November 15, 2020 6:30:07 am
Diwali known as “the pageant of lights” as a result of it’s actually a celebration of sunshine and illumination. Diwali is a Hindi phrase, however it comes from the Sanskrit “deepavali”, which suggests “a row of lights.” The vacation symbolises for us the vanquishing of the ignorance that overwhelms human life and spirit, and the driving away of darkness with the sunshine of data and hope. We have fun Diwali as a way to embrace the constructive values of this life, and to go away behind these ideas and reminiscences that cloud us in darkness. It’s celebrated with nice pageantry internationally at present, and it’s a pageant that at all times leaves me in deep thought.
This yr my ideas flip to America. It’s only not too long ago that I’ve returned to India after over twenty years in New York. And, so, this Diwali season I discover myself considering of the latest presidential election and the way the younger nation has, with nice celebration and pleasure, emerged from ignorance to information, from despair to hope, from darkness to mild.
I nicely keep in mind the despondency that overwhelmed many People when the unthinkable occurred and Donald Trump was elected the forty fifth president of the US. Shock and dismay solely paved the best way for the horror that grew minute by minute as we witnessed the heinous acts and deplorable decrees he and his sycophantic administration normalised over the following 4 years.
It has been a darkish time. However mild that comes on the finish of a tunnel is brighter than every other. On the finish of this tunnel, many People have discovered true patriotism for the primary time of their lives — the eager for a land that holds “justice for all.” For some, the revisionist historical past that they had been fed all their lives was all of a sudden uncovered, and their eyes had been opened to the injustices suffered by the minority, the marginalised, the disenfranchised, the opposite. The sunshine introduced new understanding similtaneously it seared self-satisfied consciences with white-hot fact.
The empathy and information, ache and sense of loss for one’s nation made compassionate folks realise that one thing this horrific and ugly will need to have some fact and which means. It should come to some higher finish. After all, the right way to obtain that higher finish, the right way to emerge from the tunnel into the sunshine, is a selection that have to be made by every particular person.
For some, it’s a query of whether or not violence and hatred might be an appropriate technique of looking for justice. When unhealthy issues occur, it’s straightforward for a human to show into an animal of essentially the most vicious sort. However the ones who make an try to ask forgiveness and discover methods of renewing their religion in one another are the heroes. Few wish to discover energy to construct the bridges wanted and repudiate the ugliness of revenge that’s the cry of the second. For these few, the street to be taken is the one in direction of love and hope. Some select this street as a result of they themselves have discovered disappointment in dying and tragedy in ache, and the previous has made them accustomed to such realities of life. They know, that on this time of sunshine, we should forgive the opposite in peace as we work towards justice as a way to endure the following tunnel we face collectively.
Immediately, the world finds itself subsumed by the pandemic. I’m wondering how many people globally are seeing true mild whereas dwelling and inhaling synchrony with darkness? Or, are we solely seeing the lights that embellished our houses these final a number of days, reaching its zenith yesterday on the event itself? Can we tunnel via the gloom of concern and illness, of dying and financial downturn? Are we resolute about seeing the common mild that exists throughout us and in us? A lightweight that shines its spectacular glory after we rise above our isms and are available out of our safely comforting communes to attach with the opposite whose life and light-weight is linked to ours. The opposite, whom we should first see for who they’re, settle for their rightful place in our collective, and with that behind us, mild up the universe with real goodness and peace.
There was and stays, in lots of hearts, a hope to seek out new life after the troubles that each one have witnessed. Considerably just like the story behind Diwali. After I have a look at the sunshine rising from the darkness, I’m reminded of the common spirit of Diwali. The premise of appreciating mild via darkness, embracing variations to have fun unity. The final two weeks have given me nice motive to imagine within the bigger good that prevails in all of us, throughout oceans. Regardless of our beliefs, our spoken languages, or our ethnic make-up, all of us need the identical magic to the touch our lives. All of us have goals. All of us have like to share and crave. All of us wish to develop and help one another. All of us rise and fall, snort and cry, breathe and finally cease respiration. Diwali reminds us that the sunshine that lives inside every of us has however one kind. It really reaches us all, all over the world, wherever and whoever we could also be
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