Yesterday was Diwali-the festival of lights. Wherever one looked, there were lights emanating from the myriad designs of decorative lighting that people had adorned their houses with; there were lights from the firecrackers supported elaborately with the noise they created.
There was light. And there was noise. There was light and there was noise. Some people need a lot of light and noise to enjoy themselves. On the other hand, some people don’t need the lights outside or the noise. I hope all of you had a pleasant festival and you bonded with people you love.
The lights outside are pretty. They make us feel good. They make us feel bright. However, they don’t last beyond Diwali. They don’t last because these lights are not permanent. They are ephemeral, short-lived.
That’s why our lives need a different kind of a light, a light which lights inside of us. This is the light of love and beauty. I like the word beauty. There is something spiritual about beauty. Beauty is unlike sexy, unlike hot, unlike something we can touch. Beauty cannot be touched; it can only be experienced. Beauty comes from inside. We don’t need external approvals for the light that comes from inside and makes us feel who we are. The light inside is the light of a connection with who we are and that we feel it.
The light inside is the light of a purpose. A purpose, which makes us do whatever we do. Love is a worthy purpose. It is a purpose without which our lives have no meaning. The light inside is the light of love. When we love, we give our best because love deserves no less. To the people we love and to the work we love. Love is spiritual and does not need externalities to approve it. Love is its own purpose.
What am I trying to say here?
I am trying to say that the light outside is only worthy if there is light inside. Otherwise, it is shallow, blank, vacuous and meaningless. Let’s try to find that light that glows inside us which makes us feel connected with ourselves and with the people we spend time with, with the work we do, with every minute that we are awake.
Have you felt disconnected in a party sometimes? Have you sometimes met someone and felt the urgent need to leave? At other times, with people and work, does the time fly away?
The light inside, which is the light of our true selves, talks to us. It talks to us all the time. If we pay attention and listen to it, it shines bright like the light of a candle. If we don’t listen to it for a long time, it dies. The light dies. When it dies, we feel lost. We don’t know why we are doing what we are doing and where does it all lead. Material comforts stop giving us any pleasure. We are confused and lost, in spite of the world telling us that we are doing well. The world doesn’t know us. It has no clue.
We need to listen to the light inside. It is talking to us every waking moment of our lives. If we wish to lead a meaningful life, we need to ensure that the light inside of us burns bright and beautiful, like the flame of a candle, which won’t give up, no matter what.
Thank you for reading.