Originally posted by SolidSnake
I can't marry someone within same gotra (ain't we all ultimately from same ancestors if we go back far enough)
(in earlier times) I would be committing sin if I cross sea
I can't have non-veg stuff on tuesday (but can have on other days)
I can't have beef but can eat anything else (apparently other animals don't feel pain when getting butchered)
Dalits not allowed entry into temples in some place (can't imagine this happens in this age)
On a fasting day I can't eat any food with salt or oil in it but I can eat as much fruits as I like (pet bhar ke)
If I am a VIP I get to skip long lines of devotees for darshan in temples (Vaishno Devi/ Shirdi Saibaba etc)
In some famous temples there are different lines according to how much you pay for ticket (Tirupati for example I think)
In some temples (Guruvayur in Kerala), non-hindus are not allowed. And if they somehow manage to enter and temple authorities come to know...a shuddhikaran ceremony is performed.
<font color="#0000ff">Anyone for Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism etc lists?
It's not religion that makes us crazy..it's our interpretation of it. It's the way we twist things to suit us and our needs. Society creates the barriers between Dalits and Brahmans, the people in society allow certain people to skip lines at religious places of worship, not religion.
When people eat meat, but not beef, it is not because they are saying we are good Hindus so we will not eat beef. In fact, when people eat meat, they know it's not something that is supported in the Hindu religion, so in order to keep some sort of faith alive, they will choose not to eat beef as the cow is seen as quite a sacred animal in Hinduism. (as i'm sure you already know) It's one that benefits society the most through all the things it provides. Hinduism is more about the way you live your life, how you treat others, not about marrying within the same caste. In Hinduism it's not forbidden to marry someone outside your community, society created the system years ago, but yes the caste system originated from India, although after talking to my friends I realised it is not the only south asian country to have the caste system..which I was quite shocked and surprised about tbh.
But regarding the queues at Shirdi and skipping lines..just show them your British passport and you will automatically skip all the queues
plus if you have an elderly person with you then you can easily skip queues too. However, if you wake up and go to the early morning prayers, then there is no chance to skip queues and everyone has to wait their turn...just something i've noticed. :S
The words Kali Yuga come to mind..