The Holi Festival is a fun-filled and a popular occasion. Recognition of the festival for most us has been built by the ideas of colours, water and large bonfires. The festival is celebrated around mid march coinciding with full bloom spring. People believe that bright colors used are the symbol of joy and happiness. Life should be full of colours and each of them should be enjoyed and cherished individually. In the present scenario are we forgetting all this? Is the festival of colors no more considered to be HOLY? The adulterated thoughts of our minds are taking away what could be the last left traits of faith and love for our religion.
The exploitation of law and order in the country goes as far as increased number of traffic collisions, infractions like ‘drink and drive‘, speeding, reckless driving, street fights and numerous numbers of such incidents. In the capital last year on the day of Holi, 7,957 people were prosecuted for various traffic offences, a total of 18,073 motorists were prosecuted for drunken driving of which 2,960 were given jail terms and 2,212 driving licenses were suspended.
The trend of celebrating the festival with the colors extracted from ‘Tesu’ (flower of the palash tree) and ‘Gulaal’ (colored powder) is replaced by poison extracted from the filthy greed of money.
200 children from Mumbai’s Dharavi slum suffered colour poisoning playing Holi Thursday and were admitted to hospital following allergic reactions, a hospital official said. All are now said to be stable.“So far 176 children have been admitted to the hospital with complaints of skin allergy, burning of eyes, giddiness and vomiting,”
we have to dip into our consciousness time and again. If we only look and play around with the colors outside of us we are bound to find blackness all over again, just like when we mix lots of colors together and the outcome of the broth is black. The desires inside of us are making us to take the detour of fun and frolic without seeing the consequences involved. With awareness, desire looses its grip and surrender happens and then nectar flows out from within. it is far easier to obtain the bliss from inside then it is to try the pleasure from the outside world, which in turn again requires a lot more effort.
All colors like red, yellow, green and orange should exist side by side and simultaneously be enjoyed together. Similarly in life different roles that are played by same person should exist peacefully. So we should lift our spirits with colors of joy and keep it going all year-long.