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murti puja

bharatiya samskriti inspire transcending limitations inherent in conceptualizations of nama-rupam, discerning essence beyond appearance.

murti puja is one of the ways that help integrate physical and mental planes, connecting upasaka to the non-physical causative energy that is behind the diverse physical and mental object-conceptions. veda, purana, itihasa– carrying deeper meaning beyond physical, yogik mudra, mantra, also serve similar purpose.

Concepts beyond physical are represented in physical form of murti. Recognizing the concepts creates a channel connecting the physical and mental planes, paving way towards realization, brahma jnana. It is like in a scientific formula that conveys meaning and truth transcending physicality of symbols used, the true meaning is understood when the meaning of symbols are correctly recognized, going beyond their common understanding as alphabets.

These practices of bharatiya samskriti help liberate people, make them contented, self-sufficient and in bliss, ananda.

Idols in mind

Self-sufficiency and liberation of common people deprive those holding positions of temporal power the authority and privileges they expropriate. Crooked minds that seek control over others for self-aggrandizing purpose endeavour to prevent liberation and self-sufficiency among people by decreeing non-physical conceptualization of objects ‘heretical’. They destroy physical objects used for the purpose, sever the connection between physical and mental plane, claim themselves to be messenger/mediator-church for an almighty entity ‘god’, install idols of God/Allah, Ummah in minds of followers, shackling them to these artificial idol-concepts in segregated physical and mental prison cells. Fabricated myths and rituals enforce mind-control over people.

Idols in mind are the foundation upon which western hegemonic empire is built.
In some western systems, idols installed in mind are ‘Almighty God’, its ‘Messenger/Son’, ‘Ummah’ and ‘Church’.
In some others, it is ‘Class war’, ‘Politburo’ and ‘Egalitarian State’.
In another, it is ‘Free Market Development’, mounted on pedestal of premise that ‘Consuming’/’aggrandizing’ is essential nature and purpose of life.
In some other, it is ‘Rational logic’; while in another, it is ‘Physical perception/ Experimental validation’.
In some other system, it is ‘Race’, while in another, it is ‘Nation’.
In another system, where people give up rights to decision-making every five years to opportunists, it is called ‘Democratic Government’.
In some other system, it is ‘separation of religion from governance’, while in another, it is ‘Equality’.
Other such idols in mind are ‘Rule of Law’, ‘Judiciary’, ‘Criminal Justice System’, ‘Education system’, ‘Patriotism’, ‘Charity’, and so on.

Idols in mind are venerated or ridiculed depending on dogma fed.

These idols- Church, Ummah, God, Allah, Government, Judiciary, State, UN, Police, Law and Order, Charity, Science, Democracy, and so on, are given infallible aura, are exalted and venerated, while the so-called ‘common man’ is considered common fodder for aggrandizers to feed on.

Indoctrination from childhood is the path by which such hegemony is established in minds of people.

Minds stunted by indoctrination are calibrated to react violently to perceived slight to idols in mind. In a recent incident in state of Kerala, the hand of a college professor, a christian, was severed by muslim adherents, because, while setting question paper, he gave the name ‘Mohammed’ to a mentally unsound character in a passage where that person hallucinates having conversation with ‘god’.

Disconnect

These impositions fixate people on physicality of objects, preventing recognition of connection between physical and mental planes.

The ensuing disconnect between the mental and physical plane manifest in disparity between theory and practice. Claiming to spread ‘love’, ‘peace’, ‘brotherhood’ and ‘equality’, they practice genocide, slavery, aggrandization and divisiveness. Ideals are accepted as separate from and often incongruent with ‘what is practical’. The dissonance between physical and mental plane prevent recognition of duplicity in action and words.

The disconnect between mental plane and physical further prevent comprehending of unifying connections that pervade life and entire creation, leading to compartmentalizing of everything, divided, separated from others, labeled and pigeonholed.
Labels then replace reality in their minds.

The compartmentalization is applied to time as well. Past, Present and Future are discretized and insulated. People fixated on physical body consider life as beginning from birth and ending in death. That outlook corresponding to growth of physical body is accepted as representing ‘progress of life on earth’ as well; also called ‘evolution of life’.
Past is considered represented by childhood- largely characterized by ignorance and helplessness. Other living beings, deemed to be in ‘less evolved stages of life’, are considered representing that ‘less evolved past’ and diminished.
The ‘growth of individual’, involving discarding of previous notions, is practiced in ‘breaking away from past’, discounting value of animals and plants and other life forms, considering humans as ‘most mature, evolved form of life’. Other life forms are considered deserving to be controlled or used as deemed fit by these ‘evolved human beings’. Everything related to past are condemned ‘primitive’, at best of value only as museum curios. The fixation with material objects in physical plane parallely manifest in the segregated mental plane as fixation with such misconceptions.

Connect

bharatiya parampara, by contrast, view life as resembling the continuous alternation of day and night. Consciousness awakes in the morning, directs the body during day, wanes in night, remains dormant in sleep and re-awakes in morning. That sequence is considered represented in the creation of world, its sustenance, eventual dissolution and re-creation. Recognizing atman as basis of living beings; and physical bodies as incidental- rather than defining of life, the perennial sequence of birth and death are comprehended as required to actualize karma. The connect between the mental plane and physical plane enable realizing integrality with entire creation and its causative energy.

Breaking Idols

Minds and lives discretized by misconceptions enable entrenched control by those holding power and serve to aggrandize such influence further.

Breaking idols installed in mind, is first step.

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There is a perceptible rise in public awareness regarding spiritual matters. The rise in communication mediums, primarily internet, have contributed to that.
Concurrently, communication mediums, notably Television, Magazines, even Newspapers have also contributed to spread of manipulated information to serve commercial interests.

Nevertheless, the urge to seek and realize truths of life is on the rise among the people all over the world. While this causes many people to examine their belief systems and seek deeper truths and meaning in their life, many others are also prompted to go beyond their conditioned belief systems and seek truths in other sources. Such endeavours are resulting in increase in adherents towards diverse belief systems and practices such as yoga, Nature reverence, gnosticism, pre-christian native indigenous belief systems of Americas, Europe, etc.

Such rise in consciousness influences the wider public in like manner. Sustained rise in such explorations may provide a counter to the consumerist consciousness that prevails human society today.

Such rise and fall of higher consciousness among public may also be cyclic in nature. Somewhat similar to the change of seasons.

Like the rains providing nourishment to growth in Nature, rise of spiritual consciousness nourishes spiritual growth.

Similar to the rain water that runs off, and is lost if not harvested and stored, the spiritual realizations that occur during the times of rise in spiritual consciousness need to be stored in clean protected manner for subsequent use in times of lesser abundance.

As in the case of natural springs that provide water throughout the year, some places, kshetra, are perennial sources of spiritual inspiration and often become centres of pilgrimage.
Just as the capacity of a spring to supprt large populations is limited, depending on its size, and may need to be augmented by rainwater harvesting, the spiritual inspiration provided by such kshetra need to be supplanted by preservng spiritual realizations experienced during times of abundance for later use.

Just as in water harvesting it is important to ensure that the containers used are clean, and protected from pollutants, similarly, it is important to ensure that the mediums used for preservation and dissemination of spiritual truths are clean themselves and protected from ingress of pollutants.

The vedas have been such containers of adhyatmika jnana filled by numerous unknown rishis millenniums ago, that has stood the test of time providing pure spiritual wisdom to thirsty seekers and inspiring them towards realization. The precise manner in which the vedas were formed and transmitted ensured that their spiritual wisdom were preserved and remained unpolluted. puranas, shastras and other texts of bharatiya samskriti also served similar purpose. One common feature to all these texts is that it is the message of the texts that is of paramount importance over the period of occurence, location or even the author himself. So much so that, in the case of the most important of all texts- vedas, the rishis who originally realized the vedas remain unknown.

The puranas stress on the underlying dharmika, adhyatmika jnana transcending limitations of time, locality and authorship. Even the personalities portrayed in the puranas are superceded by the principles and values that they uphold. Thus it is righteousness- dharma, that governs actions of Sri Rama in Ramayana. Mahabharata, through gita, encourage transcending of personal identities and advocate action for actualisation of karma without concerning about results.

This independence from limitations of personalities, authorship, location and period helps preserve adhyatmika jnana in bharatiya samskriti perennial and pure, like water stored in sterile containers protected from contaminants even though handed over through generations.

This aspect is absent in many other cultures, that have suffered as a result, where either the water-
(a) was not stored well in times of plentitude- spiritual wisdom was not handed down to subsequent generations in intact manner that could sustain for long,
or
(b) was contaminated by personal touch- personality/ies dominated/superceded the message,
or
(c) fixated in locality and thus became inaccessible- limited to geographical area,
or
(d) was exposed to the elements at one time that made it stale- got associated with a period of time, enmeshed in the customs of that time, and thus became dated.
or
(e) was wasted by the careless- destroyed/distorted by materialistic aggrandizers.

In times of spiritual plentitude the received wisdom need to be retained and preserved well to tide over the inevitable times of scarcity as well as to give direction to future generations.

The unknown rishis of yore have shown the way, creating the vedas and developing a samskriti that acts as a container to protect and preserve the spiritual wisdom received through generations, quenching the spiritual thirst of millions through millenniums.

Preserving of this samskriti, its adhyatmika content, and augmenting its harvested wisdom during times of availability without contaminating, are the responsibility of contemporary inheritors of bharatiya samskriti.


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