Monday, March 17, 2014

Please stop Posting "Happy Holi" on FB and instead work on making it truly Happy.

Why do you think colors are used to celebrate Holi? What is their significance?

Holi is a special festival in India. Most of us are CELEBRATING Holi today. Or are we, really?

Whose Holi did you make Colorful and Happy today?



What most people are doing today?

Playing with Colors, painting friends' faces, taking pictures, posting status updates, wishing all known associates/family/friends "Happy Holi"!

This, I believe, is superficial celebration of Holi. I have no problem with people enjoying and having fun. I like that. However I believe, we have forgotten the legend of Holi and its significance. We have also forgotten the lessons that has to be learned from it.

The legend is about a small boy, who opposes his father (a devil king) for his wrongful acts and in turn is ordered to be burnt alive. His father wants him dead, and his aunt takes up the role of the murderer.

This boy, survives, because of his faith and love in God. He does not try to kill his dad or aunt. He doesn't seek revenge. He just lets it be.

Few learning that can easily be drawn from the story:
  1. One must follow the path of Dharma (righteousness)  against all odds.
  2. One has to have faith that things nature will take its course and should not waste time & energy on revenge.
  3. One has to do what is right, even if it means going against your loved ones.
  4. If you have the power to stop bad things from happening, you must.
  5. That Goodness will triumph eventually, irrespective of the odds.
  6. Evil has no name, caste, religion. Evil is just evil.
  7. Even in the darkest of times, if you're following Dharma, divine help will arrive.
Having said that, I do not mean to say, that you act foolish and go on a suicide mission. According to Yoga & modern-science (backed by Quantum Mechanics), people with different mental & spiritual states have different abilities and their efforts have respective results. 

Many people today will do stuff in the name of Holi and say "Bura na maano Holi hai". This is wrong. Never did Holi or any Indian festival supported creating inconvenience to others for fun.One must keep in mind the sanctity of the festival.

At the same time I would say, most Indian Festivals are about helping the society. Holi is a festival of building bonds between people and bridges between strained relationships. Its about strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood. Its about creating a better society in the spirit of collaboration.

Why do you think colors are used to celebrate Holi? What is their significance?

The colors are meant to tell us that world looks beautiful only when its filled with different colors. Colors symbolize union of different cultures, religion, caste, philosophies, ideas and people.

A single color makes the world dull, while several colors together make it colorful, meaningful and joyful. 

Holi depicts the very heart of India - which is based on diversity. It teaches us to respect the diversity and the diverse views. 

Last but most important of all, Holi is also about giving back to the society. Its about making others life colorful with joy and happiness. Holi is not meant to be celebrated alone or just within your circle. It's meant for sharing your blessings with those who are not so blessed. It's about thanking your family and friends and teachers who have added colors to your life and have given it meaning. 

This year, due to some family commitments, I will not be able to celebrate Holi, specially the way I used to. But I would like to share some moments from my previous holi celebrations:

Holi in 2011 with School Children in Ranchi

Holi in 2011 with School Children in Ranchi

Holi in 2011 with School Children in Ranchi

Holi Celebration in 2013: With Juice Sellers who also happen to be Muslims -
That's what I meant when I talked about Diversity.

Holi Celebration in 2013: With Juice Sellers who also happen to be Muslims -
That's what I meant when I talked about Diversity.

These people are also part of the society, and they equally deserve your Happy Holi wishes!

So people, whose Holi did you make Colorful and happy today??

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