Do you know why Kannada Movie star is an Icon? Because he inspired someone to sell pickles! (WTF! Right?). It is there in Wikipedia:
Vishnuvardhan was a good personality. A living example to this is Vardaraja Pai and the Yajaamana Uppinakayi. Vardaraja Pai is Mangalore based businessman and he is an ardent Vishnuvardhan fan. His father Raghunath Pai was an Badami Vendor. He had joined his father in his business and also he was waiting for an opppurtunity to meet Vishnu. One day he met Vishnu in Kukke Subramanya and got his visiting card. He used to send Badami powder and the Pickle(Uppinakayi) to Vishnu. Together they established a very good relationship. In the year 2000 AD Vishnuvardhan’s starrer Yajamanna was released. It was super duper hit and ran for more than a year. In one of the scene’s of movie, Vishnu plays a role of Pickle vendor. In the movie the name of the pickle is Roja Uppinakayi and he becomes a successful businessman in the movie. Vardaraja Pai had ambitions to achieve something great in the life. Upon seeing the movie he decided to do Pickle business, he kept the name of the pickle as Yajaamana Uppinakayi and put the photo of Vishnuvardhan on the pickle bottle. He sought blessings of the icon and his permission to sell the product with the name of the movie. Vishnu agreed and sent him a permission letter. Now Vardaraja Pai is a successful businessman and has now become an inspiration to others – Wikipedia
Now, bring on any stories such as “why don’t I like brinjal” or “why did you stop picking your nose!” or even any other silly question like this come to Wikipedia. It has an answer “because it reminds me of Shah Rukh Khan”, then go ahead and publish it in Wikipedia! It will find its way in the Icon section of SRK – unedited, uncredited and without references.
And ha. Do not forget to mention who is your father/grandfathers, and what they used to do! Apparently, It’s very relevant.
The story Ramayana* is his entire life journey starting from his innocent youth, his mastery over skills in winning Sita, his role as dutiful and obedient son to adhere to his father’s words while aware of the flagitious intensions of his step mother. He gives up all the worldly richness and sets away to spend 14 years in jungle. Sita being his wife accompanies him followed by Laxman, Ram’s younger brother.
They spend quite an adventurous and romantic** life in the forest. Sita finds her world in her husband Ram and experiences an unspelled love for him. Everything works fine when one day, Sita gets abducted by Ravana while Ram is away to fulfill one of her impossible wishes. Ram does everything possible to get back his love. He gathers a huge army, builds a bridge across an ocean, does all that he could. Finally, he succeeds to kill Ravana and gets her back. With this they complete 14 years of stay in jungle and they return to their kingdom after which they should have lived happily ever after.
But the story takes turmoil instead, Ram’s story ends here and Sita’s story begins. This happens when a subject of Ram’s kingdom whispers “how could Ram trust Sita, who been with Ravana for so long”. Ram wants a test now, Agni-Pareeksha – A test to check purity of a woman, by entering into fire. Exactly this part of the story becomes hard to digest. This is where so many questions arise and is left unanswered.
Did it serve right for a person like Ram ‘the so called God’ to come down to such a cruel act?
Is he setting example for all men or rather his followers to commit such an act?
Or is he doing right by following well set example from his predecessors?
I heard about ISKCON during my school days, and I was told it’s a different version of looking at Hinduism. Built to make the concepts reach everywhere, especially to the west. I also learned about the things they do, and their culture. I never happened to attend the courses they offer. In my high school, I was inspired by on my teacher and also my brother, to look at these things. They asked me to be skeptic, I became atheist!. I lost my interest visiting any of the religious place unless either historic or aesthetically different, I was told it is different. I did not get chance anyway. In my college also weekly seminars were happening, I did not attend.
They came to the town once, the lecture was held at the costliest auditorium in the town (heard the rent is 1 lack Rs.
Per day, just heard not sure). And the ticket was of 500 Rs. And for students 250 Rs. (again I am not sure). One of my friends argued, costly because they want quality crowd to understand what they say. I did not know it comes from rich. If I haven’t had the entry pass I wouldn’t have gone at all. But they did not make anything less than a royal treatment. The food, settings, decoration and all the things, it was really pleasant. I had myself entered a different world, everyone wishing “hare rama, hare Krishna”, all the small games we played was based of based on these games. People were so polite.
The problem started with the 108 times chant and meditate. I really did get this concept. Meditation as I know, is to calm your mind, and concentrate. why do you have to chant only the mantra they tell? why not anything else ? Why is it on that particular number? why do we need to count simultaneously ? Why do you need “god” to meditate? I tried but I could not hold it for a long. Continue reading “ISKCON and I”→