This year, Goddess Lakshmi, please pass by my door
There are others in need, and they deserve you more.
Take my earnings, my wealth and my pride, I pray
Let shared wealth – not my own -- glow radiant today.
Am I falsely proud, Mother? Is this illusion and lie?
Take me down, Maha Kali. Make me stand small and shy.
Come with your sword, like a sheep shear me naked
And then hold my hand, help me hold my head high.
My countrymen stand small, how can I stand tall?
Cast their fate upon me, in their midst let me fall.
And then, Mother Shakti, give me love, strength and grace
To be a guide they can trust, and a true friend to all.
Happy Diwali, my friends. I am praying for an end to our collective mania for endless economic growth, and our addiction to the rat race. I’m praying for peace, contentment and a healthy dose of reality. I humbly ask you all to join me in this prayer.