Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated Indian festivals. It is also known as the “festival of love”, as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feelings towards each other. Spiritually, this onefestivalteaches us how our lives should be livedevery day. Full of love and forfeiting all malice or grudges if any. As that is what life was on day one – a celebration, and what life is meant to be. But one should just focus not forgiving, instead ask for forgiveness, as this will truly denote that we have parted from our ego in the bonfire offering.
Holi marks the arrival of spring and end of winter. From an evolved perspective, winter here signifies our feelings that we’ve frozen against someone,over a period of time. And malice or hatred is frozen love. While spring connotes falling of old leaves and freshness of new blooming flowers. In other words, it symbolises shredding old thoughts and working towards new beginnings, freshness in relations and life, budding love and its continual flow. Hence, even the season of this festival supports the celebrations of change.
“Bura namano – holihai!”, means – “Don’t mind my actions, since it’s holi!” This is a popular disclaimer, said and very well used by everyone who is about to get a little playful during this festival. Here, one is being asked to leave their intellect (“don’t mind”) and get smeared by bhavana. Asintellect can turn every festivity into a disaster. When we focus on people’s actions and not their intentions, we are bound to get caught in vicious circle of finding faults. Same goes for life! Keeping a low-key on intellect, helps us live the best possible life. While we use intellect to reach bhavana, we should work on operating intellect through bhavana.