Thursday, May 31, 2012

KNOWLEDGE V/S SUPERSTITIONS ज्ञान और अंधविश्वास

1 I was thinking  to express my views on this topic some time earlier but it could not be possible. Since long I saw people entangled in the superstitions of the society like spider in its web. All this is not only in India but also  almost in every country in the world. One day I became helpless to write when an incidence occurred. My wife died in Aug.11 due to cancer. In March on HOLI FESTIVAL I went to my niece house to hand over some papers on the day before HOLI FESTIVAL. MY BHABHI JI  also lives in adjourning house  i.e. her daughter’s house. During the course of discussion I told her that I  want to go to Guddi’s house (her another daughter i.e. my  another nice  living locally )  because I will not be able to go for some time because I will get my  eyes operated for cataract. She told me that as  your hose is of GAMI KA HOUSE  AND THE GAMI WILL END AFTER HOLI.therefore it is not correct to go any  relative’s house before HOLI FESTIVAL. I was surprised to listen her lesson to me. I told her that at the time of TERAHVI CUSTOM WE HAD DONE THE CUSTOM OF BARSI ALSO THEN WHY SO? She told that all people follow it. By chance her son’s wife (my nephew’s wife had also died some days  earlier to the death of my wife but she visited her daughter’s house several times. Why her saying was  not applicable on her? Besides there are other  following noted related questions required to be answered.
1 GAMI KE GHARWALE CAN VISIT OF THEIR DAUGHTER LIVING IN NEARBY HOUSE AND NOT OF LIVING AT SOME DISTANT ?
2  How anybody’s house in which all the customs like SUDDHI,TERHAHBI AND BARSI HAVE BEEN DONE HOW THAT HOUSE IS GAMI KA GHAR ?
3  IF HOUSE IS VISITED  WILL THE VISITOR VISIT  TO GIVE ANY HARM TO THEIR OWN CHILDREN ?
4  WHAT IS THE NECESSITY TO CELEBRATE THE TERAHBI  CUSTOM BY GIVING BHOJ TO PANDITS , LIKE MARRIAGE AT HOME  PARTY IN THE HOUSE OF PEOPLES IN GRIEF,?
A HUGE EXPENDITURE IS INCURRED ON GIVING GIFTS ( INCLUDING GIFT OF ALL THE GOODS CONTAINING GOLDEN JEWELLARY  USED BY THE EXPIRED PERSON  ON THE PRETEXT  THAT ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ENJOYED BY THE ATMA OF THE EXPIRED PERSON WHILE WE SEE THAT THESE ARE BEING USED BY THE PANDIT JI IN HIS HOUSE). ALL OF US DO ALL THESE THINGS WITHOUT WILL SIMPLY BECAUSE  LOG KYAA KAHENGE?
‘’Arrebhai log to kuchhnakuchhkahenge’’ whatsoever you do with all your might.
Now I will like to say SOMETHING about the superstitions and why  and how these  are created in the mind of people ?
KNOWLEDGE  and SUPERSTITION both words are contradictory to each other.   THE WORD  KNOWLEDGE CONTAINS KNOW+EDGE.This means try to understand on the basis of the edge of the logic .Edge means sharpness e.g. SHARPNESS OF THE SWORD,SHARPNESS OF THE KNIFE, SHARPNESS OF THE KNOWLEDGE. It means  true knowledge is that which may  creat such sharpness in the mind that it may test by the  sharpness of the knowledge  all those things and information  presented by any person or custom ,before accepting it as true or correct oracceptable. As Shri Ram and Shri Krishna   finished, those devils (who were having evils and evilsi.e. they were DEVIL  in their character) ,by the edge of sword and arrows. We also know very well in our daily life that any fruit or any wooden thing  or any part of our body is   getting septic  then  the only remedy is to cut that part by the edge of the knife  or the edge of the saw ,in   the same way  we should  test all the old sayings, old customs ,old ideas fully or partly  and should be thrown out  which seem to be quite 0bsolete or unacceptable , on the edge of the logic .If any or all such ideas, customs or sayings is unacceptable these should not be accepted at all.
Opposite word of KNOWLEDGE is word IGNORANCE i.e. accepting anything  without  testing the truth about that.  Another word for it is SUPERSTITION.If our eyes are open before accepting any thing correct or wrong ,true or false we are AWARE and if otherwise we are  UNAWARE or  BLIND BELIEVER . Actually blind believer is superstitious THUS ALL THOSE THINGS ,CUSTOMS,AND IDEAS WHICH ARE BELIEVED BLINDLY ARE  SUPERSTITION. If blind ,dumb and deaf person
accepts all or any  such superstition he can be pitiable fellow but we see in our society that persons having eyes ,ear, voice and mind are also becoming superstitious .ACTUALLY THEY ARE  MORE PITIABLE BECAUSE THEY ARE  BLIND WHILE HAVING EYES. Be should avoid being person of such category. The question arises as to what is the measurement to test to decide  the acceptability or unacceptability of a custom ,idea or old saying. It is a good question in this regard. The answer is that if any custom, idea, or old saying  is found correct as per rules of the science and wisdom and morality , it is acceptable otherwise not. The universal facts have already been tested and found correct all over the  world  therefore they are UNIVERSAL FACTS HENCE THEY NEED NOT TO BE  TESTED / PROVED AND THEREFORE ACCEPTABLE.  Who will accept that the universe is on the horns of the  GAUMATA ? WHO WILL TAKE IT AS TRUE THAT IF ROAD IS CROSSED BY A CAT IT IS BAD SIGN FOR THE JOURNEY?
The main cause of the superstitions and their continuance is ILLITERACY, LACK OF PROPER EDUCATION. In ancient periods the kings never wished  and tried for  the education of their subject i.e. PRAJA  simply because it was not possible to rule  up to very long time over the educated peoples . In India we live in a democratic country.What is the percentage of literacy  in  our country? It is very low even in comparison to many countries which name is not known by  most of Indians. Without proper education and literacy DEMOCRACY IS THE GOVT. OF FOOLS.
Often we  take superstitions as religion. We follow the superstitions as they are or by some modifications. With the GOD we adopt barter system. If the God passes my child in  B.Tech I will offer PRASAD OF Rs 101/= TO THE  GOD, if  the God helps  me in owning a big house I will come to Kashi to see THE VISHWANATH JI. If the God gives me a son I will donate 10000/= rupees for the renovation of the temple . We forget that the child will pass B.Tech exam by his hard study  and  for getting  a big house   we will have to make efforts honestly  and  getting a son is a biological process and  does not depend upon anybody’s mercy. In this age of science  even in the advanced family if any woman is  able to conceive ( i.e. she is not getting pregnancy ) only woman is held responsible . If repeatedly a lady give birth to a  female child  only she is held responsible and treated worst than an animal .The family members  forgets that actually neither man nor woman is responsible .ONLY CHANCE IS RESPONSIBLE. Sometime we come in the trap of a  TANTRIK for getting a son and on his advice we do often many immoral works e.g. putting got on the altar of theGoddess  or some time the lady come under MONEY AND OR sexual exploitation of the fraudulent saints/TANTRIKS.
Here I am giving a list of some superstitions found in our society EVERY WHERE.
1 On the death of a person MANY KARMKAND e.g. TERAHVI ,VARSHI, SERVING FOOD TO THE BRAHMINS AND VAST PORTION OF SOCIETY .IT SEEMS LIKE A MARRIAGE  PARTY IS BEING GIVEN .
2 DUE TO FEAR OF ACCIDENT  CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT OF JOURNEY IF SOMEBODY SNEEZE OR CAT CROSSES THE ROAD.
3 OFFERING FOOD TO THE BRAHMINS IN ‘’SHRADH PAKSH’’ WITH THE HOPE THAT THE SOUL OF THE DEAD PERSON WILL EAT IT.
4 KILLING A BABY TO OFFER ON THE ALTER OF ANY  DEITY TO MAKE HER HAPPY.
5 VISITING ‘’GAYAJI’’ WITH HOPE TO PROVIDE ‘’MOKSH’’TO THE PARENTS AND TO THEIR PARENTS AND TO THEIR PARENTS AND SO ON. THERE  AT GAYAJI PANDAS ROB THE INNOCENT PERSON REACHED THERE FOR ABOVE PURPOSE.SOME TIMES EVEN RETURN RAIL/BUS FARE IS NOT LEFT EITH THEM.
6 LADIES UNDER MENSTRURATION ARE VERY ILL TREATED LIKE UNTOUCHABLES SPECIALLY IN RAJASTHAN . MENSTRURATION IS A BIOLOGICAL PROCESS AND NOT AT ALL HARMFUL IF ALLOWED KITCHEN WORKS. I personally saw it in Rajasthan while I was in service in1971.
7 In some places the hair of a widow are cut off   and her weeping is ignored.
IN MANY SOCIETIES THE WIDOW IS AVOIDED IN AUSPICIOUS WORKS   .
8 INAUGURATION OF SOME WORKS ON VERY SPECIAL DAY,DATE,MONTH etc. SOME THINK A PARTICULAR NUMBER  OR WORD OR LETTER OF ALPHABET IS VERY AUSPICIOUS  FOR THEM.
9 IN MARRIAGE INSTEAD OF SEEING THE EDU.QUALIFICATION AND OTHER MERITS OF THE BOY  AND GIRL THE KUNDLI IS MATCHED. I know a friend of mine who is Pandit doing matching Kundli for marriage. But unfortunately her daughter, for whom he had matched Kundliupto his best , had become widow within two or three years.  Really nobody knows anybody’s future of even a minute  .We should be ready to face and adjust all the evens and odds of the life.
10 INSTEAD OF GETTING PROPER TREATMENT PEOPLE GO TO THE QUACKS AND TANTRIKS ON THE PLEA THAT SOME SOUL IS LIVING IN ONE’S BODY.THE RESULT IS THAT CASE TURNS WORST AND THE DEATH TAKES PLACE IN MANY CASES.
11 INSTEAD OF KEEPING THE AVAILABILITY OF SUNRAYS AND AIR IN THE HOME WHICH IS MUST FOR HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT OF THE HOME AND ITS RESIDENTS , MANY PEOPLE CONSULT ‘’VASTUSHASTRI’’ AND MAKE ADDITIONS AND ALTERATION AGAINST THE ORIGINAL PLAN BY WASTING HUGE MONEY ON ALTERATIONS AND THE HIGH FEE OF ‘’VASTUSHASTRY’
12  ANOTHER HIGHLY PREVALING SUPERSTITION IS OF GIVING MORE  IMPORTANCE TO BOY THAN GIRL BABY. FOT IT TEST FOR GENDER DETERMINATION  ARE BEING DONE WITH THE HELP OF THE DOCTOR. WE  FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THAT SEX DETERMINATION IS BIOLOGICAL PROCESS IN WHICH X X AND X Y PROMOSOMES PLAY THEIR ROLE AND THE  ROLE OF HUSBAND AND WIFE  FOR  MALE CHILD IS ZERO.  IF HUSBAND’S  X PROMOSOME AND  WIFE’S X  PROMOSOME MET EACHOTHER  THEN GIRL, IF  HUSBAND’S  Y  AND WIFE ‘S  X  THEN BOY.ONLY THIS LAW WORKS.
13 THERE IS ALSO A  SUPERSTITION THAT ONLY THE SON CAN GIVE FIRE TO THE DEAD BODY OF ANY MAN/WOMAN OTHERWISE  THE SOUL DOES NOT GET ‘’ MOKSH”.
As already explained the main cause of the superstitions is FEAR OF MANY TYPES WITHIN US AND LACK OF EDUCATION.BESIDES  THE ANCIENT BOOKS LIKE MAHABHARAT ALSO GAVE BIRTH OF SUPERSTITIONS.  For example in MAHABHARAT BOOK it is written that KARN WAS BORN FROM THE EAR THEREFORE HIS NAME WASKARN . KARN=KAN.  IS IT EVER POSSIBLE TO GIVE BIRTH TO A CHILD FROMEAR. The worship for child or male child is  on the basis of old unscientific books treated as HOLY BOOKS while these are  spreading superstitions.
If a complete list of all the superstitions is made it will turn the list into a book.
BELOW I AM PRODUCING AFORMAT .IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO CREAT COURAGE AND TAKE EXPE)RIENCE  that there is no ill effect of superstitions) PLEASE FILL UP THE DESIRED INFORMATION BY PERSONAL EXPERIMENT.

SERIAL NO. DATE OF
EXPERIMENT DETAILS OF
SUPERSTI
TION(SEE ABOVE
LIST OR ANY NEW FROM WHOM YOU GOT THIS SUPE
RSTITION WHAT
HAPPENED
WHEN YOU
FOLLOWED THIS SUPER
STITION? NOW IF
YOU ARE
NOT FOLLOWING THIS PLEASE
NOTE THE
BAD EFFECTS HAPPENED IN YOUR /FAMILY LIFE

In giving  wide publicity  to these superstitions , T.V.Channels have  played a big role keeping in view only their T.R.P. rate without considering that how much poison of superstitions  is being spread in the mind of innocent/ ignorant peoples. Most of the channels have their one astrologer , lucky stone seller, LAKSHMI YANTRA  and also DHONGI BABA. Such advertisements are repeated so many times and for a long time to hypnotise the mind of viewer and they get entrapped . We forget that  had these things been reality ,the advertisers would have first been MALAMAL WITH THEIR YANTRA. WHY THEY ARE WASTING TIME IN SELLING.?
 Another thing we see in Rail and Bus compartment that cheap standard books full of superstitious matters are sold at very low cost and people purchase and read them with great interest and getting their mind polluted. But there is a ray of hope that many social reformer and activists are doing a lot of work to check the  flood of superstitions for example VibhaChandravarkar, VimleshSahaiAnand,,KokilaSaxena, Asha Devi, VimalRoy, RatanPrakash, VeenaPurohit, Rakesh Jain, Bhagwati Prasad Dwivedi etc.  Some magazines, in which SARITA is on top with its articles ‘’HAMARI BEDIYAN’’  put hammer on SUPERSTITIONS , are  also raising their voice against superstitions. In this month of April 2012    A PRAISE WOTHY PROGRAMME “ SATYAMEV JAYATE ‘’  IS BEING SPONSORED AGAINST THE FOETICIDE  OF FEMALE BABY IN THE WOMB FOR WHICH NOT ONLY DOCTORS BUT ALSO THE PARENTS ARE ALSO BEING SUITABLY TAKEN TO TASK BY THE POLICE AND THE LAW IS DOING ITS WORK. SOME DOCTORS IN RAJASTHAN HAVE BEEN CAUGHT RED HANDED BY STING OPERATIONS. If this is done by all the States in India this evil of the society can be rooted out .
Have we ever thought that how so many inventions of Science e.g. mobile phone,T.V. ,Digital Camera, Fridge, Micro oven, Computers, Bullet trains , Medical instruments and thousands other INVENTIONS   which have changed our life and increased our life span ,could be invented  had the inventors would have been superstitious and totally religious? Certainly not. All these inventions could be possible due to continuous dedication of Scientists all over the world who spent their days and nights of their lives  in their lavoratory .They did not care for lunch/dinner time, they did not take full sleep for their work. All this could not have been  possible for them by spending their time in  going in Church,temple, or any worshipping place. This does not mean that they were not religious .The would have been but within a limit  giving first priority to their main work of invention.  In our country we give much time for worship of Gods instead of paying full attention on our aim of life. Its result can be seen by the fact which all of us  know that so far in the history of NOVEL PRIZE WINNERS we have only one name of Ravindranath Tagore  from India while in USA ,UK, FRANCE, FERMANY, CANADA, NORWEY, CHINA ,JAPAN, SWEDEN etc. several persons have won this prize. Madam Curie  and her husband  had won it  twice . OUR COUNTRY IS KNOWN AS DHARM GURU BUT CAN IT BE SUFFICIENT IN EVERY SPHERE?
Late ShriVishwanath  ex editor of magazine  ‘’ SARITA’’ dedicated his life for eradication of superstitions from the lives of Indians in spite of his great opposition by the persons who were earning their bread  through the superstitions and related KARMKANDS.He did  the same for himself which he said  to others and therefore NO KARMKIND LIKE TERAHVI,SUDDHI, PIND DAN, SHRADH etc. WEREPERFORMED  AFTER HIS DEATH FOR HIMSELF.
Now it is high time to think on superstitions and the destruction of the society caused by these things and THEREFORE WE SHOULD COME OUT FROM THE WELL OF THE SUPERSTITIONS AND SEE THE OUTER WORLD WHICH IS FULL OF KNOWLEDGE. LET US ALL JOIN   S U P E R  I N S T I T U T I O N S   and not superstitions.
 K.G.KULSHRESTHA  AGRA

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