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In south India, Kolu, the grand arrangements of the living creatures on earth is displayed! Its that simple, God and its creation is the same! Maker is the material. Cause is the effect.
Worship of the feminine part of God
Since a woman gives birth to both a male and a female, God in this particular festival of the Hindus is worshiped in the feminine form rightly.
As Durga, remover of the obstacles in life and armed where as a lay Hindu is unarmed!. Lakshmi, bestower of wealth, Sarawathi, the goddess of knowledge. These three are the essential seeking for everyone irrespective of nationality and race! Nine days each is allotted to these femininity of God
Navaratri Kolu- the stage to display God and its creation as One!
The kolu stage is set on 11 steps symbolic of evolution of creation
10.Three creators Siva, Vishnu, Brahma(manifestation as iswara)
9.Other God forms
8.Avatharas or incarnations
5.Human beings including foreigners- find in the picture
2.Corals, foam etc.,
This is an approximate order given, this varies according to situations. Now a days, there is a generalization of this arrangement.
Significance of the replica!
You will not harm anything on earth since each one is none other than God itself! People who have their God above the clouds, hurt others, nop, kill others. someone convert others. These bigots consider their religion as the only way. But here in this Kolu, this stage with arrangement of various forms of life on earth is worshiped as God!
Any form is God
God can be invoked in any form, because the creator and creation is the same. This is the vision of the Hindus. Hindus accept other religions as true. But other religions are not! The flaw in their faith is that theirs is a faith whereas Hinduism is a reality.
Unity in diversity
This kolu, a wonderful arrangement of the world with its many features is given in a nutshell! the best part of this festival is "THE UNITY AMONG THE DIVERSITY"
Life is simply simple
Someone may feel life is complex! it may seem just like this Kolu stage with umpteen number of creatures and human beings. This is the replica of the world,
Nop!, this is the replica of God! This is Hinduism, the reality! Complex made so simple!!
Your human right as God
Festivals like this remind us of the need for the knowledge about "ONENESS" which is Iswara or God and that is you! In your awareness the whole thing exists. This is Vedanta!. You need certain prerequisites to study this.
You are worshiped as God!
Like what we find on this kolu stage, an organism is worshiped as God. With each step upwards, the human form is also worshiped as God! including the foreigners also leading to the God! which is also worshiped. Everything is worshiped here as God along with the God form at the top!
Hinduism does not believe in conversion or killings
Thats why Hinduism does not impose anyone their religion because its the reality. Reality can't be founded since it exists on its own! If a person is happy with himself or herself, why does the person goes to conquer others? This is the reality with the Hindus, even during the more prosperous times.Being the richest nation on earth in those days, India did not conquer others! Nop, it conquered with its spirituality and not with swords.
Your part- the call to action
You, friend reading this piece, just share it with your friends to take part in the Kolu that you may set up at your home in any part of the world. Few more days are there!
Kolu- excellent replica of this world as God!
The need of the hour for world peace!!
"Isavasyam idam sarvam"- Isavasayopanishad
(All that is here is Isawara- God)
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