Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Diwali!

The festival of lights has arrived yet again and let me wish all of you a Very Happy and Safe Deepavali. The stories that give reason for such a celebration are many but the fact that is underlined in these stories is that might is not always right and justice prevails. Evil forces are ultimately conquered and truth wins. We need to remind ourselves of these optimistic messages whatever our religious belief. That is perhaps why Deepavali is welcomed by one and all. Do we need to be told that if Lord Ram had to fight a single Ravan- so what if he had 10 heads- We have to fight several Ravans in our everyday life.

To a father who tries to get his daughter married a dowry demanding groom and his parents must appear as Ravan personified.

To a pensioner who has to grease the palms of a dealing assistant to get his papers processed, the corrupt official who encourages his sub ordinates to do so and accepts a share of the bribe thus collected would be a modern version of Narakasur. When is Krishna planning to intervene? Or should we all become modern Krishnas and fight corruption?

The unborn female child who is subjected to sex determination tests and killed in the womb has to first deal with injustice at the hands of her own parents followed by doctors who say 'if not me it will be someone else. Why not me then?'

The terrorist who trains youngsters to become suicide bombers are amalgamations of 10 demons put together.

The best way to celebrate Deepavali would be to say a big NO to all social evils. We all have a Ram within us. We only need to identify our strength. The terrorist, corrupt officials and illegally functioning poly clinics would cease to exist if we stopped patronizing them. Let us take one step at a time and learn to stand up for our rights. The strength it gives is unbelievable.

A Happy Deepavali to all!

18 comments:

vishesh said...

happy diplavali!

J P Joshi said...

Travelling through....Read your post.

Happy Diwali to you too.

Bravo for your thoughts. Love the thoughts.

Joy said...

This post just re iterates the strength in us.

Wish you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali!

ugich konitari said...

We need to strenghthen , as you say, the Ram in all of us, and tackle the Ravanas around us. Thanks so much for reminding us this Divali......Happy Divali to you and yours..

Mampi said...

Yeah, so right.

Happy DIwali, a happy and meaningful Diwali.

Monika said...

lovely post as usual... i agree with u... its only we who can change the workd around us.. and we need to wake up for that...

happy diwali...

Manasa said...

One has to identify the good ones within us to fight the evils.

Happy Deepavali :)

hillgrandmom said...

That's a great idea HHG! Good post. Happy Deepavali HHG.

Archana Bahuguna said...

A very happy Diwali to you as well, HG and all readers! :-)

Renu said...

Wish u a very happy Diwali !

Artnavy said...

very well said
awaken the ram in each of us

thanks for the wishes

Hip Grandma said...

Thanks all of you for your wishes.may you all have a great time this week end as an extension of your Diwali celebrations.

dipali said...

So very true, HG! Hope you had a happy Diwali.

Usha said...

I almost missed this beautiful post. I agree totally with your sentiments.
How was your deepavali?

WhatsInAName said...

lovely lovely post with a wondeful message. We sure need to fight against the present day rakshasas in the form of all social evils!

As it was beautifully said in a song in Swades, "mann se Ravan jo nikale, Ram uske mann me hai"

Hip Grandma said...

Dipali:thankyou and wish you the same.

usha:i seriously feel that we should spend some time on our festival days talking to people of the need to overcome social evils.My Diwali was okay,went to the temple and visited friends.

whatsinaname:Thanks for those words of appreciation.i wondered if such a sermon would be welcomed on a festive occasion.

starry nights said...

Happy Diwali to you and your family.

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