more ads
Kamat's Potpourri Amma's Column .
Kamat's PotpourriNew Contents
About the Kamats
Feedback
History of India
Women of India
Faces of India
Indian Mythologies
geographica indicaArts of India
Indian Music
Indian Culture
Indian Paintings
Dig Deep Browse by Tags
Site Map
Historical Timeline
Master Index
Research House of Pictures
Stamps of India
Picture Archive
Natives of India
Temples of India
Kamat Network
Blog Portal

'

Durable Link to this BlogMonday, March 8, 2004

Religion of Non-Belief!

The Religion of Non-Belief !

If rationality and secularism are strong points of a civilized society, ancient Indians had plenty of it. Being amalgamation of several cults, beliefs and practices, Hinduism at times baffles an average individual, just like the truth should, to a dedicated desciple.

While going through Subhashitas (wise words; epigrams) I came across verses, which make fun of ideas and things which are considered sacred by the Hindus.

Hinduism as a religion could never be confined to a single book. It is so vast as to include worship of stones and serpents from sacrificing animals to pure meditation of Brahman or the formless cosmic being. Hence there is no dearth of rationalists or even atheists who were non-believers. In the long run, 'non-belief' itself became a school of philosophy advocated by sage Charvak!

Charvakism is nearest, to epicurism which could be summarized as 'Life is merriment' in one sentence. The Sanskrit Subhashit runs like this :-

Subashita

'Live happily as long as life lasts; eat ghee, even a debtor be! Where is rebirth to this body, once reduced to ashes?

Similarly, we know that shankha or conch is sacred to many Hindus, and occupies an important place in their rituals. But this belief did not come in the way of a poet, poking fun at conch.

Subashita

"His father is the Great Ocean. His sister is Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth herself. Alas! This conch cries in the hand of a beggar… Each according to his destiny!"

A beggar blowing a conch for alms is a common sight on Indian streets. This belies the wealthy birth of a conch whose father is termed a mine of jewels (ratnakar) and sister Goddess of Wealth. (Conch & Lakshmi were born one after another during churning of Ocean & hence are brethren)

God Hurts those Who're Weak!

The poet in the following subhashita mocks gods ability to protect the weak. He asks why the gods only consume the weak?

Subashita

In a sacrifice nobody ever thinks of offering a horse, an elephant or a tiger. Only lamb, a helpless creature is killed at the altar. (Made the scapegoat). This makes the poet exclaim that God only likes the weak animal to be killed!

See Also:
• Hinduism Potpourri

Amma's Column by Jyotsna Kamat

More Entries...

Browse Amma's Column by Tags

1920s - ancient India - avatars - banana - bangalore - buddha - calcutta - christmas - coins - colin mackenzie - colonel - conference ii - conversions - cousin - cows - customs - dalit - democracy - dhols - dr narayan - drums - dung - fables - far east - gandhi - gandhiji - great deluge - guru - hinduism - home library - human body - idolatry - kalpa - karnataka - kautilya - kingdoms - krishna - manners - marriage - new books - new year - nuances - obituary - old temple - patience - personalities - peru - pontiff - postal service - prime source - queen - rao - relevance - religion - revolt - romance - runners - saga - saints - Saints of India - salt satyagraha - science - shaven heads - sher - sri lanka - suresh - terracotta - tradition - trauma - tsunami - tulunadu - unity - universality - women - zen - 11th century - 75th anniversary - alberuni - all india radio - amrita - ancient art - ancient india - ancient indians - animals - anmori - arthashastra - autobiographical notes - b_g_l_swamy - babies - basham - bedas - belief - bengaluru - bhagat singh - Bhagatsingh as seen by Kamaladevi. - bhagavata purana - bhagirath - Bhakti Cult - bharata - bhat - blouse - brahmin - brute - buddha jayanti - card games - cart - caste system - centenary tribute - centennial - chanakya - chariot - cheers - chilli - chinese monk - Christmas - christmas eve - cloud messenger - cockfights - code of manu - colonel colin - complete works - conch shell - cuisine - curry - customs - dasa - demons - dessert - devil worship - dhyan - dikshit - dikshitar - discovery - doldrums - eknath - elephant - empire - epigraphy - fanny - festival foods - festive - forest scene - freedom - gandhi - gandhiji - ganesh - gautama buddha - gayatri mantra - gesture - Goa - gods - gramophone record - grandmother - great men - grinder - guru - happy new year - haste - helping hands - hind swaraj - hind_swaraj - hindu - hindu religious symbols - hindu texts - hinduism - hindus - history conference - humanist - hunger - idolatry - indian civil service - indian names - indians - institution of marriage - interviews - jaina - juggernaut - kamath - kannada - karnataka - kasaragod - kavya - keladi - krishna - laughing buddha - legacy - lotus - loving touch - m n srinivas - mallya - mama - mango season - manu - masters - materialism - medieval india - memories - middle path - midwife - misadventure - moorthy - music tradition - musical - musings - narad - narada - new articles - night life - obituary - offerings - old photo - Om - ornaments - pai - pampa - panchatantra - peacock - peacock dance - peacock dress - pearls - philanthropist - pigeons - poet - poetess - potpourri - prayer - prehistory - promising artist - prostitutes - queen - quilt - rahul - rajasthan - rajendra - ramayana - ramdas - rao - rare volume - robber - roots - rubaiyat of omar khayyam - saints - sane guruji - saraswati - saraswats - science - scorn - sea navigation - sedam - serpent worship - shameful practice - sharana - shastra - shivaji - silver art - sorab - south east asia - south india - subba rao - sunset - swami - swamy - swastika - tara - tea - temple school - temple town - terracotta_town - three books - tiger - titan - tonsure - torave_ramayan - tradition - translator - travelogue - tree of life - tribute - tsunami damage - Tulasidas - tuluva - upanishad - vedanta - vedas - viswanath - Viswanath Kashinath Rajwade - vivekananda - w h sleeman - wall paintings - what is in a name - wilks -

Jyotsna Kamat

Jyotsna Kamat Ph.D. lives in Bangalore.


Introduction


ARCHIVES


Search Amma's Column


More articles by Jyotsna Kamat

 

 

 

Kamat's Potpourri Jyotsna KamatAmma's Column

© 1996-2016 Kamat's Potpourri. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without prior permission. Standard disclaimers apply

Merchandise and Link Suggestions

Top of Page