Hinduism is full of symbolism and is inapparent to most of the readers. The purpose of the post is not to debate them but to make the readers aware of the rich heritage that we ought to be proud of. I take this festive occassion as an excuse to break off from the usual routine and wish all of you a happy and prosperous Diwali.
The symbolism is inherent in the fact that the most significant esoteric meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”.
Central to Hindu philosophy, is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the celebration of this Inner Light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, imminent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Atman, comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (Inner Joy or Peace).