Let’s Illuminate Lives This Diwali

Today is Diwali, a festival of lights. It is one of the most popular festivals of India.

The day is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating Ravana in Lanka. Yesterday over 1.7 million earthen lamps (diyas) 🪔 were lit up on the banks of Saryu river and other places in Ayodhya as a part of Diwali celebrations.

Diwali also marks the day when Lord Krishna was supposed to have slain the demon Narakasur, one who was causing hell to everyone. People celebrated the occasion by lighting lamps in every house. Crackers are burst to keep awake from such evil forces.

On this auspicious occasion, we clean our houses and decorate with diyas (lamps) and rangolis, as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits houses on this day to bless her devotees with happiness and prosperity. Diya in Hindi also means “to give”. We exchange sweets, gifts and pleasantries with one another.

The important aspect of Diwali or for that matter of any festival is to beat the inertia. Life is an interplay of time and energy. Time passes, whether you are busy or lazy, healthy or sick. If you are ecstatic, the day will seem to pass like a moment, but if you are depressed, it will be an eon for you. When you are joyful, you can do everything, and beat the culture of “Thank God, it’s Friday.”

But the celebration is not just about lighting lamps outside, an inner light has to be lit. A human being doesn’t have to bring any light from anywhere. If he just dispels darkness that he has allowed to engulf within him, light will happen.

Diwali symbolises the spiritual triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. That’s why we offer prayers –

असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।

asato mā sadgamaya
tamasomā jyotir gamaya
mrityormāamritam gamaya

Lead me from the unreal to the real,
lead me from darkness to light,
lead me from death to immortality.

So let’s ponder whether-

This Diwali,
instead of wearing a new dress,
can I change the way I address people?

This Diwali,
instead of cleaning an already clean house,
can I work on scrubbing my dusty heart?

This Diwali,
instead of lighting up my doorway,
can I light up my pathway to ignorance?

This Diwali,
instead of stuffing myself with sweets,
can I give up the bitterness in my heart?

This Diwali,
instead of bursting crackers,
can I burst my egoistic pride?

If we really do all this, God will quietly walk into our hearts.

Here, again I share a small video on the importance of Diwali by B K Shivani of Brahmakumaris spiritual movement. This video has English subtitles, wherever she speaks in Hindi. There can’t be a better message for Diwali, when she says that the best gift to be given to anybody is, “I accept you as you are.🙏

Let the gleam of Diyas and the echo of the chants bring happiness and contentment into your life.

Let’s light a Diya 🪔 for illuminating lives in and around us…

Let this festival bring joy and celebrations to one another and to the entire universe…

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali

–Kaushal Kishore



    1. बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद। आपको भी दीपावली की अनंत शुभकामनाएं


  1. That is a very heartwarming message! I wish we could do that all the time “I accept you the way you are”. What happens on the outside is a mirror of what happens on the inside … all the violence and wars around us should really make us think.
    Most religions preach love and acceptance, and many people claim to be religious or believing. So, why on earth do they fight each other all the time? Why do we follow our earthly leaders, who only have their own wellbeing in mind?
    A Happy Diwali to you too, Kaushal!

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    1. I appreciate you and your thoughts, Stella! To my mind, the problem is the gap between words and deeds. We don’t practise what we preach. Once we start “walk to talk”, the situations may improve.
      Thank you for your Diwali wishes that I heartily reciprocate!

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  2. Thank you, Kaushal, for the superb beyond words explanation and presentation of the most loved and beautiful festival of Diwali. I love the videos and your
    thoughts on one’s improvement!
    Happy Diwali!


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    1. Thank you so much, Joanna, for your kind words of appreciation that truly means more than I can say in words. My good wishes to you too on this auspicious occasion!


    1. Good news, Joanna! Thank you! It’s a Diwali gift to Rishi, Akshata and India. In 1947, on the cusp of Indian independence, Winston Churchill had said, ‘All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw.” After 75 years, we are poised to see a man of Indian origin anointed as UK’s PM.

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    1. धन्यवाद संजीत, आपको और आपके परिवार को भी दीपावली की अनंत शुभकामनाएं 🪔💐🙏

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  3. I love this post so heartfelt, colorful with such wonderful messages of love and light.
    I so agree with all of your poem.
    “This Diwali,
    instead of stuffing myself with sweets,
    can I give up the bitterness in my heart?

    But I will have to have my Gulab Jamun!!! .. I love it💗

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    1. What a coincidence! Gulab Jamun is my favourite too. I’ll keep some for you. But on the occasion of Diwali, we prepare a lot of other delicacies at home. I would like you to taste them too. Thank you, Cindy, for your words of appreciation that have sweetened my Diwali further. 😊❤️💕

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      1. OH Thank you so much KK. That is so fun to know we share the same favorite. Gulab Jamun has the perfect sweetness. Oh I will save a spot on my plate for all and thank you so much. You’re so welcome, it’s my pleasure , Keep enjoying, 💗

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  4. A Happy Diwali to you and your family KK. 🎉Today with Rishi Sunak becoming the first Hindu and first South Asian Prime Minister in England the news media is full of Diwali. It looks like a wonderful festival to me: light over darkness and good over evil.

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    1. Thank you, Anne, for your Diwali wishes that I heartily reciprocate. I’m glad you liked the spirit of this festival. As regards Rishi Sunak, that’s a great news for India and every Indian feels proud of him. We hope that he would not fail England that has imposed faith in him.

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    1. You’re right, lighting lamps is a very beautiful thing to do and see. More than 1.7 million lamps at a time at one place, Ayodhya gave a stupendous look. Thank you for your appreciation and liking the post. Much appreciated!

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  5. That was a greatly inspiring message on the grand occasion of Dipawali: to kill the demon inside us, promote love & forbearance in people and to illuminate the lives of the disadvantaged who are living in scarcity of proper nutrition & healthy environment! Thanks Kishoreji for the great writeup 🙏🏾

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    1. Thank you, Dhirendra ji for your kind words and thoughts that I truly appreciate. Happy Diwali to you and your family too 🪔


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