North & South INDIA
An immense subcontinent full of beggars and maids!
It would take a lot of time and too much talent to make this trip worthwhile.
The experience of a trip to India is positive or negative shocking. An immense subcontinent full of beggars and mystery. It touches the 1 billion inhabitants with a desperate standard of living. Pity is terrifying and obvious everywhere. A slow progress in rising national income has been offset by population growth despite efforts to control births. Even in its worst indignation, INDIA is surrounded by a moral dimension with a "religious halo". The beggars are of every age and meet everywhere. Homeless people count over 2,000,000 in CABINETS. Often the streets have an overnight camp or camp and are full of red bells, the drug of the poor.
NIVEA is a second nature for the Indians. Jeans are a heresy that promotes nonviolence in its most extreme form. They wear a gauze in front of the mouth, just like surgeons, not to "kill" by inhaling microorganisms or wearing small bells on the ankles to warn small animals to move away. They only drink filtered water and feed on dry plants only because they have no life. They believe not to God a creator, but that there is an endless circle like the one who alternates the seed with the tree and the tree with the seed. Ascetic forms, calm, peaceful, sweet. The fact of death in INDIA does not have the tragicness of the Christian world. Death is not seen as a detachment from life but as an internal episode of life. The Parsees, of Zoroaster lovers are in Mumbai a macabre ritual around the "Tower of Silence" where the heart of a city give their dead prey to the vultures and crows consummate. The country of hunger has the largest number of cattle in the world. The slaughter of the cow is for Hindus the same crime as homicide.
The most noticeable difference between Indian and Western civilization is in dealing with "neighbor". Between nonviolence and the denial of our neighbor we could define it as the principle of non-intervention.
Starting from the reincarnation: it reflects the general principle that the incarnation of the individual is a punishment, a separation from the PAN, the god. Separation carried out through a little or very painful (depending on the individual's behavior) chain until the final release.
The punishment of the flesh is accomplished through a range of differences that include the entire animal scale from the inferior to the superior species according to an evolution that concerns only the individual and no one else. The level of successive reincarnation depends on the person's behavior in life. The better the behavior, the higher the species becomes the incarnation. And here is the key because the Indian does not help his neighbor, for the same reason that he does not kill a cockroach. Both are moments of atonement for crimes of the previous reincarnation. They are the ransom for the final release to which no one is allowed to intervene.
Christianity contains a principle of common morality, the semen of all socialisms, while in Hinduism, the UN leads to a lonely relationship between man and god.
Gandhi's appearance marks a deep renewal of Indian life. They called him Christ of INDIA. His message was a message of brotherhood and equality (on the moral inequality reflected in the caste system).
His most revolutionary feature was that he transformed the spirit of Hinduism (nonviolence) into an instrument of political and social intervention. However, the philosophy of today's rulers is "Westernized", so that India is considered as a nuclear power.
Hinduism and Extermination
In Benares, the sacred city of INDIA and now VARANASSI, one can see a sight in all his ugliness along the sanctuary of Ganges. Close to each other, seated or standing, beggars, mutilated, tuberculous, sick, in the waters that are not clear and brown in color.
In the same waters that wash their mouth, the corpses (which burn publicly along the banks of the river) and wash the wounds without any worry. It is an archaic pre-scientific hygiene that reflects the conservative inertia of Hinduism, passivity, silence, the attivist destinies towards destiny.
The Sacrament of Saints
The custom of burning alive the widow to his wife's pyre was for centuries one of the compulsory points he wanted to write about India: the macabre ceremony was part of the scene of a mythical and hard India. But if much of what came to us about the mythical East was due to fantasies, the "sati" was unfortunately a reality. As can be imagined, this sacrifice was not a rule for widows, but an exception even frequent, that habit it was spread only in the upper castes, especially in the military and in the courts of the rulers, and that women were excluded in an interesting situation and those who had to raise children. Basically, sati was a voluntary sacrifice: no one could force the widow to make that fatal decision, even if the relatives and priests, for the honor of the family, were trying to convince her, promising joy in the other life and continual glory on earth. In British India the sati was banned by the English in 1829.
Another impression is the fervor of the phalaic worship. Ligam is of phallic shape of various sizes and material, and it is found everywhere. Known and famous is the religious temple of Eros where wood-carved beams represent erotic acts in many variations without any sophistication.
Hinduism recognizes only one god Brahman or the ultimate spirit. At the same time, however, it recognizes 330,000,000 divinities, which are none other than the various representations of the only god. The pursuit of absolute by ascetics and philosophers rejects the rituals, the processions, the purifications, that is, the spectacles, sometimes picturesque and sometimes horrific of the masses' religiosity. Because the absolute awe can be explained and depicted by the philosophers, the simple souls embrace another stunning aspect of Hinduism, idolatry, a kind of Hindu Olympus.