Straighten Your Hair And Heart
“Move in here” Lulu, my parrot said as I hurriedly covered my head with a handkerchief and took shelter under the banyan tree.
“Untimely rains” I protested, as Lulu descended from the tree on my shoulder.
“Think of it as abhishek from heaven,” Lulu said as he fluttered his wings to remove the droplets of water.
“Oh, that reminds me, Lulu. I went to a Ganesha temple yesterday. They did ‘abhishek’ on the idol of Lord Ganesha with water and milk. Also, with curds and honey. I wonder why they perform abhishek.”
“Well, they say that the garbhagriha or the sanctum sanctorum becomes hot with the lighting of lamps, Pooja, and aarati. They need to cool the idol down.”
“And some say that ‘it helps the growth of devotion and adoration for the deity and eventually lead to with pure abundant flow of love towards God.’ Another school of thought says ‘it is necessary to maintain the idol/ Sanctum sanctorum always wet so that the energy radiates at its peak.’”
“You mean we enter the temple to imbibe the energy?”
“You got it.”
“Wow! What should be cleansed? Idol or the devotee’s mind?”
“You raised a valid question. Christians have this practice of confessions. I like it. It opens the mind. Cathartic. Even if done too-late-in-the-day like Danish Kaneria, the Pakistani Cricketer. He was already banned six years ago, and he confessed to match-fixing now.”
“Some confessions may have an ulterior motive – to extract sympathy. We will never know if there was remorse or penitence.”
“I would agree. Yet it is better than you corporate managers who speak only of feedback and not of disclosure, although you give sermons on Johari Window .”
“What’s happening on ‘MeToo’? No disclosures, right? Or yes, one or two by the offenders. Such disclosures have some value, but not much.”
“I wonder… does it come from public pressure or from a genuine bottom-of-the-heart feeling? Disclosures must have the effect of cleansing your mind.”
“Hmmm….. I have often seen that men are not ready to handle some situations. I know that some men have messed it up when they are to handle a complaint from a girl about somebody harassing her – sometimes she lodges a complaint against him for inappropriate behaviour or language or even his failure to understand her!”
“But that can’t be the excuse. Men must learn to consult those who can guide them. The problem is that seeking advice does not come easily to men. They see it as their failure or weakness.”
“We talk of detox these days.”
“Right. We need detox of the mind.”
“I agree. Sometimes it happens with tears.”
“Che Guevara was right. Insightful.”
“What did he say?”
““Everyday people straighten up their hair, why not the heart?” Detox must be done daily. Not occasionally.” Lulu turned to philosophy.
The drizzle had stopped. I wiped off droplets of water fallen on my head. And took out a comb to straighten my hair. Lulu and I looked at each other and smiled.
Vivek S Patwardhan
Straight from the heart. Well written.
Difficult topic elegantly treated. Just to contrast read this from another elder in the blog mode. https://gamblingthroughlife.org/2018/10/16/sexuality-work-spaces-and-me-too/amp/
Well said Sir.
Very nice treatment of the subject.
This wisdom will do well with those whose hearts are there and in place.
You are doing a great service Sir by giving a knock at the heart.
Sir.. very insightful..
the garbhagriha concept you mentioned was a product of Adi Shankaracharya as you would see the entire temple architecture built by Shankaracharya is based on the energy principles including the stambha outside the sanctom plated either with gold or silver and has a copper lining or wiring that goes right to the earth. To maintain the energy levels intact in atleast these temples, they avoid devotees from entering into the garbhagriha and is allowed to only the priests post they follow a certain regime to gain the energy levels themselves through pranayama and other Vedic processes.
The point I am coming to is that the concept of prana prathistha is to treat the idol like a living being who wakes up, cleanses himself, dresses up, eats food, sleeps in the afternoon, goes for a stroll etc. the cycle continues.
The cleansing of body, mind through meditation and soul through reflection is the very essence of the practise.
It is the beauty of your Indigenous Writing…
In stroke of a pen you have insightfully touched upon vide gamut of issues prevailing these days. Concept of “Lulu” extraordinary.