Starting December end to all the way to 14th Jan was a time I used to look forward during my childhood for two reasons: The first being the freedom to fly kites leading upto Makar Sankranti festival. It is unbelievable to think that the skies in Hyderabad used to be full of kites, more so during the last few days leading upto the festival and the whole 3 days – a day before Sankranti festival, on the day of the festival and the day after the festival, we kids used to be on the terrace all the way from 7AM to 7PM. Somewhere around 1985 onwards the decline of the kite flying started, today I guess it is restricted to only a few areas in Hyderabad. Here in Bangalore, it is even difficult to find a kite shop (there is one in Shivajinagar area though) and hardly anyone flies kites in Bangalore. The second reason was the mandatory visit to “Numaeesh” ( a Urdu word which means exhibition) or exhibition grounds in Hyderabad – a once a year event that used to start on Jan 1st and go all the way to mid Feb. Both remain only memories now. But I look forward to celebrate Sankrantri tomorrow the traditional way!
Dussera or Vijayadashmi is the celebration of good over evil. The good or the evil is the symbolic of not something outside, but the constant battle that happens within us! In the Ramayana, the evil is personified as Ravana – the ten headed monster! Rama is the innate goodness within us. Both Rama and Ravana exist within each one of us and it is a never ending battle that we witness within us.
Leading a spiritual life is to annihilate the negativity, anger, arrogance, lust, pride, selfish actions, resentments, fear, anxieties…..and cultivating the innate goodness and qualities that we are born with. All I know, is that I have a long long way to go to be truly on the spiritual path.