Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Customised Gods and Traditions

One has to come out of the cocoon one day … 

I feel degeneration of human and moral values arises out of our utter selfishness and self-serving trait. We justify our acts by employing logic which is a handy tool to justify everything, at least apparently. We even put the garb of holiness, sacred-rituals to justify our unnatural and immoral acts. One such example I found in our Hindu society. In Vedic times when land and cattle were the prize possessions, our learned ancestors, (this is no sarcasm, in fact they were. I bow before them in reverence, not because of any religious sentiment but because of their wisdom) were aware of the closeness of composition of milk of human beings and cow. They wanted milk of the cow for themselves but at the same time were also aware that this act of theirs would deprive the calf, its natural, moral and legitimate right over the milk of its mother; so they designed a sacred relationship with the cow – they declared cow as their own ‘mother’, thereby circumventing the moral dilemma. We worshipped her through the ages and then suddenly discarded, only to feed and treat her as ritual, more often at the directions of pundits or jyotishis to ward of ill Grih/Nakshatras or for future prosperity or welfare of our own.

In the present era, irrespective of religious affiliations, people who could make donkeys as their father are very ‘successful’ in every walk of their life. Hindi idiom, ‘Gadhe ko baap banana’ gained currency because of this trait.

Recently there was a news that a son cremated a dog as his ‘father’ and ‘solemnly’ performed the ‘last rites’ to claim insurance money whereas his biological father was very much alive and living abroad. … 

“Man fakes death of NRI father for insurance money

Jatin Takkar, TNN Jun 28, 2011, 06.19am IST

KURUKSHETRA: Love for moolah can drive one to invent bizarre ways to acquire it. A Delhi resident was arrested here on Sunday for faking the death of his NRI father to claim Rs 50 lakh insurance money. To make the death look real, the son cremated a dog at the cremation ground in Pehowa in this district and also performed 'last rites'.

The accused, identified as Chetan Oberoi, a resident of Vikaspuri in Delhi, planned this disgraceful act at Pehowa in June last year, with the help of six other persons, police said. The matter came to light when investigating officer of an America-based insurance company Phool Singh approached Pehowa police for confirmation of details.

Subsequently, police investigated the matter and then the shocking incident came to the fore. A team of Pehowa police arrested Chetan from his apartment in the Capital on help of a priest, Ram Lal, at the Pehowa cremation ground. The last rites after the so-called death were performed by priests Hemant and Roshan Lal, who also helped perform the rituals of 'pind daan' of Janakraj. Pehowa-resident Satpal Singh signed as witness in this fake death episode, police said. Meanwhile, a case has been registered with Pehowa police station on January 23 against Chetan and six others for making a forged death certificate.”

We see normally the ‘deeply religious’ people visiting temples, mosques etc., i.e. their respective places of worship with reverence but routinely doing everything immoral, unethical, unnatural; indulging in activities which are forbidden in their religion, rather in every religion and law of the land. But they do such things openly, clandestinely, brazenly and with impunity thinking that no one is watching them!!! …

They have customized presence and existence of God according to their own convenience.

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