January 27, 2008

God of Small Things

“God is not a spectator, but a fellow-sufferer … to embrace the bitterness of the strange world he has made. - From Science and Providence.

Does the Sun differentiate between the rich and the poor or the upper caste or the lower, when it emits its life saving energy? Do the ocean waves shy away from touching the feet of Dalits (untouchables as they were once called in the pre independence era of India)?

Nature doesn’t differentiate between the extremes of the world, so doesn’t GOD; the Maker of the Universe. It’s us - Human beings who create these differences and rifts within. Its said that untouchability no longer exists in this part of the world, but is it really so? A deep probe in rural India - would leave the so called mentors of society with lots to think and ponder about. But, there is always a ray of hope, and it comes from non other than our maker himself.



Lord Balaji- the richest Hindu God (with a turn over of more than Rs. 800 crore annually) is going out with his priests to the Dalit colonies, to spend time with his set of underprivileged Dalit children and erase the caste discrimination that they face in this part of the world. Tirumala Tirupati Dewastham (the body which manages the Lord Balaji temple in Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh) – needs to be applauded for thinking of such a novel idea. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to initiate the Dalita Govindam programme, in an effort to propagate the message of “Equality in the Eyes of God” in the Hindu religion.

As part of the programme, the idol of Lord Venkateswara will be taken to a Dalitwada (SC colony) by the temple priests and sacred rituals will be performed there after which, the temple priests will give out Veda Ashirvadam en masse to the residents of the colony and share the Srivari Prasadam with the devotees. To add to this, Lord Venkateswara along with its retinue of priests will spend a night in the Dalitwada among its residents. Until now, the Veda Ashirvadam was given only to the VVIPs who visited the temple for Lord Venkateswara’s darshan, as it’s said...

“When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.” - The Work of the Chariot

8 comments:

nitin said...

good stry. shud have happened earlier.
nitin

anu said...

Most of us pray to God everyday and ask for all the luxury and comfort in this world but forget that our God wants only one thing from us “Respect the Mankind” which we hardly do……..I really appreciate the work of TTD and hope so they will be able to convey the message of God to the people of this county and rest of the world

Rolly said...

yes its true we create these differences. and your effort is nice to propogate this message. and hope it will erase the caste discrimination that we are facing

journalist said...

Thanx for the comments - beleive me when you go and see these programmes - you feel so happy that finally the caste difference is being erased though only to certain extent with the involvement of god. And religion is the most powerful tool which can be used to erase all sorts of evil in society - but the sad part is that we use this tool for negativity rather than positive issues.

Khushbu said...

As they say God resides more in the mind than the hearts... Your story sure appropriates that... where God himself tries to make the point...

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charvaka said...

It is a very bitter fact that there still are certain people who discriminate others on the basis of caste.I have seen such people and felt that they should be hanged to death.
The program organised by ttd is a huge step forward in removing this discrimination.I'm very younger to you.So I'm feeling shy to appreciate you Dinesh Sir.
I think that if a person belonging to the so called backward classes is made ttd chairman it would be a very inspiring step from the side of government.By the way I don't belong to that class and I'm not expecting that post.I'm mentioning this point because people may think that I'm expecting the post and giving this suggestion.