Friday, December 10, 2004

Hara Hara Sankara!

I am a very religious person and at times can be superstitious. I do certain things without questioning the reasons behind them.When you are dealing with abstract concepts like evolution and God, you either have to believe whatever is put forth by your religion or you should just walk away from it.
Whenever I hear about scandalous popes, pontiffs, acharyas, mullahs and sadgurus I get frustrated.Probably, I might be wrong on this but you can see through people when you know they are bullshitting. Its no rocket science, its just that some people notice it and some people blindly believe an individual.If you are blindly believing in God, it is perfectly alright but if you are blindly believing in a person who says that he can take you to God.....uhhh I think that is dangerous. The only people I trust closing my eyes are my family and a couple of close friends.How can you ever consider a Man in this world to sacrifice all his materialistic possessions to do God's work.
A question that has always been haunting me is , Why have an hierarchial organization for a temple with the priest or aacharya as the head? Aren't all these people supposed to recite vedas and deliver the world of its agony by performing their austere pujas. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Why not leave the adminstrative side of the affairs to an MBA, economist, banker or some jack who knows how to manage people and money? But, the saint who leaves all his belongings for a cause is made to work through a ladder in saintdom and once he reaches the top he is given the title of head priest, paramacharya, pope etc...He gets to control the entire organization, he gets to be the HR manager, the Financial director, CEO and VC and like any true businessman its not even his money. They leave the materialistic world because of the lust, greed, power and the violence which deters them from their path to Godhead. But, what they do not realize is that they are again going to be a given a ladder to climb and they are again going to be drawn to the material trappings which they so desparately want to forsake.
Why does a kid who is not even 13 becomes a sanyasi. Is that not equivalent to child marriage. Doesn't the child have a say? Won't the child have aspirations? A kid reaching adoloscence is thrust into the holy world of rigid doctrines and principles. Will this kid ever get to talk about girls and all the strange physical changes that his body is going through with his friends. The only way that I got to know a little about the opposite sex and how babies are made was through my friends. A country like India where everything is taboo, even, a kid with a normal upbringing has to learn these things by watching blue films or reading porn books. What if these kids get to watch masochistic sex , they might end up thinking that beating your partner to pulp is the only way you can sexually gratify her!!!! I think I am digressing here. My point is the reason why we have all these sex scandals are because these Godmen are thrust into something at an early age when they are not comfortable with their own sexuality. Only when a man has seen all the phases of life should he be considered for sainthood.Probably when he is about 50 or so. There is no point in calling these guys creepy bastards, replacing them and throwing them in jail. Iam sure the replacement will equal his predecessor in all parameters. There is no point in being shocked when you hear that the bishop slept with altar boys...for all you know the bishop might have thought its a normal occurence in his boring life. The victimised altar boy might be the next bishop who thinks that homosexuality is normal. Religion should continue to remain selfless service to the Lord and his people and not a confused individual with absolute authority who can do whatever he desires.


Blogger optical dillusion said...

well put buddy. but then what about ISKON? don't u have faith in them despite whats going on there?

5:42 AM  
Blogger pagala'k' said...

Its ISKCON and I believe in Krishna, the only thing that I liked in the organization was Krishna and nothing else. As for now I completely detest the administration and their practises. It looks more of a business than a religious institution. But I am a life member which means I can stay FREE in any ISKCON temple for 3 days inclusive of food :). Like I said 'I believe in God' but I never did completely trust people who promise me that they will take me to God.
Man all your non poetic posts are really cool!


12:16 PM  
Blogger karthik durvasula said...

freaking loser!!! get a life! u think u are freud or something!

man, they are just obsessed idiots! nothing to do with lack of world-knowledge! just like a murderer murdering inspite of knowing the law prohibiting it. it is not that he doesn't know the law, it is just that he thinks he can elude it.

12:42 AM  
Blogger pagala'k' said...

Karthik thanks for your very sensitive comments.Now,going to a prostitute is considered illegal. Smoking in public places is considered as an offense now. People do it and you know why...its because of temptation. They know they will be fined or put behind bars but they still do it. Now a saint or a sanyasi is that person who is impervious to temptation and that quality can never be a part of someone who is so young. This particular quality can be acquired only with maturity. I do agree that they think that they can elude and thats another reason why they partake in such sinful activities. What I am trying to say is...when you are not exposed to something and you are in the dark it only fuels your curiosity and thats the reason why young boys are not fit to become saints.

11:40 AM  
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