Diwali has been an important festival of the Indians, which is the time of merry for the Indians. The Diwali is happily celebrated by exchanging good words, exchanging the wishes of prosperity of each other, etc. Prosperity in Indian context has never been the story of prosperity by wealth only.
The main prosperity for an Indian is the mental growth and the dissolution of the mental sorrows and the darkness that makes the mind depressed and demotivated and also makes the mind go round and round in the illusions. The prosperity thus is essentially the prosperity of mind and the wishes for a growing mind.
Lights The Symbol Of Consciousness
Indians have always considered light as the symbol to dissolute the darkness and they refer that the darkness of the mind is due to the lagging of consciousness and this consciousness is the key to enlighten a mind to understand the life, world and the truth underlying the universe. Ravana is referred to be the symbol of that darkness, who envelops the mind of the human with illusion and wrong thoughts and misunderstandings, and thus the entire world starts running after those illusions and makes himself away from the truth of the world.
The lights of the Diwali festival is the symbol of directing the mind towards consciousness and inspires mind to come out of the darkness of illusion to the light of the truth and also makes the mind please in the familiar and worldly life with wishes to be peaceful in life and prosper there with the metals as its symbol.
The Festival Of Thousands Of Years
Diwali has been the festival of India for thousands of years. The festival is supposed to be followed from the time of the first epic of the world, the Ramayana. Rama was the Prince of Ayodhya, who was sentenced for a fourteen year stay at the first with his brother and wife. A demonic king Ravana snatched Sita and Rama attacked him, as he refused to give Sita back after so many pleads. There a fierce war was carried out to ultimately regain Sita from Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana.
The Diwali festival is the merry of the people of Ayodhya when Rama, their beloved king came back to their city with his family. They lightened their houses and the roads with lights and garlands to make their merry a reason. Finally this festival continued in India as one of the biggest festivals, from that time.
Most important is the reason of this festival than even the festival itself. The festival is the symbol of greeting the positive forces over the negative ones and greeting the truth over the false. The material world looks beautiful but is filled up with illusions that attract a human. A human who can come out of them reaches the ultimate truth and that is consciousness. Thus Diwali is not only the festival of lights to decorate the room and city, not only the festival to make merry with crackers, it is the festival to enlighten the mind with lights of truth and sound of duty.