Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Divali message from UNC Chairman Jack Warner

The festival of Divali is one of the gifts of the Hindu community to our diverse national cultural tapestry. 

We are fortunate today that this system and tradition of philosophy, beliefs and values which is well over 5,000 years old was brought to this country by our East Indian forefathers to be incorporated into our social, spiritual and moral milieu.

Hinduism is a way of life and like all religions, it seeks to provide a guide to positive living. We therefore are lucky to have the benefit of living in a multi-cultural society where such wisdom is available to us.

One of the predominant themes of Divali is that of Light conquering Darkness; Goodness triumphing over Evil, and Wisdom over Ignorance. This is a very prescriptive message as it tells us that in order to eradicate the darkness in our lives we must illuminate a light.

As we reflect on the state of our nation and as we identify the forms of darkness prevalent in our society, we must look for lights that we can turn on and we can start within ourselves.

To make a better country we can light the deyas of productivity, brotherly love and peace within our hearts.

We can let the light of goodness that resides in each of us shine so that it may conquer the darkness of the negative forces around us.

By lighting our inner deyas we can brighten the path to national development and social recovery; we can shine our light on the positives so that they can be seen and so that they too can find the path to progress and share of their lights.

On behalf of the United National Congress, the People’s Partnership Government led by our Honourable Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and on my own behalf and that of my family, I wish Mother Lakshmi’s richest blessings on our Hindu brothers and sisters and on our national community.

It is my belief that the goodness within us all will triumph and we will all find peace, health, and happiness.

Shubh Divali!

Jack Warner | Chairman, United National Congress - November 12, 2012

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