Tuesday 19 February, 2019

PM urges citizens to 'be a light' in Divali message

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley shakes hands with Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj. Photo via Facebook, The  Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley shakes hands with Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj. Photo via Facebook, The Office of the Prime Minister.

“Let Divali once again remind us of our ability to be a light in our homes, communities and our country.”

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley issued the call in his Divali message on the occasion of the Hindu festival which will be observed on Tuesday.

Rowley, who noted that the festival was much more than lighting deyas, said it is the representation of that inner light which dwells in each citizen, when ignorance is pushed aside by understanding and enlightenment; kindness replaces selfishness and where love triumphs over hate, envy and ill-will.

He recalled that a recent period of darkness in the severe flooding in October which affected a number of communities in Central Trinidad gave rise to light within that dark time – citizens banding together to pierce the gloom.

“School children, multinational corporate giants, the business community, non-Governmental organisations, religious bodies and private citizens worked alongside the State to provide aid wherever it was needed and gave selflessly to ensure that those who were impacted by this catastrophic event were assisted.”

Rowley commended the strength and efforts of these citizens in the face of adversity to make a meaningful impact.

“In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges we may be tempted to forget the power we possess to make a positive difference. When we set our hearts and minds to a common purpose we can together make a profound impact.”

“Let Divali once again remind us of our ability to be a light in our homes, communities and our country. May we all, as we shine our individual lights, create an illumination that reveals a path towards peace, prosperity and national success,” the Prime Minister concluded.

 

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