Krzysztof Kieslowski was a remarkable film maker. His Trois Couleurs: Bleu is in my all time favorites list. These days I'm watching his ten part Decalogue series where each movie represents one or more of the Ten Commandments.
The story of the seventh movie on 'Thou shall not Steal' goes like this. A sixteen year old Majka gives birth to a girl due to the mistakes of her age. To avoid embarrassment, the girl is brought up as her sister by Majka's mother. As the girl grows up, there is an unusual struggle between the two 'mothers' to take possession of the child. Now you have to be a master like Kieslowski to sell this gripping story on 'Theft'.
The other day, I ordered Earl Grey tea with my lunch. Earl Grey is a great tea if my might add here. It was served with Honey. As I sipped that elixir, it occurred to me that Honey is one of the most horrible food we can have. Those countless bees worked for innumerable hours gathering this from countless flowers. And I have stolen their food. Many bees may have been killed during this theft. Can I be more cruel?
In another remarkable movie 'Mouna Raagam', the wife tells her husband that, she feels like a worm moving through her skin when he touches her! Now how many women watched that scene wearing silk sarees? Did they feel the several hundred silk worms moving through their skin albeit as ghosts?
In my decade long association with a temple, I have witnessed several 'divine baths' ala Abhishekams. The 'god' was bathed in milk (you know my views on milk, don't you?) and honey. He was then wrapped in a Silk Saree/Veshti. How would have he felt? God help him!
I have always been told that an Ashwamedha Yagna was performed by Lord Rama. Well, this Yagna in its earliest form meant the horse was consigned to the flames. Don't know whether the later practice of letting it loose had caught up with Rama. But considering the astronomical dates people give to Rama's birth, I would assume that they killed that horse! And don't forget to read 'Ravana Kaviyam' which describes how the 'God' murders Vali who had done no harm to Rama.
Yagna anyway is a waste of resources. During my latest India trip, my Grandma had both an Abhishekam and a Homam (small yagna?) performed, though not entirely on my behalf. Will that add to my good karma or the bad? I have never eaten the 'old rice' (soaked in water) in my life. But I have always been told that it 'cools down' the system. Is the whole point of eating that, consuming and/or stealing from the yeast?!
See...I'm a psycho out on the loose to hurt people's feelings. But if I can save one creature from a cruel death, then so be it! On the lighter side, by writing my views on Silk Sarees here, I have ensured that my future 'wife' has no hope of getting a silk saree from me! A good investment, I would say.