Post # 18 # Different Monday Blues

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Any saying about Monday blues is so professionalese (a professional-speak, just like a journalese).

Just ask any farmer who is only waiting for a timely monsoon. But I got a different Monday blues today. Nope, I don’t have any official pending work; in fact, I have got a leave today.

Today’s blues is about it, the leave. First I got a holiday, that’s a good reason to celebrate, but not... And today is the birthday of Krishna, the Blue God as the anglicised Hindu believers call him. (I prefer writing the ‘h’ in small caps for gods, without any disregard for those people who believe in gods.)

Let me start with an excerpt:  
Krishna is the Blue God, infinite as space, deep as the oceans. Criptures call him the Poorna Avatara, the complete manifestation of Godhead. But he is also the adorable imp of Vrindavan, the playmate of the gopas (cowherds), Radha's beloved, Draupadi's sakha (friend), the saviour of the Pandavas, the protector of righteousness. He is God. He is man. He is Krishna.”
From ‘Krishna, a Joyous Celebration of the Divine,’ by Chandrika. The text is retrieved from Krishna Consciousness by Scholars without Borders.

Well, that’s the good part. Now the bad part. When we were kids, Krishna’s Birthday used to be a great festival. Just like a country fair. Lots of crowds, festive moods, cheerful folks, things like that. Then it was one kind of an experience visiting the Mahabali and ISKCON temples. But the times-they-are-a-changin’, so we sing in most untuneful strain nowadays. It means just a holiday and a day to run errands.

And on the back of my mind, I have something serious issues nagging my consciousness. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is totally different!

The fact is: We, the Manipurus, are facing a severe identity crisis. I have always felt that Hinduism is one of the reasons why we are in such a pathetic condition today.

We know religion is such a strange bed-partner of politics. But it’s my problem with religion as a whole that’s making this holiday a headache. I gotta take a break.

Before leaving, here’s my top 5 list to get rid of the real Monday blues:

  1. Choose life! Choose happiness too!
  2. Have something nice for the breakkfast!
  3. A journal is a man’s best friend; jot down the blues!
  4. Friday! OMGoattt! Just complete the work before leaving the workplace on a Friday!
  5. Try tuning into some happy melodies!

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