Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cleanse Yourself This Diwali

Cleanse Yourself This Diwali

Diwali, the beautiful festival of Lights is just round the corner. Every year, the month of Diwali is greeted with sky rocketing shopping bills and heavy expenditure on sweets, gifts and crackers. For a long time now, Diwali has been associated with giving and receiving gifts from friends, family, business associates and acquaintances. Neighbours spend more than they can afford in buying crackers just to compete with one another.  

Though Diwali is one of my favourite Indian festivals, I fail to understand how it has now become a commercial festival that is more about giving gifts to influential people in the hope that they would take care of us throughout the year, rather than anything else!

Another important aspect of Diwali sees us spring cleaning our homes in preparation for welcoming Goddess Laxmi. While it is good to take time out and clean the house, do we ever pay attention to the need to cleanse ourselves too – our mind, heart and soul?

Will there ever come a day when we will greet the festival of Diwali with selfless giving, a time when each of us tries to become a better human being?

If you are interested in cleansing yourself this Diwali, here are some simple tips to begin with –

1. Instead of receiving and giving material gifts & spending more than you can afford, try to give and receive the gift of compassion, thoughtfulness and generosity.

2. Spend less on buying expensive crackers that only spread pollution and use that money to buy and distribute sweets among children who can’t afford the same. Take my word for it when I say that you will not be able to forget the happiness you see on their faces for a long time to come.

3. Instead of worrying about fulfilling your own ambitions and dreams, go out and help others who are less fortunate than you.

Have a happy, peaceful and joyful Diwali!

By contributing writer at

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