October 01, 2007

Practice, don’t pray

One thing that people do regularly every year, in the complex I live in, is to install a Ganesha (a NON-ecofriendly one that contributes to the pollution of our Hussain Sagar). Every day one or more families do a puja, and serve prasadam, which actually defies the definition of this word, and constitutes our dinner. We also make polite conversation with people we see in the lift every day, play games that the children of the building conduct, eat and go back home.

Which is okay, maybe.

But it is not okay when there are things we don’t do. Such as meeting to clean up a certain mess that surrounds us, to improve facilities, to plant trees, to find more parking space so that everyone has one allotted, solve problems bothering us since years...

What I would love to do is to meet to have a discussion on the necessity for 2 or more than 2 cars per family, especially because several cars are not even taken out once a week...they just occupy valuable parking space, that could well be used for a table tennis table or a play area for children, or even a gym.

All kinds of complexities have prevented me from doing something about this. So I come to this space and scream. And sprinke quotations here and there...such as this old African proverb.

"When you pray...move your feet"

Isn’t this so true? Doesn’t real prayer lie in service, in being able to help oneself, and others?

5 comments:

dharmabum said...

service is an essential component of prayer, i agree.

and why can't prasadam be a meal? come on now, i'd stop going for pujas if i don't get my incentive :P

Sadhana said...

Et tu, debum?!

No, actually, I am prejudiced :)

dharmabum said...

vous parlez la lange francaise, madamme....c'est bonne :)

jaya said...

It is said that cleanliness is Godliness.We had better clean up our sorroundings before installing Ganesha or Durga mata on the pedestal.That is what we all do at home.Why not in an apartment complex?In a clean environment,Prasadam meal will be more palatable.

SADHANA RAMCHANDER said...

Yes, thanks. Just that people don't understand this simple fact...