A. Diwali is the Hindu New Year, a day of light. Most people who do not pray daily will pray on this day to Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. It is a good marketing tool. If everyone prayed instead to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, there would be fewer customers. On this day, you may eat sweets without worrying about calories or diabetes. You get new outfits and do not have to make immediate payments to your creditors. You get in touch with those who you do not meet often. Hopefully, you thank God for the bountiful year. The key function of this day is to lead you from the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth. Only when you get that, can Diwali be within you permanently. You do not even have to pray to the Goddess of Wealth. You become the wealthiest person alive. All you can do is pray for this real wealth, and then share it with all your loved ones. Happy Diwali to one and all. May God bless you abundantly. — Satish Daryanani

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