|Originally posted by : Sh. P Suresh
Having had to stay at different parts of the country, having shifted around 50 rooms, let me record that the locality talked off is better than vicinities of butcher's shop, wine shop, for that matter any shop etc.
Some points that are being missed:
1. Children get to learn to be devout. That devotion turns in good to the parents later on & they get the true fruits of their labor.
2. One gets to learn Indian aspects that have great value even today in foreign countries (Tabla, Mridangam, Vocal, Bhajans, Slokas etc etc). Some of the skills do not get Gurus so easily & visiting Gurus come from outside. They have special needs & the classes itself get scheduled at odd hours.
3. The Bhajans, sholokas, bell, musical instruments etc create vibarations that have positive effect on the mind; that which discos, wine etc does not.
4. The temples are not as unfair. The bhaktas get prasad & that token divine gift is so gratifying.
5. Several highly successful people start & end their day at temples as they have seen that their success keeps increasing with the brief meditations, chantings etc.
You/your people have done some punya to have got into that location. But you may always throw the gift, for it has come free you see.
Thank you for your kind words. Drawing comparison between living in the vicinity of a temple and that of wine shop, butcher shop, etc., is not the apt thing here as I am talking about a proper residential area.
#1. For children, I really don't think missing homework or being unable to open a book because the temple is playing loud music ALL DAY LONG will help any kid in anyway.
#2. Listening to Tabla, Mridangam, Vocal, Bhajans, Slokas etc etc, does not necessarily mean you learn to play them. If I want my kids to learn those instruments, I shall surely find a Guru for same; but definitely not at the cost of someone else's peace of mind and without their willingness.
#3. I really do not know about the positive effect of vibrations, but can be sure of a migraine at the end of the day :)
#4. I have absolutely nothing against the temples, can't they give the Prasad without playing loud music?
#5. Its good to have meditations and chantings as a part of one's life, but thats got nothing to do with playing loud music and disturbing others. I mean, isn't meditation supposed to be in a silent environment?
As far as punya is concerned, you tell me what God will bless you when you're torturing people around playing loud music for hours together, disturbing others' peace of mind in the name of God, forcing others to quit their homes because they are tired of telling you that its a nuisance?????