Re-posted from ~Cruising through my Life~ journey since 1989…
I am a Hindu. A Brahmin that too. I have equal belief in all the one thousand Gods we follow and worship. As i mentioned in my previous post, I pray to Christ, Allah and Guru Nanak Sahib too.
I am not sure which one of the religions or cultures gave birth to superstitions. I ardently disbelieve any sort of superstition.
The most recent one I heard and objected upon :
Do not go to the loo when temple bells are ringing
So I asked, what if someone is already in the loo, does he/she have to hold it? Or come out running cuz the bells are ringing?
And what if someone is ill, say has loose motions or weak bladder, what does that person do?
And what about kids, obviously they cannot control the pressure for 15 minutes of aarti time.
And infants? They don’t even know what is God and aarti and excretion and bladder. They are exempted of this rule of not-going-to-loo-when-temple-bells-ring?
That’s not it. I was told another one:
Do not sleep during aarti time
So does that mean specifically evening or morning aarti time too?
But what about the person who is already asleep? Is he supposed to wake up in respect of some everyday prayers being offered to one of our million Gods?
Oh and what about people who work in shifts, who have to work in night time and sleep during the day? God gets upset with them? Oh is that why they’re suffering in night shifts and have to work while the entire world sleeps. And here I thought it was their own career decision to work in such factories and plants and companies.
Oh, and don’t get me started on kids and babies and infants and old and sick people or hospitalized people or people under medication or coma.
Really, not sleeping when temple bells ringing so important? My my.
But by far, the most ridiculous superstition:
Do not to wash hair on Thursdays
Do not to cut nails on Saturdays.
And I question – exactly WHY?
Do we have a scientific explanation as to why I should think about a super-power being angry over my personal hygiene? C’mon think about the people who bite and chew their nails everyday. They must be upsetting God. And priests who take a dip in rivers or lakes every morning, thus wetting themselves completely (including hair), must be not THAT faithful to the Almighty. Otherwise why would they do such a thing.
Attention people. This is the 21st century. Agreed its good to keep faith in a certain super-power, to have belief in karma and doing the right thing. But doing things based on superstitions and hearsay things is foolishness.
Trust me, if you cross a road after a black cat crosses your way – you will not meet with an accident as long as you keep your eyes on the road.