by, 21-04-2011 at 02:54 AM (9433 Views)
Just a couple of days before was Chitra Pournami. Being interested to find out the actions of our deeds, my googling effort led to the Garuda Purana.
I read the Chapters of the Purana in English. This is the second or third time that I have chanced to read excerpts from the ancient book.
It amazes me;how much the world has moved on. Being in this very century of science and technology, it is nothing but tough to maintain a path of religion. The chapters describe in details how the soul departs,how the sinned soul enter only through the southern gate and passes through all the cities of torture reaching the city of righteousness, the soul is fed only by the balls of rice fed by sons and grandsons, with the account of Chitragupta the soul is sent to the deserving city of torture.
The signs of sins are seen in the rebirth. The puranam also explains what kinds of sins one must have done to face this torture. In the last chapter the puranam also explains how knowledge will help liberate a soul and how the human can help attain liberation by renunciation and salvation.
The concept is all that we have heard since birth. No deeds shall escape the eyes of the God and you shall be accounted for every action. The actions of your deeds shall always follow no matter how many births you take.
Now what troubled my soul was: This generation , youngsters and people like me who have migrated far physically and mentally from observance of so many rights, how would we be affected by all this? We are caught by the routine of the mundane world, job-travelling- cooking-sleeping - mortgage-bills-career-education. I have been morally good , I have been taught to identify right from wron, Knowledge has given the strength to do the right things and go on in life. But, Acc to the Garuda Purana , this is not enough. Worship, visiting religious places, observance of ceremonies, giving away gifts without any signs of greediness, not speaking back to your husband, following the husband on fire..are some of the listed ones and still they seem so difficult in this current modern and mercenary world.
Can anyone answer: What are your thoughts on this- Will people of this Kali Yugam survive the gates of hell? Knowingly or Unknowingly there are so many instances of jealousy , greed , selfishness that emerges in all of us. There may be lie's to the manager about an upcoming vacation, or about a work that you dint finish, a greed to get another bonus..! So many instances where normal humans though good are forced to commit "sins". Would we survive! Can any of the elders throw in some of their opinions.