Monday, July 27, 2009

One regrets the passing of the sari

[India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny: Part K
RY Deshpande on Mon 27 Jul 2009 03:47 AM IST Permanent Link Cosmos
Not Hindutva but Sanatan Dharma or Integral Spirituality

There is a vociferous and strident lobby of intellectuals, of the self-righteous western brand, who persistently downgrade the traditions of India, not understanding the well-founded principles on which its society and social organization is built... Many of our current terms, particularly nauseatingly misused or distorted Hindutva and cast system and religious rites and rituals, even morality and ethics, are historically laden with heavy ideological overtones and implications, which have no place and which must be replaced to give proper sense acceptable to the modern mind and soul.]

[Re: Towards the Ideal Society: India and Europe: The Lesson of Antiquity and the Middle Ages—by Paulette
by paulette on Mon 27 Jul 2009 09:48 AM IST
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According to the great “psychologist of the depth” C. G. Jung life is to grow into wisdom, materializing the archetypal contents of “the old wise man” and “the old wise woman”. This should turn into the individuals’ main pursuit in the second and last stage of life, after having fulfilled one’s duties towards society during one’s first half of life. Whereas one outcome of disregarding the four stages of life is the grotesque search for a youthful appearance at any cost. Several decades ago Jung had already condemned as a major sign of the malaise of Western society the ridiculous look and make-up of certain ladies unable to accept ageing, in juxtaposition to the dignified appearance of the old Indian women. Jung was greatly appreciative of women wearing sarees; he commented that even the less appealing ladies that way got a chance! But if we scroll the internet, what we get is women dressed up at an old age as if still in their twenties, proudly recalling the many plastic surgeries they had! Society is profoundly sick. If the present civilization is to survive – in India, as in the West – we have to recover what made that ancient civilization unique and thoroughly live by those standards. This demands to re-structure our entire system of values, before we reach the no-return point. Paulette Reply]

[When Doordarshan held the field by itself, there was very little entertainment, and the information was bland and stereotyped. This has changed with the entry of private television channels into the field. Even Doordarshan is now less dull and stodgy than it used to be. Our newsreaders do not have to be grim faced as in China or Russia, and the women among them do not have to cover their heads as in Iran and Pakistan. It is good to see greater variety in dress and deportment although, personally, one regrets the passing of the sari. TOP ARTICLE Lure Of The Small Screen-Editorial-Opinion-The Times of India By Andre Beteille, Thursday, February 19, 2009]

[In constant pursuit of physical beauty-City City Bang Bang-Santosh Desai
Times of India, 29 September 2008.
There is something alarming about the current obsession with physical appearance. Deeply convinced about our imperfection, we spend inordinate effort in patching up our looks the best we can. The idea of perfect bodies holding an ageless face firmly in place is a pervasive one today, setting in motion industries devoted to creating self-doubt bordering on self-hate and offering solutions in terms of cosmetics, grooming, body sculpting and surgical interventions. This is a well-documented argument and one that I personally have a lot of sympathy for... Interestingly, the pursuit of beauty outside our physical selves is deemed perfectly legitimate. We pay mind-numbing prices for objects that have great artistic value and even in our everyday lives, look for beauty in everything from plastic plants in our drawing rooms to futuristic looking dustbins. Then why has the pursuit of physical beauty been so fraught with illegitimacy? Why should any individual’s effort to improve his personal appearance be seen as an act of vanity and not an achievement? Why should we not be encouraged to become as good-looking as we can humanly be, without radical chemical or surgical intervention? ... There is no natural reason why beauty will not be pursued as vigorously as the training of the mind is. Beauty like money and education, is on its way to being democratized. More and more people are likely to see it as a personal achievement rather than an inherited legacy.]

It is only by alighting upon specific issues that the political correctness of one's views can be weighed. Else, sari might make one to say sorry. [TNM]

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