Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Diwali

Dear friends,

Daniel and I wish all our students, clients, friends and all the lovely one's a very happy Diwali.
Diwali is a festival where people from all age groups participate. They give expression to their happiness by lighting earthen 'diyas' (lamps), decorating the house and inviting near and dear ones to their households for partaking in a sumptuous feast. The lighting of lamps is a way of paying obeisance to God for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame.

On Diwali night, little clay lamps are lit in homes, but now a days colored electric lamps are also used. What is the significance of lighting a lamp? It is through the light that the beauty of this world is revealed or experienced. Most civilizations of the world recognize the importance of light as a gift of God. It has always been a symbol of whatever is positive in our world of experience.

To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces- wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering, etc.

A message which I would like to share with you is to say 'NO TO CRACKERS'. Care to make this world a better place to live in. I am sharing one of my painting to bestow mirth and positivity during this lovely occassion of Diwali.

Much Light :-)

Namaskar !!

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