Greetings to one and all on this special occasion of Deepavali. May millions of lamps illuminate your life with endless joy, love, prosperity, health, wealth and happiness. Wish you and your family a very happy Deepavali. This festival is celebrated to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual. The below quoted Gayathri Mantra summarizes the same while it can be used as an recitative instrument for meditation. The right way of celebrating the festival is by lighting diyas – cotton string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil. See the image below. I clicked this image last year during Deepavali, the clay pot was gifted to all of us at Yahoo!. I have the collection of all 4 years Diwali gifts by my employer, including this years 2 clay diya’s filled with wax.
Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.
– Gayathri Mantra
I wish to emphasize on how we are celebrating Deepavali in recent times. For most of us, this festival is all about fire crackers! We all know that the environment is getting polluted never like before. By lighting crackers, we are adding more woes that contribute to global warming. Let us all celebrate deepavali by
- Lighting the oil lamps made of clay pots.
- Pledging to use only CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) or LED lamps.
- Saying no to crackers. I know it is tough if you have kids, but it is an opportunity to educate them about pollution and bring in awareness.
- Let us make a prompt attempt to minimize fireworks if not possible to avoid completely.
Let us celebrate the festival of lights by celebrating it in right way. Let us enjoy the festival as well as help our nature to stay greener for some more time. Go *Green* starting this Deepavali!