Thursday, 24 April 2014

True religiousness

True religiousness seems to have immense power. It gives Chinapaapakka the power to give rice to the person from an unknown village when the village in in the grip of drought and unemployment. and say, 'One should give when asked, and eat a meal less if needed'. She also says, 'God will show the way to one meal, if not three'. That faith in god and committment to dharmam seem to go together. 

Eashwaramma, herself often unsure of the next meal for her orphaned grandchildren, feeds whoever mendicant comes to her door.

The mantrasayani, midwife, helps deliveries, she does not charge. She says it in 'punyam' to serve. This is the philosophy behind all 'vaidyam', or healing.

India is no place where 'economic growth' comes ahead of morality. Here dharmam - to share one last meal with a guest. to give shelter to whoever asks for it - comes before all 'progress'.  

India is a country of very deep morality, embedded in a dharmam that that is part of the concsious, subconcsious and unconcsious of the people. There is ‘paapam’, or evil acts, and ‘punyam’, or meritorious acts, in which codes of behavior are embedded. Invoking mantrams to bring ill on people brings paapam. Helping someone in need gives punyam. ‘Dharmam’ is to do the right action. Dharmam is to help the needy. Dharmam is to share what one is eating. Dharmam is to do good work even when unwatched. To feed someone gives punyam.

Once the paradigm is part of living, people strive to live by that.

This is not a religiousness that the left will understand. It is even more certainly not a religiousness that the right will understand.When a leftist friend who had come home and told them at the temple pooja that 'gods should be beaten with slippers', they only looked at him with mild surprise, and went on watching the festivities. they do not need to defend their gods ... who are beyond all abuse ... The village people will also never pull down a mosque, or unleash violence to address some historical wrongs.True indian religiousness will give the political left and the political right short shrift. Gandhi understood this religiousnes.

In Palaguttapalle, Dalitwada, a village like the thousands of villages in India, the youth hang on their necks pendents of Jesus, Vinayaka and Tirupathi Balaji. Jyothi hangs a picture of Jesus next to that of her gods and says, 'He is also a good god'. The Muslims and the Hindus exist in peace and amity. The Muslims have been the traditional dispensers of medicines for the infants and children. 


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