Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dirty Toilets, Dirty practices and dirty bodies!

21th December 2012 - Friday

After all, the world didn't end today as predicted by doom-Sayers!

"Were you afraid? How will you actually face the situation if such an end is really going to come?" was the question posed by Amma in the beach Satsang today.

One westerner made a a very lively talk that amused every one and was very well appreciated by both the gathering and Amma (by her facial gestures). Though his reply was not to do with the world-ending worries, it was more about his personal worries, dejection and loss of motivation in his work due to several happenings in his professional (research) activities.

In that week, his parents came to take darshan of Amma for the first time and it brought good cheers to him followed by lots of negative thoughts and interactions that had its origin in his childhood. He got quite some relief after getting an excellent darshan from Amma. To quell his worrisome thoughts and negative thinking, he opted to do a seva and the work allotted to him was cleaning of Ashram hostel boys' toilets! Those were the dirtiest toilet he had ever come across in his life! He became too angry at his heart with the college boys who had kept those toilets at such a horrific state! That was the last straw! After cleaning the toilets for 2-3 hours, he cried out of self-pity! But, surprisingly, after finishing the seva, he found a remarkable sense of peace and tranquility coming into him!
Dirtiest toilet?

After the Malayalam translation was finished Amma took the mike and spoke. The gist of her talk was as below:

" I am sorry, my son, that you had to do cleaning of toilets that have been kept so dirty by college students; though they are all well educated, such self-help culture has not taken roots in them.  Cleanliness as culture is unfortunately not strongly imbibed in the people of  India as in the West. In India the tradition has unfortunately been that boys are too pampered a lot here  and cleaning was never part of their chores.Cleaning work is invariably done by womenfolk. In many homes, even washing of men's dress and cleaning of food plates of men are done by women.

"Right in my younger days, Amma has seen how men were treated as though superior to women and how their egos were pampered.

"In those days, women were prohibited from showing broom stick to men. If a woman was sweeping the floors and a man entered the scene, the woman was supposed to hide the broomstick, else it would be deemed insulting men.
Any men coming there?!

"If a brother, be even a younger one, grew taller than a girl, the girl was expected to stand up when the brother enters the room where the girl was seated. If any male guests were coming to a house, the girls were expected to remain unseen to them. It was infra-dig for men to wash their plates or clothes. It was the duty of female members in the family to wash the food plates and dresses of men. The sense of superiority that males enjoyed was more or less fostered and nurtured mostly by the elderly womenfolk in the families.Perhaps since males were the sole breadwinners and protectors of the families, women extended so much extra respect for males that naturally ended up bloating up their egos.

"In Ashram hostels (where toilets are attached to rooms and to be cleaned by the occupants, unlike hostels at the Engineering college side where the toilets are separate that cleaned regularly by  by paid workers), the boys seem to think that it is not their duty to clean their toilets; perhaps they think, as they pay for their room, they can keep the rooms as they like.

"In the early days of the Ashram when several brahmacharis came to live in the Ashram in the huts,  the brahmacharis too kept their rooms unclean. When western Sadakas started coming to the Ashram and staying in the Ashram, they were disturbed by the lack of cleanliness in the rooms of bramhacharies. They came and complained to Amma about it.

"How can Amma allow my children to be berated like this? So, Amma attempted to "protect" her children by explaining rather sheepishly to the westerners something like "You see, my boys live so much in tune with nature and they love all creatures alike; they just cannot think of driving away the lizards, cockroaches, and snakes that have occupied their huts as their own!" (All round laughter). After regular coaxing and teaching, the brahmacharis learned to keep their rooms and ashram clean.

"What to do? We have to really learn this culture.

Stinking s~~~
"But, on another angle, Sadakas should try to come out of the disturbances in mind in relation to cleanliness and dirtiness. After all, the very human body itself is an epitome of dirt and filth. Poke into any orifice in the human body, be it ear, nose, mouth, skin pores, urethra or anus -- what comes out of it is foul. It is this dirty body that we are all so fond of!

Once a man walking through a pathway, noticed human excreta on the way; he closed his nose in disgust and turned away to walk away. The excreta called out to the man "Hey! Why are you closing your nose and going away?" The man replied "Oh! Your smell is disgusting". The excreta replied "It's all because of you people. I was originally a very sweet smelling cake and fruit hardly a day ago. It is only after a human being like you consumed me, I ended up like this! Actually I should feel disgusted to see you!"

(All round laughter).

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