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Deepavali reflections

November 21, 2012

credits to Kamakshi

It was Deepavali (the festival of lights) last week. Had a great time celebrating with Sahaja Yogis.

The essence of Deepavali is an important one as it signifies the overcoming of darkness within oneself and also for humanity. Shri Mataji says that it is enlightenment day and the meaning of lighting the lamps on Deepavali symbolises humans getting their enlightenment. Another major aspect of Deepavali is the worship of goddess Lakshmi who traditionally is known for giving wealth and prosperity. Well, there are other qualities to her such as she is the one who gives us balance and peace within, makes us dignified and generous. A lady who has Lakshmi qualities is a good housewife who makes the home an inviting place for the family and visitors. However, I guess most people would prefer to just focus on the wealth aspect though.

Anyways so coming back home from my deepavali celebration, I was kind of disturbed by this movie which was showing on TV. It’s a Singaporean movie by Jack Neo called “Money No Enough 2”. Since the TV was on, I just watched bits and pieces of it. The movies by Jack Neo are usually satirical, reflecting the life of Singaporeans in a humorous way. The reason I felt disturbed, was the disparity of coming from meditating on the qualities of goddess Lakshmi to being overwhelmed by this anti-Lakshmi behaviour shown on TV. The storyline of the movie revolves around 3 brothers who lost all their money in a business overnight. They have a mother who has dementia which no one wants to take up the responsibility of taking care of. In the end, the mother gets pushed around till her death.  As Singapore is still an Asian country where the idea of children are supposed to take care of their parents when they grow old, there’s a lot of agony when the parents do not get the respect and care that they deserve from their children. Even for the children, there is a sense of shame and guilt if they are not able to take care of their parents. Nonetheless, the situation where old people are treated like trash is still a commonly faced one in Singapore. This is the result of values giving way to materialistic attitudes, where the priority is only on money.

Like the title of the movie, it seems that for Singaporeans, no matter how much money we have it doesn’t seem to be enough.

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