Continuing on our earlier posts about the blocks to practising SV regularly, here we go once again!!
It seems to be really old-fashioned in this modern world. Yes, it might look odd to be doing SV in this era of iPads, Android phones etc. It will be pertinent to remember that while all the technologies and gadgets in this “modern” world have made communication with the outside world easier and more affordable, there is still nothing in the inward journey. SV is an access for that communication with oneself. we had primarily looked at benefits for the body and mind in our earlier posts and perhaps a separate post is required to address the spiritual dimensions of SV. SV is not old and obsolete. On the contrary, it’s relevance today is much more than in the vedic ages.
I feel so embarrassed about showing off my religious credentials. I fully understand. SV is not about showing the rest of the world and is all about building your muscle. While it is perfectly ok to continue to wear the “thirumann” (Vaishnavas) or the “Thiruneeru” (for the Saivites) on the forehead even after one performs SV, do remove them if you are uncomfortable. By the way, SV is not a public ritual that you shout from the rooftop but one that you do in the confines of your home. While you can be legitimately proud of doing SV regularly, it is not something that you use to flaunt. Do SV regularly for your benefit. Incidentally, it is quite unfortunate that Hindus are quite reluctant (or even ashamed) about their identity. I have seen muslims do their prayers in public places such as trains, halls and that too with pride but have yet to come across someone doing his SV likewise.
I am planning to start soon. Congratulations and my prayers that you start today. “Soon” is an illusion and we are comfortable using that to keep the enquirers at bay and yet not commit to it.
It is really difficult to get up in the morning and do it. There is a song by Kannadasan that goes “Dheivam endral adhu deivam, verum silai endral adhu silaidhan. Undu endral adhu undu, illai endral adhu illai” which means that if you say there is God, there is but if you say it is only a stone, it is only a stone. Likewise, if you call it “difficult”, then it will be really difficult. Consider seeing SV as an opportunity to get up early in the morning and accomplish much more before you leave for work and it will be easy getting up.
Doing SV thrice is too much. I would rather not do it at all. This is yet another variant of the “perfectionist” approach that gives us lot of satisfaction when we are not doing something. Yes, it is best to do tri-kala SV (thrice a day) but it is better to do it once or twice than not to do it all. A stand that “I will either do thrice or not to do it all” is nothing but covering up the lack of willingness. Start with one time and gradually increase to three rather than wait for doing all the three times.
I don’t understand the mantras. Your intention to understand the mantras is noble but this is also another way of saying “I want to do it perfectly”. As we have talked about in the previous post, there is no dearth of materials and resources on SV and other aspects of our religion. Eminent scholars have written books that are simple to understand and all it takes is the effort to buy that book and read it.
If there are some other reasons that you have experienced or heard from others, please share them and we will respond to them.