Divali will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd October 2014 with the reverence and festivities that we have grown accustomed to over the decades. As a religious occasion, this day now forms part of the national, cultural psyche of our country as persons from many different creeds participate in the deferential lighting of deeyas and related activities. Divali is celebrated at the personal level, the family level, the community level and the national level as well as within the various ministries, offices and institutions of the country. Indeed, the festival is recognised and celebrated globally.
What is the appeal of Divali and what is the message that renders this occasion so relevant to all regardless of their beliefs? Divali carries the message of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Such a universal message and theme is undeniably relevant to all persons and societies as the innate good nature of humans continues to fight its way to the surface. The world must come to realise that good in the form of proper ethics, principles, self governance and positive behaviour is critical to the wellbeing of economies and societies. This issue came to the forefront globally several years ago when the world economy was brought to its knees because of a lack of ethics, principles and self governance.
Darkness, ignorance and evil are the root causes of the mayhem we are seeing in our society today and are at the foundation of the negativity we see manifested in the behaviour of humans. There is need to address these atrocities by bringing about transformation through illumination.
Divali is one such occasion where this positive message can be shared with all humanity. The blessings of Lakshmi Mata build our inner sources of power and we are able to project this inner light onto the external reality and change it. We all have different sources of inner power but that of principle-consciousness stands as one of the most fundamental sources. If we are devoid of a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and so forth, then we are doomed to inflict pain upon others through our actions. When we are principle-conscious, all our actions are aligned with that which is good and positive and this is reflected in our actions and behaviours.
This auspicious occasion should serve as an opportunity to reaffirm a positive life filled with goodness. In the world we live in, it is very easy to become cynical and lose hope in humankind and even in our own selves. However we should take courage from the saints of old and the ancestors who ploughed through, regardless of the challenges. The enemies may change form on the surface but the commitment required remains the same. As the old adage goes, the darkest hour is the one just before dawn.
SWAHA calls upon the national community to embody this message of Divali and connect to our inner goodness and light. Let us all develop our principle-consciousness and let our inner light and goodness reflect on the outer reality. Let us bring about transformation and give hope to all who may have lost their way. Jai SWAHA Mata.
By Pt. Jaidath Maharaj