The following is a guest post by Mr.P.R.Rajeevkumar.
(The views expressed in the post are those of the author. Kindly share your views in the comments below, and have a healthy discussion)
I have seen a posting in another group criticizing badly the eating and drinking habits of people as a hindrance to the Hindu unity, which made me write this.
Hindu is not an individual; Hindu is a society(samooham)!
The best comparison is the Coconut. Coconut has many parts – The outer covering with ‘coir’. Inside it the hard shell. Within that the sweet, soft, clean and white fruit & the sweet, clean and refreshing juice.
The white fruitious part can be compared to the knowledgeable persons [let us term it the brahmins] and the juice ‘the Customs & Rituals’.
The Brahmins are CREATED from the nectar(customs & rituals). Thus the term ‘Dwija(born again)’. All are born as ‘human’; by virtues become ‘brahmin’. They get mature immersed in the sweet & pure nectar, while a part also contributes to the hard shell. The hard shell & ‘coir’cover protect the brahmins(or the Jnanis, or temples, or Sanathana Dharma). The protection can be physical and/or economical. In return the brahmins keep-up their own quality and impart or radiate good quality upto the outer shell. (If you doubt that the inner fruit does not affect the coir cover, just ask the coconut vender next time you go to drink a tender coconut).
The ‘coir’ cover is the 1st layer of protection. It is vulnerable and not hard. But being numerous & fibrous it does not allow easy aggression. Only through determined action can this part be removed. It may get bruised; still the coconut is good. It keeps the coconut floating even in a flood. But once the coir cover is gone, the coconut is under attack. One can remove the nectar easily. A coconut from which the nectar is removed, decays fast. Hence it is the necessity of brahmins to upkeep the ‘less knowledged’ around them. They cannot simply be expelled telling that they are unclean & unsweet. It is not in their nature. A thing cannot be soft as well as strong at the same time. They ought to be as they are, but should be imparted knowledge to keep them in their own good health.
The coconut is WHOLE with the crown.
Without the crown also it is called a ‘coconut’.
Without the coir shell is also called a ‘coconut’.
Without the nectar is also called a ‘coconut’.
Without the hard shell is also called a ‘coconut’.
Coir shell without the ‘white fruit’ is called just ‘coir’.
Hard shell alone is called just ‘hard shell’.
White fruit alone is still called ‘coconut’.
Big and beautiful the whole coconut be, if the white fruit is bad, the coconut is termed bad.
The outer shell and inner shell are still used for coir making and burning.
Bad(improper) nectar (customs & rituals) can decay the white fruit.
Decayed white fruit decays the nectar.
The decayed white part is simply thrown away with a curse.
So it is a must for the ‘Hindus’ to co-exist looking after their respective dharmas.
Everyone should know that they are born in their status due to their ‘poorva janma karmaphala’. So the ‘luckier’ should further improve their status by continuing ‘good karmas’ and the ‘unlucky’ do more ‘good karmas’ without complaints to compensate for their previous debt.
AND ALL BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE WIDE SPREAD FELLING OF THE TENDER COCONUTS, NOT ALLOWING THEM TO MATURE. VOLANTARILY SOME COCONUTS BE AVAILABLE TO BE USED AS SEEDS.