Tuesday February 27, 2018
Holi is the festival of colors. It is the triumph of good over evil. It marks the arrival of spring and a festive occasion to meet with friends and family, laugh and enjoy. Hindus believe it to be a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. Holi festivities mark the beginning of the New Year for some, as well as an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid us of accumulated emotional impurities from the past.
On the white canvas of our lives, we end up unknowingly leaving big black spots. These black spots are; the grudges we hold on to, the scars on our ego, the times we get angry, when our pride is hurt, the times when we use deceit as a tool to get what we want and our greed. Sadly, they only get more obvious as the painting evolves, unless we choose to paint them over or erase them. But how is this possible?
Using the powerful tool of pratikraman (asking for forgiveness). Pratikraman is a way to wash out all these black spots. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says that, “Things come into your memory even when you don’t want them to; that is because ‘pratikraman dosh’ is pending (mistake for which pratikraman was not done yet)”. These past karmas are like big black spots and they need to be washed out by doing pratikraman heartily.
Would it not be nice if these spots could be painted brilliantly once again? So on such a beautiful and colourful occasion, come let us wash out all the black spots and scars from our life and paint it once again with the colours of forgiveness, joy and eternal happiness!!