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Observe Holi in divine spirit

Holi, also known as Phagwa, is celebrated in the Hindu month of Phalgun.

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2010 01:29 IST

Holi, also known as Phagwa, is celebrated in the Hindu month of Phalgun. There are many claims on its origin. It is celebrated as thanksgiving to the deities for bounteous harvests.

It also signifies the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. Another popular belief is the destruction of the demon king Hiranyakashipu and the protection of his son Prahalad through divine intervention. This event signifies the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated as Holika by the lighting of bonfires (Holika Dahan).

Holi also signals the end of an old era of kaliyug and the establishment of a new world order of the golden age. More specifically, it marks the end of one kalpa of 5,000 years and the beginning of another.

It makes us forget the past. We ought to forgive and forget through divine love, mercy and compassion. It emphasises the significance of the bonfires and Holika. The “fires of pure and elevated determined thoughts” must burn all evils, the wickedness and the vices so that there is no trace to remind one, either memory or through the senses. In other words, it helps us become better human beings, more humane, careful and helpful.

Therefore, one can come to the conclusion that the many aspects of Holi help us in several ways. The concept of “past is past” can be used to relieve stress. One can do nothing about what has already happened. The second aspect of Holi is purity of thoughts, words and actions. This is the power of positive thinking. The third aspect is the relationship with the Father that produces divine love.

On this festive day, class distinctions, pettiness, quarrels and hidden animosities are forgotten and replaced by true loving affection. Many families use this event to mend strained relationships and live in harmony. When you think and work in love, no action is laborious and all things appear easy. Even impossible things become possible and easy when performed with love. Be holy, play Holi.