Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Newer gods

"I had always noticed that my father treated persons of the legal profession with extra respect. From my childhood, I had been aware that these dignitaries had to be propitiated with gifts of coins, rupees, fish and vegetables on various pretexts. For this reason, even the junior officials of the courts, including the peons, had begun to occupy a position of high regard in my eyes. These were the gods we in Bengal worshipped now, newer and smaller editions of our thirty-three crore deities. In matters of property and material life, people depended much more on them for solutions to problems than even on Lord Ganesha, the god of success. Naturally, therefore, these men received all the offerings previously reserved for Lord Ganesha."

(Rabindranath Tagore in 'The Return of Khokababu,' Tr: Sipra Bhattacharya, p. 43 Harper)

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