I'm not a ritualistic or structured person. I left Roman Catholicism and drifted away from Eastern Orthodoxy because of the rules and regulations, and rituals. I've come to find there are at least as many, if not more, having to do with Hinduism. Ask a question, and you'll get 100 different "definitive" answers from 100 different people. No one knows how to say "in my opinion"; everyone is an internet acharya or guru. For example, my string of tulsi kanthi (tulsi neckbeads) broke; what to do with them?
1. Put them on the altar in front of Sri Krishna, to whom tulsi is sacred.
2. No! Must not do that! Cannot give back to Krishna what he has blessed!
3. Take them to a river, submerge them and let the river take them.
4. Keep them in a special place (but not on the altar :rolleyes: ).
You can't wear a mālā that you have performed japa with.
Today is an ekadashi (11th day of the lunar fortnight) fast. The fast must be broken with grains at a certain time tomorrow morning, or the fast is for naught.
All food must be prepared and cooked for, and offered to God first, lest you incur offense. Die-hards maintain you cannot even taste the food as you are preparing it.
Sounds silly? Yes, it does. Over-thinking this? Perhaps I am.
I stumbled on the Hua Hu Ching, allegedly attributed to Lao Tzu as a follow-on to the Tao Te Ching. In the HHC, ch. 47 are the verses (in part):Blind spirituality is unreal.
Chanting is no more holy than listening to the
murmur of a stream; counting prayer beads no more
sacred than simply breathing; religious robes no
more spiritual than work clothes.
If you wish to attain oneness with the Tao, don’t get
caught up in spiritual superficialities.
Instead, live a quiet and simple life, free of ideas and
This really speaks to me. I'm finding Buddhism and Taoism far less dogmatic than Hinduism could ever hope to be. Do I still believe in the Hindu deities? Yes, along with Buddhist and Taoist deities. Do I believe they are facets or aspects of one God? Mm... I'm not so sure; I'm leaning more towards enlightened angelic-like beings. I've admitted to being an unabashed syncretic henotheist, and can't quite shake my monist-deist leanings.
So I guess this was just a brainfart, but insights and commentaries are welcome.