Musings on a Diwali Morning

In praise of wealth

To some people money is the root of all evil, particularly when people fight over a share of the pie. Lack of money also breeds envy, and love of money can encourage greed. But on the other hand it helps economies grow and spreads prosperity. While the pursuit of money without scruples and ethics is wrong, money itself is not a bad goal to pursue because it is only with money that can one actually achieve other goals and fulfill other desires

The Goddess Laxmi is said to be fickle and only stays in your house if you have a healthy respect for her. Welcome her with grace and enjoy the bounty she brings to you. 

Getting ready to welcome the Goddess

I went to Bhaji Gully early this morning to beat the morning rush and traffic and get ready for Laxmi Pujan which we will celebrate after sunset today. The market wore a deserted look and not really not ready to receive any one with half the vendors still asleep and the other half getting ready for the day. This is a vast change from the market three decades ago when the vendors would have their stalls filled right from 7 in the morning! I asked a vendor why the late start and he blamed it on television. Not only are the housewives busy watching TV till late at night but so are the vegetable vendors. So they prefer opening up their shops leisurely after 8, despite their pre-dawn visit to the wholesale market.

However, there were a few early birds waiting to catch the worms like me ( vendors don’t like to turn away the first customer of the day which is referred to as ” Bohoni” believing that a good first sale will bring them luck for the rest of the day), so I was a welcome menace to the few who were ready to wait on me.

I saw a vendor putting out his wares of clay idols of Laxmi and Ganesha to be used for the Puja this evening. I actually have been doing a Laxmi Puja without these idols simply because that’s what I’d seen my mother do while growing up. But the man explained to me that these idols are specially made only for this Puja and that one is supposed to worship them and immerse them the following year. These pretty little Ganeshas and Laxmis are made in Kolkata but I’ve seen simple terracotta ones too.  Laxmi Puja this evening is from 6-8.30 so I will make sure my doors are wide open, all the house well lit so that the Goddess of Wealth doesn’t pass us by!

Creating Wealth & Abundance

So taking a cue from Write Tribe’s Wednesday prompt which is all about  creativity and the quote it inspires 
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties ~ Erich Fromm

I’d like to encourage everyone to create wealth and abundance in their lives.

  • Think out of the box
  • Exploit your talents
  • Make your money work for you
  • Abandon all fear

Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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