I passed on Saraswati Puja last night. I just wasn’t feeling up to being in temple last night. I just felt like having a very quiet night. During the afternoon I had re-connected with a friend who is recently out of rehab and is full of renewed energy, faith in herself and her purpose. She used to work with me, but is now off pursuing other ventures, one of which is a podcast. It is going to focus on art in the area of my home town. She said she’d love to have me on as a guest to chat a few minutes about any particular relevant topic that interested me.
I told her I would be interested in talking about the artistic aspect of Hinduism. But my main concern is I don’t know how I could keep this to a few of minutes. Frankly I don’t know how I could do it without turning into a huge human windbag.
But I would like to try, without scaring people off. You know how people are when they hear the topic of religion is coming up! The tricky part will be to avoid anything that could be misconstrued as me preaching my own philosophy/religion. The intent would solely be to demonstrate the beauty and artful nature inherent in our Dharma. I verified this would involve video rather than just audio, which would not lend itself to the subject-matter quite as well.
Without even getting into the meat of the religion, I’d love to discuss the artistic symbolism to be found in the more well-known Murtis for example, and maybe even the grand metaphor that is the Gita. But to give it a local appeal, I would also like to explain some of the artistry involved in some of the festivals which are celebrated right here in town. Open up the public to awareness of it, at least. I have heard so many people in my life say “I know next to nothing about Hinduism.”
But at the same time, obviously I am adamant that the Murtis be portrayed as far from just art, just images, lest audience members get visions of idolatry dancing in their heads. Shouldn’t be too hard given the symbolism, but it is a concern.
Lastly, and mainly really, my concern about doing this would be my ability to clearly convey to non-Hindus a glimpse into a world that I myself have only been a part of for a few years. Even writing this, I feel it is a bit presumptuous to go on the air and be seen as a self-proclaimed embassador of Hinduism when there is a large community here of life-long Hindus. The thing about it is that since it is a show about art, the visual and frankly more superficial aspects would likely be a focus. I would be okay with that as long as, as I said above, it is understood that there is a wealth beneath the surface.
Anyway these are all things I am considering. If not, then there are a few other topics I am kicking around. Either way Saraswati Maa was present in a big way yesterday, both fulfilling my buried desire for a creative outlet, and bringing me a reason to post here again (even if just this post, for now).
I wish you all a peaceful closing few days of Maha Navaratri. My hope for you all is that you recognize your inner wisdom, embrace it, bottle it up, and wield it at the appropiate moment. Think big. Love vastly.
Aum Maa Saraswatyai Namah
Jai Hari Aum