Diwali Messaage at the Hindu Temple

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

It was a pleasure to share the Diwali greetings of peace and co-existence with the students at the DFW Hindu Temple this morning upon Dr. Hasmukh Shah’s invitation.

Dr. Shah is a retired heart surgeon and an educator in Hinduism. He is one of the founding members of the school at the Hindu temple and now the youth wing is operating successfully with a great curriculum.

Years ago when I started the talk show program “Wisdom of Religion, all the beautiful religions”; on the radio, it was an hour’s program for five days a week and ran for about two plus years. We have done a total of 700 hours on all traditions including Atheism and developing an attitude of inclusion, aka Pluralism. The first program was on Hinduism and it started with Dr. Hasmukh Shah.

I am pleased to have shared the following greeting along with a few additional notes about the significance of the day; the day Ram came out of exile honoring the rule of law, following the path of righteousness that Krishna talked about in the Bhagvad Gita. Also shared the essence of Greetings in different faiths and as usual they attendees repeated the greetings of every faith.

The greetings:

  • Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, and the light symbolizes hope and positive energy;
  • Diwali indicates the victory of good over evil;
  • Diwali brings an end of darkness;
  • Diwali heralds a new beginning in one’s life,
  • Diwali is about renewal and hope;
  • Diwali is about seeing the light at the end of tunnel;
  • Diwali is the symbol of knowledge;
  • Diya, Deepa, lamp and light are all symbols of Diwali to brighten one’s life
  • May this Diwali brighten your life, and may this Diwali mark the dawn of a new era;
  • May this Diwali purge your heart, mind and soul from hate, malice, anger and ill-will;
  • May this Diwali open your hearts and minds towards fellow being;
  • May this Diwali fill you with goodwill towards fellow beings;
  • May this Diwali bring peace, tranquility and happiness to you and your family.

Mike Ghouse

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About Mike Ghouse

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker and the Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeghouse/