Global Warming – The Curse of Indian Pagans or Animists or Hindus?
This incident happened in my childhood. During summer vacation we went to a relative’s house. There was a river – not a big one, a stream – near to his house. The uncle allowed us to take bath in the river. I was so excited. I was about to take bath in the river for the first time in life. I ran towards the river along with other kids.
I saw an unknown old man standing on the banks of the river. He should be in his late 60s. He had long beard and was very dark complexioned. As he was chewing betel leaf with lime and arecanut, a reddish coloured liquid was oozing out of his mouth. He might have guessed that I was a new boy in the pack. He looked at me sharply and said: “Son, go piss in the coconut tree root before jumping into the river. If you piss in the river, the goddess would be angry. She would send a special fish to chop off your peeing organ…”
You may call him superstitious. Pagan. Animist. Barbarian.
The ordinary old man in that incident was a follower of a life-style that was founded upon the man’s inseparable bondage with nature. Today I can easily place him higher than any nature lovers, environmentalists, green leaders or self-styled gurus. Our way of life (Sanatan Dharma) was sustained by those simple and illiterate human beings, not by philosophers and thinkers.
He told me to piss on the coconut tree roots, so god would bless me. The content of urine is a good organic fertilizer for the coconut tree. When you get into water, you normally piss. The water in the flowing river was used for drinking. You should not contaminate drinking river. So our ancestors tried to put scare of god in us. The modern man would tell you that the old man is spreading lies and superstitions.Please continue reading at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9PAGLT
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