In one of the interactions with my neighbor the other day, she was ranting about the way her daughter-in-law was taking her 1 year grandchild to functions and parties. I was puzzled and enquired about her discomfort in this matter. After all it is her child and she is taking her to gatherings and certainly not roaming with her in hot sun. To my dismay, my neighbor started a long lecture about how her grandchild falls ill the very next day after being taken out to such parties. I said probably the kid might have consumed some food which might have upset her tummy. She vehemently disagreed and said it is all due to Kann drishti ( Nazar in Hindi, Evil eye in English). I was a bit taken back by her statement and then casually asked do you mean people like me seeing your grandchild is making her ill? The lady nonchalantly said Yes, it happens without your knowledge and it does affect my grandchild. That is why I insist to my daughter-in-law to put in mai (kajal / kohl) in her cheeks such that the child does not look attractive. But she never listens and also takes cute pics of the child and puts it all over social media.
We started last week video with a popular adage which we use in a matter of fact manner and its deeper meaning. It was a great surprise to know the adage that meant ‘Do not stay in a place where there is NO TEMPLE’ was a governance whip than a religious pedagogy. Our ancestors had a perfect well defined system in place that boasts of organized city much earlier than our capital city Chandigarh with clearly demarcated areas of living more by the functions and approach than any caste or status defined considerations.
Social media has helped in the revival of quotes, proverbs and adages. Open any one of the accounts in the morning and we see many messages carrying interesting ones. To us, it may mean just words with a simplified meaning at the onset but dig a little deeper and we get its real purpose. Many of such adages have lost in time or got misrepresented in their meaning and are being considered out of time. But if we contemplate if we really know the purpose it is intended for, we may be in for a surprise.
It’s Friday again. We are back with final episode of Director Naga’s Shanmatam series. It is going to be the continuation of the previous episodes where he talked about the abstract mind relating to various forms of Gods. Last week he has covered Vishnu, Shiva and Sakthi. If you have missed out on this episode, you can check it in MyTra – Director Naga Delves Deeper in Shanmatam
Human understanding always is based on the faith we have on the subject. In the shanmatam series, we have been seeing the origin of Hinduism which turned out to be more geographical than religion. We have also seen the different deities and their possible origins from the human perspective. Interestingly, we could even see the deities attached to regions of India. Possibly the relation of the deity to the regions will be another research subject that we have on hand.
It is Friday again. A quick recap on what has been happening with Mystic Traditions MyTra. We ran a contest in Facebook #AskNaga campaign for people interested in asking any question to the Director with such expertise and knowledge. People who have watched his Marmadesam, Rudra Veenai and Chidambara Rahasyam will vouch for it. The contest ran till April 30th 2016. The deal was questions selected by Director Naga will be answered by him personally. We had some interesting questions from the members of the Interaction forum and we are awaiting the final result from the Director. We will announce it soon.
We started the theatre section to showcase stage plays shot live for the benefit of stage play lovers all over the world. We inaugurated it with the Tamil stage play “Thodarum” by K.Vivekshankar. The subject being plagiarism, it is a nice play to watch uploaded in 6 parts. Do check out the Full Thodarum Play in MyTra.
Now to the video of the week from Director Naga exploring Ancient India and our practices. For the ones interested in getting to the exploration mode, this series on Shanmatam is a food for thought. We saw the origin of Shanmatam last week with a brief introduction to the six forms and in this video, he delves into the abstract and the human mind in his own style.
Mystic Traditions Team has moved into the realm of History and its travels as in the case of Hinduism. Once when we visited Poompuhar looking for idols, we were enamored with the sculpted beauties and appreciating the intricate works of the artisan in a fierce looking Durga idol, a lady next to me could not contain her curiosity. She asked me about my interest in picking up such an idol when many other pleasant looking idols were around. True to her statement, the showroom was filled with Dancing Nataraja, beautifully etched Narayana idols, six faced Subramania swamy and innumerable forms of Ganesha . We could even spot school going Ganesha, swinging one and also many forms that we could relate to our daily life. She picked up one of the Ganesha idols and said she is a collector of his different forms and could not even think of any other form of god.
Memorizing is one of the key techniques taught to children by parents in our days. Right from multiplication tables, Thirukkural , solutions to simple mathematical problems, we did everything mentally without touching the paper. Many of my nights had these as my lullaby and quick responses got me a cashew nut as gift. Every mind has its own way of absorbing things and this subtly nurtured the habit to explore the techniques that best worked for me. Definitions, formulae, theorems, laws, poems and everything that had to be memorized never had any block as we knew the way our mind can learn and unlearn by the time we reached this stage. Till the mobile era, phone numbers, account numbers and every aspect of things that we look up or need were memorized. It is a constant exercise for the mind and a healthy one to memorize and recollect. Just think how we recollect a rainbow and its colors. VIBGYOR is the term and every child can relate to it immediately.