Interfaith Marriage II


I feel like kicking myself for not having remembered.

Grannymar has this interesting Thursday joke in her blog.

This story reminded me of a post that I had written some time ago about An Outraged Friend. That post ties neatly into the message of some of the problems of interfaith marriages and I should have included a link in my post on Interfaith Marriage.

When I went back to read the earlier post on the outraged friend, the comments took me on a different high too!

The Goddess Of Garbage.

I request my readers to bear with me a while before I come to the main subject matter. Firstly, this post on Faith has to be read followed by another one on Ganesha.

The main thrust on both the posts was that for a Hindu, there is ONLY GOD and s/he makes a God out of anything so that his approach to life reflects the respect s/he extends to any activity where divine influence is called for.

With that background, I take my readers to another piece of information about a part of India where a Goddess has been created for Garbage with some spectacular results.

I also give some great quotes from native American Chiefs.

1. “The Great Spirit is in all things: he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us.”

– Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin

2. “We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft clods of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now…but it will grow again….like the trees. May serenity circle on silent wings and catch the whisper of the winds.”

– Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

Now how about that for the Greens and the Recyclers?

P.S. After this post went live this morning, I read an interesting article in the Washington Post which too perhaps needs some attention.

Indian God’s Miracle And British Sangfroid.

Had this article not been published in the Telegraph, I would not have given it a second look!

This is a story that is of interest to me for two reasons.  One, the mystery and the power of prayer and faith (I may be opening a Pandora’s Box here!),  and two, British sangfroid.  The latter is something that one should experience first hand,  to picture, appreciate and understand the typical understatement of Dr. Simon Bowman.

I do not believe that the photo of Lord Shiva reproduced, is the one that the lady prayed to, but certainly gives a good idea of the representation of the Deity.

Anyone else with some miracle stories like this with appropriate medical explanation like that of Dr. Bowman?