If Dhanteras, the first of the five days of Diwali reminds us of the spiritual wealth that leads to the victory over darkness which Diwali celebrates, then the second day, Naraka Chaturdasi shows us how that spiritual wealth gives us empowerment.
On Naraka Chaturdasi, we celebrate Sri Krishna’s victory over the demon Naraka. Naraka had imprisoned 16,ooo women, and was a thief who went to war with Indra, the king of Heaven. And Lord Krishna defeated him!
When one lives with Lord Krishna/Vishnu as one’s charioteer in life’s Kurukshetras one is empowered by that which comes “not from physical strength but from an indomitable will” as Gandhi said. And how could evil in any form resist such strength?