Sunday, 16 June 2019

Theism of the village and Vedanta

 My village people say water is holy, and say that all water is Gangamma. This includes the water in faraway Ganga, water in the pond, and even the water content in the arrack bottle as in the stories that Annasamy Anna tells me.
They worship stones, and Chinapaapakka asked me, 'Is God not there is a stone' when she was telling me a story where a young man kicked an idol.
Divinity in all that exists seems to be the Indian thought from the vedanta to the SC illiterate villages.
The swamiji in the Geeta lessons was referring to the Vishwaroopam. God did not 'create' the world, God is the world, he explained. He manifested as the panch mahabhootas.
Religion permates this land, from the remotest villages to the Bhagavad Geeta classes.

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In my village people quote Dharma in every sentence. As duties. Not rights.
Dharma as a Civilizational Principle
Ancient Rishis saw rights and responsibilities as two sides of the same coin and decided to emphasize responsibilities and duty over rights whereas other civilizations emphasized rights. They knew that when responsibilities and duties are fulfilled, people receive their rights. For example, when parents fulfill their duties and responsibilities for their children--their children receive their rights. The same principle applies for a nation and its citizens. Where people live in conformity with their dharma, the individual rights of all others are naturally granted. A culture that emphasizes rights over duties only results in a competitive clamoring where each group and sub-group organizes itself to lobby and fight for its rights. Whereas in Sanatana Dharma, one is taught to live consistently with one's dharma (swadharma), and leave the rest to Ishwara or Bhagwan[15]

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