It's Okay To Be Superstitious, It's Not Okay To Be Sleeping With God Men In The Hope Of A Miracle

Divya  Manocha Divya Manocha in Culture Shock on 26 December, 2016

We have made fun of Aishwarya Rai when we read she allegedly married a tree to remove the manglik dosh. We have joked about Bhai's famous Sapphire bracelet gifted to him by Papa Bhai. The Sapphire magic worked for Big B as well, apparently. 

My point being, people DO believe in superstitions. And I wonder how, even in this age of globalization and civilization, we still confide in such fanaticism. We may deny that we believe in them, but I know that when I see a cat cross my path, I slow down enough to let something cross the line before me. And trust me when I say this, I do not believe in all this. Which brings me to my question..

Is our conditioning so strong that even when we think we are superior than these mere old wives' tales, we still bow down to them when we are in a fix?

Now, while this is okay as long as it is limited to harmless beliefs, what is more dangerous is letting it affect your mental health and life decisions. It is thought provoking, indeed. Recently, an incident took place in my neighbourhood where an eight-month-old baby suffering from malnutrition, pneumonia, and asthma died. He lost his life because his family wanted to try a ‘wild fruit healing’ method before they took him to the hospital.

A majority of Indians still believe in Tantriks, their power to heal and perform miracles. Families let their daughters sleep with the tantrik who makes them believe that their 'confluence' is the only solution to their problems.  

It is a strange paradox, that even our so called ‘educated, elite class’ is tangled in this blinds of superstition. They are completely mistaken and unaware that such customs and practices are born out of ignorance and fear. I am not against being superstitious; the only motive of this article is to address those who are deep into being 'wary' that it takes a toll on their lives. It goes to the point of trusting no one except miracle mongers and Tantriks, who are simply fooling people to rake in big bucks.

How many of us have emerged to protest this, or tried to unmask such Tantriks or Pandits? We don't speak because we are desensitized. We don't speak up because it doesn't concern us. This is the bitter truth; we have been so reckless that even if we are aware of the culprit, we let them go.

Author's Note:

This subject has now become an urgent priority and needs to be immediately addressed. Why do we find it so difficult to break the chains of disillusion? Let us sharpen our focus and take a pledge that we, the younger generation will be vigilant enough to take necessary steps towards helping those who have been swayed away by these social mores. I definitely agree that it will not be an easy task as it is deep-rooted in our culture. However, being a part of this society, it is our primary responsibility to help mitigate this disbelief in the long run, and also to report such incidents. This way, we can at least contribute in creating awareness among feeble minds; we can bring to light the true colours of those who pretend to be our well wishers. Only then can we prevent each other from falling victim to such hoaxes.

Editor's Note:

Share this story because we have all known people who are superstitious to the T. Before they find themselves in problems bigger than other people's buri nazar, we need to put an end to this.