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September 13, 2008 / lazybug

The Curious Kid

I was at my cousin’s place for the Ganesh puja, when, while listening to the bhajan “Om jai jagadish hare…bhakt janon ke sankat, daas janon ke sankat, kshan mein dur kare,” this imaginary conversation took place in my mind:

Curious Kid
: Why are we singing a bhajan that assumes we are perpetually in trouble?

Stubborn Mommy: Human life is full of trials and tribulations and hence we need the help of god to see us through.

Smart Alec
: In Hindu beliefs, solving the day-to-day problems of the worshippers is the primary task of gods. So, no troubles (or looking at troubles in a positive way) means the bhakts won’t have a reason to remember the god. Which means no livelihood for the priests in the temples and the godmen of the world. Hence these bhajans are a part of an elaborate mechanism to remind us of how miserable our lives are and make us, subtly, go to the almighty.

Curious Kid: I love my religion.

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  1. Chittaranjan / Sep 13 2008 8:18 pm

    But those very priests don’t force us to sing these hymns, do they? Its more of a self-confidence thing. Like saying to urself “I’ll do well” before going to an exam 😎

  2. Arul / Sep 14 2008 3:37 am

    YCR, no, in this case, religion is not a monopoly.

  3. Kunal / Sep 14 2008 6:49 am

    rofl .. nice post

  4. aalasanthosh / Sep 14 2008 11:29 am

    “In Hindu beliefs, solving the day-to-day problems of the worshippers is the primary task of gods.” – Hey Bhagwan

    LOL 😀

  5. sriniani / Sep 14 2008 2:08 pm

    Poor priest: People like Akhil will definitely go to hell!

  6. lazybug / Sep 14 2008 6:00 pm

    @Sriniani: Gladly 😀

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