Pure Pressure

The Indian media cowboy is currently busy milking this religious cow. The Guruvayoor temple, yes, the one that exclusively uses Yesudas songs to entertain its miniature idol of Krishna, and yet disallows the venerable singer from actually entering the temple as a result of some white robed gentlemen dipping his head into a tub of water when he was an infant.

To summarize the issue – little grandson of Vayalar Ravi visits temple. Priest conducts purification ceremony as aforementioned baby was born in a Christian womb. The media then professionally managed to manufacture the appropriate level of outrage over this medieval practice.

I find it all gilma ofcourse. Gilma is a concise Tamil term to describe strange, unexplainable, complicated yet pointless stuff. As you can see, Gilma saves us a lot of typing effort. I was trying to wonder when the baby became christian? At baptism? At conception? At birth? Or when he truly appreciates what religion is? How does a technically universal deity (as Hindu scriptures repeatedly say so) get defiled by the presence of a little kid?

This needs more jilpa. Need to run to work now. More later…

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  1. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth.

    How about the temple that was in the news a few months ago for destroying ‘prasadam’ since some actress entered the temple?

  2. Incidents like these really hurt us. No one should be stopped from entering temples. This is what I call Talibanisation of Hindutva. Hinduism is a nationality and a lifestyle. If anyone sticks blindly to the Manu-smrithi in todays world, his deeds can not be justified. Hindu philosophy was always liberal. If it had not been the politicians (kings and todays ministers) we would still have been a knowledge-based society.

  3. Agree completely astroshiva. If one looks at history, this is a phenomenon in all religions. Christianity in the middle ages was a complete distortion of the liberalism preached by Christ. Similarly, the liberalism of middle ages islam was replaced by the more narrow minded interpretation of the Taliban. We are seeing the same thing with Hinduism.

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