On festivities,and proper dhārmika pomp

Just what is essential (tai/t’i) for a land and people to be a nation (kuni)? Without four limbs, a man is not a man. Similarly, a nation also possesses some essence [or requisite and defining entity that makes it a nation] (kokutai).

-Aizawa Seishisai

The soul of the Hindu nation is built on reverence to the rites(temples,yajñas,etc) and the public celebrations of our devatās. These comprise our Hindu system,which is in absolute opposition to systems from Abraham’s children(Christian,Islam,liberal,etc).

Only people who aren’t aware of the myth they are living by tell you myths can be abolished

-John Gray

Indeed. They are living the myths of liberalism,to be precise. Or other Christians/Muslims/other malicious parties using that adverse system to bait Hindus. Hence they have endless lectures for Hindus on how polluting/exploitative their festivities are(example:The dirt thrown on Dahi handi celebrations when compared to human pyramid festivities in Europe,or about polluting pandals). Or when they say about how Diwali/pandals are endless pollutants compared to 4th of July/31st December-1st January celebrations/fireworks celebrations of Bollywood celebs which invite pindrop silence to happiness from them). And have to make lots of unprincipled exceptions in their lines of arguments to specially target us. They are all side tracks to the main issue that these,as public expressions of reverence towards our devas,are matters in which no compromise should be brooked. Let us turn to Seishisai again

By worshiping Amaterasu [privately] within court enclosures, earlier emperors had offered the full measure of their sincere devotion to Her, it is true. But the significance of [earlier] emperors’ ritual acts was lost on the people below. By worshipping Amaterasu publicly, Emperor Sujin displayed his sincere devotion to the whole realm. Thus, the people grasped the significance of His Majesty’s act [directly and sensually], not through explanations or lectures…

When the Duke of Chou was praised in antiquity for having attained the “ultimate in filial devotion,” it was because everyone in the realm [joined him] in worshiping his ancestors, each person according to his proper status.The Duke of Chou did not worship his parents within ritual-hall confines, but in public, together with his people.

Similar thing can be said about Vijayadashami/Dipavali/etc celebrations. Celebrations in full dhārmika pomp and splendour,reinforcing the prescence of our devas should be made even more louder,since for us,we know and have been sustained by them for our entire civilizational length,and are the sustainers of the cosmos as seen by us,our gurus and our ṛṣis. We need not pay to people who bring up frivolous excuses to gaslight/blackmail us into reducing the dhārmika grandeur and colour of celebrations like environment,or how faith is personal. We have either these or the endless celebrations of the liberal West like Pride Month/Pride Parades/various soulless corporate dungheaps. There are no two swords in one scabbard,there is either only Indra or Vṛtra,Varāha or Hiraṇyākṣa. Similarly there is no coexistence with these systems,despite what many cloudy-visioned people may say otherwise. This was realized by far greater people than me like Tilak,who spearheaded the revival of Ganeshotsava. My standard personally for dhārmika pomp and celebrations would be the celebrations of the Mysore rājans that can be done with local groups/local rich men/grand buisiness folks at their own respective grand scales as well.


2 thoughts on “On festivities,and proper dhārmika pomp”

  1. Interesting views. There are clear gains in terms of demography and instilling a sense of community.

    I wish to turn to our older intellectuals on this point of pomp. Vidura seems to indicate that all vaidika activity must be consciously devoid of pomp. Can’t remember the exact verse right now though. If we look at all the fundamental rules of yajnas, these are supposed to be done with little or no information known to anybody other than the kartas.

    It seems to me that only themes like rajyabhishekas, vijayotsavas need pomp for a political, demographic, communal unification objective.


    1. BTW,sorry for this remaining in spam for so long,but it reminded me of Sri Ramakrishna’s statement about a ‘rajasic’ bhakta


      “A rajasic aspirant indulges in outward show. He wears a rosary around his neck, puts on ochre clothes, a silk dhoti, and his rosary is interspersed with gold beads. This is like sitting outside with a signboard.”


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