Families are upbeat about the ‘National Festival’ and are busy in cleaning
and decorating their houses for the big day. But, let us all, for a moment,
reflect on something very important. Do we really know what Diwali means?
The Significance of Diwali
Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana. In essence, the festival
signifies the victory of good over evil.
However, in , Diwali signifies "the awareness of the inner light".
It is the assertion that there is something beyond the
which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called theAtma or Jiva (soul). Diwali is an
occasion to realise and know this inner light, which outshines all darkness,
removes all obstacles, and dispels all ignorance.
The realization of Atma gives us Life, Light and Love (Jiva, Jyoti, Prem). And,
when we learn to love and serve our loved ones unconditionally, without
expecting anything in return, we bring ananda (joy) in our lives.According
to Lord Rama to his kingdom , Diwali marks the return of
of Ayodhya after defeating
The core philosophy of is to clean the body, mind and senses and realise that ‘I am soul’. All ancient Ayurvedic texts ultimately aim at cleansing not only the physical, but also the subtle, that is, the sub-conscious mind (chitta).
In this festive season, we urge you to utilise the knowledge engrained in
ancient Ayurvedic texts and purify yourself of all evils.
In our fast paced lives, we often forget to clean our body and senses.
Our minds too are perpetually over-stimulated with stress, worries and
negative thoughts. With the body, mind and senses unclean, it is impossible
to realise the soul. That’s why, even though many of us are trying to find
peace by meditating or chanting mantras, we still do not feel that joy in