Life has traditions but tradition is not life!

India, the land of diversities. A country which could certainly be termed as the synonym of diversity. I have always been wonderstruck as how so many cultures and traditions live in harmony in a single nation. 

There are a lot of things we know about India but a few facts have always been unknown. Today I am going to talk about what tradition means to India and its inhabitants. 

Before I elaborate on my thoughts I would like to mention how this thought took birth in my mind. One of the blogs I follow, Monika Sharma wrote about a trending news, JALLIKATTU. Please visit her post, Jallikattu, a bull fighting, to know what it is. I don’t think you’ll find a better place to know what it is all about. 

For a few weeks now the people of Tamil Nadu(State in India) have been protesting against a decision to ban their traditional sport(Jallikattu). Now, I don’t think I am worthy to blame anyone or judge who is right or who is wrong. I certainly don’t have the right to judge somebody’s tradition. But I think I need to throw some light on this word we all call,”TRADITION”.

What is tradition? Something we humans practice because our ancestors have been conducting it for ages. Cool stuff na? Now, here is my question. Do we practice everything our ancestors believed in? Certainly not! 

Our ancestors didn’t rape women and leave them to die on the streets. They worshipped God, they didn’t make religion a business. I know a lot of worship places where people are told that you are not allowed to pray here if you don’t give donations. Today children do the get admission in charitable schools and colleges without donations. Incidents of parents killing their children and vice versa. Youngsters selling their properties to collect money for consuming drugs. The list just keeps going on. Did our ancestors do all this? 

It’s perfectly fine to be proud of our traditions but let’s not turn them into a business or turn it’s into a mockery. 

A lot of people don’t agree with the traditions they are told to follow. The society terms them as “Rebels”. Why? It’s their personal call, they have every right to chose how they want to like their life. However, those people who are always behind people forcing them to follow something are the real villains. These people have make tradition their sole motive of life and I would say, they are like businessmen making tradition their business. 

A lot of our traditions are based on certain aspects of the society which are not well accepted by all. Look, on Earth nobody is a perfect human being. Some aspects of society make sense, some don’t! There are no criteria to classify them as good or bad. 

Be proud of your tradition but don’t make tradition your sole motive of life!

Let’s live as Human beings not beings of tradition. Have a great day. God bless!

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  1. Wonderful thought Jothish ! Traditions just give colour to life..They are not mandatory but are still very much required..besides, I believe that traditions are supposed to be celebrated and not something to be stubborn about ..Again, a good write up !

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      1. See the moment you use the term mandatory, a kind of adamancy and stubbornness comes across which dilutes the happiness associated with traditions..One should be free to choose whether he or she is willing to get involved or not..Having said that, irrespective of what one feels,each and every tradition should be given utmost respect by all even if you don’t want to or are not following the same for some reason..

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    1. That’s a really eye catching statement you’ve made. Well said! It’s true, religion was made by us to keep a check on humanity but the tables have turned and we need to keep a check on religion now.

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  2. Superb Jothish and I absolutely agree wholeheartedly with your words, today we have become robots in our own world and there is so much selfishness just me, my and mine. Religion has taken on different meaning. Why do we kill innocent animals for our fun and who has given us that right, not our Lord who is in them too. But this is our human folly. Great 👍

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  3. This is so rightly pulled and reasoned , everything so well in place and articulated .

    Those who are well aware of traditions and culture know what truly is said in their cultures .
    As it said , “traditions are like mango fruit , when they are fresh and sour they are liked by few , when they ripe, they become everyone’s favourite but after that they decay , those who cling to it too get in problem ”
    Cultures is a way of life and tradition is it’s cultivator
    But the law States everything is transitory , neither tradition stays forever , not culture it only expands

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  4. Nice message, Jothish! It’s more important than ever before to look deep within and test how much we are identified with our traditions. Any form of external identification leads to notions of me and mine, which eventually leads to conflict. We’ve been seeing this in India in the past few years where most of us are feeling vulnerable in our own cities because of our culture or what we eat or whom we worship or where we come from. The sooner we treat our traditions as an outer cultural event rather than our “identities”, the faster we can replace the harmony which is so swiftly breaking in many parts of our country.

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    1. Well said, George! Mentality like yours is what gives birth to harmony. The true sense of freedom is when we come out of the cocoons and discover a life, where there is a freedom of choice, to chose what defines our motive of life.

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