We have gone
through first world war, second world war and many more fights all over the
world. No politician's picture has actually gone in the altar where we put a
lamp, light incense stick and say a little prayer like we do for Lord Rama and
other forms. Some years back, when they brought the Ramayan for the television
sets, people were so much moved that they even broke coconut and did aarti in
front of the T V as they watched Ramayan. Such is the faith and respect even
now. I salute and live for such people who did not even see Lord Rama. We are
so lucky to have Baba walking on earth with us today and who teaches us to
respect such people. He is Lord Rama back in another form.
The birth of Lord Rama
was a divine birth
in answer to the united prayers of the people. He came as An Avatar.
We have Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the one who looks after and Mahesh, the
destroyer of evil. For simplicity, we can say that from the time of
creation, it has been agreed that whenever there is problem on earth, the
united prayers of the people will make them qualify for an Avatar. Ram was such an Avatar and
gave us that inner meaning of life where we have to fight the daily war with
ego, jealousy, greed etc. That is our daily Diwali only after we win. The
other Diwali which we celebrate is given by Lord Rama as an example for that
It was on
Diwali day that Sri Rama's coronation took place after his victorious return to
Ayodhya from Lanka after the war with Ravana and his Rakshasa brood. This
was in answer to the prayers of the people. For a long period Ayodhya had been plunged
in darkness when Rama was in exile in the forest. In the absence of Rama,
Ayodhya was a city of darkness. The forests were filled with light. The return
of Rama was hailed by the people of Ayodhya as the return of divine and hence
they celebrated the event by the lighting of lamps everywhere.
parts, the businessmen get together on Diwali day and close the account books
and do Lakshmi Puja as they open new account books. They stick a coin on the
first page of the new book. This is actually done. The idea is to make a living
in righteous manner and only for what is needed and the rest can help others in
need. The old books are closed and new ones set up.
celebration has something for everybody. For children, we have the fireworks,
new clothes, sweets and gifts. All this helps to keep that faith going while we
celebrate and grow into an adult. As the child grows into an adult, he/she
understands the inner meaning of Diwali. For adults, we have that deeper
meaning from all this.
This is what Baba has said:
"The inner significance of Deepavali is to lead man from darkness to light.
Man is perpetually
plunged in darkness.
Every time he is
enveloped in darkness, he should light a lamp that is ever shining within him.
Carry that lamp
wherever you go.
It will light your
path wherever you may be. "
--Sathya Sai Baba
celebrate the festival of lights, let us understand the deeper meaning of
We say: Lead me from darkness to light.
Fear is darkness, LOVE is light.
Revenge is darkness, Forgiveness is light.
Division is darkness, Oneness is light.
Reaction is darkness, Action is light.
Selfishness is darkness, Broad-mindedness is light.
Prejudice is darkness, Objectivity is light.
Time is darkness, Timelessness is light.
"I am a failure or success" is darkness, "I AM" light.
jyotirgamaya" (Lead me from darkness to light) is an Upanishadic prayer. This
means that where there is darkness light is needed.
darkness of ignorance caused by the ego feeling is dispelled by the light of
Divine knowledge, the effulgence of the Divine is experienced.
darkness of ignorance is to be dispelled, man needs a container, oil, wick and a
matchbox corresponding to what an external lamp needs. For man, the heart is
the container. The mind is the wick. Love is the oil and sacrifice is the
matchbox. When you have these four, Atma_jyothi (the Divine flame of the
Spirit) shines. When the light of the Spirit is aflame, the Light of Knowledge
appears and dispels the darkness of ignorance.
lamp wherever you go. It will light your path wherever you may be.