Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu Calendar, and is known as the 'Festival of Lights'. Many of us are familiar with the story of Diwali and the central message of good conquering evil, and light conquering darkness.
Some may call the story of Diwali a myth, after all, how could there ever be such a thing as a ten-headed demon God (Raavan), an army of flying monkeys, and stones which float on the ocean to form a bridge between India and Sri Lanka as soon as the word 'Ram' is written on it? But this story is actually more of a beautiful metaphor than it is of an unbelievable myth.
Ram killing raavan (the ten-headed demon God) in the thick of battle is not just a nice story of good conquering evil; it represents our State of Mind and conquering the very battle within us which we are fighting daily between our Divine Identity (Ram) and the many guises of our Ego (Raavan).
The story calls us to recognise our inner Light, Awareness and Consciousness aswell as the many faces of our Ego, which more often than not, is successful at rearing one of it's many ugly heads each time we end up in 'Yodh', i.e. conflict with our Truth. The aim is therefore to attain a state of AYODHYA, i.e. a state of mind free from conflict.
This is our abstract take on the ten-headed demon of Raavan, and the state of AYODHYA.
The story of Ram & Sita and Diwali is far from a myth, we only need to look at the state of destruction, distraction and deception within ourselves to see how true a story it really is.
Photographed by Navjit Surdhar
Concept by Grewal Twins