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Diwali – kill the Evil or bring the Good in you ?!

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Stories behind “Deepaavali” in the south and “Diwali” in the north are entirely different. In the south it is not about Rama returning to Ayodhya, but it is the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Naraka on the day of Chaturdasi. Even among this south India cluster of states, Kerala does not celebrate Diwali. Keralites associate Diwali as the death day of King Bali and Maharashtrians say, “let the ills go and let Bali rule” and Bali in Marathi means farmer. Recently I was also given to understand that “Diwali” in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi means “Bankrupt”.

With so many dimensions and diversity in Diwali celebration, I would like to share an interesting story to convey a beautiful message.

Once there lived a demon, Naraka. Actually, Naraka was born in good background. In fact, he was the son of Lord Vishnu and this happened when Lord Vishnu had taken “Varaha” avatar , a form of wild boar. Instead of celebrating the killing of demons like Ravan or Naraka, don’t we have to celebrate the killing of the wrongs within us?Though born to a divine family, Naraka inherited certain evil tendencies and became friend of Mura, another demon. Mura and Naraka fought many battles and killed thousands of innocent people. When the brutalism became intolerable, Lord Vishnu who had then taken the avatar as Lord Krishna , decided to put an end to this barbaric episode. Lord Krishna decided to kill Mura first, as Mura possessed magical powers in the battle field that no one could stand against him. Lord Krishna is also called as “Murari” after the killing of Mura.

Killing Mura was the only way to deal with Naraka as it weakened his support system. Once Mura was killed, destroying Naraka was only a celebration. Naraka also realized his limitations at this last moment. Naraka discerned that he had led his life completely in a wrong way. This happens to many of us. Most of us realize our limitations at the moment of the death and not at the early part of our life. While Naraka was dying, he said to Lord Krishna “ Today, you are not killing me, you are killing all the wrongs in me ” and therefore “ let my death be celebrated”.

Now this calls for a wonderful thought. Instead of celebrating the killing of demons like Ravan or Naraka, don’t we have to celebrate the killing of the wrongs within us? Does that not make a real sense of Diwali or Deepawali?

All of us are born in a good background, yet we all have become different because we chose to be different. While Lord Krishna killed Naraka, he said “ Both of us are same, but see what I have done of myself and what you have done to yourself. You too had a good birth, but you chose to be bad”. It all depends on what we make ourselves to be. Lord Krishna became a God and Naraka become a Demon, though both had a divinely birth.

Sadguru rightly says “ Either you wait for life to whip you or you whip yourself into shape now”. Naraka chose Lord Krishna to whip him up but Lord Krishna chose to whip Himself.

Let us also choose to whip off the evil, wrong doings, ill thoughts within us “now”, rather than waiting for the death bed to realize.

May every light we lit on Diwali bring out the good in us and Let the glow of light illuminate the joy, Prosperity, and happiness in us forever.

Happy Diwali from the Team, Ketchupmoms.

(image courtesy Ms Varsha Shanker)

Comments (11)

Shubhada Bhide Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Nice perspective! Every festival teaches us something and we have to interpret it correctly. Positive changes start from within so yes must conquer the inside evils first.


Jhilmil D Saha Posted on Nov 11, 2018

This is such a fascinating story behind Diwali. Every part of India has its own story regarding the grand festival.


Gurjeet Chhabra Posted on Nov 11, 2018

The story behind Diwali is so different, I just know about Rama concept. This is new to me. Very well said killing the evil within


Snehalata Jain Posted on Nov 11, 2018

I believe instead of killing evil, rather we can bring good in ourselves. N doing good for others is Diwali


Noor Anand Chawla Posted on Nov 10, 2018

This was such a lovely post! I had no knowledge of the story of Naraka, i’m so glad you shared this. Our behaviour is definitely in our own hands.


Seema Wadhwa Posted on Nov 10, 2018

I loved the thought put into this blog post, it\'s rightly said, we must burn the evils within us by bringing and placing the good within us first. What a wonderful message I must say! Wish you a very Happy Diwali & New Year!


Balakrishnan Posted on Nov 08, 2018

When we think good, evil eventually disappears. When all of us celebrate Diwali with only good thoughts, there will be peace. Let the lights we light lighten us replacing evil which leaves us with a heavy burden throughout. Wish this thoughtful message is read and remembered. Happy Diwali!


Vidhya Posted on Nov 08, 2018

Good thought for Diwali. Thanks


Gowri Posted on Nov 08, 2018

It is really fascinating to see that one festival is interpreted and celebrated in various regions of india so differently. Yet one thing that is unique is the celebration of good over evil. The lighting of Diyas beautifully represents it. Happy Diwali everyone.


Stuti Sharma Posted on Nov 08, 2018

Such a thoughtful msg for all of us this Diwali


Uma Posted on Nov 08, 2018

Good one. Yes, different versions of Diwali, although it all sums up to invoking goodness within you. Another term of Diwali is Deepavali which means - The row of lights. It signifies the lighting up lights in Mind to achieve goodness. That is it symbolizes to eradicate the darkness of inner evil. Diwali is also particularly associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the mark of prosperity, and stands as the beginning of the financial year in India.


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