Happy Diwali!

Diwali is a time to give, a time to raise hope and a time to look forward to better times. As the members of our community mark the Festival of Lights this year, we are confident that their celebrations will herald a new era of progress and prosperity for the people of the world at large, irrespective of their social…

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Greetings from Us

Year 2014 will be noted as one of the most significant in the history of world- more so in the case of India, Fiji and New Zealand. From a political point of view, the three countries witnessed the most keenly fought general election in their respective territories, and in all of them, people’s faith in democracy was either reinstated or…

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Indifference to customs negates the festive spirit

In Hindu Culture, light is a powerful metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. Lighting a lamp signifies the value Hindus attach to education, self-enquiry and improvement, which bring harmony to individuals and communities. The act of lighting a lamp affirms the fact that knowledge dispels ignorance just like light dispels darkness. Asato ma sad gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya Mrtyor ma…

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Religions strike common note on light

Light imparts to Deepawali universal breadth, unique magnificence and divine dimensions rarely associated with a Festival. As light is benevolent and auspicious, light’s birth and emergence is by itself a celebration. Seers saw light as both the Supreme Creator, as also the creation. Reiterating Kabir, when Guru Nanak sang, ‘Eka noor te saba jaga upaya’, that is, the entire universe…

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Multiple references confuse festival origin

Historical evidences reveal that the earliest celebrations that the semi-civilised man organised were held around light and fire, maybe for protection against wild animals that the fire frightened, and the light alerted against emergent dangers. Out of this cult people, perhaps those from early civilisations developed their own festivals of light, independent ones discovering the glory of light, as the…

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Occasion fosters social values

Deepawali is now the most captivating annual event celebrated with enthusiasm by both household and recluses. However, except some ritual practices added, Deepawali had no mystic, mythological or symbolic dimensions. It was seen as the epitome of people’s endeavour to fight against darkness, which later widened into a battle against all that was evil, dark and gloomy; and as victory…

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