A miracle is considered to be a fortuitous occurrence, a statistically unlikely but beneficial event according to definition. All religions from time to time have laid claim to such occurrences. There have been testimonies of salvation, healing and deliverance from all kinds of bondage's. This is the story of faith. According to Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), faith is that which sustains. Faith is that which allows one to grow in the spiritual realm and thus grants stability in one's daily life. Devi Durga, goddess Durga is the embodiment of faith. What has happened in Guyana is nothing more than a rekindling of that lamp of faith which has been extinguished or has dwindled in the lives of Hindus. The flowing of the auspicious kumkum (Vermillion) from the pratima (icon) of Maa Durga is a wonderful and blessed miracle.
Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) is the religion of those who live a life guided by truth, compassion, self and sense control and cleanliness. With the progression of time, we are amazed at the advancement of technology, excited by material gains but disheartened to see what level the human spirit has been reduced to.
We continuously read about the physical abuse, sexual abuse and brutal murders of our mothers, daughters and sisters. Neglect at the health institutions and those put in charge to care especially for mothers to be has led to the death of three women in one week. The continuous abuse of our mothers, sisters and daughters will lead to the downfall of our society.
Mandirs (Hindu place of worship) throughout the country are left abandoned by worshippers. Some say due to lack of pandits (spiritual leaders), Hindus don't turn out to their places of worship. This has led to mass conversion and loss of interests among Hindus in their religion.
This event is a wake up call for Hindus in Guyana. This miracle should be utilized to awaken those in their slumber. Families, fathers, mothers and children need to return to their mandirs. It's a call for Hindus to once again reaffirm their faith and advance into the future. It's a wake up call for greater respect and care to be given to our mothers, sisters and daughters. Abuse in its hideous forms be it mental, physical and worst sexual needs to be address and curbed in our society. We need to grow into a zero tolerance society when it comes to abuse. Too many innocent lives are being taken. It's time to build a stronger and caring society.
After 172 years and umpteen attempts to convert the Hindu mass into other religions, Hinduism still shines in Guyana. "Awake, arise, and stop not until the goal is reached, " let this quote from Swami Vivekanand resonate in the minds of all.