Sanatan Fabric

Bilva patra or Bael patra are the part of Sanatan Dharma since forever. Month of Shravan is specially important for all Sanatan believers and so does the Bilva.

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Rudra’s love for bilva started when a nishadh offered them to him. Bilva became part of Sanatan traditions and household. There are certain rules and norms for picking up the Bael patra. Just like the rules to offer them.

Such rich traditions over many thousands years woven the delicate fabric of Indian society. There are special communities which used to be picked up Bilva and delivered it to all people. In exchange they have been given grains and food on daily or monthly basis. Some of them also paid.

त्रिदलं  त्रिगुणाकारं  त्रिनेत्रं  च  त्रयायुधम्
त्रिजन्म पापसंहारम् बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणं ।1।

This community still following the Anaadi traditions. I came across one of the person who still pursue this job. This is his probably 10th generation. He don’t take money on daily basis but monthly payment or food. He is not rich or middle class but he does his work like worship.

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People and communities like him are part of ancient fabric of Sanatan dharma. It’s human nature to form socialize and form groups. They can be form on many basis. From specific coffee lover’s club to specific color lover’s society. Humans like to attach themselves to some groups which they can identify with own traits.

Sanatan dharma is the Anaadi system that reflects and nourish the human traits of social connect. Which makes an unparalleled system and invisible economy which helped the Indian subcontinent to survive and flourish despite the most invasion in human history.

Fight !

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Fight for the words

unspoken,

lines unheard.

Time which passed

but not spend together.

Fight with the silence

and with noise inside.

Dreams rusting in the book

and smiles paused on the lips !

Fight for their glance

and your reflection !

Thoughts which locked

and waiting to be free,

send them to the most

wanted one.

Fight for the sorry and

for the apology !

Don’t let the false pretense

lead the way.

Fight for this life

else you might have to wait

for another lifetime !

© S.Anand

 

One good thought….worth it all !

Recently I encountered harsh reality of life which is uncertainty. We all swim through this feeling for our entire life but sometime high waves of unprecedented things shake us. Then we realize that life is more than what we assume.

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When career calls, we run like crazy. When relationship stalls, we go down. Most of time money makes us forget all things. That one tiny thought which keep lingering in mind, stays there forever. A wish to do something for someone, a desire to overcome own desires, an idea to grow that rose in your garden and an attempt to take care of something which is beyond your arms !

We keep abandoning that one good thought which tickles our heart time to time. And when life shakes us , we pamper that thought. If there is anything, however small, insignificant it might seem but which makes you feel beyond self, do it.

If you wish to say sorry or thank you to a stranger or a friend, say it. If you wish to pray for someone, do it – He is listening. It’s good to see real you in the mirror sometime and hate that bad person. It’s not a sin to be greedy for love and happiness.

Carrying the baggage of old papers and junkyard is a great things ! You are taking care of memories. Until few days I asked myself what was stopping me for years? answer was nothing ! May be being calculative is good for business but it makes life stagnant. Don’t look around because some might be winning gold, some conquering Everest, some dying nameless and some living in misery ! You don’t belong to either of them.

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You need not to conquer Everest to make worth of it. One good thought that will create good is worth for life ! Remember some heroes also died nameless and some frauds have won real Gold ! So don’t put yourself in any mold, make you own.  Higher goal is not name or fame. Sooner or later goodness will call you and then you will have no regrets !

 

Spring…….That past !

I was willing to write about this since a year and finally I collected some courage. Its nothing personal but something that inevitable. Something that each one of us will face someday. Something that faced by many of us. And something that many of us living with each day.

I have been taught not argue with elders and that’s been part of my culture. On a human level we connected to many people on daily basis and get disconnected easily. Most of us find that connection in social media these days. School, office, home, neighbors, travelers are other similar scenarios of real interaction.

Well, couple of such encounters I have been through with my good old neighbors. Both of them were pretty old fellows like grandpa who remind us that they have seen more seasons than us. One of them was like stubborn child who repeat same mistakes regularly. Our entire neighborhood was surrender to this old man who used to pick up flowers each morning from people’s home.

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He used to do hour-long prayers. So one day I said to him please keep some flowers for us when he marched towards my Hibiscus tree. And he said ‘sure you been kind, people are rude with me’. Well, some people are less kind

Other fellow was no less than first one. Each morning when my newspaper came to my home this old man use to collect it from my gate and read it ! I didn’t get in argument with him ! Again don’t wish to start mornings on a bad note !

Both of them taught me one thing ! Being lively, being sensitive and being human beyond our fake lives of identities and formalities ! Now both of them died in last fifteen months and I have realized that thank God for my values !  Society and civilized worlds create barrier between people instead of making bridge between folks !

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What’s the point in arguing for a flower or a newspaper ? A human being is connecting with you on regular basis and all you need is ability to understand that. Frankly, I miss those stubborn old people who approached me with confident that they will get their expectation fulfill ! It’s a great little thing if people expect from you and you can offer them faith !!

 

The wedding season…….Emotional forgery !!

Wedding in India and across the glob is serious business and billion dollar industry is based on it. From gifts to apparel, home appliances to jewellery and of course wedding planners.

Here it is serious business between family of bride and groom, in the form of dowry. Yes, dowry, it’s very much exits in modern families. All high educated and scholars, professionals are part of this system. Dowry over the years changed its form. Now a days it’s about big , lavish, decorated weddings. Designer sets and outfits, exchange of gifts and professional or business deals.

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Here comes the ridiculous and at the same time cynical trend. Grooms and brides prefers to chooses their partner from same profession. Most of marriages are still arranged marriages in India and when it comes to such situation, doctor will look only for doctor or medical professional. Teacher will prefer for teacher or lecturer. Engineer will look an engineer from any stream.

Such Hippocratic approach don’t end when bride and groom find their respective match but another terrible and painful journey of wedding starts for many bridal families. Since bride’s family is about spend lot of money. Once everything agreed from bride’s profession to groom’s earning, amount of cash to be given as dowry and of course gold in the form of jewellery, both families became ready for the real wedding.

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In the mean time, as to be bridegroom get nod from their family, both of the start talking and seeing each other. And how fake can things go in life ?? Can you imagine ?? I observed it very closely when one of my relative who is actually well-educated and holds a good place in a multinational has done same display of pretender attitude.

This guy agreed for an arrange marriage and accepted good amount of money before marriage. Bride and groom started seeing each other and guess what groom started to write romantic poems for the bride !! This is just a pattern of millions of weddings happening in and around.

Blame also goes to the girl who started to enjoy romantic poetry of a fraudster. So next time if you blame Martha Stewart for making marriage a wedding event or blame corporates to destroy the real values just check out emotional forgery.