Thursday, September 08, 2011
How long will we be literally following rituals? Does it not make us really stupid? This jain example of removing every strand of hair in the head manually is a case in point. What it really stands for is that we need to remove every impurity that covers the state of purity within - every single unresolved emotional conflict, every single fear, every single desire, every single aspect of the ego etc. To do that, one needs to go deep within, discover the state of purity within and be committed to be established in the same. Once that is done, it is up to the individual to decide what to do about the ritual. But without that underlying discovery, following rituals is really naive. Of course, this is true for all belief systems, irrespective of how profound the claimed benefits of adhering to the ritual are!