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Offline joe_indi

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The day we thank our tools
« on: October 21, 2015, 12:32:03 pm »
 October 22nd is the day of 'Puja' in India.
Puja means worship. On this day, what ever one's religion, is the day we in India give thanks to our working tools.
Even if one has no religion, giving thanks to one's tools is still done.
It is a custom of Hindu origin, yet Christians, Muslims, ......we follow the custom.
The tools are cleaned up and laid out and depending on your religion, they are laid out before one's Deity
Since I am a one man show, and a Christian, I had a small layout before a crucifix.
My brother runs a couple of shops so his layout was more elaborate and he even had the parish priest come over to bless the tools and pray over them. He has christian, hindu and muslim staff, who gather together for the common prayer.
Other than making you aware of the respect we give to our tools in India, I want to also make you aware that at a level free of politics and fanatics, where machines are the common factor, we are a very secular lot :)

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Re: The day we thank our tools
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2015, 12:45:43 pm »
Never heard of this anywhere I have lived even overseas before. But then again I was way younger back then and didnt pay attention to learning like I do now.

Interesting and Thanks for sharing.

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Re: The day we thank our tools
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015, 03:10:12 pm »
Interesting custom. I can see where it would evolve, good tools are a real asset and critical for survival.
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Re: The day we thank our tools
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2015, 04:24:11 pm »
That's cool!  Gonna show this to my workers who loose high dollar tools on a weekly basis.   Maybe they'll learn to honor the tools that keeps them employed...

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Re: The day we thank our tools
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 11:08:37 pm »
Interesting I have not seen this before but it does not surprise me.    When I was hitting the car show circuit real heavy I went to a show called the blessings of the cars.    They had a priest that went around and sprinkled holy water on your car and blessed it.     
Thanks for the pictures Joe.   
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Re: The day we thank our tools
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 05:54:03 am »
Thanks for sharing this I had never heard of it before but nice to know it exists

 

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