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Cultural Awareness on Diwali

Presented By : All World Gayatri Pariwar, Yuva Jaagrati Abhiyan www.awgp.org www.akhandjyoti.org www.dsvv.org

Objective of Presentation

The idea is to re-orient people's outlook on the true significance, origin, various traditions and practices associated with these festivals and celebrate them in an environmentfriendly way.

Deepavali
Deepavali is a festival of lights, glory and happiness. On this day, we worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Ganesha, symbol of the discriminating intellect (vivek buddhi), destroys all obstacles and is worshipped first. One should develop the ability to distinguish between good and evil, which enables one overcome all problems in life. Goddess Lakshmi, provides wealth, fame and prosperity. These, when achieved through the righteous path, are a boon to this human life.

Why is Goddess Lakshmi typically portrayed wearing red?

Red is the color of action (kriyashilta, purusharth, Niralasyataa), and she is the goddess of prosperity. This means that in order to obtain the true prosperity in life, we must come out of laziness and engage in action.

Significance
The inner significance of Diwali is that it is a joyful celebration of the victory of good over evil, of our spiritual qualities dominating our basic instincts, intellect and ego. " • We decorate our homes with lanterns - why ? Those lanterns signify God’s light, penetrating through the ignorance and sin of our daily lives. They signify the divine light, shining its way through this mundane world. A home bathed in light is a home in which anger, pain, and ignorance are being dispelled; it is a home that is calling to God. In general, Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood, and of light over darkness.

Significance of CHOPDA POOJAN – The Time to do SWOT Analysis.
Additionally, on Diwali, we begin a new checkbook; we put last year’s accounts to rest. But, what about our own balance sheets? When was the last time we assessed our minuses and plusses, our strengths and our weaknesses, our good deeds and selfish deeds? How many years’ worth of grudges and bitterness and pain have we left unchecked? On Diwali let us turn everything over to Him (GOD), putting our strengths, our weaknesses, our wins and our losses at His holy feet. Let us start afresh, with a new book, unadulterated by old grudges and bitterness.

The main aspects of Diwali
1. 2. Lights: symbolizing the spread of Knowledge. Gift exchange and distribution of sweets: Sweets dispel the bitterness and renew the friendship. 3. Feeling abundance: Feeling a sense of abundance brings awareness and gratefulness for what one has.

New Year – A Fresh Start
On this day we clean every room of the house; we dust every corner of the Garage, we sweep behind bookshelves, vacuum under beds and empty out cabinets. But, what about our hearts? When was the last time we swept out our hearts? When did we last empty them of all the dirt and garbage that has accumulated throughout our lives? Let us truly clean out our hearts; let us rid ourselves of the grudges, pain, and anger that clutter our ability to love freely. Let us empty out every nook and cranny, so that His divine light can shine throughout.

Do’s & Don’ts for Diwali Fesitval
• Participate in house cleaning. Psychologists opine that cleaning your house, cupboard and keeping all the portfolios well organised (on your own) give you a deep feeling of relaxation and satisfaction. It also energizes you and helps keep you stress free. • Decorate and beautifully your home with colours, flowers and leaves. Make rangoli in the spaces available. Do some planning for the cleanliness & decoration of your surroundings (Other then our own house) in groups with your friends and children.

Do’s & Don’ts for Diwali Fesitval
• Always opt for Diyas (earthen deepak) instead of candles. Use mustard oil & deshi ghee (cow) for the Diyas as its aura purifies the environment and kills harmful germs. Candles emit lots of carbon. • Most people indulge in gambling, lottery etc. during these days. Protest them politely even if they are your own family elders. Make them understand the fact that in Diwali we do Laxmi puja for prosperity & by gambling we only make her insult & within minutes we spoil our wealth. Hard earn money only can bring peace & happiness in the home. Don’t decorate your house with too much of artificial lightings that consume lots of electricity.

Do’s & Don’ts for Diwali Fesitval
• As we all know that fire-crackers pollute air, water & earth to a great extent. It is also a major contributor to noise pollution. A number of cases of fire hazards, fire burn and accidents take place due to fire works. Even than a huge amount of money is incurred every year in our country on fire works. With our little efforts by abstaining ourselves from such fire works and convincing others to do so, we can save our environment and wealth considerably.

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Highly noisy and fume emitting crackers should be strictly avoided.

Hazards of Fire Works Displays
• The losses that occur due to fireworks/firecrackers are: 1. Physical: Burns, deafness. Many people die in explosions in factories manufacturing fire-crackers. Sometimes, rocket-crackers set fire to huts, heap of dry grass etc. 2. Economic: It is inhuman to burn crores of Rupees on bursting fire-crackers every year in the current scenario of poverty and inequality when 75.6% of total population in our country live below $2 per day (World Bank estimates based on 2005 data). 3. Spiritual: Devotional songs (Aarti) or sattvik sounds attract Divine energies and deities. But noise from crackers, full of 'tama' component, attract distressing energies. This is what we are witnessing today in the country. The Tama-charged environment affects the human mind adversely and man becomes Tama-oriented. Hence we must impress the ill-effects of crackers upon the young minds and stop them from bursting crackers.

Hazards of Fire Works Displays
• Though Fire works is spectacular, some of them lead to casualties in hospitals. Many children suffer with burns and severe burn injuries. • Many fire works injuries result in loss of fingers and eyes, severe burns, deafness which are caused by powerful, illegal fire works such as M-805, cherry bombs & ash cans. Bottle rockets are also illegal culprits. If the rocket explodes prematurely in the bottle, it can send shards of glass and metal flying at high speed towards bystanders. Eye injuries are a common result and often necessitate removal of the eye.

Hazards of Fire Works Displays
• Countless other injuries are caused by fire works that are legal in many areas. Such as Ground spinners and sparklers pose a special risk because they appear to be safer than they really are. • Do not throw sparklers or touch the burning tip, which can reach 5380C (1000 0 F). The best way to dispose of sparklers is in a bucket of water, they can easily start fire when carelessly tossed away.

Hazards of Fire Works Displays
• Loud noise crackers often cause sleep disturbances among infants, patients and old people. In some cases such disturbances persists for a long period and they have to take medication. • Asthma and other respiratory related problems are at high rise during Diwali days. Smoky fire crackers make us more prone to diseases like asthma, bronchitis, wind pipe & lung cancer. The display of backyard fire works also affect earth’s ozone layer, which disturbs our ecological balance.

Hazards of Fire Works Displays
• The recent floods, unusual raining, tsunami and Hurricanes etc. are mostly due to disturbed ecological balance around us. • Even animals and birds also hate fire works. Especially cats and dogs whose ears are four time more sensitive than ours. Dogs particularly dislike low banging noises and may react by racing away or becoming aggressive.

Solemn Pledge
Solemn Pledge on the auspicious day of Diwali. “if we donate a part of our talent and resources thus acquired for the welfare of society and mankind, it becomes consecrated for our personal use”.

Conclusion
So, on this holy day, let us fill our entire beings with the Divine Light. Let us clean out our minds and hearts, from each and every corner making a true “fresh start.” Let us pray to Maha Lakshmi to bestow the divine gifts of faith, purity and devotion upon us. With those, we will always be rich, prosperous, and fulfilled. Let us celebrate Diwali this year as a true “holy day,” not only as another frivolous “holiday.”

Contact
All World Gayatri Pariwar, Yuva Jaagrati Abhiyan Shantikunj Haridwar Email URL : : youthcell@awgp.org, awgpypmp@gmail.com www.awgp.org / www.dsvv.org

Shri K P Dubey : 09258369676 Shri Ashish Kumar Singh : 09258360785

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