The three main aspects of Diwali:
1. Celebration of light-
meaning dispelling the darkness of ignorance, it is a festival of light which shows us the way on our journey through life.
The purpose is not to glorify the light of the candle or the firecrackers-the purpose is to glorify the light of God, it is he who bestows the real light....the everlasting light upon the darkness of this mundane world. A candle burns out; a firecracker is a momentary visual thrill but the candle of a still mind and the fireworks of a heart filled with bhakti are divine and eternal....these are what we should be celebrating.
2. We clean and decorate our homes with lanternss and diyas...WHY?
The lanterns signify Gods light penetrating through the ignorance and sin of our daily lives.
The light of Diwali should be within us; it should symbolise the personal relationship with God......let the light penetrate inward for then it will have an everlasting impact.
We clean our homes WHY?....its a day of starting afresh....we clean our hearts of negativity so that it is befitting of God to reside in it.
We begin a new financial year, new account books....what we also need to assess is our balance sheet, our pluses and minuses, our strengths and weaknesses.
she is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lakshmi provides Vishnu with wealth to sustain life not indulgence.
It is Gods presence in our lives that makes us rich, so on this holy day, let us,
a.fill our entire being with the light of God.
b. let us spring clean our minds and hearts,remove all negativity making a true fresh start.
c. let us pray to Mahalakshmi to bestow the divine gifts of faith, devotion and service upon us.
That is fulfilling prosperity!
Let us celebrate Diwali as a HOLY DAY not as a HOLIDAY!