Close your eyes for a while and try to peek within. What do you see? Do you see a soul that is deserted and gloomy, or do you see a soul that is inhabited by happiness? Do you catch sight of a soul that is lifeless, or do you catch sight of a soul that is lively? Above all, do you see a soul that is occupied with darkness, or do you see a soul that reflects light?
The word light may have different meanings in our lives. For some, it might be the source of inspiration, for some it might be the guide that leads the way, and for some it might be a ray of hope. A few years back, I heard of this story where a person was driving home in his car. The sun had already set and darkness had taken over, on top of it, the road on which he was driving was surrounded by jungle and was very narrow. He turned the headlights on and followed the only light of those headlights and made it to his home safely. Had the man not followed that light, he would have got stuck in the middle of nowhere. This is what light does to our lives. This is how powerful it is, that if we follow, it can make us do things we never think we could accomplish.
In India, Diwali is the most prominent festival which represents light in a supreme manner; the light of joy and prosperity, the light of happiness and fulfilment, and the light of pleasure and contentment. The festive season not only brings delight but also a great enthusiasm of celebration. People start preparing for it way before, painting and decorating their houses and buying colourful dresses. The electrical lights start glimmering in every nook and corner, making every street a beautiful sight to watch. Every place seems like a bride, so energetic and attractive.
However, the significance of Diwali has gone through a great metamorphosis in the recent years. The festival of light has turned into a mere display of expensive dresses, and keeping up with the Johns’. What has become a greater issue of concern is the bursting of crackers which has proved to be extremely hazardous for the environment. The light that Diwali symbolizes has faded somewhere behind the smoke of fireworks. People are thinking more about their amusement than about the seriousness of the nature. Excessive firework is causing a great harm to the Mother Nature, which might result in dreadful ecological crises.
As they say, every coin has its two sides. On one hand, people are ignoring the atmosphere and causing pollution, on the other hand, people are becoming aware and opting for eco-friendly or green Diwali. As a result, the sales of fireworks have plunged by 80% in Delhi, a TOI report read. This is certainly good news for all of us and for our surroundings which have become exceedingly polluted. As another Diwali has come our way, why not take a pledge this year to rejoice without pollution? Why not burst the bubbles of happiness instead of crackers? Why not fill the environment with love instead of smoke? Why not?