What’s Diwali Got To Do with Dharma?! and more! – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter Nov 4, 2021 – #43, Vol 11

What’s Diwali got to do with Dharma?
Diwali – or deepawali – also known as the “festival of lights” is primarily known as a Hindu festival where the practice of lighting countless lamps into the night symbolizes “victory of light over darkness”… Wonderful as this characterization may be, it also erases the historical and cultural significance and normalizes it so that heads-of-state can send out banal wishes without risking being politically incorrect! It’s good to be reminded of what diwali really celebrates… 
This 5 day festival that is marked 20 days after Navaratri – the 9 nights of Shakti culminating in the 10th day of victory or Vijayadasmi – is really the celebration of the return of Sri Ram, his consort, Sita, and brother Lakshman, along with Hanuman, back to Ayodhya after a period of 14 years spent in exile. When the party flew back home on the “pushpaka vimaan” – the “airplane” that belonged to Raavan’s brother, Kuber, all the city of Ayodha lit countless oil lamps to welcome their awaited king and queen back from their tribulations. 

The victory celebrates not only the return of Sri Ram to his rightful throne, but inaugurates a period of great dharmic righteous living, since Sri Ram had spent 14 years battling and vanquishing asuras and demons. In particular, the most powerful of them all, the 10-headed egotistic ruler of the 3 worlds, Raavan. This victory is commemorated as dussehra – that is: “killer of the 10 heads.” With his return to Ayodhya, Sri Ram re-establishes the rule of dharma with his victory over Raavan as narrated in Valmiki’s Ramayana.
While it can be read in so many ways, the story of Sri Ram is the story of sticking to one’s dharma first and foremost. Dharma does not mean you will live in comfort and happiness following your desires. It means you will do what you know is meant for you to do as your duty – whether you like it or not! Sri Ram went into the forest, exiled, even though his coronation was meant for that exact same morning. He was stripped of his royal garb and title, and put on the hermit’s shirt and wondered in the jungles barefoot, as a mere mortal. He upheld his dharma. When we uphold our dharma, then the whole universe conspires to bring us more than what our hearts and minds can desire. Vaidya Mishra used to remind us: when you do what you know is right, you will only desire what you deserve…

After the battle between good and evil personified by Sri Ram and Ravaan, the story of the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk, the “samudra manthan” puranic story, we also become victorious, and Laxmi appears in our own lives, as well as Dhanvantari, and many other wondrous gifts as well. 
This diwali, may we all aspire to find and live in accordance with our dharma – no matter how hard the path seems at first. For those of us who are at a loss and who do not know how to find their dharma: allow your dharma to find you. Be still, so you can hear. It beckons…Jai SiyaRam!

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