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Saturday, October 25, 2008

HAPPY DEEPAVALI !

A colorful festival that is celebrated by all Hindus worldwide is Deepavali, which is also known as the festival of lights. One important practice that the Hindus follow during the festival is to light oil lamps in their homes on Deepavali morning. By lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received.

There is even an interesting legend behind this festival. The story goes that Narakasura, a demon, ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. Under his rule, the villagers suffered a lot of hardship as the demon tortured the people and kidnapped the women to be imprisoned in his palace. Seeing his wickedness, Lord Khrishna set out to destroy the demon and the day Narakasura died was celebrated as Deepavali, the triumph of good over evil!

The day of Deepavali is a constant reminder that one must forever strive against evil so that good can triumph.

SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA wrote:

“Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance. O man! wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry”.

I wish all the Hindu visitors: HAPPY DEEPAVALI.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Happy hols to you and others.

siva

Anonymous said...

I respect you brother. As a Muslim, you show understanding of my faith. I am think must be due to your true faith in God.

Bless you.

siva

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Jahamy said...
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Jahamy said...

Daily observer,

while I truly can understand your feelings and thoughts and probably share them too, I felt compelled to remove the comment because of the language used. I wish you could say the same thing in a different way. I thought that leaving the comment on the blog may NOT serve the desired purpose. Apologies.

Anonymous said...

dear sir,

i do understand your predicament as a blog moderator and adminstrator. Nevertheless, the intended audience at putrajaya was reached hence the removal of the comment.

my work for now is done...

daily observer

Anonymous said...

daily observer,

censorship is a kin to communism, as the government wants to stear the people into their own idealogy of thinking and believe for control.

in the olden days, especially in china, people were restricted in getting information and education. it went so far as in closing its doors to the outside world so not to "corrupt" the people's mind. they were so close that even the moon landing was not known to the people in china until recently.

because if people cant think, they cant compare. compare with other people's lifes in other country, how they practise religion, how they do business, whats their quality of life, the normal standard of living, which boils down to human rights.

when a society starts to compare, they have come off age, they are thinking, they are fed up with the lies that has been fed to them so that compliance can be achieved by the government in power, the politicians who wants to remain in power.

nothing will stop these people to remain in power, because power to them is food to us. but at the end, when we finally meet out maker, who gets what will be reveal then.

but for now, we still need to revolt against tyranny and oppression of freedom in discussion in any subject, especially religion so that the truth and information sharing can be obtained by the people who choose to yearn for more knowledge and enlightement.

the people shall not be oppressed in their birth right of being free in choosing.

bulans

jon pour do care said...

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Any act that can bring harmony and ultimately peace to mankind should be pursued without fear. So, do carry on ! Adious !

jon pour do care said...

In the journey to seek true faith in God, a lot of blames have been put to the relevant parties for our predicaments and failures but is it really becoz of them ?

Whilst most of us on our part didn't even want to 'lift a finger' to read (and learn) the holy scriptures. Some people may say to you, that's God's words, you will not be able to comprehend.
Don't believe them, carry on reading (and learning) and ask from God to clear your heart so that the truth you seek will prevail.

So, let us have a blameless culture in seeking the true faith in God ! Adious !