Udupi: Let us shun ignorance - Deepavali message from Bishop Dr Gerald Lobo

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Udupi, 06 Nov: Indian culture celebrates many festivals. It has contributed significantly in fostering cultural bonds among the people of different communities of society, in this chaotic daily living. We celebrate the festivals with pomp and gaiety without knowing its background; thereby focusing on glamour disregarding the significance of real cultural celebration.


Deepavali signifies the cluster of lamps that we light in our homes and share joys and happiness among each other. The light that is shared with others brings happiness. As per Sanskrit phrase, ‘Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya’ light takes us to knowledge from ignorance. It’s essential we get rid of impurities from our conscience by lighting the lamp and sharing it with others, that sacred light is the true celebration of Deepavali, where knowledge thrives, fosters brotherhood with purity of heart and mind, love for fellowmen.  


If we celebrate the festivals knowing its background; we would be able to celebrate it meaningfully that brings joy and happiness in our families. Deepavali brings good fortune to families. The light is the symbol of knowledge that is essential to shun ignorance. As per Sanskrit phrase: ‘Na Jnanena Sadrasham’ - there lies nothing equivalent to knowledge. ‘Jnana Na Pashu’ – unknowledgeable person is equal to an animal. The true meaning of Deepavali lies in shunning the ignorance by embracing light.


Deepavali celebration becomes meaningful by shunning evil by cleansing our inner self to experience divine bliss. Let us share the light with each other to live in peace and harmony. Deepavali wishes to all my brothers and sisters!


Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo

Bishop of Udupi Diocese


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