Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dharmam and Rains

 No rains in the village, or district, and almost all borewells have dried up.. The panchayat bore near the forest is functioning, and the tankers come daily at any time of the day or night and people go with their pots and collect 8 pots of water a day. A cow needs 3 pots of water a day, and people with two or three cows are at their wits end. This is Tirunal nela - the month when we should get unceaseing rains.
The village is united in its assessment that the rains have failed because people have failed dharmam. 'Manishulu dharmanga pothe, devudu koode thodi isthaadu, varshaalu paduthaayi'.('If man follows Dharmam, the gods will also come along, and rains will fall.')

Eashwaramma tells me that if dharmam is followed and we eat a little and give a little from whatever we have, that god will also be with us, and rains will fall. This is a deep Indian truth ... that there is the inexorable law of karma. 

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