Happy Diwali to all the readers
Happy Diwali to all the readers and a story
On the occasion of Diwali I wish all the readers of Yoga Vision a very happy,
joyous and prosperous Diwali. May this festival of light fulfill all your
I would like to share a small story from Katha Upanishad that has deep
meaning. The story goes like this...
Once upon a time there was a poor Bramhin named Vajasravas. Though poor he
was a pious and religious by nature. One day he decided to perform a Yajna (fire
sacrifice). As a sacrifice he put all his resources, which mainly included
feeble, weak and old cattle. His son Nachiketa sensed this and told him to
sacrifice him along with the cattle. Enraged by his son's words and angered by
his own inability, the poor Vajasravas cursed him to go to Yama, the god of
Nachiketa being an obedient son promptly left his father's house and went to
Yama. To his utter disappointment, Yama was not home and Nachiketa had to wait
for three days before Yama arived. Making a guest wait is considered against
culture and to make up for this, Yama offered Nachiketa three boons.
For the first boon Nachiketa requested that his father should be pleased to
see him back home. For the second boon, he requested knowledge of the supreme
sacrifice. For the third boon he requested Yama to teach him the secrets of
Yama wholeheartedly agreed for the first two boons but refused to teach him
about death. Yama suggested that instead of Nachiketa's third wish he will offer
him wealth, prosperity and fame. But the young boy persisted to his wish of
knowing the secret of death. Yama was pleased by Nachiketa's eagerness, zeal and
curiosity. Yama taught him all the secrets about the death and gave him the
knowledge of immortal Atman. Thus Nachiketa was enlightened by the true
We all should strive to get this enlightenment, joy and happiness. Does that
mean that worldly pleasures are useless? No. They have their own significance.
Only when we pass through the worldly pleasures we understand their fragile
nature. Only when we understand that worldly pleasure cannot last forever we
start looking for the divine happiness, bliss and joy. It is difficult for
most of us to give up worldly pleasures altogether. But slowly and steadily we
should seek divine happiness that replaces our mortal desires. May this Diwali
take you closer to that true and unending happiness that is the quest of human
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