Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Philosophy of the Medicines

(Paalaguttapalle, Dalitwada) ... the hinterlands of the country, the small villages, the tribal belts are the last spaces which may yet give us a direction to reclaim ourselves, and the earth. If we have the humility to listen humbly ... Lessons of time and timelessness, of what really matters, of the significance and insignificance of money ...
"Vaidudus who treat, especially with mantrams, maintain purity and practice austerities. Sankaraiah, Chinna Guruvakka, Lakshmamma, Bhagavanthayya and others would face the rising sun daily and pray to it. Before praying, they would wash their faces, hands and legs with fresh water from the tap, not stored water. In the days of the well, they used to go to the well early in the morning, draw out water, and wash with that before saying the prayers. Thathappa does Shakti pooja regularly. Bhagavanthayya used to say elaborate prayers daily. He practiced many other austerities. Vaidudus avoid eating in public places such as in marriage feasts. Drink is also proscribed for vaidudus when they treat.
Not asking for money is another code many vaidudus follow. Bhagavanthayya would also not ask for any money for treating snake bites, and would only take what was given. This was one of the requirements for this treatment, he said. When people go for mantram, they usually take betel leaf, betel nut, camphor, incense and kaanika or small money.
When people go for seetu to Daamalcheruvu to address the sandulu of infants, again the people there do not ask for money. They also do not take money by hand. The people who go for the seetu place some money down , maybe five rupees or more these days, and the people take it from there later. The elder bone setter at Kallur, now dead, would not even look at the money given, but would just stuff it into his pocket. He did not care to know who gave what. "
Rajesh Pandey I have been wondering whether anyone has documented this healing skill, which I believe has been with all Aboriginals of all ancient civilisations. Modern science may disbelieve it, call it pseudo science, but it is definitely science, as it is repeatable and has cause & effect relationship. Only, in our limitations, we haven't been able to reduce it to formulae. Hence the scepticism, I believe.
Aparna Krishnan I actually am not very interested in documenting. If our respect for the poor villages, and the poor tribal areas is lacking, and if they have to bite the dust in our march for progress, i for one think we deserve to lose all their knowlege and wisdom. To me they matter, and their wisdom comes only with them. I only write all this to share a sense of the wonder - and in case we the educated learn to bow to their greater wisdom - they and we may yet be saved.
Aparna Krishnan And that 'bowing' indicates clear choices. of reducing our burden of consumption on this earth. of giving away of our excess as much as our courage permits. We, the well off, are among the most cowardly... fearing for our furture, and our childrens' futures and further deep into our descendents !! And hoarding thus.
Rajesh Pandey Aparna Krishnan, your point is well taken. Thanks. In case, anyone comes across any such documentation of traditional knowledge, please provide references.
Aparna Krishnan . Documentation will fail. It comes with certian attitudes, social structures, non acquisitiveness ... the community anchors the knowlege. Only allopathy can be documented !!
Rajesh Pandey Here I disagree Aparna Krishnan. Documentation is not for teaching alone, it is to preserve also, so that future generations can believe that such knowledge really existed and it is not a hearsay spread by some Orientalists like Aparna 
Aparna Krishnan wow thanks ! i am getting close to self discovery. someone told me the other day i was 'self righteous'. someone said i was a 'anarchist-pacifist'. now i am also an 'orientalist'. lovely !
Rajesh Pandey I don't know whether others said that as a compliment, but I definitely meant it as a compliment, Aparna Krishnan.

Aparna Krishnan Rajesh, it does not matter. I am past the age of taking myself seriously, though i did once in my youth ! very seriously, failures and all. Now have given up on me - and thats a comforable place to be in !

Aparna Krishnan But more seriously, I do not beleive that any knowlege is worthwhile or viable, sans the ethic of that knowlege. To prove to people, the richness of the 'past'. once the tribal and the villager is past ? Whatever for.

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