Deepavali Significance & Message
Deepavali or Diwali is popularly known as the festival of lights. Its an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.
The first day of the festival “Naraka Chaturdasi”, marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. Amavasya, the second day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, responds to the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who in his incarnation vanquished the tyrant Bali, and banished him to hell. Bali was allowed to return to earth once a year, to light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance, and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. It is on the third day of Deepavali — Kartika Shudda Padyami that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth. The fourth day is referred to as “Yama Dvitiya” (also called Bhai Dooj) and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
The essence of celebrating Deepavali lies in the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepavali and the lights that illuminate homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. From darkness unto light — the light that empowers those who celebrate Deepavali to commit themselves to good deeds. During Diwali, lights illuminate y homes of Hindus, Sikhs & Jains and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope. Deepavali is celebrated around the globe. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, it’s a celebration of South-Asian identities.
While Deepavali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Athman. Deepavali celebrates Inner Light, which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Athman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (joy or peace).
Just as the above, most Malaysians of Indian descent, who celebrate this occasion, there are many rivers to cross, many challenges up ahead & risks to be taken in the pursuit of Triumph over Evil, Victory of Hope & Benevelonce.
On this auspicious day of Victory over Tyranny, Light over Darkness, Good over Bad, I take this humble opportunity to wish all Malaysians, especially to my Hindu, Sikh & Jain friends, their families, relatives,their loved ones & associates a warm, happy sweet and wonderful Deepavali.
I stand dedicated to strive unwaveringly in our quest to seek victory & justice of good over evil.
Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin.
Angkatan Muda Keadilan.
Deepavali Significance & Message