Saturday, 22 May 2010

The tallest Building

They say that at the centre of every village was the temple, and that the temple was always ALWAYS the tallest building around. They say that this was because we could see the temple from any point in the village, and that helped us pray, and worship the gods.
Today, the tallest building around comes from the corporate sector. They are at the heart of every city that exists. Does this say something about the power sectors, and the very apparent shift from god to money? Indeed, the question is raised- do we worship money? And this is not a random, question thrown at the filthy rich. It is a deep introspection into the heart of our lives and our ways of living.
Architecture, too, plays its role in shaping our society.
With the changes that have taken place in our way of living, somewhere along the line our values changed, too. It is no longer the painstaking efforts of an individual to reach god, but costly entry fees into temples that take you quickly past the common entrance, and it is no longer about the penance but the money with which you can gain it.
The temple has changed from being the pristine, holy place where people thronged to gain the lord's blessings into something that we can pay an entry into. God, like water, ought to come for free.

5 comments:

kits said...

nicely done da....

Monu's the name said...

"god, like water, ought to come for free" is the only line i liked.

dont you think the post is a lot cliched?

Sayujya said...

Hmmm.... maybe! But I never thought of it that way. And also, the focus was supposed to be on the construction and architecture. I don't know if that stood out as prominent.

Daughter of the Night said...

Interesting. Of course, this question is often thrown at and by us... but I've never come to it by this route... Nice!

Haddock said...

Very true.
Gone are the days when the place of worship was at the central place and all could see it.
Now the place of worship is infested by money hungry officials whose main interest is to extract money from the common people, by putting in the fear of God.