October 26, 2011

Deepavali Gods and prayer

Filed under: Religon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — HarryCool @ 12:45 pm

Here’s a reproduction of a vintage article from the most vintage (and my favorite) Sardar Jee of our times that sort of fits the occasion and my wishes on this Diwali. 

There are almost half-a-dozen versions of the origin of Diwali and almost as many gods and goddesses associated with it. It is the day Shri Rama returned to Ayodhya, the day Vikramaditya was crowned King-Emperor, the day Lord Krishna killed Narakasura, the day Shiva, having lost everything in a gamble to Parvati, had his domain won back for him by his son, Ganapati. But for some obscure reason, the deity most favoured for worship on this auspicious day is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. That proves, if any proof were ever needed, that whatever be our pretensions to spirituality, when it comes to the crunch, it is material prosperity and our account books (bahee-khatas) that we worship. I am all for material gains and give a fig for Spirituality. l wish my readers more money and better health on this Diwali: happiness follows good health and a healthy bank balance as surely as day follows night.

While living in Maharashtra, l came across yet another version of  Diwali. There, they commemorate it as the day when Lord Vishnu deprived Raja Bali of his Kingdom. Maharashtrian women make effigies of Bali and pray, ‘May all evil disappear.‘

Since there is little likelihood of Bhagwan Vishnu being able or willing to banish all evil for all times to come, I will make my prayer less demanding: ‘Please Lord, silence all guns for just one week. If you can’t do that all over the world, at least do so in Punjab and Sri Lanka.’ *

Khushwant Singh in The Hindustan Times, 24 October 1987


PS: Since guns are silent in Punjab and Sri Lanka already, let’s hope it so happens in Kashmir and Afghanistan too.




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