WASHINGTON:: Greeting people on the occasion of Diwali, America's first Hindu Congresswoman has said that the festival represents the victory of light over darkness, truth over untruth, righteousness over wrong.
"Let it inspire us to set aside our differences, and find ways to work together towards the greater and common good," Gabbard said in her annual Diwali video message.
"No matter who we are, no matter what our race, religion, economic status, gender, age, or any other material consideration, each of us can use our lives in the loving service of God and of mankind, according to our own abilities," she said.
The Congresswoman said that it's also an important time to meditate upon the deeper meaning of Diwali.
"As we light our lamps for Diwali, let us light the lamps of love for God within our hearts, let us share the light of His unconditional love for us, and do what we can to bring about positive change in the world," Gabbard added.