Indians and Rituals
Indians spend too much time on rituals said an article and I didn’t really know whether I wanted to read more of it or not. For a country so wide, it becomes incredibly hard to generalise and quote a universal truth, it would be too immature of me to even think like that. But I could speak for people who think in similar lines and even then say – I honestly don’t know what the right one is. A part of my brain says – No, not all of them follow the blind rituals. Another part of my brain says – Come on! I have seen so many people do that and it doesn’t seem to be doing any good. The logical part says – it is all a blind superstition.
Temples are divine
So yeah, it is a pretty hard question to answer. But I would like to dig a little deeper and see how or why these rituals have been a part of people. For the ones who do it regularly, it is a great way to release the stress. Most logical people may disagree, but there is a sense of calm in a temple which most places don’t offer. The ‘Not so busy’ ones are calm and the environment is serene. There is a whole lot happening around, the aroma is calming, the sound of the bell, the reverberations, the cool atmosphere. Although most of it looks like a distraction, it is one of the most distraction free environment one could think of sometimes.
Temples are a waste of time
For the ones who don’t believe in it, they argue that temples are a waste of time. The rituals are history and they need not be a part of our lives any more. There is no point in doing all those mundane things because they don’t mean anything practically. All the philosophy they throw at us is pretty pointless and I am an agnostic/atheist who doesn’t believe in god and I don’t want to get involved in all this nonsense.
Fair enough, I guess both factions will come up with logical arguments and enough justifications as to why they are right. And as far as I am concerned, both of them are perfectly right! This is not to say that I want to be politically correct, it is to say that logic can work in ways which can satisfy the result we want to derive from it.
Now coming to my view, I think sometimes all these rituals are a bit overrated – mostly because the people following them don’t really know why it is being done in the first place. The lamest answer they give is that you should not question the will of god or be rude to elders. These are the people who don’t know the answer but don’t want to accept that which makes it further worse. So yeah, left to them, Indians do waste a lot of time in temples and rituals.
But there are those people who do it because they really like it and know what it practically means to them. These are the people who are very clear as to what each of these rituals means and how it influences their lives. They don’t do it just because everyone else is doing it and such are the people who deserve my deepest respect.
End of the day, I think it all boils down to a choice and the beliefs we are willing to call our own. That really defines whether we do something too much or not. Frankly if we are doing something just for the sake of doing it without knowing how it makes sense, then it is as good as blindly doing it.
Thoughts and counter arguments?
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