People’s Personal Agendas…

As I was browsing through WordPress’s Freshly Pressed list a few days ago, I came across a blog of someone who had researched a LOT and shared some great information about India’s caste system. Yes, I think it’s a problem and no, I don’t agree with everything that’s laid out in our caste system. Her previous post was about Hinduism in general, and again, I think she did some fantastic research and laid out a really good guide to anyone who doesn’t know squat about the religion. But she mentions the caste system in that post as well and pretty much thinks that all Hindus need to be saved from our sense of being lost and confused.

Our religion dates back to 5000 BC!! Yes there were definitely some prehistoric ways of going about things, but millions and millions of people have evolved from that and unfortunately, some have not. I think you could say that about any religion though. There are some major devout Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc folks out there, but there are also your evolved and more “contemporary” (for a lack of a better word) people following those religions as well. That doesn’t make them WRONG, or LOST, or CONFUSED. That merely means that they’ve taken the aspects of their religion that they strongly believe in and that’s what they want to pass on to their children, and their children’s children, and so on.

My husband and I still go to the Temple, we still follow a lot of the religious customs, we had a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony – because that’s what WE want, not because it’s forced upon us. People are capable of making their own decisions, and there will be those who refuse to change their mindset about the way things have always been done. I had friends in college who had to break off long relationships because they weren’t able to get a set of parents to budge on the caste thing, or on the religion thing. Hell, my own sister went through it. She wanted to marry a Muslim guy when she was in college, and my parents said no, and his parents said no to marrying her. At the end of the day, they chose to be apart rather than defy their parents. I mean respect and culture and religion goes a LONG way in any family and some generations will fight it, and some won’t. But for this girl who blogged about Hinduism and the Caste system to assume that because it’s not HER way of doing things, and HER mentality, or even HER religion – we’re all of a sudden wrong and need to be saved.

Please spare me the BS. I know who I am, I know what I believe, and I don’t need anyone else telling me otherwise. I love talking about religion with people who aren’t trying to convert me. I learn a lot from other points of view, and from other religions. But isn’t that what’s supposed to be so great about living in a melting pot in this and many other parts of the world? You feed off of each other, you learn from each other, and you grow from what you take in.

Ok. Stepping off my soap box now.

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5 Responses

  1. Superb post.

    I agree with you ~ it’s delightful to discuss our differences (and similarities) when people aren’t rushing to convert us to their way of thinking!

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/divine-inspiration/

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/a-silly-gluten-free-goose/

  2. Hi!

    The post you are refering to I left few comments there. Religion is anyone’s personal business but if it is hurting and discriminating another it is everybody’s business. That person used biased stats. In spite of repeat requests for source of data she failed to heed. Though things are still bad about untouchability in India but that is not the total picture. She mentions nothing positive being done to resolve this unjustice only she and her people can land there and save these unfortunate lots :).

    Nothing is more important than kindness and compassion for another human. For two partners to be of same religious ideology helps in relationship because both are thinking on the same lines for help when there is a crisis. Even two people are born into same religion but one does not subscribe to its belifes they’ll still have conflicts over it.

    Parents not letting grown up adults to make their own life choices is really unfortunate. It is basically emotional blackmail and controlling.

    Hey! where is the sikh symbol of faith in your art piece up there. Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world. It believes in one and only one very kind god. Equality of all beings. They do not believ in heaven or hell.

    On a lighter note: You won’t go to hell if you don’t agree with any one but practice kindness and compassion in everyday living.

    Peace,

    Desi Girl

    • Desi Girl, thanks for stopping by. I totally agree with you – thanks for pointing out what you did. And you’re right! Doh! I found that art piece online =\ so I can’t take full credit for it, but will remember that in the future. Appreciate the advice!

  3. We only THINK we know what Hinduism is all about. But if you want the real truth of how it evolved and what it actually means please read the book – “The Hindus” by Wendy Doniger. Its brilliantly researched and Wendy writes wonderfully. It will really open your eyes and mind…

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