We Indians Give A Lot Of Important To Rituals …Visiting Temples On A Particular Day….Fasting , now this is rather too generalized, harsh statement.
About visiting temples… well Indians who are Christians, Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, Jews and atheists do not go temples. They may or may not even go to prayer houses. My temple is the public library and I go there religiously once a week.
As for fasts some Indians do observe there Lent, Ramzan, weekly stomach sac rest, diets, food fads etc but most of us I would say are thankful if we can get that one square meal or round roti.
Rituals actually mean a pattern of behaviour or a thing always done in a particular situation and the same way each time. Don’t we all have them; it is worldwide and intrinsic part of the animal kingdom. Some rituals are part of a ceremony.
Rituals need to be incorporated as important elements of our work. It ensures that work gets done without much conscious thought, so we are left with energy for growth.
We tend to confuse rituals with rites. Rites are ceremonies and rituals associated with religion.
Now rites are something every organized religion holds that certain behaviours, rituals, personalities, places maybe even books are sacred. These organized teachings are fine in their own place, but the purpose of this is to infuse devotion, on certain plane a mind tendency to servitude
Rites vary with the religion, as a dentist my daily rite, or ritual is to clean the entire clinic with disinfectant before I start and a sterilizing chemical after I finish. Our rituals tend to be rites that give us a certain amount of stability; it brings in a routine and the mundane.
In the space of religion, the mystery of religions is instated in order to protect the marvels of the commonplace from those who devalue them. These mysteries are dispensed through myths. A religious rite is the enactment of a myth, and by participating in the ritual we are participating in the myth, we are being as it were put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within us anyhow., the rites and rituals are prevalent to re-mind us of the wisdom of our life that makes it important.
The rites of auspicious beginning a common ritual done, or the rite of gratitude another ritual these are spiritual ceremonies that allow us as human beings to find a safe resting place for most of our complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we do not have to haul those feelings around forever weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping.
These safekeeping spaces are sometimes provided by our culture or religion if they do not and we have a craving for it, then we need to adopt a DIY resourcefulness. Here is where silence, solitude come in to play they are universally recognized spiritual practises, and there are good reasons for this. learning how to discipline our speech is a way of preventing our energies from spilling out of us through the rupture of our mouth exhausting us and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss.
Are rites relevant in today’s context.. THATS NOT MY CIRCUS NOR IS IT MY MONKEY. When it comes to my personal rituals I am fanatic about — sterilize the clinic before lock up, and shine the sink before going to bed.
This blog is written for indispire 29.04.2016 around the prompt we Indian give too much importance to rituals …visiting temples on particular days …fasting are these relevant to this or are they just solace to fight all the insecurities. Prompt thrown by Maya Varde