Different Diwali

Different Diwali

A Chapter by Priya Seht
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Instead of burning crackers, plant a tree. Go Green.

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DIWALI, A festival of lights is celebrated with much joy and fervour across the nation. According to mythology, Lord Rama returned on this day after being in exile for 14 years. At that time, lighting up of diyas marked the triumph of good over evil and family re-unions came to be celebrated.
As time went by, the capacity to spend and need for grandiose among people increased. Diwali is now celebrated with lighting of candles, diyas in homes; exchange of gifts; burning of crackers, among other activities. This is what we now call celebrations. I guess we have simply made this day a holiday and a day for personal delight hardly having any significance.

Generation-Next has tremendous spending power, spending lavishly on SIM cards, i-Phones, movies, the latest technology and what not. It hardly strikes them that there are people dying, who don’t even get a chance to celebrate Diwali. Instead, if they give this money in donations, a huge change will be brought about and their deeds will bring a genuine smile on the faces of children of God.

This might seem as trite on a merry occasion like Diwali but this is the bitter truth. I am not delivering a lecture and asking people not to enjoy themselves, they can and have the right to enjoy but I’m requesting them to think just a wee bit about the world too. That was just about donations.

Moving on to celebrations, being an aware student of the environment, I would like to suggest that people to light the minimum number of diyas and the least number of candles if they can’t prevent themselves from not lighting any. The science behind this is that candles, etc are sources of heat and light and due to combustion; the end products released are CO2 and heat. These further results in trapping of these end products in the atmosphere, which finally results in Global Warming �" the hot issue throughout the world now. We ought to do just a little bit from our sides and together we can overcome this demon or ‘Ravana’. We will be the present century’s Rama then.

If candles, etc are used in minimum quantities, a lot (good) will happen. And if you think that the Lord will be happy by these actions of candle ceremony and everything else, then probably you’re mistaken. The Lord will be happy only when you do good deeds. Even if you use crackers, then plant a tree the very next day. This is same as getting wounded and then applying the necessary medication. If this is further taken ahead, then this festival of lights will soon be converted to a Festival of Plantation.

I do hope that at least a few people are inspired by my words.
, A festival of lights is celebrated with much joy and fervour across the nation. According to mythology, Lord Rama returned on this day after being in exile for 14 years. At that time, lighting up of diyas marked the triumph of good over evil and family re-unions came to be celebrated.
As time went by, the capacity to spend and need for grandiose among people increased. Diwali is now celebrated with lighting of candles, diyas in homes; exchange of gifts; burning of crackers, among other activities. This is what we now call celebrations. I guess we have simply made this day a holiday and a day for personal delight hardly having any significance.

Generation-Next has tremendous spending power, spending lavishly on SIM cards, i-Phones, movies, the latest technology and what not. It hardly strikes them that there are people dying, who don’t even get a chance to celebrate Diwali. Instead, if they give this money in donations, a huge change will be brought about and their deeds will bring a genuine smile on the faces of children of God.

This might seem as trite on a merry occasion like Diwali but this is the bitter truth. I am not delivering a lecture and asking people not to enjoy themselves, they can and have the right to enjoy but I’m requesting them to think just a wee bit about the world too. That was just about donations.

Moving on to celebrations, being an aware student of the environment, I would like to suggest that people to light the minimum number of diyas and the least number of candles if they can’t prevent themselves from not lighting any. The science behind this is that candles, etc are sources of heat and light and due to combustion; the end products released are CO2 and heat. These further results in trapping of these end products in the atmosphere, which finally results in Global Warming �" the hot issue throughout the world now. We ought to do just a little bit from our sides and together we can overcome this demon or ‘Ravana’. We will be the present century’s Rama then.

If candles, etc are used in minimum quantities, a lot (good) will happen. And if you think that the Lord will be happy by these actions of candle ceremony and everything else, then probably you’re mistaken. The Lord will be happy only when you do good deeds. Even if you use crackers, then plant a tree the very next day. This is same as getting wounded and then applying the necessary medication. If this is further taken ahead, then this festival of lights will soon be converted to a Festival of Plantation.
I do hope that at least a few people are inspired by my words.


© 2010 Priya Seht


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