Wednesday, 29 June 2016

FB Discussions - Indian questionings on Castes

(via Sunny Narang)
Julaha (weaver) and a Chamar (leather-worker) take North India by storm in late 15th early 16th centuries Kabir (1440-1518) Ravidas (1450-1520) .
Mirabai a Rajput Princess from Jodhpur/Chittorgarh leaves her palace to roam around like a free mystic , makes Ravidas her Guru (1498-1546) .
Nanak meanwhile forms a commune in Kartarpur and gets people across jatis to cook and eat together saying there is no Hindu and no Muslim (1469-1538) .
They all overlapped each other . That was the beginning of our renaissance .
Babur (1483- 1530) came to Chenab in only 1519.
The reaction against the high and low jatis , the synthesis is pre-Mughal .
For me Mirabai , Guru Nanak and Sant Kabir are the triumvirate that define the beginning of an equitable , plural synthesis defined by incredible flowering of rebellious individual mysticism .
If an alternative to the western "atheistic" consensus and the "semitic-Hinduism" has to emerge , these three will be the fountainheads , that are symbols of the feminine , the syncretic , the creative and the liberative .

Also they symbolise the simpler life . The dignity of labour . The leaving of royalty for a higher love .

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