Holika’s Secret

Holika’s Secret

In Northern India the burning of Holika is celebrated as the killing of the demon named Putna by Lord Krishna.

In Southern India the belief is that on this day Lord Shiva opened his third eye and burnt Kamdeva to ashes. He then applied the ash to his body and performed the Tandava dance.

As a result, Kamdeva’s wife Rati went into grave sorrow. Seeing Rati in sorrow, Lord Shiva gave a new life to Kamdev. Seeing this, deities were very pleased and showered colorful rain.

Since time immemorial, festivals have played a very important role in the Indian culture. These festivals enrich humans. That’s why people irrespective of their own faith, culture, or religion, celebrate all the festivals together and with great respect.

The festival of Holi, is unique. There are different beliefs in different regions of the country about this festival. Perhaps it’s because it’s symbolic of the unity in diversity pertinent to this country. Unity, despite having various cultures is typical of this country.

People celebrate this festival with a lot of fun and humor. People apply colors to each other and burn Holika at night.

But the question is, what’s the secret behind celebrating this festival on this day and in this way?

Due to Kamadeva story, on the eve of Holi in Southern India a bonfire is lit and people put sugarcane, mangoes, bear (Indian plum), and sandalwood into the fire.

  • Sugarcane represents the bow of Kamdeva.
  • Mangoes and bear represent Kamdev’s arrow.
  • Fire represents the burning of Kamdeva.
  • Sandalwood represents the calming of Kamdev from the burns,and getting a new life.

We hear many such stories on Holi. But we need to understand that every story of Holi has a similarity. Every story depicts the ‘victory of truth over evil.’

Evil cannot be destroyed by burning wood. Wood represents our bad habits, and vices which give us sorrow. Our bitter words, anger, and hatred which give us and others sorrow.

Fire is a symbol of yogagni. That is the Divine Fire of connecting with God, and burning all our vices in that fire. This Holika Dahan is burning our bad habits and vices in the Divine Fire of God.

Therefore this Holi, burn all your negativity by placing yourself in the Divine Fire of God’s love and power, and then color each other with forgiveness and compassion.

BK Nikunj

Rajyogi Brahma Kumar Nikunj is a young spiritual leader of the Brahma Kumaris.He's a living example of simplicity with depth, humility with courage, and wisdom with devotion.His life is the epitome of dedication, selflessness, and commitment towards self and world transformation.Born into a family of businessmen in Mumbai, as a child, BK Nikunj was a strong atheist. But, when he was 14, a chanced encounter with the spiritual legend Rajyogini Brahmakumari Nalini Didi ji totally changed his life.A linguist in 7 languages, he's been writing regular weekly columns for all the national dailies viz:DNA Times of India Indian Express Hindustan Times Mid day Dainik Jagran Rajasthan Patrika Lokmat Amar Ujala Kutch Mitra The Himalayan Times (Nepal) Hindustan Today (UK)He carries a blend of eastern spiritual wisdom, and western education and culture. This allows him to bridge understanding of cultures, with a high level of diplomacy and communication skills.His philosophy of life is: “Spirituality cannot be taught. It has to be experienced.”

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