Saturday, March 30, 2013

President Carmona's Holi message: "We will ultimately be vindicated once we commit to do what is right"

It gives me great pleasure to bring greetings to the Hindu community, and to the rest of the nation, on the occasion of the celebration of Phagwa, or ‘Holi’.

We cannot help but admire the colour, splendour and joy that characterise this religious festival of great significance to Hindus worldwide. It is, therefore, not surprising that our local celebrations, which include dancing, singing chowtal and pichakaree and, of course, the throwing of abeer, continue to be enjoyed by many citizens regardless of their religion.

Within the Phagwa story, however, lies the true reason for the joyful celebration. 

According to the story, Prahalad, a young boy, was the son of an evil King who demanded that everyone in his kingdom stop worshipping God and worship him instead. For choosing to continue to worship God, despite his father’s demands, young Prahalad was ordered to be burnt to death but miraculously, he was saved.

The courage of young Prahalad, in the face of persecution and certain death, was derived from his faith in God. He did what he believed was right, left the consequences up to God and he was vindicated – a powerful lesson from a child.

As a nation, we do well to aspire to the courage of this young Hindu devotee. Let us always remember that we will ultimately be vindicated once we commit to do what is right, regardless of the seeming consequences and attendant challenges in so doing.

My family and I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Phagwa 2013.

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Jai & Sero

Jai & Sero

Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
Amit, Heather, Fuzz, Aj, Jiv, Shiva, Rampa, Sero, Jai