Subharo wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:53 pm
So this gives me confidence that India knows how to slow their lives down, as examples are seen of this in the Sadhu culture.
I would not go as far as to say that Indians know how to slow down their life .. but .. we are taught from childhood (or children were taught when I was a kid) to let 'it' go .. that nothing except good character and health is worth clinging to .. that at end of the day this is where we are headed .. into flames
warning .. do not watch if you are sensitive
Note the lack of dignity with which the corpse is handled in its final few minutes before it heads into the incinerator. It has no value, so no dignity is needed to be shown in its final moments. The body is burned as soon as humanly possible .. usually within 6-9 hours. In case offspring lives abroad .. that is delayed to 2-3 days. On the other hand the homage to the departed soul called Sraddha
is very dignified and respectful.
And we are taught to internalize this image by age of ten (or we were taught to internalize it by age of ten .. cannot speak for today's snowflakes).
This body .. the one being burnt was once a zygote which became a foetus which became an infant who grew up to be an adult .. ate food, passed excreta, felt lust, enjoyed sex, loved parents, siblings, friends, kissed his lover .. loved to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat, eat meat curry, cried when he was hurt, laughed when he got his first job.
is dead .. taking all of its desires and mental proliferations with it .. nothing survives except Pancha Bhuta - Kshiti
(Earth as ashes), Ap
(Water as vapour), Tej
(Energy as flames), Marut
All its needs, desires has ended .. and no matter if I am (or if we are) a vagabond without a penny or the wealthiest billionaire in Mumbai we are within next few decades headed towards the same fate, the same gate of flames will greet us at end.
"The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”― Albert Camus