My city ( Bangalore) is all set to welcome the festival of light which is one of my favorite festivals in the Hindu calendar. Diwali or Deepavali means “rows of lighted lamps” in Sanskrit.
Recollecting the history of this vibrant festival. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:
- In northern India, they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
- Southern India celebrates it as the day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
- In western India , Karnataka, and Kerala the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the world.
But most importantly it is celebrated as a symbol of Good over Evil and Darkness over Light.
There is always a battle, isn’t it? even within ourselves as to what to choose? The below story is one which has always helped me to think twice before I react to any situation and story goes this way:
Grandfather and his grandchild were sitting near a lake and grandfather said: “ A fight is going on within me. A terrible fight within two wolves”.
One wolf is evil, full of sorrow, anger, greed, selfish and the other wolf is good, kind, full of joy, peace, and faith. So what to choose? Whom to follow ? is a challenge which you may also face as you grow up and paused for a while. Suddenly the child asked so “ WHO WON THE FIGHT?”
The old man smiled and said, “ THE ONE WHO YOU FEED”.
So this Deepavali feed your wolf wisely so that you will always have lights not darkness!