Pedagogy of life, elders believed
Was portrayed in tales of mythology
The only condition applied was that
I couldn’t question any part of it
As it showed my lack of faith
In our religion and how we came to be
So to placate my curiosity
I took it upon myself; foolish
Because then the questions
Never seemed to cease
Also, what I read was so utterly
Different from what I witnessed
Deceit, we were told is wrong
Then why pray to Lord Krishna?
He is, after all, an expert in
Grey reality and twisting truth
To the benefit of his counterparts
Also, I never understood the paradox
Between treatment of men and women
In mythology. How sexist of them, really!
Absurdity of a woman being married off
To five brothers for the ludicrous reason
That anything and everything presented
Had to be shared equally among them!
As if, it wasn’t enough of irrationality
Treating her as a possession they gave up
In a losing gamble for fair division of
Kingdoms, and to soothe fragile egos
One of the most unrealistic male
Portrait, Lord Rama, a saint in every way
Didn’t fare any better when it came to women
He did rescue his wife from so called
Evil emperor Ravana who abducted her
Upon return to his kingdom, though
Just to avoid a public scandal, to appease
She had to prove her unmarred character
She had to prove that she was untainted
Untouched by another man; and so
She had to sit through an ordeal of fire
And come out alive to ascertain
Her purity, her fidelity to Lord Rama
Even then, she was exiled to wilderness
While pregnant; does it make sense?
I don’t even want to mention the trend of
Polygamy among the supposed Gods
Dare you mention it today as an option!
Oh the uproar will cause a riot, definitely.
Well, by the time I had read all these
My interest in mythology was long lost
What did it teach me? A lot, actually.
There is no constant scripture, it changes
But the blind belief of people endures
Which is reflective in today’s society
Unfortunately, too innately ingrained
Established deep in the psyche
I am happy to report, though
I have not stopped questioning
Before believing, before following
NOTE: This is a personal opinion, not the complete mythology. Kindly, do not form any negative notions without proper knowledge. Also, who are aware of Hindu Mythology and have read it, please don't be offended. I know it teaches positive things too. But, I find that too many things are wrong with how it has been portrayed and exemplified in our society. So, seeing that this is my opinion, it doesn't reflect badly on anyone's belief in religion or God. I respect your faith and opinion, all I ask in return is you grant me the same respect.
Thank you, kindly