Religions

HOLI: THE FESTIVAL OF COLOURS

March 06, 2015 05:05 PM
Holi Festival Celeberations

By Dadi Ratan Mohini*

The festival of Holi that is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima, the full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun, has three aspects to it.First, people make an effigy of Holika and make a bonfire of it. Next day they colour each other and enjoy Holi Milan in a playful and festive manner. The third and most important aspect is that all the gaiety symbolises letting go of the past ­ forgive and forget.

The spiritual way of celebrating this colourful festival is ­ first, to let go of the past. To forgive and forget beings and things that create hurt, pain or any kind of suffering is the true way to welcome newness in life.

The story of Holika reminds us of the divine protection of the pious Prahlad who had unflinching faith in God and of the death of his aunt Holika who was hell bent on killing him by misusing Brahma's boon bestowed on her ­ not to be consumed by fire. (She sat with Prahlad on her lap in a raging fire that consumed her but left the child unharmed.) The bonfire signifies destroying one's own weaknesses and faults and purifying one's thoughts, deeds and words. Grains are thrown into the fire. When the grains are roasted, they cannot grow a crop. In a spiritual context, it means that if our actions are burnt in the fire of yoga, they will not give rise to vicious actions and, hence, there will be no crop of sufferings.

Any deed performed in the aware ness of spiritual wisdom cannot become a misdeed.Hence, Holika also symbolises that first we have to burn away our vices and attachment by having a loving and single-minded devotion for the Supreme Soul. God's direction to all humanity is to purify the seed of karma by roasting it in the fire of yoga.We will then become aware of who we really are ­ eternal spiritual beings endowed with divine qualities of peace, love, bliss, joy and power.

The day after the bonfire people celebrate Holi with colours. That is, in order to get coloured by spiritual wisdom, one has to burn away the vices within. It is in the companionship of God that we realise our own true colours, our original divine virtues.

Knowledge also symbolises colour.A spiritually evolved virtuous person colours those who are in his company and inspires them too to connect to God and His goodness. It is only through one's blissful communion with God that we can experi ence divine bliss which is the underlying spirit of Holi celebrations.

The spiritual way of celebrating this colourful festival is ­ first, to let go of the past. To forgive and forget beings and things that create hurt, pain or any kind of suffering is the true way to welcome newness in life.

Secondly, Holi inspires us to be holy because we are the children of God. Lastly , it reminds us about our true eternal belongingness with God; to be His children in the real sense and to reflect the original colours of peace, joy , love and truth which are inherent in every human soul. All true relationships that bring joy and fulfilment come from relating to divinity in the self and in each person. Holi Milan signifies the universal celebration of this spiritual love and brotherhood.

This divine bliss is illustrated in the tales of Krishna playing Holi with gopis. These tales are symbolic of the spiritual intoxication and inner bliss that is experienced by human souls when they get coloured by spiritual knowledge that is imparted by God at the confluence of end of Kaliyuga and beginning of Satyuga ­ also called Sangamyuga. It is an auspicious time to experience divine love and bliss in the company of God.

(*Dadi Ratan Mohini is Jt. Chief of the Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu.) 

 

 

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