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Thoughts - Importance of rituals
How important are the rituals in worshiping the God ? Love is the
one that is stressed all throughout. Does the life of kaNNappa
n^AyanAr(1) or many such devotees and the great prize they get for
their love suggest that rituals are not important ? No, an analysis will
clearly show that though the devotion is the prime thing the rituals are
something that should be considered necessary and followed. A few of the
1. The ritual is an expression of devotion. The love of any form which is a
force gets expressed out in some form. The rituals become that expressions
of love which is called devotion. The love that grows in the mind for the
Lord makes one express it out on God - Its forms - with bathing, feeding,
2. The rituals are an ordered worship procedures nicely designed to express
the devotion. As love is expressed though the actions, the rituals which
are beautifully coined ways of those actions evolved from a great knowledge
by the ancient saints.
3. The rituals done when even in the absence of devotion give betterment.
In this respect the rituals could be thought of as some disciplined
routines. They would certainly deliver their good effect even though done
without its energy like shradhdha. In fact this allows the rituals
to be flowing through the generations even if some of the predecessors did
not involve themselves completely, giving somebody down the line find its
soul and usefulness and enjoy its usefulness with involvement.
4. The rituals very importantly strengthen the devotion. The hindu rituals
are in such a way that those are mainly the deeds one does in the ripe
love. So when the devotion is growing it develops it. It decelerates the
fall due to any reason in the devotion.
5. The rituals develop the social discipline and a way of worship that is a
symphony when done in a group.
The point is that the importance of the rituals should not be
under-stressed, at the same time noting that the involvement (devotion)
being the prime thing.
Posted On : 24.02.1998
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