Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) is planning to give one extra laddu for pilgrims walking up to Tirumala hill (12 KM from Alipiri), instead of driving up. But why?
“This was with a view to encouraging the age-old practice of traditional way of reaching a sacred place, temple sources told PTI here today,” reports DH.
Why do they want to encourage the traditional way of walking up the hill, to reach the Temple? One reason could be excessive vehicle traffic on the roads (in spite of having separate ways for uphill and downhill journeys).
But there could also be another reason. In the olden days, walking up the hill was the only way to visit the Temple. But today, we have trains/buses/cars and all other modern transportation. Also, no one has time or the fitness required to make that (seemingly) arduous but (actually) simple journey.
But isn’t the very point of creating the Temple above a hill, to make people walk up, at least once in a year (say)?
Is not having time, an excuse to ignore our fitness/physical well-being? Aren’t we allowing the conveniences of modernity to spoil us to the core?Were humans created for a sedentary/comfortable lifestyle?
Most of our ailments can be traced to our lifestyle choices (and food, but that’s another topic).
Just look around you and see how fit our grandparents and great-grandparents are/were, even in their old age. I think, one of the reasons for their fitness is, lack of modern conveniences. They didn’t have the motorbikes, cars and flights and that might have been a good thing, after all.
When we ignore all the good/healthy practices that were ingrained in our religion/rituals, we should have had the wisdom to replace it with equivalent modern good practices. Did we do that?
Perhaps, our generation might be happier if the authorities at Tirumala offer e-darshan. Log-in to Internet, view a live streaming and darshan over. Why strain going all the way? Wah, how can things get simpler than that? Hail technology!
Recently I saw an interview of someone on TV and he said that he walks all the way to Tirumala from Chennai. Almost 200 KM. 4 Days of walking. I am glad that at least one person has understood one of the main reasons behind visiting holy places.
All your money and brain (aka. technological innovations) can buy convenience and luxury. But at the cost of your health/well-being.
PS: This rant is applicable to ME, foremost.