10 January 2017

Superstition

"We are told not to cut hairs or nails on Saturday's."
These are all superstitions. These are not part of Hinduism. Hinduism is based on Upanishads. These texts always teaches divinity and power in Human. So all these negative teachings are given by priest to generate fear for religion.

If you ask clarifications on any Hindu customs, immediately people say "it is from Sastra." They are 100% sure all general public are ignorant of Hindu scriptures.

If you are courageous enough to ask two more questions:

1. which Sastra?

2. and what is the sloka number?

Then below two possible answers are popular:

1. Either you will be humiliated for this misbehave of judging Indian ancient tradition and ancient Rishis. How can you question such a ten thousand years old tradition?

2. Or you will be told the Hindu scriptures are vast and who knows what is present in which text? It is not one text like bible or Koran, so that one can study and learn.

And both answers are not answer, rather showing the laziness and ignorance.

We need to find a common Hindu text to unite all Hindus. Otherwise it is difficult to differentiate between superstition vs tradition.

Swami Vivekananda one said - "To justify own fancy whims or family tradition, people say -- it is written in Veda. Their 400 hundred generations have not seen Veda."

This is a great danger to India. People don't know or even have not seen Veda during their whole lives.

"Every man born in USA knows that he is a man. Every man born in India knows that he is a slave of society. Now, freedom is the only condition of growth; take that off, the result is degeneration." -- Swami Vivekananda said it while he was referring to crystallised social institution and customs NOT allowing Indian to think or to raise voice. So Indians are not verbose(rather shy) in public forum against social customs.

Our social customs like superstitions, caste systems are not aligned with Vedanta's universality, love, equality. Social tradition is detached from Vedanta because people have kept Smriti and Sruti separate in different hands. If you read any Smriti, you will understand how drastically it is deviated from Vedanta

From my childhood I was wondering how all these Hindu customs are developed like marriage mantra, marriage age, final rites, social protocols, caste protocols. If you ask your neighbours, they will have different set of protocols than yours. I was thinking if there is any secret or originality or documents or texts written in ancient India.

Finally I got the source, the most authentic and most ancient one. I was happy to read it until ended with frustration.

All these Hindus customs are described in books called Griha-sutra.

There are many Griha sutra. I am giving the link for one famous griha-sutra, most popular, called Apasthamba-Griha-Sutra (you might have heard its' name when priest chant Mantra in rituals). Please download and save for your family, next time you can educate your priests.

http://www.srimatham.com/uploads...

One such sloka is -

Praśna 1. Paṭala 11. Khaṇḍa 31.

prāṅ mukho- ‘annāni bhuñjīta uccared dakṣiṇā mukhaḥ |

udaṅ mukhaḥ- mūtraṃ kuryāt pratyak pādāvanejanam iti || 1 ||

One shall eat facing the east, void faeces facing the south, discharge

urine facing the north, and wash the feet facing the west.

Last line of this text, I could not digest, as given below.

strībhyaḥ sarva varṇebhyaś ca dharma śeṣān pratīyād ity eke- ity eke || 15 ||

15. Some declare, that the remaining duties [which have not been taught here] must be learnt from women and those of all castes.

It says - this book has tried to describe what ever is available during that period. It does not add/teach anything new. It just documents whatever was the prevailing customs during that period. That means customs were not created by Hindu texts or God. Rather tribal people from their imaginations created all these funny rituals and now asking questions who created it. And few orthodox are also justifying it as core of Hindu system. Shame on them! They should first educate them on these texts.

More funny part is : it says, if anything is not clear or missing in this book, then consult the women of your family of same caste (Hindu can not imagine anything without caste ).

I remember the movie 'kung fu panda', both hero and devil are looking for a magic letter which contains the secret by which they become powerful. They fought for a long time and when they got that letter, it was blank. means Nothing or Empty. It is all imaginary

I wonder if priests have to consult the women of that family to know the Hindu customs, then why to write such a voluminous book and claiming that we are rich in culture. It is all BLANK. Ask your mother or sister or wife to know your family custom. And whatever comes out of their fancy mind (women's right brain works, more capable of imagination), that is your Hindu custom -- this is the FINAL teaching of this voluminous Sutras.
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