Color Run warning – Hindu ritual in, thin, disguise

Hinduism’s Holi ritual aka Phakuwa or Phagwah or simply the Festival of Colors also Doḷajatra (in Odisha), Dol Jatra or Basantotsav (in West Bengal and Assam) is a Spring festival observed during the full moon day of the month of Phalgun (March).

BACKGROUND

Various legends surround the ritualistic festival such as those involving the demon King Hiranyakashyap who wanted his son Prahlad to be murdered but was saved by Vishnu.

Hinduism’s Holi ritual aka Phakuwa or Phagwah or simply the Festival of Colors also Doḷajatra (in Odisha), Dol Jatra or Basantotsav (in West Bengal and Assam) is a Spring festival observed during the full moon day of the month of Phalgun (March).

BACKGROUND

Various legends surround the ritualistic festival such as those involving the demon King Hiranyakashyap who wanted his son Prahlad to be murdered but was saved by Vishnu.

Another is that of Dhundhi, who is an ogress that went after children.

Also celebrated is the death of Pootana, another ogress who attempted to murder Krishna when he was an infant; which Krishna foiled by sucking her blood.

Another legend is popular in South India where a god of love and passion named Kaamadeva is worshiped. Kaamadeva shot a love arrow at Shiva to get him to express interest in worldly affairs. However, Shiva was in deep mediation, opened his third eye and murdered Kaamadeva by turning him into ashes. Eventually, Kaamadeva’s wife Rati got Shiva to restore him.

Holika Dahan is a ceremony honoring a god of fire named Agni. It is a portion of the overall festival observed on the eve of Holi when huge bonfires burn and the ash therefrom is considered sacred.

Now, the key point our this article is the colorful displays portion which consist of using powder from made from brightly colored turmeric, neem, dhak, kumkum and, in more modern times, commercial pigments. People toss these on each other in the form of powder as well as colored water including water balloons.

WESTERNIZED PARTY/RACE HOLI

Of course, in typical form Holi has been watered down for Western consumption by merely claiming that it is pretty and fun and forget all of that Eastern Hindu religious ritual celebratory festival stuff.

Well, the fact is that it has to be watered down (as much as a religious ritual can be watered down; see my info on yoga here, for example) is that it is an Eastern Hindu religious ritual celebratory festival.

Playing colors as some term it, traces back to a popular legend that the ethically questionable Krishna began the tradition. He sought to make a woman named Radha aka Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani like unto himself by coloring her (as he was blue skinned).

Thus, those taking color unto themselves are actually yoking themselves to Krishna, they are being made to be like him; you shall be a as gods as the serpent in the Garden of Eden stated.

Holi’s Westernized aspect is now celebrated in the United States, South Africa, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Brazil, etc.

For example, in the US there is the Color Run, Run or Dye, Color in Motion, Color Me Rad, The Graffiti Run, etc. which combined running obstacle filled races along with a Holi-like celebration.

Also, as various neo-Pagan style rituals are becoming more popular, such as Burning Man (a peace and love festival named after Pagan human sacrifice rituals—go figure) Holi related rituals are becoming part of various public events.

Lastly, another much beloved aspect of Holi—both in the East and West—is the copious consumption of intoxicants as well as drumming and dance. In such ritualized settings these are three key factors of reaching altered states of consciousness which opens one up to demonism.

This is exactly what happened to Grant Morrison and Jeffrey Kripal; they both attended Hindu rituals in India and became possessed; see this video playlist for descriptions of what happened to them.

In closing, there is an interesting horror movie called The Possession of Michael King wherein Michael is a skeptic who purposefully undergoes various demon possession rituals, essentially, just to see if anything happens. Well, things do not exactly turn out well. But it is an interesting gedankenexperiment based on people who think that as long as they do not believe it then it will not affect them.

Try disbelieving in gravity and jumping off of a building. In this case, try undergoing Hindu rituals that are meant to yoke you to a god and have that god (demon in disguise) ignore you because you think it is just fun and games.

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