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Festival street decorations light the roadways as many thousands throng the area during celebrations for the Hindu festival of
Divali, attracting a crowd of thousands in Leicester, England, Sunday. Divali, the festival of lights, is an ancient Hindu festival.
Every year, Divali is celebrated with
many remaining ignorant of its
meaning and significance. What is the
significance of this celebration? Is it
just the lighting of deyas, bursting of
bamboo and the enjoyment of a variety
of Indian delicacies?
It is much more than that. It is the
victory of light over darkness. It is a
reminder to all people who are aware of
this celebration that light and goodness
are more powerful than darkness and
evil and when light enters one s life, it
is as if darkness never was.
It is really a five-day festival with the
third day being the main celebration
known as the festival of lights. There
are a few stories that mark the origins
of this festival, each one showing a
common thread of good over evil. It
celebrates the birth of Mother Lakshmi
from the cosmic ocean of milk when it
was being churned by gods and
On the third day of Divali celebration,
Mother Lakshmi chose and married
Many Hindus invite Mother Lakshmi,
the Goddess of wealth and prosperity,
into their homes by the lighting of
In North India, the festival reminds
the celebrants of King Rama s return to
Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. In
South India, celebrants are reminded of
Lord Krishna s victory over the demon
In the Jain religion, Divali marks the
spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira.
In Sikhism, their third Guru institution-
alised that on Divali all Sikhs would
gather to receive the Guru s blessings. It
also marked the freedom from impris-
onment of their sixth Guru. It should
also be noted that different faiths and
cultures around the world recognise the
spiritual importance of this festival.
Right here in T&T, Christians, Mus-
lims and others celebrate Divali with
their Hindu friends.
We should be an example of unity to
Let nothing separate us. Let us
remember on this day that good tri-
umphed over evil not only externally
but in our hearts and minds. Happy
Divali to all!
LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS, BRIGHTENS OUR LIVES
Hindus believe in the oneness of an omnipresent
all-pervading God found in every atom of creation as
both energy and matter known as Brahman that has
taken many forms as male and female for different
functionalities to save mankind.
God is inside you as the essence of your soul.
Mother Lakshmi is both in the heavenly region and
she represents within us all blessings, both materially
as wealth (money) and health; socially as family
bonds and friendships; our talents and skills; and spir-
itually as our knowledge of right (to create Good
Karma) and wrong to not have any hate, anger, lust,
greed, jealousy and selfishness (bad Karma).
Divali day celebrated in T&T is really the third day
of five where Hindus perform the miracle ritual of
Pooja that both is a thanksgiving for all the blessings
of Mother Lakshmi in our life and asking that one God
in the form of Mother Lakshmi to give us healing, fi-
nancial (money) and spiritual prosperity to make us
and those around us happy.
The first day of Divali a deya of protection is lit by
the Jhandi or the front gate asking for God to remove
all sickness from anyone in our home. The second day
a similar deya is lit asking God to remind us that God
is the essence of our being, so we would know we
have an everlasting life.
The fourth day a community pooja is done known
as Goverdhan Pooja where the community is asked to
pray to God to protect the country from natural disas-
ters like floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. The last
day of Divali is a day of forgiveness (Bhaidooj).
Family and friends who are angry and vexed should
forgive one another and exchange gifts or tokens. For
if we all want God to forgive us, we have to forgive
others who have trespassed against us.
So this last day we pray for forgiveness and for
peace, love and happiness in our family.
The word murti means mirror and by simply look-
ing at a murti (picture or statue) and if possible to
light a deya by her picture again or for the first time
one will be blessed to see that Mother Lakshmi is not
only in the hearts of Hindus but everyone.
She is our wealth, she represents our love, our un-
conditional or divine love for everything (our environ-
ment, so keep it clean) and our love for humanity for
peace, peace, peace.
So as you light a deya this Divali both internally
and externally may your life be healed, touched by
God almighty to become happier, healthier, wealthier
and more spiritual. Shubh Divali 2015.
Pundit Roopnarine Seenath,
Motiraam Shiva Mandir,
Erin Road Debe
'May the blessings of Mother
Lakshmi be upon us all'
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