29 October, 2016, 12:00 am
The festival of lights or Diwali is approaching and would be celebrated by Hindus throughout the globe on October 30.
While the occasion is very symbolic in terms of the messages it signifies, it must not be exaggerated with myths and legends that make it even more complicated and expensive.
Fireworks, glittering lights are not really part of this festivity as this contributes towards pollution of the environment. The high commercialisation of this occasion is leading to losses in terms of significance, finance and practical value.
As a fact, this celebration began in India ages ago and is related to crop harvesting. If we look at reality, this is the peak time for crop harvesting by farmers in India and with a rich harvest, the farmers rejoice and celebrate.
Diwali is indeed an occasion of sharing one’s happiness. This was a very symbolic day for the Vedic followers as this was the very day Maharishi Dayanand passed away peacefully in India.
Swami Dayanand was a great preacher, social reformer and philosopher who worked tirelessly in removing elements of witchcraft, sorcery and superstition, thus enlightening society and the people.
He gave India a modern way of thinking that related to logical thinking that was highly scientific.
On this auspicious occasion, we must also remember the thousands who were hit severely during the monster Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston and pray that the lives of these Fijians return to normality soon.
May the divine light of Diwali spread into your life-peace, prosperity, contentment, happiness, and good health.
Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali!