I visited Meenakshi temple a week back after a long time.
It wore a very new look and many sculptures got labels. Very nice to get to know the names.
But the temple has been highly commercialised.
Temple Authorities has created artificial queues/crowds so that people might buy special entrance ticket of Rs.15. Infact this Rs.15 queue has been given a crowded look. This is to entice the public for Rs.100.
Ruling Government propogates Atheism and opens Periyar statues rite in from of temples But why it is interested in controlling temples?
Very recent move to control Chidambaram Nataraja temple made the government to put around 9 hundials (Money collection pot) in the temple.
Is the profit incurred by TASMAC not sufficient for Liquidity?
Govt control increases corruption and illegal activities. Example Navapashanam statue scratching in Palani temple. This temple is highly corrupted temple in the state.
Next target should be Madurai temple. I doubt future generations might get the feelin of these religious places if these continues.
Men in each and every political party involve all sorts of scandal. So how many citizens have raised their voice to make them away from politics. People assume he ll do some good atleast in this term and vote again the same person.
Either a boy or a girl betray their partner in love / after marriage. People read/hear these in newspaper very frequently. So did they ever decide not to marry or start doubting their own life partner??? People believe he / she will be very good and move on..
Why people decide not get into spirituality if one such swami get trapped?? Why people see all gurus in same view??
Spiritual Path is very long. Even guide(Swami) is not needed if you have strong intention. But these media hypes should not be used as an excuse to move away from the path.
Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, “Why are you so happy?”
The man replied, “Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.”
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King’s woes and the servant’s story, the advisor said, “Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club.”
“The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?” the King inquired.
The advisor replied, “Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.”
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… So many gold coins! He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!”
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant’s life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor’s help, the advisor said, “Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.”
He continued, “The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they’re always yearning and striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: “Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.”
We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.
That’s what joining The 99 Club is all about. It’s a choice you make, to be a part of it and continue wanting for more – without enjoying what you currently have OR Enjoy and be thankful for what you have along with working for more.