Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Gods


The village ethos is rooted in god and religion. People know of a dharma that transcends immediate benefits. Dharma gives them a framework of morals.

Gangamma, the mother godess, has 101 sisters. In our own village of 30 families we have temples of Yerpachchamma, Tirupati Gangamma, Sibbalamma, Banthala Gangamma. There is a Vinayaka temple outside each hamlet ... the Vinayaka co-exists in peace with Gangamma, Yerpachchamma, Redima, Banthala Gangamma, Munneshwara, Gurappa … Families in turns daily wash, clean and put muggu (rangoli) and light the lamp.

Existance, entertainment, reunions, dharma are all rooted in religion. Every third or fourth sentence refers to devudu or dharmam.

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.


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