Sights and sounds
As crackers light and fireworks flower around
In celebration of this festival of lights
I remember the verse
Deepam Jyoti Param Brahma Deepam Sarvam Tamopaham
Deepena Shashwate Sarvam Sandhya Deepam Namostute
Light is the manifestation of the supreme brahman
Light dispels all darkness around
By the light everything gains permanence
That light of unity of the yin and the yang
I worship with hands together.
Shubham Karoti Kalyanam Arogyam Dhanasampadaha
Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya Deepajyotir Namostute
That light which grants auspiciousness and success
That light which keeps me healthy and bestows wealth
That light which destroys all the negative thoughts in my mind
That light of the lamp I salute with hands together.
Light each cracker that may burst with all the darkest thoughts
Like a bubble that exposes the mind to consciousness
Light each flower pot that brings out the flowering of creativity within
Light each rocket that zooms the mind shooting to the depths of consciousness
Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati|
What you see that you become
See the light and become it.
Here the fireworks and become the silence that follows.
Taste the sweets and the savouries
So you are a combination of the sweet and the otherwise
Smell the fragrance of celebrations
That take you to the depths of your being
Hug your friends and enemies
That you know that you and the other are just one
Consciousness and that's it! - Swahilya Shambhavi.