Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Today's world.... talks about modernity... in many aspects. The word has lost it's essence to quite an extent. Atleast with south indians..... who go on proclaiming that they are modern.

Modernity seems to revolve primarily around dressing, speaking, eating... maybe to some levels. People claim to be modern in many areas.... but it eventually boils down to the age-old habits. Some habits.... those which are linked to traditions... do make sense. On the other hand... i noticed that the same... practises can bring sadness.

The illustration... consists of a modern Brahmin lady... who is a software engineer.... earning a fat packet. The husband is a non-Brahmin.... also earns... a heavy pay. They constitute a married couple. A daughter... and a son.... is born to the woman. Lets say the daughter is five years old.... with the son being around two months old. The woman... is at her mother's place.... which is modern.... wherein the children have been to the States.... and stuff (if that's to be termed as modernity...)

What struck me was this....

The grandmother of the five-year old kid..... keeps mentioning..... Lord Krishna.... everytime.... especially with referance to the young to the baby. 'Krishna does this... Krishna does that.....' while she is actually talking about the young boy...... so much so that... the girl also... gets the hang of it. 'Mummy..... isn't my young brother smiling like Lord Krishna'... so says the girl. Only, songs related to Krishna are sung at home.... and obviously the woman.... and the girl know only those hymns.

I know that these are a part our daily life.... but.....the consequences..... can be quite disastrous. I, understand... that gods... godesses and religion occupy most of our lives.... but does such an environmentsinstill.... the values... of equality in us? What if... the girl kid.... looks down upon... a person who does utter 'Sri Krishna' ? What if she is allowed to grow up as such?

Isn't it like... creating communities.... within society.... Cannot it not sprout animosity.... between individuals of the same religion? Talk about the world where... religions wage wars against each other

2 comments:

shakri said...

I am not quite sure what point you are trying to make here. How does faith get into polished lifestyles? And where does Lord Krishna fit into this scheme?

Kindly elaborate.

mouna said...

shakri
faith and lifestyles... do go hand-in-hand... cannot faith in extreme cases lead to say narrow-mindedness?

Krishna was just an example... as in the illustration... well... if a person is infused with say 'krishna-ism'... will she be able to accept... other ideas?

i guess the amount of polish that we've in our lives.... cannot still disregard superstitions(for good?)....