“જય ….” નો અતિરેક (Over-use of “Jai…”)
Over-use of “Jai …”
The last 2-3 decades have seen the exuberant over-use in our social interactions of “Jai ….”: Jai Shrikrishna, Jai Jinendra, Jay Bhim, Jo Bole So Nihal, Allahu Akbar… among people of every faith.
Instead of “kem chho”, “aavo”, “aavjo” it has become a ritual/practice to say “Jai ….”; and sometimes with a degree of fanaticism!
“Jai” is short for “Vijay” which means “Victory”. “Jai …” was, and is, a vigorous chant to boost the morale of soldiers in battles, to pump up their motivation to defeat the enemy which was/is usually of another religion.
When we say “Jai…”, whose victory are we rooting for? who are we fighting with?”
Thus, this ritual is being adopted as a practice without giving any thought!
During Diwali, I replied with “Happy Diwali” and “Saal Mubarak” to a relative who greeted me with “Jai …” , the relative very agitatedly told me “at least during good days, take the name of Bhagwaan!” I thought “Lo, bolo! I gave you good wishes for the auspicious festival, I wished that you have a happy and prosperous year, but you rejected my wishes!”
I take name of my Bhagwan when I want to, sometimes I also greet with “Jai…”; but do I have to do it because or when you want me too? My Bhagwaan is not in war/competition with anyone.
When I wish “Good Morning”, I wish that your morning be beautiful and fruitful.
In our culture and tradition, we have a wonderful greeting which no western civilisation has, but which we have abandoned. That is “Namaste” which means “I bow with my hands to the God within you” and which we have abandoned. What a beautiful thought/greeting.
In contrast, people of Thailand greet you by saying “Sawaasdee Khaa” and “Khapun Khaa” with joined palms and head slightly bowed, like our Namaste. It feels so nice to be greeted like that. They dont say “Jai Buddha”!
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