Deepavalli- the light of knowledge

The central theme of all legends point out to the classic truth of the victory of the good over the evils. Lord Rama the great warrior, returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, in which he put an end to the demon Ravana of Lanka, who was a great pundit, highly learned but still evil dominated his mind. In Ayodhya, the people welcomed Rama by lighting rows of clay lamps. So Diwali is an occasion in honor of Rama’s victory over Ravana; of Truth’s victory over Evil.

The ‘dharma’ or nature of a thing is that which it cannot give up. Like sweetness is the nature of sugar.  A thing called sugar ceases to exist if it gives up its sweetness (its dharma).  Fire cannot remain fire if it becomes cold. Also one’s own nature is never a burden to oneself. The poison of a snake is not a danger to itself, even though the poison lies within its own body.

The nature of our True Being is indestructible, unborn. Free from the limitations of time, space and objects. It is full, complete. It lacks nothing. The Self is also of the nature of eternal happiness. All beings without exception strive to achieve freedom from sorrow and gain happiness. This shows that misery or sorrow is not our nature. If misery was our nature we would never want to get rid of it.

It is due to ignorance of the fact of the true nature of our Self that we struggle to gain happiness from objects, situations, experiences outside us. This eternal, infinite happiness can never be gained through sense enjoyments but only by the knowledge arising from Self enquiry.

This Diwali, being the festival of lights, lighting the lamp of knowledge within us, let us enquire into the knowledge of our True Self, understand and reflect upon the significant purpose of the days of festivities and to bring those thoughts in to the day to day lives. To be able to see the Rama and Ravana within us and conquer the Ravana who is a symbol of ego, sensuousness, arrogance, false pride and ignorance. Rama is the very nature of our True Being.

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