getting married to an empty clay pot
a historic folk remedy for less benevolent first-marriage prediction
The value of this practice is as empty as the pot!
Vocabulary for Kumbha Vivah:
= a historic remedy for uncomfortable Jyotisha marriage prospects that is practiced in some traditional Bharati cultures.
An empty clay pot, or Kumbha, stands in for the spouse, and the native is "married" to the pot.
In some cultures the hapless native will be 'married' to a sapling tree, such as a pipal.
There are many variations according to custom and climate.
IMO this custom = absolutely the height of superstition, and cannot possibly produce the least advantage in the quest to transform ignorance into wisdom.
Genuine karma = obligatory actions which have been designed by the spirit to enforce, through repetition of the lesson, an awareness of the relationship between thoughts and actions. Karma is a purposeful system which facilitates the conversion of ignorance into wisdom.
Karma is "inescapable" via superstitious methods because superstition transfers the locus of responsibility to an outside agent. If a challenging first marriage is on schedule, what would be the point of running away from it? The idea of karma is to face the planned misalignments requiring realignment attention and learn from them.
Yet supposedly educated persons often ask whether the kumbh-vivah puja will resolve forecast marriage challenges.
The answer is: no it will not.Nor will dancing in a counterclockwise circle with 108 strips of red fabric tied to one's head (a popular "remedy" for Kuja Dosha, Kala Sarpa Yoga, and various other "curses "!)
Nor will wearing a ring of a certain gemstone, set in the metal form of a snake. Nor will any other act of sympathetic magic which is intended to run away from karma rather than work through it.
IMO there is no harm in doing puja of any type, so long as one understands that by performing the ritual one's power has not been usurped by outside agencies (deities, naga, spirits, a guru or the pujari).
The power to change lies within the power to understand , and the power to understand is a part of conscious acceptance of the path as one finds it.
Breaking a clay pot will not create the least molecule of progress toward the goal of self-knowledge through the vehicle of marriage.
However *any ritual * including the ceremonial breaking of a clay pot, can help to confirm one 's intention
The power of change IS THE POWER OF INTENTION.
Intention to eradicate the most fundamental ignorance may be enacted by asking for help from the divine when marriage challenges become severe.
Breaking a clay pot can serve as a sacrificial ritual which does affirm one's commitment to breaking through barriers of misunderstanding and psychic mismatch to reach a common respect.
Rituals are lovely, confirming, materially tangible, and emotionally engaging.
Breaking a clay pot or pulling up a tree sapling will do absolutely nothing to assist the consciousness and in fact if such rituals are undertaken from a power-exhausting superstitious perspective, rituals increase ignorance which increases the scale of the karmic learning curve.
Rituals should not be performed unless the personal commitment to forgive and release is already in place.
|Kumbha Vivah can be validating and it can be fun...|| |
Kumbha Vivah = absolutely a performative act of affirmation of personal responsibility.
Although a ritual is never a release of liability for working through one's own cloud of darkness, it can help conscious people to commit and re-commit to to goal of bringing an avowed marriage agreement into the bright light of truth.
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