Lights greeted him upon his return after a 14-year exile. If we do not see the symbolism of epics and mythology, then what use are they?
Diwali surely is not only about a well-lit Ayodhya welcoming Lord Rama.
The light conveys coming out of darkness, of the warmth from diyas, of flames dancing in the wind, conveying evanescence. And the oil and the wick that stay in the background to light up things and are then burned out themselves.
Yet, light is never far away.
It is said that some raagas are so potent they can create and destroy. Legend has it that when Tansen used to sing in the emperor's court, the room would be filled with light. I think the power of such light is within us.
"Curving back within myself I create again & again."
- Bhagvad Gita
A Happy Diwali!