I’ve done it before, of course, the rant – here.
And it keeps happening again.
My household help is Muthu, a very sweet and naive woman, mother of three little girls – read something more about her here.
She keeps throwing up questions at me, which shakes me up so much ! So, what was her question now ??
Akka, have you read Bhagvad Gita ??
Yes, sort of (as I’ve read a few chapters of it).
Does the Bhagvad Gita tell you that you should not allow people from other castes to touch things in your house ?? Like me touching the Pressure Cooker or the Gas Stove or vessels or things like that ??
***Absolute shocking silence from me***
And then, I shake myself and ask “Why such a doubt suddenly??”
I work for this other house…you also know her. In her house, her mom doesn’t allow me to touch any vessels. She washes them all after I clean up. Is this what the Bhagvad Gita says?? Because all people follow their holy book, right??
Muthu….Muthu….not only Bhagvad Gita, none of the holy books talk about discrimination to people based on caste or anything. All the holy books talk about way of life – by doing good things to others. The caste and other things like touching or non-touching have been created by us, humans and its a terrible thing to do. To treat another human being lowly just because of silly reasons like caste is the biggest of crimes.
Even though I sort of explained things to her, it was a slap on the face moment for me. I wondered how for all the lowly things which the humans are doing, the holy books are held responsible…sigh…