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Religion -A Deliberation


Religion is a word that has been misused or rather abused to a large extent.

It is a subject ,like any other,.

Mathematica, Science, Languages are subjects  which are excellent in their own format.

So also religion or theology .

This particular course has   got a prominence over all the related studies.

Why?

What for?

  

Let us go an inch below the surface.

Mathematics has its own branches, such as Arithmetic , the most basic one, followed by geometry, Algebra, trigonometry, Statistics, Astronomy, so on and so forth.

The fundamental Arithmetic is taught right from the initial classes.

The numbers are the first lesson ,while addition ,subtraction, multiplication and division come later.

The understanding o numbers ,or to the more constructive, the deciphering of the numerals is the vital aspect in the learning.

A jumble up of the preliminaries lead to a confusion.

After mastering the basics ,you advance to the higher levels.

There is a teacher to guide you , to make you learn to write.

Similarly theology is a form that branches into various constituents, as Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism  and Jainism.

The core indicator of religion like the numerals, is that you  have to be pure, sincere and speak truth.

The rest is an elaboration of these ideals.

Hinduism ,the ancient religion, abounds in scriptures, like Vedas and Upanishads, epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana, and teachings likeThirukural and Gita.

Hinduism is a discipline, which directs us to live a life of contentment.

So also Christianity , which goes a step further by pronouncing do’s and don’s .

Islam is a still stricter form of discipline that propagates severe punishment for the misdeed.

Buddhism and Jainism , the later incorporation  , are  the way outs of the vast Hindu formula.

As such this conduct of life has been misconstrued and misunderstood by the entire populace.

Unable to cope up with modern hectic speed, Man seeks quick relief and fast remedy to come out of their depressions.

This hastening and impatient designs have paved a way to a breed of God men, who in the garb of  saints , indulge in discourses, interpreting the acclaimed faith , as they like, as they understood, as they organise.

They ,playing  on the gullibility of the people, craftily amass wealth, property, and live a kingly life.

They successfully eke out a group, which goes behind  them with blind fait and implicit obedience.

This trend has been gaining strength ,even in the era of technology ,where logic  and questioning  are the essential practices.

I conclude that there are two ways to look at a things.

One is to see, accept and acknowledge.

Another is to admire, reverberate and  eulogize.

What are we up to?

 

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Epilogue Of The Meenakshi Consecration


Meenakshi Temple had  a ceremonial  abishekam on 8/04/2009 It was a serene ,sullen sober occasion. The acharayas did a meticulous job. The traditions  were kept live.The major significance of following age old practices was visible when the  karudans kept up their appointment. They came in a row and took a turn round the gopuras. It was a beautiful sight to watch. The belief may sound superstitious,  the punctuality of their arrival may seem a strange coincidence,but their presence added a holy significance to the abishekam.

The Police made a dismal performance. They misused their power and authority. They were strict to the public , but extremely lenient to their families and friends. When mobile phones , hand bags, umbrellas and sachets of water were not permitted, many were seen talking in their mobiles, taking photos and throwing sachets over the vidhanam.   The rules ,as usual are only for the public, not for the Police and Politicians. The latter,  an elite clan , were exhibiting their power by bringing in their near and dear ones .The temple authorities were dumb spectators and posed an helpless .pathetic demeanour before this temporary elites. I call this temporary, because the so called new rich would be around as long as their party is in power,then vanish into dust as  their  party loses its reign. The same  holds good to the Police department. It is a department ,which has to keep law and order and restore dignity and discipline, reform the crude behaviour of the mob, and restrict the deviations and upheaval.Unfortunately , the Police force , behaved so irresponsibly,that the morale of the Public was shattered , as they were driven from one corner to the other, even the donors were not spared.

Meenakshi and Somasundereswarar, the Presiding deities of Madurai , have seen many such consecrations. They are the witness to  these arrogant atrocities and power drunk activities.

They will definitely take a note of such vile behaviour and give due credit to such violence and irreverence.

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Divine Float.


The celestial couple Lord Subramania and his escort Deivanai had an outing in the Theppam of Thiruparangkundram.

The couple were decked in glittering jewellery,and clothed in colourful Kanchipuram silk.The water body or Theppam was lit with diyas. There was a display of fireworks,which added charm to the float.

The Nagarathar community of Tamilnadu hosted this divine festival. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees from the Nagarathar choultry.Nattukottai Chettiars ,otherwise called as Nagarathars,are known for their generous contribution to the temples.

The float was a beautiful event. The Divine consorts were kept in the float,with the Nagarathar community heads ,the chair person of the temple and the archakas,all getting into the make shift float.The temporary structure of the float looked  archaic , uneven and appeared little risky. The authorities of the temple have to get into the details and modify the float ,to suit the modern times . The risk factor should be eliminated. If any untoward incident  happens , it will  not augur well.

The couple were taken to the central mandapam. They went through three pradishnams . Then they were placed in the oonjal or swing.

 The temple singer or odhuvar sang hymns in praise of Lord ,followed by the recital of the temple Nadashwara vidwans. The singing and the music played by the vidwans were so enchanting and a treat to the ears and a solace to the mind. Aarathis were taken and the final poornaathi was performed amidst the chanting of Murga, Murga, Murga . The crowd  became ecstatic . The devotees were enthralled.  Sublimity took control of the scenario. After going through the Theppam thrice, the float came to  a grand halt.

It was an austere celebration devoid of ostentation. It was a grandeur  without artificial distinction. It was  celestial denouement filled with purity and devotion.

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Religions Of The World


Hinduism is an all inclusive faith. Its rituals ,though a little complicated ,are apparently very smooth and most adorable.

Christianity is an inspiration of love and simplicity. Its codes ,though a little tough, are acceptable to all and less  punitive.

Islam  is a beautiful religion.Its teachings, though a little systematic,are relevant to all and  most strict.

These three religions , in general , preach similar synchronisations, teach similar syllabus, and express similar transpiration.

Lord Krishna was born in a prison

Jesus was born in  stable.

Mohamed lost his father before his birth.

These three faiths ,though externally far apart , very different, internally are  exact  and emulate the same doctrines.

Hinduism ,lays down that cheaters will be punished.

Arrogance will lead to disaster.

Truth is triumphant.

Christianity, states,that treachery will be penalised.

Modesty will be rewarded.

Sincerity will excel.

Islam , puts forth ,that slander will push one to  the dreaded  world.

Humility will lead to success

Righteousness will outshine.

Nowhere in these religions, we find  commands for elaborate ,extensive format of prayer.

The exaggerations and ostentation attached to religions is the additions and progressions ofthe mortals.

Gods do  not demand offerings

Gods do not reckon pompous celebrations.

Gods do not requisition audience.

They soleminise  humility, simplicity, and honesty.

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Invocation to Saraswathi.


Saraswathi namas thubiyam,

varathe kama roopini.

vidyarambam krishyam.

sidhir bavathume sadha.

Today is Saraswathi pooja.

Saraswathi is Goddess of knoweldge.

Hindus offer prayers to Saraswathi.

Factories ,and the work force celebrate this event with ardent fervour.

The machines are cleaned, greased and the  building is spruced up .

Workers gather in the morning.

Poojas are conducted .

Prasadams are distributed.

A perfect understanding develops between the employer and employee.

The workers disperse with less strain and more gaiety,mostly unusual during week days.

A similar trend  goes on in Offices, Banks, more so in all institutions ,whatsoever.

 In the Temples  music recitals are held.

The people enjoy  grace and divinity in the same platform.

Abishekams, and exclusive chanting of slokas are held to honour Saraswathi.

Domestic reverberations  include singing songs in praise of the Goddess.

All gadgets,cars, two wheelers, refrigerators, stove, mixie, grinder, Television. Computers, washing machine,telephones, what not and what else, are wiped  with such vigour, so that they look anew.

They are smeared with sandal paste and kumkum, and flowers are decked on them.

The pooja is performed by the family head.

Coconuts, banana, betel leaves, rice pori  and other savouries like sundal , vadai are offered to Goddess.

 Lamps are lit.Aarathi is taken,

The family ,then partakes the food prepared with care and love.

Neighbours exchange their snacks and pass on pleasantries to each other.

Hindus  appease the Goddess in a grand style.

Saraswathi reciprocates  by blessing her devotees with wisdom.

It is mirth and beatitude in one stroke

It may sound epicurean to the aliens.

It may represent an expression, intangible to many.

It may reflect an image ,elusive to most.

It may appear like a depiction, alienated from reality.

To the Hindus, 

It is a the wholesome faith, that is transpired

It is the piety that is transcribed.

It is the devotion that is elaborated,

It is the trance that is experienced.

It is transcendental,celestial and divine.

it is an experience, which cannot be defined.

Trance  may sound abstract.

In real terms.

It is an exuberant exhilaration

Sree Saraswthu namosthuthe,sings Dhikshitar, one of the trinities of Carnatic music,extolling the Goddess of Wisdom.

 Let  us join him.

My obeisance to you,  Mother of  learning.

Bless me with wisdom ,wit,  and wonder.

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Pietical Calamity.


Chamunda devi temple near Jodhpur in Rajasthan(India) saw a tragic mishap  on 30/sep/2008.

Stampedes during festivals are becoming common in India.

Hinduism is a faith.It is a liberal belief.

It is all pervading, very excellently formulated ,accumulative

The Vedas and scriptures propound the etiquette and methods to live a wholesome life.

They are mere prompters, not  extracting strictures.

The choice is left  to  the individual.

Pomp and splendour  are  alien to Hinduism.

Humble prayers and modest behaviour are sufficient to please God.

Crowding a small temple ,in a hillock ,is risky.

Unmindful of the facilities ,9000 .gathered and brought the tragedy in its full form.

Meera was an ardent lover of Lord Krishna.

She had an idol of krishna always with her.

Her Bhajans ,and songs were drowsed with devotion

 Unable to resist her call,Lord krishna appeared before her .

 .The story rends ,thus ,she went to Heaven with  the Lord

People may question the relativity?

It may sound like a fairy tale.

A pointer ,we derive from Meera’s bhakti is most pertinent to today’s  piety.

Hers was Sathviga bhakthi -calm devotion ,

Now we trace asura  bhakthi -strong devotion.

Meera found her salvation not through pilgrimage, but through profound faith.

This should be taken note off.

Natural catastrophes, like floods, storm ,fire.earth- quakes, are out of our hands.

Man made tragedies could be well avoided .

Pilgrimage is a way to find God.

The time ,the place, the number are vital.

A little attention to these details can  avert deaths.

Every day is auspicious.

Settling for best days, good time, significant signals,are the later additions  into the most comprehensive

faith _Hinduism.

Let us not lose the effervescence of divinity by adopting unidentified codes.

Let us not dilute the exuberance of beatitude by succumbing to unrecognised modes.

Let us not  pollute sanctity with tragedy.

Let.us not convert slokas into shrieks.

Let us not transform temples into pyres.

Let us vow to  preserve the purity, grace and glory of the temples.

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Navaratri Utsav.


India is gearing up for the Navaratri celeberations.

Nava is nine.

Ratri is Night.

Hinduism embraces tolerance, karma, piety,and moksha.

Epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha  elucidate the quint essential qualities of man..

Navarathri is dedicated to the Goddess

Goddess Laksmi patronises wealth and prosperity.

Intellect  and knowledge are attributed to Goddess Saraswathi.

Goddess Durga  or Kali is an epitome of bravery.

Dhanam,vidya, and Parakirama are the essentials for success.

They are praised,.

They are celebrated.

They are sanctified.

This navaratri utsav falls in the month of Purattasi, (mid september -mid october). after amamvasa or full moon day.

Art galleries, photo expositions are the trend of the day.

From Lore, dolls were displayed  in temples, in almost all households during the nine days.

Replicas of Gods and Goddess,figures of  saints, leaders,animals are artfully placed in the nine step artefact’.

These nine steps denote the nine nights.

Every day during dusk ,there is religious activities,and rejoicing.

Dias are lit,snacks are prepared and distributed.

Each guest is treated with great care.

A gift of sari, blouse piece, kumkum , glass bangles and flowers  are presented to the ladies.

Slokas and Keertanas invoking the deities are sung with  ardent fervour,.

On the tenth day ,the deities are taken in procession around the temple.

This day is aptly termed as Vijayadasami.

Vijaya  means victory.

Triumph to all who pray to Lakshmi, Saraswathi, and Durga.

 Navaratri  is divinity  in grandeur