Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Taking the real world by the horns

True spirituality is not to renounce life, but to make life perfect with a Divine Perfection. -The Mother]

[Thread-bare rituals - The Economic Times › Opinion 9 Aug, 2011, Mukul Sharma
However, it was reassuring at the time to hear that such things could apparently be "managed" - thanks to priests who had moved away from the Manusmriti and adapted to the 20th century. Therefore, when the barber was called to do the needful, a sum of money changed hands and he was allowed to merely use his tonsuring tool to remove a few symbolic strands of hair, signifying the launch of a don't-wannabe brahmachari. …
But to an ethnologist, on the other hand, who regards the prepubertal rite of passage an initiation of formal adulthood into the community, could the morphing have been inevitable? Maybe, the perfect way of telling a newbie, "Welcome to the real world."]

“No need to live in the caves of Himalayas,” the speaker announces in a resounding voice and the faces in the audience gleam. How reassuring, but unfortunately, the other part of the story is never properly elaborated. The real world has its own rules and conventions, and hence the question, whether to take arms against a sea of troubles, becomes recurrent. An allied aspect is that customised capsule courses in management offer to train one in coming to grips with the ways of an increasingly complex world. How far these can be integrated with our lessons on yoga is, of course, a challenging task. [TNM55]   

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