Culture and Society

Shackles of Mortality

Birth again, death again,
caught I’m in the shackles of pain,
life is a journey wth dramatic trails,
as I walk alone with melancholic strain

Dualities are part of my existence,
trying to overcome with all my persistence,
In truth, I always believe,
that victory follows honest perseverance

Families, friends, and relatives untroubled,
Knots of relationships keep me entangled,
when mortal loves another mortal,
consequences ought to be crumpled

tormented I am with desires insatiable,
in search of bliss, I render myself pitiable,
when suffering comes, I blame your jurisdiction,
little do I know how majestic is your subjugation

Give me the strength to fight against every odd,
and lead a life to please you oh my Lord,
shackles of mortality have bound me so tight,
who else can free them except you the supreme God?

Reflections from the Festival of Lights



Being in India, we are privileged to experience so many occasions of festivities all throughout the year. For every such occasion, there is a magnanimous history behind. And the celebrations become even more joyful and successful if we are aware of the purpose why the celebration is being held and is going on from time immemorial. According to the Sanatana Dharma, human life is meant for purification of our existence and this become easier by aligning our lives with the guidelines of God. And festivals are the occasions when we get the best of the opportunities to practice spirituality.

Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most celebrated festivals of all. People from all sections of life, participate in it with great joy and enthusiasm. It is a five-day festival beginning with Naraka Chaturdasi, Deep Daan or Deepavali day, Bali Pratipada and ends with Bhaiya Duj. Every mentioned day is historically significant and the most important day of Deepavali is the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his 14 years of exile ended. In scriptures, we can find vivid descriptions of all the activities that signify the celebration of each mentioned day. On the day of Diwali, people decorate their homes with rows of lamps or Diyas, and other lightings, hence the name: festival of lights. So, the central point of this article is not just to glorify the festival and its historical significance but also to try to figure out what should be our mood or intention while celebrating these festivals. (more…)