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Why are idols of Hindu Gods immersed in water?

The act of immersion of an idol of God is to symbolize the cycle of life coming to an end with the body becoming one with nature again. The idol of God is hence to be made of mud so that it dissolves in water. With the commercialization of religious festivGanesha floating on water like garbageals the intent and significance of rituals and worship of God have been lost. Huge idols of God are erected for fanfare and show. The material used to erect such huge structures is synthetic and the paints are toxic. When these idols are immersed at the sea or lakes, they hardly dissolve. Their substances pollute the water and in-turn impact the people living around these areas. Money is collected and spent in millions for such nonsense. The general pubic with their ignorance and weak philosophy are easily influenced by the people who want to make money out of religion. The weak philosophy is a result of negligence and lost discipline of reading and understanding Vedas and Shashtras and questioning the philosophy and teachings to get a deeper understanding of ones own religion. The fact is that these ancient books teach more than religion. They teach a way of life that is harmonious with nature and enables one to realize their true potential their Dharma. So, the next time someone asks you why are idols of God immersed you can tell them the true significance and advice them against participating and contributing to the commercialization of religion.

Sanskruti and the reasons for backwardness

The man of Bharat Desh takes pride in their Sanskruti and believes that the Sanskruti is what makes Bharat different from all other countries in this world. They cannot be convinced otherwise. However if you look around you there is no trace of the Sanskruti in everyday dealings of the world. It has become a mere crutch for orthodox traditions meant to control people for selfish reasons and give them and excuse for procrastination, laziness, cowardliness and more such non progressive qualities. So, what can we do to revive our Sanskruti? For that first we must understand what Sanskruti means.

Sanskruti means Culture and the dictionary describes it as the arts and other manifestations of the human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. Bharat Desh has an amazing collection of arts and the human intellectual achievements of the people of this country date back to thousands of years. So, one may question if Sanskruti is all about intellectual reasoning, practicing the beauty of art that emanates from human thought and deed then why do we take refuge in this word to justify orthodox traditions that have no sound reasoning or meaning? One reason I have identified for this situation is the fact that we have allowed ourselves to become followers rather than leaders. Followers only take commands while leaders question them and only do something once they are convinced of its reasoning and impact. The hundreds of years of fragmented administrative control in Bharat because of independent rulers that never united for a cause and then the British rule that used psychological warfare to convince the people of Bharat that they are not innovators or intellectual thinkers but mere followers has had a major impact on how people think and act today.

I believe that it is our duty as the present generation to challenge all beliefs, ruthlessly eliminate nonsensical traditions, build a framework of strong philosophy that cannot be tarnished by outsiders and progress just like the other countries around the world have done. The teachings of Vedanta is a great way to get started on this journey. I’ll write more on this topic in my next post.