that it will lead to well being.”
“In Indian culture, there was a time when there used to be a festival every day of the year – 365 festivals in a year – because a festival is a tool to bring life to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm.”
“Today, people usually celebrate only around eight or ten festivals annually because of our occupation and other happenings. Unfortunately, festivals nowadays mean you are given holiday at work, and you wake up only at noon. Then you eat a lot and go for a movie or watch television at home. It was not like that earlier. A festival meant the whole town would gather and there would be a big celebration.”
“All these aspects were brought into Indian culture just to keep a man active and enthusiastic in so many ways. The idea behind this was to make our whole life into a celebration.”
“If you approach everything in a celebratory way, you learn to be non-serious about life, but absolutely involved.”
“The passage, the secret of life is to see everything with a non-serious eye, but to be absolutely involved – like a game. That is the reason the most profound aspects of life are approached in a celebratory way, so that you don’t miss the point.”
“The idea of Diwali is to bring that aspect of celebration into your life – that is why the fire crackers, to set fire to you a bit! If you are a damp squib, then you need a cracker from outside every day. Otherwise, it must happen like this within us every day. If we simply sit, our life energy, heart, mind and body must be exploding like a live cracker.Love & Grace”- Sadhguru
*Jaggi Vasudev, popularly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic and New York Times bestselling author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives.
Hoping the goodness of this festive season, dwell within you and stay with you throughout the year. Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year!!