Holi Festival in India: A celebration of Brotherhood

Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Being a diverse country of culture and tradition, India has a good amount of cultural and traditional festivals. Indian festivals are an integral part of Indian culture which has a special social and religious significance. Holi, the festival of color, is celebrated on the first day of spring, called “Phagun Purnima” to welcome the queen of season spring and to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which is origin from the most popular god of Hindu lord Krishna. Generally, it is a two days festival. The first day of Holi is known as Holika-Dahan, which is also known as Chhoti Holi and the second day of Holi is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. But in the Braj region of India, where the Hindu deity Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days in tribute to the divine love of Radha for Krishna. In Barpeta of Assam, a unique five to three days Holi is celebrated which is known as Deul-Mahutshab.


Holi is a festival of peace, unity and brotherhood, a chance to set aside diversity and celebrate. It is free-for-all festival of colors, where participants play, cover each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns, which is commonly known as “phiskari” and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children, and elders. The fun and battle with colors occur in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings.

Gangs of energetic peoples carry “dholak”, a two-headed hand-drum and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. No Indian festival is completed without delicious food. Exchanging of sweets as a Holi food is a very important part of Holi. People visit family, neighbors and friends to play color with them and to share delicious Holi sweets with them. The color of Holi breaks all the boundaries of religion, cast, creed, color, race, status or sex in the society. Holi is an approach to renewing and restore relationships, bridge the social gap and experience unity and brotherhood. According to Gregorian calendar this year Holi falls on 24th March. May this Holi bring prosperity and enhance the spirit of unity and brotherhood in our country.

সকলো লৈ হোলী আৰু দৌল উংসৱৰ আন্তৰিক শুভেচ্ছা জনালোফাকুৱাৰ লগত জড়িত অসমৰ অন্যতম উৎসৱ হ’ল দৌল উৎসৱ৷ বৰপেটাৰ স্থানীয় ভাষ…

Posted by Main Uddin on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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  1. HOLI FESTIVAL OF WORLDLY BROTHERHOOD
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    The Holy establishment of A PURE WORLD was beyond the power of human
    souls. It was function Divine. Referring / Quoting the verse of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita,
    which refers to the Incarnation of God Himself for establishment of righteousness, one
    asks. “Has not the climax of viciousness reached now? Does humankind expect
    something other than destruction from these deadly weapons like atom and hydrogen
    bombs? Do the characteristic of a preponderating majority of people not compare
    identically with the description of demoniacal people as defined in the Gita? ow when
    people are crying hard and suffering untold miseries on account of their own evil
    actions, is not the time ripe when God according to His sacred sermons as embodied in
    Shrimad Bhagawat Gita reincarnate?
    ”The threat of the nuclear weapons was driving the World to the drink of
    destruction, which on the strength of Godly Knowledge and Divine Visions, was
    according to Pre-ordained Divine Will. The Incorporeal Jyotirlingam Trimurti God
    Shiva in an incognito form is already performing His Divine acts of establishing
    Righteousness and World Peace by destroying in the near future this iron-aged evil
    world. After this destruction, Peace will come to be established and a new system of
    things a new Era i.e. Golden Age (Satyuga) would dawn, where sins and sorrows will
    cease and life will actually be a heaven on this very earth.
    After sounding a note of warning, let’s have faith in God and we should have
    constant communion with the Supreme Soul. We must lay a great emphasis on the
    spiritual aspect of human life in the changed circumstances of the day.
    Through Sahaj Gyan, and Sahaj Yoga being taught by God Himself now we
    should prepare ourselves for the advent of the good time by self purification and attain
    complete Purity, Peace and Prosperity for generation to come during the short time not
    left.

    In India the festivals are either associated with God Himself or with some
    important event in the life of Sat -yoga. It is therefore a plain truth that the festivals
    of Bharat would neither have any meaning nor would have any real advantage if
    they were not celebrated with real knowledge of Incorporeal God and of the time
    when He descends in the corporeal human form plays his divine sport and
    perfumes His superhuman, extraordinary act of establishing religiousness, i.e.
    creating the Deity world (sat-yuga).
    Did the Sermonizer of Gita Celebrate Holi in this fashion? There can be no
    denying the fact that every act of God is Divine and dignified in manners, spiritual
    in its essence and ideal form the point of view of its all round perfection. There can
    be no act of God that has no potentiality of a moral lesson for us and that is not
    handsome and illustrious, charming or purposeful. Then how could the foul and
    untoward practices of today viz. garlanding each other with a necklace of shoes
    PEACE I THE EAR FUTURE
    The Holy establishment of A PURE WORLD was beyond the power of human
    souls. It was function Divine. Referring / Quoting the verse of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita,
    which refers to the Incarnation of God Himself for establishment of righteousness, one
    asks. “Has not the climax of viciousness reached now? Does humankind expect
    something other than destruction from these deadly weapons like atom and hydrogen
    bombs? Do the characteristic of a preponderating majority of people not compare
    identically with the description of demoniacal people as defined in the Gita? ow when
    people are crying hard and suffering untold miseries on account of their own evil
    actions, is not the time ripe when God according to His sacred sermons as embodied in
    Shrimad Bhagawat Gita reincarnate?
    ”The threat of the nuclear weapons was driving the World to the drink of
    destruction, which on the strength of Godly Knowledge and Divine Visions, was
    according to Pre-ordained Divine Will. The Incorporeal Jyotirlingam Trimurti God
    Shiva in an incognito form is already performing His Divine acts of establishing
    Righteousness and World Peace by destroying in the near future this iron-aged evil
    world. After this destruction, Peace will come to be established and a new system of
    things a new Era i.e. Golden Age (Satyuga) would dawn, where sins and sorrows will
    cease and life will actually be a heaven on this very earth.
    After sounding a note of warning, let’s have faith in God and we should have
    constant communion with the Supreme Soul. We must lay a great emphasis on the
    spiritual aspect of human life in the changed circumstances of the day.
    Through Sahaj Gyan, and Sahaj Yoga being taught by God Himself now we
    should prepare ourselves for the advent of the good time by self purification and attain
    complete Purity, Peace and Prosperity for generation to come during the short time not
    left.
    besmearing one another with the paste lamp-black prepared in kerosene oil. etc.
    Called the Divine way the Moral or the Sublime Way of celebrating this otherwise
    spiritualistic festival?
    Two performances Mark Celebrations of The Holly
    Today the people of Bharat celebrate Holi in two ways. During the days of the
    festival they sprinkle wet colours and hues no one another, and on the concluding
    day they light up a bonfire to commemorate the obsequies of HOLIKA. Therefore
    an understanding of the significance of both these practices is necessary for
    knowing how to celebrate Holi in the true manner.
    USE OF COLOUR AD HUEDURIGTEH HOLI FESTIVAL
    The truth is that the Bhagwan of Gita did not sprinkle the bazarhues no the Gopes
    and Gopis Rather, he gilded their very Souls with the saffron of ‘Yoga’ He did not
    play water colours with them; rather He imparted the unfading colour of
    knowledge to their very spirits. He did not soothe an refresh their bodies by
    showering the fragrant rosewater on them; rather he delighted their souls through
    the elixir of purity. He gave them not transitory jovial mood but permanent
    geniality and everlasting cheerfulness by teaching them holiness rather than
    playing with them the vulgar Holi in the vulgar fashion as it is played to-day.
    Every act of God was addressed to the task of establishment of a cultured religious
    righteous, virtuous and Divine State. But, just as the charming flute of Godly
    Knowledge played by Him later represented by means of a studded and bejeweled
    metallic flute in portraitures, pictures and works of sculpture even so, the rose
    water of knowledge the saffron of Yoga have come to be replaced by the ordinary
    hues, colour and rose Waterford celebration of the festival, called Holi.
    COMPULSOI TO PLAY WITH COLOUR
    To-day, if some people have no inclination to get despoiled with colour, even they
    are compelled with colour, even they are compelled to accept a colour coating on
    their face, a Syringe-shower on their clothes, and dry hue on their head. This
    compulsion to gay coloured had originally different form and a different purpose.
    It had a spiritual significance.
    The origin of the present-day untoward custom of using force to impart colour to
    others was the persuasion to others to take a dip in the knowledge. For, the God
    Sermonizer of Gita, ordained to His Gopes and Gopis “Go and besmear all and
    sundry with this magic colour of Godly Knowledge that I have imparted to you.
    Leave none untouched, be he man, woman, child rich or poor belonging to any
    caste or creed”.
    Of such a spiritual Holi with the hue of knowledge we find mention at two places
    in the Gita. At one place, it has been said that, having established Gyan Yagya
    through Brahma, God bade “Do you please uplift others also to the status of
    Deities through the knowledge I have imparted to you” In another chapter the
    sermon of God implies, (the colour of) this most esoteric knowledge and yoga to
    my devotees”
    MAGALMILA i.e. AUSPICIOUS RE-UIO
    On the concluding day of Holi the acquaintances or the neighbors meet and
    embrace one another. Even persons nursing enmity against each other, meet and be
    smear each other’s face with colour. The masses believe that the persons so uniting
    would from the time of their meeting, give up feelings of enmity jealousy etc.’.. to
    wards each other.
    But it is a matter of common understanding that the vices cannot vanish unless the
    souls were given a worship with miraculous water of knowledge. Unless the
    auspicious communion of the Soul and God has in fact, taken place, there can be
    no Mangal Milan or propitious union between human beings also. Hence, the
    really auspicious union was taught and brought about by the God sermonizer of
    Gita Himself by enabling human souls to renounce jealousy, enmity and other
    vales through the Gulal of Godly knowledge and the saffron of Yoga. In fact that
    was the real Holi.
    THE BONFIRE OF HOLI
    The end of the festival of Holi is marked by lighting a large heap of cow-dung fuel
    which represents.
    The pyre of Holika. The myth, on which this ceremony is based, relates that
    on this day, Holika the sister of one hirna-kashyapa (who had the ambition for
    being regarded as God) took prahlad (who practiced the consciousness that he was
    a soul-an eternal child of God) in her lam as he sat on afire heap. She believed that
    she would be able to come out of the fire safe and that prahlad would be devoured
    by the baling fire. But the tables were turned. To commemorate this holy iracule,
    year after year have fire. But even today, they practice rot the lesson that is
    demonstrated by burning he imitation Holika. The bonfire of Holika reminds one
    of the moral that even a small boy emerges out safe and victories’ surmounting all
    hurdles with the help of none but faith in God and that on the other hand a person
    feeling vainly proud of some occult powers and giving Himself the airs of God,
    faces untimely death and dire consequences. But indifferent to the spirit of the
    myth on which the very name of festival is based, the people of Bharat have
    neither true knowledge of or faith in God.