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Monday, April 8, 2013

Peace between muttering chants, folded hands and closed eyes….


For I am a bit of agnostic it really takes a rare occasion or a lot of force and sometimes blackmailing to make me visit a temple.  And after all this consider if I go to any temple, for me it’s more of an entertainment than finding peace or divinity. My Theist friends please be considerate, as this post is not at all to hurt your feelings but to tell everyone about what my eyes searches there.

In these abode of divinity my eyes keeps scanning the people there. A weird thing which happens with me always is I start connecting with people around deeply more than an expected profound deep connect with the god almighty in temple. I keep observing the crowd where many are smiling, many silent, many eyes from which the tears rolls down silently, many mouth which keeps chanting, many talking, eating prasadam, many performing rituals, many hands folded, many eyes closed but beyond all these different expressions and actions the only common thing is “hope”. A hope of being heard, a hope of being answered, a hope of being forgiven, a hope of blessing, a hope of strength, so many forms of hope, all under one roof.

Just not these you can as well see many other emotions, ego, anger, frustration, tension, like any other place it prevails here as well. Ego of performing a ritual right, ego of knowledge, ego of wealth, Anger on each other, anger on self, frustration and tension for every delayed thing. As I continue to observe the same things on my every visit I am reassured that the Temple is a place one must visit regularly not for any divine blessings or magic in life but for sure this place makes one really humble as you will get to see and learn the real value of life through so many eyes there.

Sitting here and typing about my experience, my mind wanders again among those chants, laughter, noise, rhythmic hymns, scent of incandescent, warmth of camphor, moisture below the feet, folded hands and closed eyes, I am yet again reassured life is so beautiful and this gives us so many more reasons to live life fully to see and be among all these.

Call it divinity or call it a rush of emotions in my confused mind, a tear dropped down from my eyes as I stepped out and I must accept I did find enchanting Peace between muttering chants, folded hands and closed eyes.

24 comments:

Rahul Bhatia said...

A sublime feeling to read this post! Yes temples do provide solace if one is looking for that or entertainment as eyes would like to see:)

Anil Sawan said...

try visiting Guruvayor Temple once, if you have not yet - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guruvayur_Temple ; you would love that place. you should go there in the evening after 6 and stay till the temple closes. unfortunately you cannot take your camera with you, but your eyes could feast on the sculptures, the people, elephants, kathakali (if there is a performance) and your mind could feast on the peace :) warning - it becomes really crowded at times, be sure to visit there when there are no festivals around.

Prashanth said...

Loved the simplicity in the post...:) I also never go to temple to find god. I go there for peace of mind and also observe people who come there.

alli baro janru na nodakke tumba changirutte. It's a nice experience which you have said it perfectly..:) About going to temples, completely agree with what you have said. Our thinking matches...:)

Ramya said...

@Rahul Sir: Thanks a lot happy that this post gave a sublime feeling :D.
Rightly said Temple is one place for rejuvenation the definition of which may differ from person to person.

Ramya said...

@Anil: Hey...wow now u spoke my mind. I always want to visit Guruvayur, hubs keeps telling about it and I am sure soon we will make a trip to that place.
Now that you have detailed it so well I really really want to go there and be till the temple closes :D will surely do that come back and let you know how I felt.
Thanks a lot for your nice comment on my post.

Ramya said...

@Prashanth: hifive on how similar our thoughts are. yeah really its an awesome experience something which u cant experience everywhere. And you got to be really interested to catch those wonderful emotions floating everywhere.
HAppy that you liked this post and my thoughts :D thanks

Nilanjana Bose said...

As always, love the honesty. Well said

Nandan M.J said...

Nice post indeed it's a nice experience to visit temples I am not regular visitor to temple but few places it gives awesome peace of mind and my fav one is Sringeri the environment,temple and food everything is awesome :)

Thanks,
Nandan

Prashanth said...

ದೇವರು, ದೇಗುಲ, ಭಕ್ತಿ, ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ.. ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥೈಸುವುದು ಸುಲಭವಲ್ಲ. ನೀವು ನಂಬಿರುವ ಆ ದಿವ್ಯಶಕ್ತಿಯು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಹರಕೆಯನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸಲಿ..

Ramya said...

@Nilanjana: Hey NB, Thanks a lot thats such a heart touching compliment.

@Prashanth: Kanditha nimma maatu 100 ke 100 sari, adike naanu arthaisodike hogode illa :D adu nanna paradhili illadu :) haagagi naanu :D janra jothe connect madthini hechagi anodanna illi helidini :D

Thanks a lot for your nice wishes :D

Ramya said...

@Nandan: Wow Sringeri really really true tumba ne chenagiru sthala adu yenta peace ri alli. savira jana irli nemdigenu kammi illa. I too love that place. Thanks a lot :D for liking the post.

Binu Thomas said...

Its a different world out there isn't it Ramya? The feelings, as you have rightly pointed out, are divine. I always wonder if religion provides this level of comfort, why is religion considered the sole reason behind the differences we face in this world?

Karunakar said...

Ramya, neevu heLiddu ishTu dina naanu observe madidno ilvo gottilla, but innmElantu definite aagi nanna kaNNu adanne noDutte.

Karunakar said...

Ramya, neevu heLiddu ishTu dina naanu observe madidno ilvo gottilla, but innmElantu definite aagi nanna kaNNu adanne noDutte.

Ramya said...

@Binu: hey :) SOrry very very sorry actually I dint understand your comment properly :D
would you mind explaining actually what connect you want to make with the post and this part of your comment "I always wonder if religion provides this level of comfort, why is religion considered the sole reason behind the differences we face in this world?"

Please dont mind :D I dont want to reply without :D understand so asking again :D waiting for your reply

Krupesh said...

Agnostic and openness ... Being agnostic I used to think some of the rituals and "conditioning" has little value, but over the years I have seen and experienced the value in them. Same goes for festivities and associated celebrations. How can you not like them and find meaning even if you are an atheist...

Ramya said...

@Karu: hahaha houda so inmele observe madi nange heli ok na :D

@krupesh: how true certain things are so colorful, delightful, fun all these festivities move you out of the world and so :D even an atheist will be lost in these and enjoys these :D
And I am mere agnostic :D so bound to swing this way :D

Nuthan said...

Though am not an agnostic, this happens with me too.. As soon as I go to Temple.. without even my knowledge I tend to get busy observing and analyzing people around and the emotions that they are going through(..the pride..the humbleness and as you said the biggest thing is 'The Hope')
Many times, I don't feel like praying anything when I am in Temple.. I just feel I am kind of competing with others to put forward my wish.. so end up not praying ; )
But from this post, I am going to take away this learning.
"As I continue to observe the same things on my every visit I am reassured that the Temple is a place one must visit regularly not for any divine blessings or magic in life but for sure this place makes one really humble as you will get to see and learn the real value of life through so many eyes there."
Thanks Ramya!!

Adhi Das said...

a feeling of tranquility soothing the soul..GOOD work Ramya SMILES:) God<3U

Ramya said...

@Nuthan: oh my! so there are many like me who tend to see a complete different thing in temple!!!!
And yes even I have this exact feeling "I just feel I am kind of competing with others to put forward my wish" How true Nuthan.

Yeah when we are lost in such a emotional flood I really dont remember what I even intend to ask for and most my visit i have never asked for anything but still find that satisfaction after the visit.

Happy that you liked the post and that we share the same thought.

Ramya said...

@Adhi Das: thanks a lot, I am very happy that you could feel tranquility. :).

Lipsy said...

This is indeed a blissful post and has given shown me a different perspective in life for visiting temples other than just being hopeful/expecting a magic!

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Maliny, said...

The post is so truly in sync with my feelings ramya. Though i am a staunch believer :)

Ramya said...

@Lipsy: Thanks a lot and welcome to chittrana :) And what a lovely and inspiring blog you have there tried to follow in blogger saw no options please :D let me know how I can do it

@Maliny: so the feelings are same no matter you are a believer or not :D thanks a lot for dropping by :D