Palash ke Phool
Palash ke Phool
Holi was celebrated as a festival even in the Vedic age. Intellectuals would perform charitable activities and meritorious deeds while people from lower strata of society would play drums and seek baksheesh to celebrate the festival. But today this pious festival has suffered degeneration due to the use of chemical colors and the evil habits of drinking and hurling vulgar abuses at one another. What we should actually do on such a pious and holy occasion is sing bhajans, sprinkle sattvic and natural colour of flowers (Butea Frondosa flowers are very commonly used) on one another and engage in games like tug of war, etc. Sattvic colors are beneficial for health and sattvic games make the mind cheerful while bhajans sanctify the heart.
During summer, the rays of the Sun become more intense and increase our body heat. This sometimes gives rise to anger and depression. That is why natural colours made from flowers are sprinkled on one another in order to increase the body’s resistance to the summer heat and check the detrimental effects of the Sun ’s rays.
The holy festivals of Indian culture and the pious manner of their celebration not only bring cheer but also improve physical health and cause to reflect the Bestower of the intellect in the mirror thereof. In this manner people become healthy, joyous and blissful and proceed on the path of Self-realization, the abode of Supreme Bliss that would emancipate them from all sorrows and establish them in Supreme Bliss.
The Ideal Manner of Celebrating Holi
Holi is one of the most pious festivals characterizing Indian culture; It provides us with an excellent opportunity to forget mutual bitterness and enmity and rekindle our pristine love and amity. It is an occasion to abandon vices and bad traits and awaken our inherent divinity, bliss and the true happiness that spring from spontaneity, simplicity and egolessness.
This festival of colors brings forth a sense of social unity in diversity, manifesting the keen foresightedness of our ancestors. While the showers of diverse colors bring cheer and delight, they can bring about misery as well if one is not careful, restrained and sensible enough during the celebrations. Therefore one should take due precautions during this festival.
In the olden days people would use the natural colors of the Palash flowers, kumkum, gulal, turmeric, etc., but today the use of chemical colors is rampant. These chemicals cause adverse reactions on the skin and therefore one should avoid them. In case someone throws chemical colors on you, apply a mixture of gram flour, wheat flour, milk, turmeric and oil and wash it off quickly. If lemon juice is rubbed on the affected parts before applying this mixture, it helps remove the stains more quickly and properly.
Apply coconut oil or mustard oil to the body before celebrating the festival so that the chemical colors do not have an adverse effect on the body and using a simple soap washes off the stains completely.