The braid

This is an old post from my other blog. The message fromt his post is such that I feel like reading it again and again, so reposting for the benefit of everyone

 

Have you observed the braids that girls/ women make?

The braid in Sanskrit is known as ‘veni’. Veni as in Triveni in Allahabad. Triveni is the confluence of three rivers-Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati which flows in from the underground.  Similarly the veni or the braid needs three bunches of hair to be tied but only two can be seen.

Usually in life we are obsessed with ourselves-I, me, myself. Then we are concerned with our immediate environment concerning ourselves like our family, our friends, the money we make etc. What is the third angle to this triangle, which is the third part of this braid which connects the two-the self and the environment?

 

 

Have you ever been in a chokor home. It was a square-shaped house with an empty space in the middle. Vastu has different places for different functions. There is Agni where the hearth should be, water where the well could be etc.

Have you seen ancient temples. It is built in the center with empty space around it. Exactly the opposite to houses. Why?

 

The space in the middle is supposed to be Brahman or the place where God resides. Also God is supposed to be in the middle of our lives and our lives is supposed to revolve around Him.

 

But slowly houses became smaller, God was moved from the center to a corner then from there to underneath the staircase then he was pushed to the garage and finally he was ousted.

When God is ousted from a place, kaal enters. (kaal means time here it means bad times) Kaal enters with his wife, “ayyo”. (as in the expression ayyo) and children-‘quarrel’ and ‘hypocrisy’ and from then on there is no peace left.

So for peace to exist in homes, for happiness to flourish in a home, there is need to keep God in the center of our lives. God is the third angle of the triangle, He is the third bunch in the braid of our life.

And to keep God in the center of our lives CHANT and make your life sublime.

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2 responses to “The braid

  1. The Thulasithara we have in the middle of our courtyard, the special pooja room dedicated in every household, the little portions of food that grandma kept separately for the cattle, the birds, the earthen stove, all of those do have a special meaning in life. They teach us about acceptance, selflessness, sacrifice, sharing and caring, kindness and lot more. Loved this piece.

  2. KP

    I liked the new perspective to the third strand.The location of puja room is constrained by paucity of space.However God should in the centre of our lives,in all things we do and think.I liked Rekhas comment.

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