The festival of lights—the most resplendent and glamorous of our
festivities will be celebrated on 22nd of October 2014.
Traditionally, Diwali is a lighting festival during which Maha
Lakshmie is worshipped. It is celebrated annually on the Amavasya
night of the Hindu month of Kartick—the darkest night of that month.
This auspicious occasion is marked with prayers and little earthen
lamps called diyas. In a modern world electronics and other
sophisticated lighting arrangements are being used but the natural
diyas add to a feeling of originality, one with nature and
homeliness; a feeling conducive to contemplation, prayers, and deep
reverence to Lakshmi Maa—godess of abundance and prosperity.
Philosophically it is a night when the Hindu feels especially blessed
to thank the godess Lakshmie for filling the world with light. Light
is a marvelous form of energy. Without it we would live sad and
limited lives. When light is present we are happy and full of life
and energy. When all is dark, we grow cold and confused; we get lost
and stumble; we become fearful and anxious. We are all little diyas
lighting god’s world through our words and deeds for light can be
felt in many ways—vision, warmth, joy, courage, character, hope and
Deepavali is a reminder for every human to continue to kindle that
light within the inner recesses of our own hearts and help others in
their search for light, peace and joy. Diyas do not talk, but they
shine. Let us help the light of Lakshmi to pervade the core of every
human heart in an attempt to reduce the darkness in many lives
through our humanity, pushing back the darkness and live in the
glorious light of God’s glory, benevolence and goodness. May the
blessings of M aha Lakshmie be with you and your families during
Deepavali and beyond. A blessed Divali to all.