Hope I’m not just trying to be an unwanted advisor. But couldn’t resist myself. As there is something in folklores that attracts me to them. I don’t know if you are interested in spirituality or not, but as you are more interested in interpretation of folklores rather than just documentation, I feel it would be great if you have a bit of understanding of Indian spirituality as well. The folklores (as you describe them to be not just tales but culture, customs, ballads) as well have deeper meaning into them. And how full they are of spirituality.
In fact my meeting with you the other day was an eye-opener for me. Where I took folklore to be just folk-tales, you gave me a better understanding of it – the customs, culture, ballads, idioms, plays etc. And moreover your insistence that folklore be interpreted than just be documented.
I gave a thought to it and found myself dumb. How do interpret them was the big question lurking?. Incidentally, I had some books on Krishna, which I found disinterested. However, I had a book long time back – Once a Blue God by Ramesh Menon, which had given me an insight into the Hindu mysticism – about the different ages – Krita, Treta, Dwapara and Kali and the Karma Chakras. Somewhere, I lost the book. But your debate had fuelled the hunger in me, to go back to know more, to understand these folklores better. Incidentally, I’d picked up this second hand back long time back from the pavements – Aghora – II (Kundalaini) by Robert E Svaboda. I took that up. It has first hand accounts preachings of Aghori Vimalananda. A wonderful book that talked about the chakras, Kundaliani, the Mother and the Shiva, karma and nadis. After reading it, I could relate more to the fables I had heard in the childhood. The rishis, rakshas, and all. The difference between sattva and tamas and how rishis could talk telepathically, and how genetic order imbibes what the castes do. Why rakhshas could achieve what they wanted and why they misused it. The ultimate goal of person is to meet with its Shiva. And how you one can pray his deity – as a friend, wife, sister, daughter, but the best way to love your deity is to see him as a mother. In fact, women are asked not to worship Hanuman (Anjeneya – the son of Anjana) as he’s a bachelor. But if a woman worships and loves Anjeneya has her son, and be the mother herself to him (the Bal Hanuman), she can achieve the blessings soon.
This book made me understand many of the fables and interpret them correctly and find many hidden meanings into them. In fact, I ordered the first and the third volume of Aghora as well.
Thanks to you, for showing me this path.
I’m used to writing long long mails and everyone complains about it. So don’t just want to bore you to death, and let me end here.