Dipawali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India. It is a festival of light and worship of goddess Laxmi for peace, prosperity and happiness.

There are several other important things too happened during Diwali day and some of them are

1. Lord Krishna killed demon Narakasura

2. Lord Rama returned back to Ayodhya

3. Lord Mahaveer attained Nirvana

Goddess Laxmi is the personification of feminine aspect of the omnipotent divinity. As goddess Laxmi represents peace, prosperity and happiness, it is believed that she can be attracted only at places which are clean and well lit. So, this day people light lamps to welcome goddess Laxmi to their houses, offices and workplaces and eventually in their lives. As darkness is dispelled when diyas (lamps) are lit, human ignorance (darkness) is dispelled when knowledge of pure divinity (light) is lit.

What is this ignorance which needs to be dispelled?

Ignorance of one’s own (self) reality and the reality behind the existence of our world, ignorance of the subjects which entangles senses, ignorance of the causes binding to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, ignorance of mental attachments and aversions, ignorance of the science of karma and its results, ignorance of proper attitude and behavior and ignorance of the perception and existence of God. These and other such ignorances are the main reasons for the peaks of pains and pleasures, happiness and suffering, profit and losses in our lives.

The knowledge which has the power to dispel our ignorance is the knowledge of the presence of divinity in everything and every being in this universe. Though there is so much variety in the universe and everything looks to be independent and separate from each other yet the fact is that everything is made of One divine force, omnipresent and omnipotent, called as God, Allah, Brahman, Pure Consciousness, Energy etc. Everything seen and unseen is a modified form of that formless Divinity. Perceiving things as things is ignorance and perceiving divinity in things is knowledge.

As much the darkness of ignorance is removed through the light of knowledge, that much one attains peace, happiness and prosperity. It is basically because one gets nearer to the divine creative forces by identifying it in every aspect of life and that identification makes the divine forces take charge of the individual and makes all those things happen which are good for that individual.

At times it so happens that life may encounter problems even after attainment of pure divine knowledge but then these problems should be perceived as good for the spiritual upliftment of the individual. Gods who have manifested in human form, Saints and Spiritually Realized Souls such as Lord Rama, Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Raman Maharshi, Lord Buddha, Mahaveera, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed etc also have experienced problems in their lives. The problems in their lives were for their evolution and for the betterment of human beings in particular and for the society in general. Their problems became the stepping stone for the upliftment of the world. This is the power of establishing in the knowledge of pure divine force.

Let the light of pure knowledge be lit in every being and let all beings live in peace, harmony and happiness. May the celebration of Diwali take place every day and inner Joy be experienced all the time.

With best wishes and divine vibes.

-Guruji  Sri. Sadguru Rameshji Ji


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