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Spiritual intelligence required to understand essence of Holi
The South Point Public School, Sonipat celebrated the advent spring festival of Holi by staging dance-drama of platonic and divine love between Radha and Krishna. Also, Sakha Bhav of Gopes and Gopikas was highlighted through dances and singing, as indicated by the pictures posted by Usha Malik from the school. After seeing the pictures sent to me, I was reminded of mother who had once tried to explain the essence of Holi festival.

When I was a young school going child in Kurukshetra, my mother had once said that Hindu festivals were either associated with God Himself or with some important events of ancient Vedic culture. Every festival had a spiritual message or divine message but the materialistic world had distorted and vitiated them, she had lamented. I did not take my mother seriously then. Now, I have realized how true it was what mother had said.

She had said that the bonfire or pyre of Holika communicated that even a small child could emerge victorious surmounting all challenges with the help of unflinching devotion to God or Bhakti and on the other hand, an egoistic person drunk with vanity of materialistic and occult powers, calling himself God, faced dire consequences.

Regarding Krishna's Holi and Raas Lila, she had explained that these acts were divine in essence with a message of equality of humanity and equality of love. Krishna had delighted souls of Gopes and Gopikas through permanent colours of geniality, cheerfulness and Godly Knowledge. Now, I realize that we tend to ritualize events and bring them down to sensual and mundane levels.

To my religious mother, Holi signified Mangal Milan with colours of knowledge by renouncing vanity, rivalry, enmity, jealousy, greed leading unity and oneness of humanity. Now, I wonder about spiritual intelligence of my mother.

Modern educational psychology is stressing the need of developing spiritual and natural intelligence along with verbal, visual, musical, kinesthetic, logical, inter-personal and intra-personal intelligences.

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