|Place of the Dead.|
|Cremation of a woman|
|Holy Hindu for a price.|
Ok, the second kind of burial is water burial. This is particularly for children under age of 8. They are wrapped in a cloth and float down the Ganges. They are not cremated because children are pure and sinless. That's a reverse from our Christian concept that we are all born in sin and have to be baptized with holy water ASAP to have that sin removed and to start a clean life. Interesting is the similar value of water in these religious activities. Also the bodies of the Shadu are similarly wrapped (after they die in the cave, I guess) to float down the Ganges. The Ganges, dirty as it is, is the most holy of rivers. But the Shadu, who don't look so clean in life, are clean, having overcome all evil tendencies,
|Me and the holy Shadu.|
The third burial is cremation, which is all around us. It is the most recognized and scientific. Ninety-five per cent of Hindi are cremated, except children, Shadu, pregnant women, and those with epidemic diseases, like AIDS, yellow fever, malaria, etc. It's point is to detach the soul from the flesh. One goes to the stars, the other to the river.
The fourth burial is sky burial. This is designated for those with epidemic diseases. If the evil spirits see fire on the epidemic carrier then it makes the angry and cause havoc.
|Orange is God's color.|
All of this has stirred my soul since my brother and mother were cremated. My brother's ashes are in the power of his widow. My mother's ashes are in a beautiful emerald green urn interned next to my father in a cemetery. Ours was a more private and dignified celebration of the life of a great lady. There was time to prepare, there was prayer, there was a coming together of family to share and morn, there was a visitation of friends from her life and the lives of her heirs and there was a feeling of peace. I still do not know how I feel about cremation but in this ever crowded and almost untrustable world, there is a rhythm to life and death and what we do to our bodies here on earth can be washed away so that our souls are free to meet again all those who have loved us and whom we have loved as we journey to the Heavenly Kingdom of our Father God. Those who love are sured there are great arms waiting to hold us in the afterlife. God bless.
|Orange on everything.|