A month full of mixed emotions comes to me as August Some celebrations, some happy occasions all a must Tagged along behind a mask are many reminiscences Of those who once taught me to live with senses Memories of those gone by from my life sky Haunt me as I move ahead untamed and not … Continue reading AUGUST IN MY LIFE
The Stone Age man survived on hunting for hunger. Did He earn the wrath by killing? All those beautiful flowers which we not only place as offerings during prayers, but also use them very talentedly at various arrangements in churches, temples, offices, homes, events as well as times of death are they lifeless? Why then we are supposedly allowed to end life of some beings guilt free yet we are condemned for the others?
Tiny crystalline dots of dew, embellish all, not just a few Where do they hide, before their appearance? Where do they go, after disappearance? Do they feel the pains now and ever?
The sky casts a magical spell on the mind with its immense awesomeness.
REST TO RISE By Monica Gokaldas (Published in The Asian Weekly, Nairobi 2014) Most of us are familiar with the terms “rest in peace” or “Laid to final rest” when we refer to a person who has just died. Does the deceased person actually rest in peace? It could be a very debatable topic as … Continue reading REST TO RISE
OFFERING TO GOD By Monica Gokaldas (Published in "The Indian", Hongkong 2015) Attending any Hindu religious event or visiting a temple usually goes hand in hand with receiving or placing oblations and offerings. While receiving oblations is simply termed as receiving blessings it leaves one … Continue reading OFFERING TO GOD
It is interesting to see how they even scold the mothers’ ref their health care or to correct their diet and tend to their needs and hobbies. It is worthy of note how the Mother actually starts behaving like a daughter and takes guidance from her daughter.
Our human minds are conditioned from a young age to the fluctuating practice of faith. Parents teach their children to pray every day which seems a good habit. The same parents, when in crisis increase the prayers, make special offerings on their gains or their child’s success, and in adverse situation speak out loud that they even fasted or made special offerings yet they didn’t get the required results. What are the young minds being conditioned into while witnessing such so called flexibility of faith.
DISLOCATED RELIGION: By Monica Gokaldas Incidents occurred in the current times are forcing us to revisit our religious principles. It appears the ethics of Religion are fractured or dislocated miserably. Whether we are in Mombasa, Lamu or even further in Peshawar, Kashmir, Sydney or Paris the effects are felt of the dislocated principles everywhere. We … Continue reading DISLOCATED RELIGION
The Sniffer: This is a person who comes to a religious congregation with his free will, yet disinterested in the religious information being imparted. He or she is focused towards the very worldly charms. This is the person who actually observes the décor, the clothes and accessories of other attendants, his or her own presentibility, the noises from elsewhere etc. This is the person who would know by names the people who left their mobiles turned on during the discourse.