DWIJA… and the Conscience Creepers…

Friday May 13, 2016

This week, I dug out all testimonials of my professional qualifications acquired over a life time… most of these were in a digital state… secure in more than one storage source viz., my iMac, iPhone, MacBook Air, 2 (Wireless) Seagate 1TB External Hard Disks and 2 (Wired) Western Digital 2TB External Hard Disks…

And two paper copies of each of the testimonials… one in a laminated state for ‘aesthetics’ for myself… and the other – ATTESTED TRUE COPIES

I heard Kejriwal is coming to check me out and confirm my testicles… er… testimonials are True… Attested… Copied… or otherwise…

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This entire week, I spent countless hours figuring out which other country on this worthy earth of ours, do we have such ‘conscientious levels of an educational caste system’… where an IITian, at the highest self-styled echelon of a grossly self-warped educational system… questions (educational and professional) qualifications of a tea vendor turned Premier of a country…

Quite akin to a BRAHMIN asking a SHUDRA if he qualifies to serve the community… and a country…  

Well, in the contemporary… and available history of the spoken or the written word… I haven’t been able to unearth any such verbal impeachment… except on 2 occasions in the last 22 years…

The first… was my own ‘UPANAYANAM’ or the ‘Sacred Thread Ceremony’ in June 1994… and now 2 weeks ago, Krtin, my son’s ‘UPANAYANAM’

(Upanayana (Sanskrit: उपनयन) literally means “the act of leading to or near”… it is the rite of passage symbolizing a ceremony in which a Guru (teacher) accepts and draws a child towards knowledge and initiates the ‘DWIJA’ (the second birth)… that is of the young mind and spirit… the Upanayana can be performed at the age of 7 or 14 depending upon when the ‘Teacher’ thought he could accept the ‘Pupil’)

On both occasions, I had questioned the sanctity of a ceremony like this one… and more appropriately… the ‘relevance’ of the ceremony and most importantly wearing the ‘YAGNOPAVEETHAM’ (the sacred thread) itself… looping over your left shoulder and the loop crossing your torso and falling on to your right hip…

(‘Yagnopaveetham’ is a triple stranded sacrificial filament joined by a knot that is worn by those initiated into the ‘Upanayanam’. Yagnopaveetham is a Sanskrit word; Yagna means sacred ritual and Upaveetham means a covering. Yagnopaveetham means a sacred covering on the body without which a Yagna or a sacred ritual cannot be performed) 

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Long years ago… say about 2,000 years… the written word has it… that all the pregnant women in the Aryan world in the north of India… were transported to an astounding ‘reserve’… which could well be geographically ‘Pakistan’ today…

The ‘reserve’ was self-serving in all ways… the prospect mothers were well cared for in all respects… and with so many prospect mothers under the same roof, the environment was very conducive for coming together of all the necessary ingredients for making the mind, body and the soul of the new born astonishingly sound… and laying the perfect ground for the child to be a bright, excitable citizen of a progressive society…

And the mothers were sent back after the child-birth to where they came from… while that may be heart rending for many… for many more, it laid a faultless foundation for a society where nobody knew the parentage nor the genetic make-up of any citizen in the society… when the adolescents – both boys and girls – went back to the larger society when they were 14…

But before they went back… they were put through various tests… qualifying and certifying them to be fit for purpose of serving the larger society…

These tests were based on what the children went through in their formative years at the ‘reserve’… the education prepared them for TEACHING and TRAINING the society – the art and science of life… for PROTECTING the society and the citizens against foreign invasions and keeping internal peace… for CARRYING OUT the craft and practice of TRADE… and lastly and equally importantly SERVING the larger society in its administrative setups…

Everybody at the ‘reserve’ had equal access to the learning and the training methodologies and the available knowledge sources… but growing up to 14 years of age… and based on mental and physical faculties and the interest that they had in one art, science or craft over the other… each child mastered what s/he wanted to…

The society needed them all… and this was one of the most enviable frameworks in governance for many centuries that the ancient Aryan society had modelled hundreds of years ago…

At the time when the adolescents were put through these ‘tests’ and were certified to go back to the larger society… they were put through ‘DWIJA’ (to be twice born)… where in an ‘UPANAYANAM’ ceremony… they wore ‘YAGNOPAVEETHAMs’ of differing folds to signify a ‘second life’ that they would live…

This second birth would seamlessly integrate them to do what they are good at… for the larger Benefit and Service of the society…

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Just as Modi, the OBC (Modi’s family belonged to the Modh-Ghanchi-Teli (oil-presser) community, which is categorised as an Other Backward Class by the Indian government)… and Modi, the Tea Vendor at the Vadnagar Railway Station… could become the Prime Minister of the country…

Modi completed his higher secondary education in Vadnagar, Dist. Mehsana, Gujarat, in 1967, where a teacher described him as an average student… yet, a keen debater, with an interest in theatre… unlike Kejriwal who was always a top-of-the-class academically-endowed student who weaved his way into IIT Kharagpur…

Modi had an early gift for rhetoric in debates, and this was noted by his teachers and fellow students… Modi preferred playing larger-than-life characters in theatrical productions, which has influenced his political image… Kejriwal with his social skills has won many awards including ‘Ramon Magsaysay’ and ‘Mahan Lodu Award’ (I am not saying this – Wiki is)…

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As unfortunately as the monumental work-class model paved way to the world-class caste system in our country… slowly and gradually, the Kejriwals of the world, through times, became self-serving CONSCIENCE CREEPERS of the society…

The ‘reserves’ vanished and ‘reservations’ took over…

Shudras or the ‘SERVING’ class… lost that equal right to ‘DWIJA’ and ‘UPANAYANAM’ and the ‘YAGNOPAVEETHAM’

Till Modi became the Prime Minister… this is the true relevance of DWIJA for me in current times…  

Happy weekend…

Ravi Kodukula

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