Originally posted by visrom
I understand this is not a movie appreciation forum, but this is a mytho forum and the movie OMG Oh My God gives a different view about God, worship and rituals.
How many of you have watched the movie? If you have not, this is the plot summary.
I have watched it and I must say it is a fantastic movie. I can't find anything in the movie which can be criticized or hated. A strong recommendation for everyone in the forum.
Could you all post your views on what you feel about the movie and its concept?
Like many of the members here have given their views, I will reemphasize those and add a couple of points or concepts covered in the movie:
1) Concept whether God will punish us if we don't follow the rituals or say something against him or doubt his existence...
2) Service of stone vs service of people - Moorty pooja vs Janseva - Formal worship vs Merciful duty
3) Use of monetary and food resources - Charity to temple vs charity to poor
4) Concept of Madhurya Bhav (whether a simple common man can innocently complain about God to God like a son can complain or demand from father?)
5) Who is Naastik???? The one who questions the existence of God (just because he has not experienced God's presence personally) or the one who misconceives and misdirects the concept of God and who apparently believes in him and worships him but whose conscience is very low.
6) All Gods are one and all the religions give common message... Also there are ritualistic limitations and pollution in all religions.
7) Commercialization of God by prominent religious heads and still the movie also shows that all are not like that - there are also true and genuine saints around.
8) And one lesson for Insurance Companies that they should not use the word 'Act of God' in their clauses because the definition of God is boundless (Act of Men is also Act of God).
The movie has exceptional dialogs and debate and timely presence and involvement of Krishna. Just sufficient enough action and rest as observer. The whole concept of the movie and of Krishna and Krishna's philosophy is well thought. And the climax and the Geeta-Bible-Quran idea in the end given is also a master piece of direction. One thing to be pointed out though is that Swami Vivekanand also questioned Moorty pooja earlier and was puzzled by the Saakaar bhakti. But later he saw Saakaar bhakti in Ramkrishna Paramhans who also was great servant of mankind. Vivekanand later on accepted the importance of Moorty too. Here, the very last dialog or the scene in which Krishna says to Kanji "Ab ise taaviz bana kar gale me mat bandhana, badi mushkil se tumne logon ko samjhaya hai ye na karne ke liye" is very interesting. It can be interpreted as "I know you would genuinely keep this symbol of mine with you as my memory with love, but don't do it because you have just established in the minds of people your different image. I don't otherwise have problem with you seeing me in that Pecock feather keychain." I also feel this topic relates us back to one of the debates we had in "9th Avatar of Vishnu" thread regarding Gautam Buddha's philosophy against Moorty pooja. Whether Buddha was Vishnu or not. And Krishna portrayed here in the movie can be Krishna or not. Can Krishna contradict himself in Kaliyug what he himself told in Dwapar yug? That also is the interesting point of discussion which can be continued over here.
Do you believe in God? (I am sure for most of the people on the mytho forum, the answer is a yes...my answer is YES too)
It will be ALL instead of MOST in this forum.
Do you believe in rituals like shradh etc? To what extent?
Oh yes. To the extent it's scientific and logical and logic is understandable to us or explained to us or its blind obedience doesn't hurt or harm anybody otherwise. But that's not primary and I mostly believe in its science only and don't fear it or don't practically follow it myself other than obeying the pre-established customs of the family. Just obeying it as parents' wish and instruction or grand parents' set norms is just perfectly acceptable for me. In other words, either I know the scientific reason behind a ritual I follow or I just follow it as an obedient member of the family without much head put in it.
If God is present everywhere, why do we visit temples or even have a puja room or a specially designated puja area in our house?
The reason is positive energy. External Satva gun. The atmosphere. God is everywhere. But to connect our mind to God, we need that cosmic connection. We need that positive energy. Satva gun is knowledge. And knowledge that God is in us and in other people and in all things is a scientific reason of temples. Temples are the place where we feel divine energy. The energy of all faithful people gather there. Majority of thoughts of people visiting temple are pure at the time of visiting temple. The substances like dhoop agarbatti, purity of agni (deep/yagnkund), fragrance of flowers and sound of bell enter our senses (eyes, ears & nose) and charge our positive energy within to connect to divine (involved senses drive the mind to pure subjects). But if that essence is lost and when it becomes a rule to be followed such that it is a crime when not followed, it creates orthodoxy and chaos between generations and family members. Personally speaking, I rarely visit a temple, but whenever I do happen to visit it, I always feel divine and blissful.
Is there any point chanting Sanskrit mantras without understanding the meanings?
Yes there is point if they are loudly uttered because they generate scientific vibrations in the universe and create positive energy by sending a particular message (if they are verses) and also create positive energy inside even if uttered in mind (if they are Beejmantras). What I feel though is that you should know the meaning for its effectiveness (or better effectiveness I should say) since basically you order your own mind and your mind sends signals to the universe. If your mind exactly knows what signal it is sending, it can better connect to cosmos. Personally I don't like to recite a Sanskrit verse until I know its meaning but I also believe that it still can have effect without knowing its meaning. It's just boring for me if it is not in my mother tongue or known language and not in chhandas or musical tune that's it. But it can still have effect for sure. Invisible effect howsoever little.
Hope this thread gets some traffic.
Lovely and timely thread. And it has started generating traffic.