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Aradhana

She has an opinion on every Malaysian Indian goings on. She can be called Karuthu Kannama. She writes on issues that matter in our Indian community and forwards fresh and sometimes revolutionary ideals.

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    Selva

    In my opinion, Indian rituals are believed to be beneficial in many ways. It is essential to know its significance correctly. Usually, most of indian cultural practises are named as rituals, for the indians to practise it in compulsary manner. That is why, our culture is practised for more than few centuries. Regarding the boghi, it is brought by the intruders, called Aryan. I think your great grandmother, may not threw the soaked rice. Instead, she would have fed the birds.

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      Aradhana

      My great grandmother, as in the story told by my mother would have either eaten the soaked rice or give it to her children – she was poor. Her husband died when her youngest kid was a toddler. Yes, I know that boghi is brought by the Aryans and in the name of ritual imposition they made us burn a wealth of knowledge contained in the olai chudis. And, we blindly follow that till today, by burning still can be used books and clothes. Lol, what did you say? Indian RITUALS ARE BELIEVED to be beneficial in many ways and it is essential to know their significance correctly to practice them in a compulsory manner and that is why OUR CULTURE is practiced for more than few centuries? Foremost, rituals and culture are two very different things. If you say our RITUALS are still practiced for more than several centuries because they are beneficial in many ways, why are we not burning widows on their husbands’ funeral pyres today? Answer that Selva.

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    Selva

    Do not misunderstand me. What I meant was, not all culture or riutuals are essential to follow. Yet, we cannot overlook some of those rituals too. Example, it is believed that we should plant arasamaram beside vaepamaram(neem) by having a marriage like ceremony. But, scientifically it I proven that, the oxygen produced by both trees combine to form even fresher and a little higher concentrated oxygen content. It does not need a special prayers to plant both of the together.This is a part of what I wanted to share. So, I just shared what I have read and heard. Please don’t feel offended. I am not going to argue. Instead, I just want to share my knowledge. Even, feeding birds with the soaked rice signifies presence of Mahalaxmi, because as we feed those living animals, we believe that, those athmaas will bless us to be prosperous. That’s all. Sorry, if I hurt you. Tq.

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    Selva

    Moreover, today there are some unwanted Shastra sambrathaayams. Especially, in those affluent societies, we can see countless rituals. In this case, I agree with you. If we observe, ‘manusanukku vasathi peruga peruga, sadanggu sambrathaayam peruguthu’ as my parents say. Despite of this, we can’t put all the rituals aside. There are some should be considered. As a human being, I believe that spiritual power is inside me. So, I will practise all those rituals that are beneficial to me and not to the aiyers and pandaarams or pooli saamiyaars. I will ensure that I know the significance and the original reason behind all those rituals I practise. This is my stance. Ippadi seyrathu ellathaiyum thelivaa kaaranam therinji senja atharkaana palan namakku kidaikkum. Athu entha kaalathilum nilaitthu nirkum. Kaaranam theriyaama mathavanggalukkaage thanne varutthikkittu seyrathukku paeru sangyam ille. Muude nambikkai. Namme manasukku amaithiyaiyum mathavanggalukku nanmaiyaiyum tharuvathuthaan En sadanggu sambrathaayam. As, tamilians in past lived a life, which is always related to nature, certainly contains these kind of practises, which emphasizes on making other living souls satisfied. Tq.

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    Selva

    I just want to share this. This is what I have read. Regarding burning the widows on their husbands I not a tamilian culture although it was practised by tamilians for some time. Moreover, in a speech they said that ‘oruthanukku oruthi’ does not mean that a women is only allowed to marry one man in her life. It means that a man/women should have one partner at a time and should be loyal and truthful to him/her. Neither wearing white saree nor not wearing thali is a thamilian culture. Because, if refer our sangka literatures, there were not noted that tamil women wore thali. Women those days were half naked, how is it possible for them to wear white attire. It is just effect of culture and rites evolved with time. Tq

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    Selva

    I just want to share this. This is what I have read. Regarding burning the widows on their husbands I not a tamilian culture although it was practised by tamilians for some time. Moreover, in a speech they said that ‘oruthanukku oruthi’ does not mean that a women is only allowed to marry one man in her life. It means that a man/women should have one partner at a time and should be loyal and truthful to him/her. Neither wearing white saree nor not wearing thali is a thamilian culture. Because, if refer our sangka literatures, there were not noted that tamil women wore thali. Women those days were half naked, how is it possible for them to wear white attire. It is just effect of culture and rites evolved with time. Finally, culture and rituals are not two very different things, I guess. Rituals are a part of culture. Tq

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