The festival season is here. Lights, sweets, and flowers usher the festive spirit in our hearts and homes. We praise God for his wisdom, strength and patience. We thank Him for his numerous blessings and add a few more things in his To Do list as we submit our wish list to him. Last but maybe the most important, we seek his forgiveness for the crimes we have done or are about to do.
We then step outside our homes, burn half the air around us with crackers, or immerse His Holiness into the nearest polluted lake (making it even more polluted). We come back home, stuff our stomach with rich food, and our hearts with pride and sleep it off.
I know all this sounds disgusting and most of you would close this post right now. Why would anyone want me to mess up their spirit of this season? They have their excuses of traditions, culture, “this is what children remember when they grow up”, etc. . I have even heard things like “what will happen to the cracker industry, if we stop buying and burning crackers!”. If only they knew, that half of the cracker industry flourishes on child labor, maybe that would change their mind.
Anyhow, lets not talk about them. They would have already stopped reading this by now. But for those of you who continue to read on, I am sure somewhere you too, feel the same as I do. Somewhere you feel, it is not enough to just thank the God in words and seek his forgiveness with a bow of the head. Somewhere you know that we ought to do more.
If we have received so much from God, maybe a nice way to thank him is to share some of his blessings with others who have been less fortunate this year. Maybe, a better way to seek his forgiveness is to plant 10 more trees this Diwali, rather than burning down the few left standing out there. Maybe, a better way to praise his strength is to recognize the fact that he can really punish us for all that we are doing to his planet.
Festivals remind us of God and what he has given us. If we are really thankful for the same, we should enjoy His gifts responsibly. As a parent, if you saw your child misusing a gift you gave him, you are bound to stop gifting him the same things again. I am sure God also feels the same way. Respect him, respect his gifts.
Wishing a very happy festival season to all!