Before you start reading this one, I want you all to know that this post is not to hurt or offend anyone in anyway, because these are my personal opinions, and I respect everyone’s point of view on the same.
So when I write the number 13 or black cat, does something obvious click in your head. Well, I am sure it does, and I am sure you know what this is going to be about, something which I am unwillingly surrounded by, but with no magic wand, have to deal with it. Something that I completely resist, and is one of my most disliked topics of discussion, superstitions and rituals.
Just because I live in India, that does not really mean that this only circulates around me. I am sure everyone has come across the same, of having to deal with them. Well, since childhood, in my society, almost every other family followed certain rituals and believed in many superstitions, I am not barring my own. Let me cite some, like do not eat non veg on Tuesdays, do not cut your nails on certain days, do not wash your hair on certain days, do not cross the road when a black cat crosses just before you, and the list goes on. I am sure if an author decides to write a book on these, the author would get hundreds and thousands of suggestions more on what he might have missed out on or maybe to correct him, on his 400 paged book!
So where is this going? What am I trying to prove here? Well, nothing really. All these practices that people willingly or unwillingly or blindly or with passion follow, have been said to have some or the other meaning or purpose to it. Well, till now, I have been respecting that, and I always will, but seriously, I am happy with a simple non-complicated life here. I mean, how can the number 13 be considered unlucky! I have my own cousins born on that day, were they born will devil horns on their heads or are they pathetically bad to the society?! Will a number 13th floor in a building automatically cause fire to a building?! Thousands of us do not even reason out or question, or simply put, take a stand as to why are we a part of all this or have an opinion of our own!
I might sound unreasonable to people who have their valid reasons for believing in all of the above, since they might be believers of vaastu shastra, or astrology, or numerology, or whatever ‘logy’ that field of study maybe. But what my point is, if you truly respect something with a pure heart and no malice in it, you are still a good person, and God would not punish you for that. And if you truly do or believe something with no ill feelings, and always see the good in everything that you do, or experience or wish for, I don’t think Satan or God are going to decide where you should come to later after life!
A bunch of us do things, again maybe blindly, following what our ancestors might have taught our previous generations, passing on to us, for the good of our own and family. Maybe these rituals do hold a reason to it. But on other hand, if today I decide to not follow the same, will I be less liked in the society? Will I be seen as an atheist? Will I be seen as a very negative and evil minded person by people? Really?!
I feel people need to really relax a bit here, think of these things with a different perspective, because, you won’t be different from the person who eats non veg on Tuesday or cuts his nails or hair on certain days than the other person who exists in the other part of the world does. For all those whom I still have not made sense to, I respect your feelings, but if it’s me here, I am a happy person in following truly what my heart and head says, and would like to reason out why in the first place. Cheers!