- WE AND OUR VILLAGE
- Village interventions.
- Village - a deeply cultured place
- The inner strength of the village
- The purpose of charity
- Village stories and philosophy
- Annapurna and Others
- Stories of my children
- Day by day in the village.
- Health in the Village
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- Enounters with the modern
- Learnings from Narmada
- Learnings Down the Years
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
12 September 2015 at 14:40 ·
"Religion and spirituality define this land. Gandhi strived hard to make people realize its importance not just in governance but in everyday life, in everything we do. The apathy and ignorance of secularists has left the ground open for miscreants and petty opportunists to play havoc on this land, essentially spiritual."
Ashraf Patel Dear Aparna Krishnan secular does not mean non religious .. this duality between secular and religious is a myth.. secular means separating religion from state .. and yes some secular people maybe not religious .. and spirituality can be non religious
Aparna Krishnan Yes, I know. This is a quote.
Aparna Krishnan This land is religious, and to understand it and get get anchored in it is important. For any real and deep rooted social processes. Anyway i am not really interested in debates. I am just tabling my learnings from my village.
Aparna Krishnan I beleive in the essential religiousness of this land.
Ashraf Patel I believe too .. about the religiousity of the land in some way as you state it ..that is a reality . And that religiousness can be rooted in tolerance respect social justice freedom and love ..it's just how we define religiosity .. which includes embracing different faiths and non faiths
Aparna Krishnan I understand from the people, I learn, and I report. I have relinquished any mandate of 'correcting' or 'teaching', if I really had one. I like to think I did not. If anyone needs correction and teaching it is the urbans, sadly deracinated, and criminally consumerist. The village people, their practices, their skills, their religions, are what can yet save this earth.
Aparna Krishnan So I object to Rationalists who come to Reform Villages. They would be better put to work in rapacious cities which destroy hinterlands.
Ashraf Patel Yes I can see that .. that's your call .. I am not making a case for conversion of any faith .. I am making a case for recognising the diversities of belief ..and I am sure you know the names of many very religious people who have exploited their land and the people .... so evil and good is not determined by what religion people come from or non religion
Aparna Krishnan To correct religion in an essentially religious land one has to be rooted im religion. Basavanna, Brahmayya garu, Nanak, Meera, Gandhi.
Aparna Krishnan Or at least respect the core religiousness of people.
Aparna Krishnan Where religion deviated from thet the gurus have strived to correct. Narayana Guru, Kabir. But for that effort. religion needs to be respected and not sneered at.
12 September 2016 ·
Dharma, artha, kama, moksha - the four purusharthas.
When only artha (wealth), and kama (desires) are taught as goals to a generation the decline of that civilization begins.
Dharma (one's larger duties), and moksha (independence from the sway of likes and dislikes, or sthithapragya) need to be inculcated. For the sake of the child, of the generation, of the civilization.
Narayana Sarma Hiranya kashyapa instructed Prahlada's teachers to teach him only the first three aspects of life. Yet Prahlada chose and mastered the fourth that no one taught him!
Narayana Sarma (Dharma there meant duty)
Aparna Krishnan Dharma always means duty. English has no better word.
Narayana Sarma What society prefers to teach is always so different from what the children choose to learn! (wow I love this line of mine! :)
One day, some months ago, a footpath lady we used to regularly buy things from, and who had become a friend, we realized was charging us more than other customers.
My daughter was hurt. I realized I too was. It was as if the relationship has not lived up to its trust.
Then I took a deep breath, pushed the sense of pain under the carpet, and faced the facts, and showed my daughter also the facts. We have hardly lived upto any relationship. We live in a nice home, and the lady, lives in a small house in a slum. We may give her some gifts of sweets or sarees or money when her house went under water. But the reality is that she is very poor and we are at the other end of the spectrum.
As a class, given our class privileges, holding onto inherited privileges, we keep the poor poor by underpaying in ways that keeps them on the brink of survival. The emperor has no clothes. The emperor is We.
(And the more closely one engages with the poor, the more we realize our own deep duplicity. The mirror does not lie. What I have seen in the mirror down the years has not been nice.)
Prakash Thangavel I face this dilemma often. Should I turn a blind eye towards cheating because of their poverty or chide them? Coconuts always go by a sack without notice and work is mostly left unfinished, but still the relationship has endured, for 50 years. Hope it does for another 50..
Aparna Krishnan I think we need to look at the far vaster cheating we do. Structured, legalized and universally accepted. While that goes on, every other cheating will also get nurtured, illiya.
Aparna Krishnan Its theory - in practice we feel 'cheated'. I feel 'cheated'. Thats how deep our sense of entitlement is !
Prakash Thangavel Far more cheating happens in corporate products and we cannot raise our voice. As usual, we go for comparatively cheaper products thinking we have outsmarted them, but as a cartel they have fixed a base price and one cannot go beyond that.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Ayurveda places much significance in Ritucharya - the protocol for each season.
The Sharad Ritu starts soon - Sept 15th to Nov 15th. Currently we are in the Ritu Sandhi where we move from Varsha Ritu to Sharad Ritu. In this week, one gradually changes habits from an anti- vata diet and regimen (as Varsha Ritu is when vata gets vitiated), to an anti- pitta diet and regimen (as Sharad Ritu is Pitta prakopam or vitiation.)
In the Sharad Riru those having Pitta problems will see their problems vitiate. A virechanam (purge), one of the panchakarma procedures is done at this time (and is advised for all) to subdue the pittam.
The diet advised through these two months is sweet, bitter and astringent to counter Pitta. Curds is strictly prohibited as it vitiates Pitta. Sour, salty and spicy foods are similarly avoidable.
12 September 2014 at 08:10 ·
When I first moved to the village, I used to look askance at the mantrams - as the village people practice them. When for many of my daughter's complaints they used to ask me to go to a vaidudu and get mantrams said, I used to evade, trying to not hurt their sentiments, and also not go. ... it took many years, for some strong urban over-westernized attitudes to shed, and both my daughter and I have had mantrams said.
When Shankaranna prayed with the gilledu (Calatropis gigantica) twigs in his hands facing in turn all the dishas (directions), I could feel the total and intense surrender of his to the gods or the powers that be - before he turned to me and waved the twigs downwards as he said the mantrams. My pains reduced, and that might he has severe body pains. Slowly I learnt that the village beleifs are vaster than my superficial dismissivemenss.
To try to look for modern scientific validation of our deep traditional wisdom think is a defeated beginning. Also because th paradigms are themselves so different that one is incompetent to comment on the other. Still ...
In later years, a swami taught me a mantram - and the utter stilling of thoughts that that achieved taught me some more humility of the vast unknown areas of thought and wisdom that there are.