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Daily Ritual ~ 365 Photos Challenge #307 – 309

By using the word ritual in the broadest sense to the specific, which relates to the wider community to individuals, let me ask, how many rituals in our lives? 

Most of these rituals are obligations or necessities, others are considered to be known benefits, some are just habitual pleasures, a small part of it is believed that it is very useful for our overall existence. 

Some people consider all the rituals to be useful, while some others consider them to have no meaning at all. It doesn’t matter which point of view is right, or truer. But it’s good if all the ritual can be questioned, what are the important reasons, and keep asking, until the rest of the answers are ignorance, mental deadlock. 

Repeat the questions, then separate all the answers; which comes from knowledge originating from outside, and that comes from within ourselves, original self. Squeeze all the answers and deadlocks into a drop of the essence of life, then submit completely to what is considered the Source of Life. If the answer comes, and the answer is dogmas, theories, formulas, various pretexts, loan knowledge, refusal, and not an awareness, then all the rituals will not be able to satisfy the will of the soul, who really hopes to be recognized, and the reason why it came to be “I” on earth. 

It is not important, to regard this question as truth, but it is important to answer the truth of our existence, as an entity or as something that lives together with everything else. Don’t you think?

As an illustration for this post, I quote the writings of Anthony de Mello S. J. from his book THE SONG OF THE BIRD 

THE GURU’S CAT  

Each time the guru sat for worship with his students the ashram cat would come in to distract them, so he ordered them to tie it when the ashram was at prayer.  

After the guru died the cat continued to be tied at worship time. And when the cat expired, another cat was brought into the ashram to make sure that the guru’s orders were faithfully observed at worship time.  

Centuries passed and learned treatises were written by the guru ’s scholarly disciples on the liturgical significance of tying up a cat while worship is performed. 

  • Question of

    Do you have certain rituals, whether related to religion or belief, tradition, fulfilling spiritual or emotional needs, strengthening social ties, providing social and moral education, showing respect or submission, allowing someone to express one’s affiliation, get social acceptance or consent for some event or ritual that is sometimes done only for the pleasure of the ritual itself, or which is of a very personal nature?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are rituals important to you?

    • Yes
    • No
    • It depends.

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  1. Users voted 10 times.
    Q: Do you have certain rituals, whether related to religion or belief, tradition, fulfilling spiritual or emotional needs, strengthening social ties, providing social and moral education, showing respect or submission, allowing someone to express one’s affiliation, get social acceptance or consent for some event or ritual that is sometimes done only for the pleasure of the ritual itself, or which is of a very personal nature?

    Yes (6 votes) – 60%
    No (4 votes) – 40%

    Q: Are rituals important to you?

    Yes (4 votes) – 40%
    No (3 votes) – 30%
    It depends. (3 votes) – 30%

  2. Rituals are … passed down usually with no real meaning or distorted/biased meaning …
    Like only the male can lead a funeral or major Chinese “rituals”?

    I LOL at this!!

    Oh if waking up and going to my PC/phone is a ritual too then yes … I’ve one or two at least!
    hehe :p

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    • The church is also a ritual, though not every day. As long as you do it wholeheartedly and know the reason and meaning of the ritual, it is good and necessary.

      This post is just to make us more aware of the meaning and benefits of our ritual, or find out more about it, dear friend.

    • Thanks for your thought, Gogata.

      Hmmm… Not many people like you, my friend. Some people even have rituals by tidying up toiletries, making sure everything in the house is organized as desired, or tidying up work equipment; camera, weapon (my dad used to do it), etc.

      The cat’s story simply reminds us of the basis and meaning of our rituals, if we have, and whether we know it.

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  3. Absolutely I have rituals. Drinking my coffee first thing in the morning is my first one.
    Mediation, long deep breaths, is one I do when needed. The treadmill is another.
    I could go on. Love your photo Albert. A favorite blue.

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