Religion and opulence

July 17, 2012

I was looking at photos of a new place of worship coming up somewhere in the world, and felt strongly….I feel contrary once again, and wonder, why do we have to invest the objects of our faith or reverence with so much opulence? Why must we decorate our gods with gold and diamonds? I very often find that devotees seem to appreciate the materialistic opulence more than the deity enshrined.

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Disneys Aladdin at the Muny, 080712, St.Louis

July 10, 2012

It was a wonderful production of the Disney musical. I was asked not to take videos, so I did not. There were “Ali” fez-es and “Jasmine” tiaras being given away, and a magician entertained everyone, before the actual show. In spite of the thunderstorm, it was a wonderful evening, as Dawn, Rani and I had dinner (I made mooli parathas, buttermilk and dal) and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly…our row (Z, the last one) was the only covered one!

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