Hindu Life.

Aum sweet Aum

Aum sweet Aum

Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. It is very difficult to separate living and religion in Hinduism. In this article we try to understand the philosophy hidden behind this beautiful and noble concept of human life. Culture of a community or a State or a Republic in general and a group of people in particular believe in one aspect of universal truth which is evolved on a specific cult and that cult is invariably based on usage, belief and traditions prevalent for many years or say centuries in Hindu-life.

Jagannath cult exercises unique influence over the socio-religious life of Hindus. During the Ganga and Surya rules, Jagannath, so to say, became the state deity. Jagannath cult is an amalgamation of diverse religious cults like tribal religion, Brahminical religion, Buddhism, Saivism, Saktism, Tantricism and above all Vaishnavism. Lord Jagannath holds a unique place not only in the history of Orissa, but also in the lives of its people. To the millions of the Hindus of Orissa, Jagannath is their nearest kith and kin. But the origin of Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of the holy city Puri, around whom the religious life of Orissa has evolved from hoary past has been shrouded in myths and legend. Analysing the legendary association of Jagannath with a class of aborigines called Sabaras, the peculiar nature of the wooden icon of the deity and his associates, Balabhadra and Subhadra, and association of a class of non-Brahmin priests called Daitas who are presumed to be of tribal origin with the worship of the deity, some scholars hold that Jagannath was originally a tribal deity.

The worship of Lord Jagannath in Orissa, as is described in the preceding paragraph, has led to evolution of distinct culture which is usually described as Jagannath culture. Jagannath culture believes in universality but not in sectarianism. Lord Jagannath as we know now is the God of masses, but not of individuals with individual choice and thus naturally Jagannath culture has been observed as a mass culture. People of diverse faith with their distinct social backgrounds have worshipped Lord Jagannath as their own. From the foot prints of the ageless cultural heritage in India and abroad, we find that tribal (original inhabitant of Orissa), Dravidians, Aryans, Orthodox Hindus, Jains, Buddhist, Sikhs, various sects of Hinduism i.e. Vaishnavites, Saivites,Ganapatyas, Saurays, Shaktas have reposed their implicit faith in Lord Jagannath according to their belief.

The Jagannath culture from time immemorial preaches the word of love and peaceful coexistence among the human community. The character of culture is generosity and endurance and coordination. No culture or religion in whatsoever manner in whatsoever places is equal to this composite concept of Lord Jagannath. Lord Jagannath is worshipped throughout the world because he is generous and kind to all. He is looking at great and small, rich and poor, ruled and ruler, Brahman and Chandal with an equal eye. In this look, there is no question of caste, creed or religion, no place for egoism, aristocracy nor any place for communalism. Here worshipped and worshipper are equal and as such their separateness vanishes which is symbolized in embracing of Lord Jagannath by a visitor during Ratha Yatra. Lord Jagannath symbolizes universal love and humanism. Myths, history and legends mingled over centuries and have formed a composite culture of Lord Jagannath. He is not only the Lord of Hindu or Indian, but also the God of entire humanity. Let his blessing be endowed to each inhabitants of entire Universe.

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~ by Sandeep on October 18, 2008.

One Response to “Hindu Life.”

  1. Hello Dear,

    Nice Artcle !! looking forward for more articles!!

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