As you are born, your first experience is pain. Is it not? Did you not see babies cry at birth? There is an objective for your living; to move away from pain and to experience pleasure. Your attempt is to convert pain and enter pleasure and pleasantness. Is it not? Your effort is to avoid unpleasant event, situations.
The best way to play is to imitate that what you see for e.g. The three children in your house observes that the parents are occupied in rendering hospitality to guests. The guests arrive and the parents provide refreshments and soft drinks to the guests. They notice that in another room the children are imitating the parents. One of them behave like the guest and others are pretending to render hospitality. They are playing a game. They are happy.
When you are hungry, you cannot play. In hunger the experience is of scarcity. Once your hunger is satisfied, then, you graduate to plenty, a sense of plenty. When you experience plenty, then begins the need to play. In plenty you can only provide for other people. You cannot take. And the best play is to imitate. Therefore begins the Indian method of pooja. In pooja you create an idol and then you pour milk, water, coconut and other precious items. You offer them to the idol. It is an expression of playing with abundance. It is an indulgence in providing for or offering.
It is the same with your daily living. You are hungry, you have a pain and then you procure from your experience of scarcity. Once it’s procured, then you want to protect and preserve all your property. Once that is assured, then you play in abundance. It is then that you start creating processes and procedures of engagement with others. You learn to extract payments. For those who violate the protocols, you are enabled to punish. Suddenly a new concept has infiltrated into the innocence. You may call it seriousness. When you exit the realm of play and innocence you enter into the dimension of seriousness, you have started to call yourself adult.
In effect, the poojas have become serious. The charm of a game is much greater than the charm of seriousness. In seriousness the imperfections begin to look like irritants, whereas in playfulness nothing seems to annoy. In pooja it is an invocation of intelligence. Deconstruct how the aarti , archana, aaradhana and samarpan are all what the nature is in any case bestowing upon you as the sun, the moon, the food and the care. Take the example of the trainer in the driving school. He is teaching the students about speed limits. He persuades them that in a specific road, specific narrow lane, the speed should not exceed 60 kmph. At 5pm he is off duty. He enters his car and zooms away at not less than 100 kmph speed. There is a gap between what he is training and what he is doing. Many priests and religious practitioners and other spiritual seekers develop this gap – the gap between knowing and applying, the gap between reading and operationalizing it, the gap between narrating and cognizing.
We need a method to identify these gaps. Only then can we discover the bridge that eliminates the gaps. The journey has to integrate to the direction and the destination. The priest has to incorporate the pooja and the practices to the daily living. The pooja to the diety and the practices to daily living. Then will be the evolution.
It is important to work at it. The work is intimate only if it’s incentivized, if work brings incentives. The intimacy intensity and the interest in work makes it synonyms to the word worship. Haven’t you heard of the adage that work is worship? The work should transcend you out of pain into pleasure. The work must provision for resources. You can become the provider if your work is laced with worship. The fabric of transaction must be weaved by tranquility and harmony. The play is then very colorful. The games will bring you revenue and profits. The interactions will develop sustainable relationships. So the wise people will pursue the pooja and the worship, the prayer and the work. It is the Indian way that they revere that what they do.
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