The Muse

The sheer variety of symbols and artefacts in use across the ages and geographies does not necessarily point to a multitude of assumptions and values from which they spring. The study of mythology and folklore then, is a reverse approach to anthropology. This blog is dedicated to my favourite symbols, tales and artefacts - both ancient and contemporary.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rituals and Observances

I seem to have 'bettered the instruction', as Shylock would have put it, in the observance of fasts and sundry rituals. Or so say many of my friends. So it occurred to me to ask myself, why do I do it?

I'm not sure I can quote health reasons any more. Admittedly, fasts at least aren't much fun either.

I am not religious enough to be motivated simply by the spiritual and other benefits promised by associated legends. Legends are merely entertaining. And I don't value entertainment above sleep and nutrition.

I am not a masochist. I am a devotee. I believe that fasting will strengthen my will and my body. And by improving through my own actions what I've received from Him, I am sure I will please the object of my devotion.

I write this with the prayer that my well-wishers are comforted, and that I may succeed in my objectives.


MangoManBunty said...

I sure have never been 'comforted' for a nanosecond!

Tuune cheating ki hogi fast mein!

Ishita Roy said...

Believe what u want. The object of my devotion knows my loyalty to Him.