Officers based at the Fiji Police Force Headquarters were today urged to reflect on the meaning of Diwali, as it was more than the lights, fireworks and festivities.
This was the plea made by Pundit Ashlen Gosai during the Headquarters Diwali celebrations, where he urged the officers to learn from the teachings and life of Lord Rama as there were similarities to the work of law enforcement.
“Lord Rama was duty bound and he obeyed his father, listened to his mother to be exiled to the forest for 14 years, and in just a fraction of a second he said yes. The reason was because he was an obedient child and obedient son,.king and Lord".
“My Diwali message is to be humble because we don’t know if we will see the sun tomorrow or not. Live a simple life, be good to everyone. The different colours of the Rangoli, combine into one beautiful piece is a reflection of unity and togetherness”.
Echoing similar sentiments was the chief guest the Assistant Commissioner of Police – Crime (ACP) Mesake Waqa who said the teachings that can be drawn from Diwali and the life of Lord Rama were self-discipline and control over one’s actions.
ACP Waqa also called on the officers to serve with humility and be beacons of good and what is right.
The Assistant Commissioner Crime said policing is challenging and overcoming obstacles is a daily occurrence in the pursuit of maintaining peace.
He added lessons derived from Lord Rama’s victory and triumph of light over dark, reflected determination, courage and resilience, and are important virtues in the success of policing.
Pundit Gosai also thanked the officers for their dedication and commitment to service.