Question: What is your message for Deepavali?
Answer: HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar –
Our life is like a lamp. A lamp survives on oxygen just as our life does. If you are locked in a glass box, then you will survive till the time that there is oxygen in the box. In the same way if you cover a lamp with a glass, it will exist till such time that there is oxygen. So there is some similarity between life and a lamp and the similarity is in it’s existence. And just to demonstrate that you too are like a lamp, parallels have been drawn between life and a lamp, through the ages.. We consider our soul to be like a flame. Whenever a person dies, a lamp is kept next to their head. Whenever a baby is born, then too lamps are lit in the house. So there is a special relationship between a lamp and life. And it is not enough to light just one lamp, all the lamps in society need to be lit, only then will society be uplifted. “Sangachadwam”, we should take everyone along with us, bring joy in everyone’s life. With this message we should light not one but a thousand lamps. One lamp cannot extinguish the darkness but a thousand lamps can extinguish the deepest darkness. That is why you light lamps in the dark night, everyone together and celebrate Deepavali. And along with that Deepavali is related to the Ramayana, Mahabharata and other puranas. Ramayana and Mahabharata are related with every festival in our country. The story of lamps being lit when Lord Rama returned, the deeper meaning is that when Self knowledge comes up then the whole world starts shining. So this story is about the importance of knowledge in our lives.
Lord Buddha says, don’t think you have celebrated Deepavali just by lighting oil lamps, you become a lamp yourself, that shows the way to everyone.
Patanjali has said that when you know the light inside you, then you get to see the Siddhas.
Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) said: “There is always enough light for the one who wishes to see.”
So this Deepavali, light lamps be happy, be joyful, spread joy to everyone, keep aside all your old enmity and fights and be bring sweetness in your behavior with everyone, distribute sweets.
And you burst crackers to come to the present moment. You often say that your head is bursting, because of all the cravings and aversions in you, you feel that something is bursting inside you. When something bursts outside, then you get some relief inside! That is why in the olden days they used to burst some crackers and children would also get to enjoy that. Now we live in the age of electricity so there is no need to burst too many crackers. We can have the lights through the use of electricity. In this way, there will be no air and noise pollution. People burst such loud crackers, the poor birds get troubled. They get a shocked, they are traumatised. That is why I say burst very less crackers, if you cannot do without them, but not very loud ones. All birds and animals in the surrounding areas get very afraid. Even elephants run away. When a wild elephants enters a village, then they burst crackers to drive them away. So even an animal like the elephant gets scared and the birds face a lot of pain. So you should not do these things. And it is also not necessary to eat fried food to celebrate Deepavali!..
Remember and be grateful for life’s magnanimity and divinity. Light lamps and know that you are also a lamp and a giver of light to others around you with a wish that you never bring darkness to anyone’s life.
May millions of lamps illuminate your life with endless joy, prosperity, health & wealth forever.
-Wishing you and your family a very
Esoofi Abd’il Qader