Beginning the process of eliminating the amount of “stuff” we have, which will in turn lead to the packing process for moving out and into a new apartment has pointed out to me an interesting aspect of my chosen dharma. Hindus tend to believe that all of creation is sacred. That is a part of it that I, admittedly, struggle with in practice, though I find it quite acceptable in theory. But in terms of packing to move, I am the type that would rather throw everything away and start over when we move.
Herein lies the issue. Hinduism is a quite utilitarian worldview, I think. So it is all a matter of “Do I still need it, could someone else still use/re-purpose it, or has the item in question simply outlived its utility?” Has it fulfilled it’s sacred purpose? And even if it has, it is still a manifestation of Brahman, innit? It is hard to bear in mind the sacredness of all things when you are trying to toss out garbage bags full of said things as quickly and efficiently as possible. And to be clear, in reality, of the items we are not taking with us we are donating/selling/giving away as much as possible rather than simply dumping it. Neither one of us, in reality, would be comfortable with that, though anyone who has moved has been close to that point, I am sure.
Moving also forces one to stare another dilemma square in the face. Namely, how can all things be sacred when things=maya=delusion, and delusion seems to stand in direct opposition to moksha. Really it doesn’t though. When one can see maya as part of the divine process and not as the other side of the coin to the sacred, then one sees all “things” as sacred without the apparent contradiction. There is a major difference between seeing things as a manifestation of Brahman and worshiping things as Gods (idolatry/materialism run amok).
Jai Hari Aum.