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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

O..GOD, a message for you, from our client

You are too busy.. So, you are unable to go to the temple to make your offerings. Don't worry.. Just a message. God can hear you...!!!!
Isn't it strange?
But check out the services offered by these Mobile providers in India. Whatever you need to offer personally in a temple, can be proposed thru SMS. The Virtual God is ready to receive your prayers and accept your applications. I agree that the technologies have improved a lot. But does this new service really gives you the satisfaction of going to a temple and pray from your heart? I doubt.

Nowadays, I am observing several people praying mechanically in the temple. If they are small kids, I can accept that they are playful. But not for every soul in the temple. The reason behind this attitude is because of minimal time spent on sharing the religious thoughts. Now, due to the heavy commercialisation & technological enhancements of all the religious activities, the younger generation may further lose their faith on what they are doing. They may consider this as another hi-fi mobile game(!!!).

Just a connection to the above issue. 3 months back, I remember observing a blog post on the cleanliness in the temples. In India, the temple administrations do their best to clean up the places around the temple premises. But still, you can see the Indianness everywhere.. like Coconut fibres, Camphor covers, Dried flowers, Oiled Sanctum walls etc., (I remember seeing Cows inside the sanctum in Varanasi temples, when I was there two decades ago).
You may hardly see those surroundings in Singapore or London or U.S. temples. In addition, some temples (closed ones) may have Airconditioned halls. The question is whether you will get a religious feeling in such a clean place or not. (the blogger's contention was that the Indianised prayer feeling is missing, overseas).

Most of us, are used to the crowded / darker / oiled sanctums and may still prefer that. Getting a religious feeling in an Airconditioned / well lighted / clean sanctums, may be hard for most of us. But, I believe if the communication (prayer) between us and GOD is clear, the end result (peace in mind) can be arrived. I may not mind the clean environment and may not ask for an environment of (Dark sanctum) Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple or Varanasi Viswanathar temple (crowded with all creatures).

If this cleanliness itself, disturbs our communication with the GOD (according to few perceptions), how do you rate these new technological services? Do you feel like going nearer to the GOD with these services?
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Blogger visithra said...

Er why compare?

Spick span or dark and crowded - the god inside is still the same, just different name, different location. The vibration is still there, whatever the ambiance :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 9:40:00 PM  
Blogger G3 said...

aiyo ... idhu enna Virtual bakthi ah? Weird!

Frankly, I dont get the feeling of been to a temple even when I go to a North Indian one. No offense meant.

I think its a matter of time ... when you go to these places repeatedly, you might just get used to it. Now, Srinivas Perumal temple looks very much Indianized to me irrespective of all the "cleanliness".

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Ravi said...

Thought provoking, Ram! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

have u gone 2 matre mandir in the centre of auroville?there is a crystal ball in the centre of a marble hall...the sun's rays reflecting from it is awesome...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...

Kovilukku ponaa, oru amaidhi kedaikkaradhu 'coz of the good vibrations...which you can't get virtually praying.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 5:43:00 AM  
Blogger Murali said...


mobile computing, mobile chatting, mobile blogging...mobile blah blah and now mobile praying!!!

Oh my god... the technology revolution seems to have caught up with the almighty himself

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:35:00 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Cleanliness is next to Godliness :-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger Ganesh said...

Ram nice thought provoking post.
Now comes to cleanliness of temple
and relationship to GOD
first cleanliness is our heart
if our heart is clean and pure it reflects our innerselves the God in us.
The purpose of sanctum is dark with light is to reflect this very nature, the temple should also be kept clean and tidy so should the devotees heart should be kept clean. Dusty mirror doesnt reflect anything.
God is omnipotent HE/SHE/IT is everywhere.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:13:00 AM  
Blogger Arvind said...

Omnipresent, is omni-presnet, becuse IT is omni-present.

The perception of us 'feeling' closer or farther from God is simply that. a *perception*

There is no defining, how perceptions might change. Every culture has an 'accepted' path of 'communicating with God' and that has been changing with time. Nothing to say, it may not in the future.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:58:00 AM  

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