Diwali (18 Oct)
On the auspicious occasion of Diwali – 18th October, 2017, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of Goa.
‘Diwali which symbolizes the victory of good over evil is widely celebrated by the people throughout the country with great enthusiasm and joy. ‘Diwali’ as a festival dispels darkness and brings light – the light of selflessness, truth, humility, happiness and peace. The festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance good or evil and hope over despair. It is the festive restatement of the belief that the good ultimately triumphs over the evil. It is the atmosphere of amity, brotherhood and mutual understanding which needs to be further re-inforced in our country. Let us, therefore, re-dedicate ourselves to the principle of “live and let live” in this great country.
On this beautiful festival of lights, let us take a pledge to work for promoting peace, communal harmony, good-will and prosperity. Let us all on this auspicious occasion celebrate light by chanting the prayer:
असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Meaning : From the untruth lead us to truth.
From darkness lead us to light.
From death lead us to Immortality.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
Governor of Goa
16th October, 2017.