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Jun 23 2013

Age of Kali – In the Wake of Disaster, There will Always Be Vultures

For those who are unaware, the Northern State of Uttarkhand in India has serious flooding and has lost more than 600 people to the floods with many hundreds still stranded there.

And there will always be  vultures who try and profit from the death and suffering of others.

Often to flog their stupid beliefs.

The monsoons are tragic. They bring rain that is much needed but they also bring floods that kill. They are a natural phenomenon of the way the world works.

Not according to Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati. The cause of the deaths of hundreds of people according to him is due to the temper tantrum of his childish god. At no point did his brain engage and go “Perhaps having a god that’s kind of a dick is not a good thing”. He has blamed the tourism industry. You see Uttarkhand’s tourism industry. Why? Because couples love to go there on honeymoon and take in the romance of moving water. In addition the temples in the region are particularly revered in Hinduism and many have pilgrims who come from all over the world.

Now here is the problem. A large number of people affected are pilgrims. If a god of such magnificent power did exist then why on earth is he so terrible at aiming. Floods cause collateral damage and this is less a thunderbolt to the wicked and more a grenade with “To Whom It May Concern” written on it. The fact is that if this was an “act of god” then the god of Swami Saraswati is a sociopathic kill joy.

“Uttarakhand is the land of gods and goddesses. Here Lord Shiva holds Ganga in his jata (hair). It is the highest tapsaya (penance) possible. Shiva bore the force of the Ganga all alone so that she can flow seamlessly. How can you have honeymoon tourism in Uttarakhand instead of pilgrimage to cleanse the soul and attain nirvana?” Asserting that these mountains were not for the newly-married to enjoy their honeymoon, the religious leader suggested that the disaster was also brought upon due to the dams that have been built on rivers of Uttarakhand.

Dams tend to REDUCE flooding by controlling water releases in rivers and preventing them from swelling. So no…

Uttarkhand is a state and a large part of it’s income comes from tourism due to it’s natural beauty. It’s the last line of the Tibet path for escaped asylum seekers. In short? It’s not just for religious pilgrims.

To say “How dare people have fun while others do not” is madness. If you wish to go to a temple, go to one. If you wish to go sit by a lake then go sit by a lake. No one died and made this Swami the king of fun.

And the state of Uttarkhand relies on Hydroelectric power to keep itself working. The closure of which will require the construction of more polluting power plants. Oh  don’t worry. It’s fine if other parts of India get more polluted. The Swami thinks other states should give their power to Uttarkhand to keep it powered.

Bear in mind many people still don’t have adequate power, the good Swami think it is sane to add more strain and more polluting  and less renewable systems to the power generation of the state..

The government must cleanse the Kedarnath temple with panchamrut (A mixture of milk, curd, clarified butter, honey and sugar). It is time to repent for our wrong deeds.”

Here is a suggestion. The government should take all that food and feed it to the people who are affected by the flood.

Belief in a god doesn’t mean you instantly become a good person. You still have to make decisions based on your belief. If the decisions make you come off as an insensitive and callous wanker who doesn’t care for the dead or the wounded or the still stranded but is more worried about wasting food in order to cleanse a temple of fun.

This makes you a bad person. You have an idea that if acted upon would be detrimental to everyone involved and that idea comes from your faith. I pity this Swami, for a man of god he forgets that the path to Nirvana by the stories of Hinduism is not just through the act of prayer and meditation by through compassion as well.

We are compassionate beings and this Swami would realise that if he took his nose out of scripture for one second and realised that temples aren’t as important as people. In time they will be cleaned but to demand the cessation of “fun” because of fears that god may get angry is moronic and laughable in a world where we can predict the weather and understand how it occurs.

And that’s if you believe in the same gods as Swami Saraswati. Some of us don’t. We don’t have to claim that the weather is because of couples on honeymoons. We can say that it’s due to the way weather happens and that this is an anomalous amount of rain during the rainy period rather than having to invoke the righteous anger/petty dickery of a god.

3 comments

  1. 1
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Avi, do you know of any charitable organizations who would be accepting donations for the people of Uttarkhand? I believe I’ve got a few bob lying in my PayPal still.

  2. 2
    otranreg

    panchamrut (A mixture of milk, curd, clarified butter, honey and sugar)

    Has anyone tried eating it? The ingredients look like it would make a nice dessert. Or is it denaturated somehow?

  3. 3
    shash

    To be fair, the (unregulated, uncontrolled) tourism industry bears quite a bit of the blame – and here I include the religious tourism industry as bearing most of that shared blame. Terracing and deforestation in practically vertical upper-course river valleys to build massive resorts and the like almost certainly contributed to the loss of flood-resistance in the area. Apart from that, I don’t think bringing in tens of thousands of tourists with no disaster or evacuation plan whatsoever was a great idea either.

    @otranreg Yeah, offerings are generally placed before the deities and then distributed to everyone. Usually it has bananas and other fruits too. Tastes good, actually…

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