Diwali, a beloved festival to all of us is one of its own kind.
Not only because everything around us is lit up with candles, diyas (earthen lamps) and fairy lights, but also because it brings everyone together like no other festival does!
I have been away from home and have been missing Diwali 4 years in a row now.
No, I don’t miss the firecrackers. ( Thank God for the realization that for a 2-minute fun of watching these crackers burn causing so much harm to the animals and environment is not worth it)
No, I don’t miss the lighting of diyas or making rangolis (colorful patterns drawn on the floor) because I can still do all of them here.
Of course the fact remains that I miss my home and family undoubtedly.
Honestly, staying away from home doesn’t really give you the Diwali feels.
But this Diwali morning was an eye-opener for me.
I fought with a friend terribly over a petty issue without even hearing him out.
He just uttered one sentence- “Kruti, It’s Diwali today”. And he left.
His words kept ringing in my head.
While sitting alone, I realized that had I handled the issue differently instead of being so volatile, I wouldn’t have hurt his sentiments and wouldn’t have felt so terrible about what I did especially on a festive day! I became so impatient and lashed out at him.
Haste does make waste.
It’s all about the choices you make. I chose anger to deal with the situation (only to mess up things further.)
While reading an article on Diwali online, I realized that I have always focused only on the superficial meaning of Diwali all these years.
The lights, rangolis, diyas, get-togethers, pomp and show.
Of course they add life to Diwali!
But what about it’s real sifnificance?
Indian mythology dates back Diwali to the day of return of Lord Rama from his 14-years long exile after he defeated the demon king Ravanna.
It historically symbolizes the victory of good over evil and celebrates light and life both.
On the personal front, Diwali is the time to repel the darkness and ignorance with the innate goodness residing within us.
It’s a time to reflect on and evaluate our thoughts, words and deeds.
It’s a time to acknowledge and negate your vices and begin transforming yourselves.
It’s time to explore how loving and respectful you can be towards others.
It’s time to shove the ignorance in you and act wisely and compassionately.
It’s time to burst your ego and be sorry for your wrong actions.
Just like one diya can evade away all the darkness, let not the shine in you dim.
Let it guide your thoughts and actions.
Let every Diwali be a source of happiness to you and the ones around you.
It took me a fight with a friend to realize the true meaning of Diwali (to be remembered for a lifetime.)
And yes, now I am Diwali-Ready!
P.S- No sooner did I realize my mistake, than I ran to my friend to make it up to him. After a little bit of sulking, we were back to being as crazy as we are.
After all, Diwali is the festival that brings everyone together.
Happy Diwali to all of you.